Talk Portuguese - Summer in Brazil

Learn about Brazil and Brazilian Portuguese

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Key language: Leisure and making arrangements

Note: This section features both Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and European Portuguese (EP) sounds.

  • Português
     
    English
  • Bom dia! *
    Brazilian Portuguese: European Portuguese:
     
    Good morning!
  • Oi, tudo bem?
    BP: , EP:
     
    Hi, everything alright? (lit.)
  • O que gosta de fazer nos fins de semana?
    BP: , EP:
     
    What do you like doing at weekends?
  • Gosto de… *
    BP: , EP:
     
    I like to...
  • Adoro... **
    BP: , EP:
     
    I love to…
  • Gosto muito de dançar samba
    BP: , EP:
     
    I really like dancing the samba
  • Adoro ir ao shopping
    BP: , EP:
     
    I love to go shopping
  • O que vamos fazer amanhã?
    BP: , EP:
     
    What shall we do tomorrow?
  • Gostaria de... *
    BP: , EP:
     
    I'd like to…
  • jogar futebol *
    BP: , EP:
     
    to play football
  • jogar tênis ** BP:
    jogar ténis * EP:
     
    to play tennis
  • jogar golfe ** BP:
    jogar golf * EP:
     
    to play golf
  • visitar
    BP: , EP:
     
    to visit
  • ir dançar
    BP: , EP:
     
    to go dancing
  • ir à praia
    BP: , EP:
     
    to go to the beach
  • ir para um jogo de futebol *
    BP: , EP:
     
    to go to a football match
  • assistir a um concerto
    BP: , EP:
     
    to go to a concert
  • ir a um restaurante *
    BP: , EP:
     
    to go to a restaurant
  • Onde é que nos encontramos?
    BP: , EP:
     
    Where shall we meet?

* Pronunciation guide

  • Bom dia!, gosto de, gostaria de
    In Brazilian Portuguese, d sounds like j before i or a final unstressed e.
  • Restaurante, jogar futebol
    In Brazilian Portuguese, t sounds like ch before i or a final unstressed e.
  • Gosto de, gostaria de, jogar, ir para um jogo de futebol
    When g is followed by a, u or o, it sounds like the g in the English got.


** Grammar notes

  • Adoro, gosto de
    These are very useful phrases to use, especially in Brazil, where people like to express themselves with lots of enthusiasm: Adoro ir à praia, I love going to the beach.
    Gosto is always followed by de: Gosto de jogar futebol, I like to play football.
    When asking someone else, change the o to an a: Gosta de ir dançar? Do you like to go dancing?
  • jogar tênis, jogar golfe
    Sometimes, there are differences in European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese. For example, in some accents and words such as ténis - tênis, golf - golfe.
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Key language: Exchanging money and buying postcards

Note: This section features both Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and European Portuguese (EP) sounds.

  • Português
    English
  • Quanto custa um caldo de cana?
    Brazilian Portuguese: European Portuguese:
     
    How much is a sugar cane juice?
  • um real
    BP: , EP:
     
    one real (the currency of Brazil)
  • Posso trocar dólares aqui, por favor?
    BP: , EP:
     
    Can I change dollars here, please?
  • Quanto tem?
    BP: , EP:
     
    How much do you have?
  • Queria trocar cem dólares
    BP: , EP:
     
    I would like to change 100 dollars
  • Qual é a cotação de hoje?
    BP: , EP:
     
    What is the exchange rate today?
  • Gosto muito deste cartão postal
    BP: , EP:
     
    I like this postcard a lot
  • Eu também gosto
    BP: , EP:
     
    I like it, too
  • Este é muito bonito também, não é?
    BP: , EP:
     
    This one is lovely too, isn’t it?
  • Posso ajudar?
    BP: , EP:
     
    Can I help you?
  • Queria estes cartões postais e mais seis selos para a Europa, por favor
    BP: , EP:
     
    I would like these postcards and six stamps for Europe, please
  • Quanto custam?
    BP: , EP:
     
    How much are they?
  • dez reais no total
    BP: , EP:
     
    Ten reals in total
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Key language: Opinions about a place and Brazilian drinks

Note: This section features both Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and European Portuguese (EP) sounds.

  • Português
    English
  • O que gosta mais da sua cidade?
    Brazilian Portuguese: European Portuguese:
     
    What do you like best about your city?
  • Da minha cidade gosto mais das praias
    BP: , EP:
     
    What I love about this city are the beaches
  • São maravilhosas
    BP: , EP:
     
    They’re marvellous
  • Eu adoro praia
    BP: , EP:
     
    I love the beach
  • Sou amante da cidade
    BP: , EP:
     
    I also love this city
  • O que eu mais gosto da Bahia, do Salvador é ...
    BP: , EP:
     
    What I like most about Bahia and Salvador is ...
  • Acarajé
    BP:
     
    a typical dish
  • Pelourinho
    BP:
     
    an area in Salvador
  • um suco de manga
    BP: , EP:
     
    mango juice
  • um guaraná
    BP:
     
    a fizzy energy drink
  • um chope
    BP: , EP:
     
    an ice-cold beer
  • uma caipirinha
    BP: , EP:
     
    a Brazilian drink made of fresh lime, sugar, ice and 'cachaça', a white spirit made from sugar cane
  • saúde!
    BP: , EP:
     
    cheers!
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Cultural notes - Salvador and the tropical north-east of Brazil

A description of Salvador and the tropical north-east of Brazil Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country in the world. Salvador was its capital for two hundred years from 1549 and one of South America’s largest slave ports.
The State of Bahia is still known today as A alma negra do Brasil, The black soul of Brazil.

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