Talk Portuguese - Talking about yourself

How to talk about your nationality, where you live, the languages you speak and your job

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Key language: Your nationality and where you live
  • Português
  • Sou… **
  • inglês
    English (if you're a man)
  • inglesa *
    English (if you're a woman)
  • escocês
    Scottish (if you're a man)
  • escocesa *
    Scottish (if you're a woman)
  • galês
    Welsh (if you're a man)
  • galesa *
    Welsh (if you're a woman)
  • irlandês
    Irish (if you're a man)
  • irlandesa *
    Irish (if you're a woman)
  • Não sou inglesa, sou escocesa
    I'm not English, I'm Scottish
  • De onde é? **
    Where are you from?
  • Sou de... **
    I'm from...
  • Sou de Londres **
    I'm from London
  • Onde mora?
    Where do you live?
  • Moro em Lisboa
    I live in Lisbon
  • Moro numa residência de estudantes
    I live in a student residence

* Pronunciation guide

  • Inglesa, escocesa, galesa, irlandesa
    An s between vowels sounds like z in English maze.

** Grammar notes

  • Sou...
    Sou, é, somos are forms of the verb ser, to be.
    Sou means I am, as in Sou escocesa, I'm Scottish (f).
    É is the equivalent of he is, she is and also you are, so É inglês means He is English or You are English.
    Somos means we are, as in Somos galesas, We are Welsh (f).
    This can become a question, as in É português? Are you Portuguese? or Is he Portuguese?
  • De onde é?
    To mention where you're from use Sou de, I'm from. It can be followed by the name of a city, as in Sou de Londres, I'm from London.
    Most countries require 'from the' depending on the gender of the country: do for masculine, as in Sou do País de Gales, I’m from Wales and da for feminine, as in Sou da Inglaterra, lit. I’m from (the) England, Sou da Escócia, I’m from Scotland, Sou da Irlanda, I’m from Ireland.
Key language: The languages you speak and the job you do
  • Português
  • Que línguas fala?
    What languages do you speak?
  • Falo…
    I speak…
  • inglês
  • português
  • francês
  • alemão
  • espanhol
  • italiano
  • Falo um pouco de...
    I speak a little bit of...
  • Fala inglês?
    Do you speak English?
  • Sim *
  • Não
  • O que faz?
    What do you do for a living?
  • Sou estudante **
    I am a student
  • Sou pescador **
    I am a fisherman
  • Trabalho
    I work

* Pronunciation guide

  • Sim
    S at the beginning of a word sounds like s in English sun.

** Grammar notes

  • Sou estudante, sou pescador
    When talking about jobs, sou is followed directly by the job title, as opposed to the English I am a ...
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