57 Brazilian Portuguese Phrases to Help You Speak Like A Native

57 Brazilian Portuguese Phrases to Help You Speak Like A Native

If you are thinking of traveling to Brazil, you should be aware that the official language is Brazilian Portuguese.

Brazilian Portuguese is basically Portuguese that is spoken by those who were born or live in Brazil. It is actually the most common variant of Portuguese, after European Portuguese.

While European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese are similar, there are some phrases, expressions, and words that native Brazilian Portuguese speakers will use more often than those who speak European Portuguese. There are also slight differences in pronunciation.

Because of these slight differences, if you are planning to travel to Brazil for either work or pleasure, you should make sure you learn some basic Brazilian Portuguese phrases such as the ones we are going to list below.

11 Brazilian Portuguese Phrases Of Greeting You Should Know

Of course, one of the first Brazilian Portuguese phrases that you need to know would be how to say “hello” and “goodbye”. Here are a few of the more common greetings used by Brazilian Portuguese speakers.

1. Oi!

Translation: Hi

Usage notes: It is pronounced “oee”

This is the most common way to say “hello” in Brazil. While “olá”, the Portuguese word for “hello” is understood by Brazilian Portuguese speakers, they are more likely to say “oi” as an initial greeting.

2. Bom dia! 

Meaning: Good day/morning!

Usage notes: It is pronounced “bom GEE-a”

This is a Brazilian Portuguese phrase that is used to greet someone during the day. Basically, you will hear Brazilian Portuguese speakers use this from around sunrise till about noon or after lunch. 

3. Boa tarde!

Meaning: Good afternoon!

Usage notes: It is pronounced “boa TAHR-g”

This is another Brazilian Portuguese phrase that is used to greet people. Basically, after around 1 PM, you can start using this greeting. 

4. Boa noite!

Meaning: Good evening!

Usage notes: It is pronounced “boa NOOE-tsh”

There are two understood meanings for this Brazilian Portuguese phrase. First it is used to say the phrase “hello, good evening”, so you use it when you want to greet someone after the sun has set.

Secondly, it is used as a way to say “goodbye” if it is night time.

5. Adeus

Meaning: Goodbye

Usage notes: It is pronounced “adeOOSH”

This is the most basic Portuguese word for “goodbye”.

6. Tchau 

Meaning: Bye

Usage notes: It is pronounced “TSHAH-oo”

This is a more common way to say goodbye in Portuguese.

7. Até logo 

Meaning:  See you later

Usage notes: It is pronounced “a-the LOH-goo”

This is one of the Brazilian Portuguese phrases that are used to take your leave from a group of friends.  You use this if you are leaving the company of a group of people that you know you are going to see later in the day. Its literal meaning is “until later”.

8. Até amanhã 

Meaning: See you tomorrow

Usage notes: It is pronounced “a-the a-MA-nya”

The literal translation of this phrase is “until tomorrow”. So you use this if you are leaving a group of people that you know you are going to be seeing the next day. 

9. Tudo bem?

Meaning: How are you?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “toodoo BAYM”

You can use this phrase to ask “how are you?”. It is appropriate in both formal and informal situations. 

10. Como está? / Como vai?

Meaning: How do you do?

Usage notes: The pronunciation is “komoo eeSHTAH/komoo VIGH”

These Brazilian Portuguese phrases are used to inquire about someone’s health or status. It is considered the formal version of “tudo bem”. 

11. Como você está? / Como vai você?

Meaning: How are you/How are you doing?

Usage notes:  It is pronounced “komoo VOH-she eesh-TAH/ komoo vigh VOH-she”

These two Brazilian Portuguese phrases are informal greetings.

Brazilian Portuguese Slang Phrases You Can Use As Greetings

Brazilian Portuguese speakers have their own slang words and expressions that might not be as commonly used by European Portuguese speakers. It would be smart to ask your Brazilian Portuguese speaking online tutor to help you familiarize yourself with slang phrases such as these.

1. E ai?

Meaning:  What’s up?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “ee-eye-ee”

Brazilian Portuguese speakers, especially the younger ones, will use this informal phrase of greeting amongst themselves. 

2. Tudo jóia?

Meaning: All good?

The literal translation of this phrase is “all jewelry”, but Brazilian Portuguese speakers use it as a slang term to greet someone. It’s basically the equivalent to the English slang, “all good?”.

44 Other Brazilian Portuguese Phrases You Should Know

Here are a few other Brazilian Portuguese phrases to understand and memorize. They will help you build up your inner library of words to better allow you to hold conversations with native speakers.

1. Por favor 

Meaning: Please

Usage notes: It is pronounced “poorh pha-VOHR”.

2. Origado/a 

Meaning: Thank you.

Usage Notes: If speaking to a male person, it is “origado”. If speaking to a female, it is “origada”. It is pronounced either “oobree-GA-doo” or “oobree-GA-dah”.

3. Como licenca 

Meaning: Excuse me

Usage notes: It is pronounced” co-lee-SEN-sah”

4.  Perdão 

Meaning:  Pardon me

5. Desculpa  

Meaning: I’m sorry. 

Usage notes: Pronounced as “des-COOL-peh More formal alternative is “desculpe”. 

6. De nada

Meaning: You’re welcome

Usage notes: It is pronounced “djee NAG-da”.

7. Meu nome é

Meaning: My name is

Usage notes: It is pronounced “meyoo nomay ey”

8. Eu sou

Meaning: I am

9. Como é seu nome?

Meaning: What is your name?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “kwal ey oo tey-oo nome”.

10. É um prazer conhecê-lo.

Meaning:  I am pleased to meet you.

11. Falaram-me muito de voc.

Meaning:  I have heard so much about you.

12. Foi um prazer conhecê-lo. 

Meaning: It was nice meeting you.

13. Tá bom?/ Tá bom.

Meaning: Do you agree?/Agree

The meaning of this phrase will depend on how it is used. It can be used as a question or an answer.

If you hear “Tá bom?”, it means that you are being asked if you agree. If, however, what is used is “Tá bom.” or “Tá.” it expresses agreement so it is the equivalent of saying “okay” or “all right” in English. 

14. Fala inglês?

Meaning:  Do you speak English?

Usage guide: It is pronounced “FAH-la een-GLAYSH”.

15. Há alguém aqui que fala inglês? 

Meaning: Does anyone here speak English?

16. Você fala inglês?

Meaning: Do you speak English?

17. Onde posso encontrar alguém que fale inglês? 

Meaning: Where can I find someone who speaks English?

18. Compreende? 

Meaning: Do you understand?

19. Não entendo. 

Meaning: I don't understand

Usage notes: It is pronounced “naoo en-TEN-doo

20. Compreendo perfeitamente.

Meaning: I understand perfectly.

21. Compreendo-o se falar devagar.

Meaning:  I understand if you speak slowly.

22. Pode repitir?

Meaning: Could you repeat it?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “pod ray-peh-TEER”.

23. Por favor repete, mais devagar

Meaning: Please repeat more slowly

24. Só falo um pouco de português. 

Meaning: I only speak a little Portuguese.

25. Desculpe-me por falar tão mal o português. 

Meaning: Excuse my poor Portuguese.

26. Que disse? 

Meaning: What did you say?

27. Pode me ajudar?

Meaning: Can you help me?

28. O que aconteceu?

Meaning: What is happening?

29. O que é isto?

Meaning: What is that?

30. Quero a conta, por favor

Meaning: I want the bill please.

Usage notes: “Queria a conta, por favor” is the more formal version.

31. Onde é a o banheiro?

Meaning: Where is the bathroom?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “onjay ey oo ban-eyroo”

32. É longe?

Meaning: Is it far?

33.   É perto?

Meaning: Is it near?

34. Estou cansado

Meaning: I’m tired

35. Estou doente

Meaning: I’m sick

36. Estou com fome

Meaning: I’m hungry

37. Eatou com sêde

Meaning: I’m thirsty

38. Aceita cartão?

Meaning: Do you take credit card? 

39. Pois não?

Meaning: Can I help you?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “poh-eez nah-ooh”

40. Fala sério!

Meaning: You’re joking,

Usage notes: It is pronounced “fah-lah she-dee-oh”

41. Lindo maravilhos!

Meaning: Marvelous.

Usage notes: It is pronounced “leen-doh mah-dah-veel-yoh-zoo”

42. É mesmo? 

Meaning: Really?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “eh mehz-moh”

43. Eu preciso de

Meaning: I need

44. Qanto é? 

Meaning: How much?

Usage notes: It is pronounced “kwantoo ey”

Conclusion

When it comes to rules of grammar and even vocabulary, Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese are actually quite similar. Most of the common words and phrases are alike and memorizing them will help you develop the ability to hold daily conversations with Brazilian Portuguese speakers.

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