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Portuguese Basic Phrases for Beginners

How do you say “hi” in Portuguese? and what about “thank you”? It is time for you to learn those basic Portuguese sentences that we use non-stop in day-to-day life – definitely a must for all beginners and travelers planning to visit a Portuguese-speaking country any time soon.

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2.Tudo bem?How are you doing?
3.Bem obrigado/a, e tu? (informal)
Bem obrigado/a, e você? (formal)
I am fine, what about you?
4.Bom diaGood morning
5.Boa tardeGood afternoon
6.Boa noiteGood evening
Good night
8.Até à próximaSee you next time
9.Até jáSee you in a minute
10.Até logoSee you later
11.Até amanhãSee you tomorrow

Note that you will say either obrigado or obrigada depending on if you identify with a man or a woman respectively.

Also, you will often hear Viva! or Então? instead of Olá! And most of the time folks will be combining different expressions into one greeting such as Viva, tudo bem?

Boa noite is used to greeting both Good evening and Good night – the context nuances it.

Reading tips! Learn more Portuguese greetings: Saying Hello! in Portuguese: A Comprehensive Rundown on Portuguese Greetings.

Introducing yourself

12.Como te chamas? (formal)
Como se chama? (informal)
What’s your name?
13.Chamo-me …My name is …
14.Tenho trinta e três anosI’m 33 years old
15.Sou da SuéciaI am from Sweden
16.Vivo em EstocolmoI live in Stockholm
17.Prazer em conhecerNice to meet you
18.IgualmenteThe same

Instead of saying Chamo-me Sofia you may as well say Sou a Sofia (with the verb ser), just as you’d say in English my name is … or I am …. You will also hear Moro em Lisboa instead of Vivo em Lisboa since the verbs morar and viver can be used interchangeably in this context.

In Portugal, it is common to address people using the third person pronoun você, especially when you don’t know them well. When among friends or relatives, we normally use the second person pronoun tu.

Reading Tips! Get your feet wet in Portuguese grammar: Dabbling in Portuguese Grammar – First Impressions for Beginners.

Being polite

19.Por favor! or 
Excuse me!
20.Desculpe! or 
I am sorry!
21.Queria …I would like to have …
22.Onde fica … ?Where is … ?
24.De nadaYou’re welcome

Just as in other languages, we often “swallow” letters when we speak and the word obrigado is a good example. So, don’t be surprised if you hear ~brigado instead.

You’ve probably noticed that Portuguese is quite a nasal language. For instance, words that end in -ão or -m such as não and sim produce nasal sounds.

Reading tips! Dive deeper into Portuguese phonology: Portuguese Pronunciation: A Helpful Guide to Portuguese Basic Sounds and Spelling Patterns.

For the sake of clarity

28.Não falo PortuguêsI don’t speak Portuguese
29Falo um pouco de PortuguêsI can speak a little Portuguese
30.Fala Inglês?You speak English?
31.Não percebiI didn’t understand
32.Um momento, por favorJust a moment please
33.Pode repetir?Can you say that again?
34.Pode falar mais devagar?Can you speak slower?
35.O que significa … ?What does it mean … ?

The expressions above are useful when you are interacting with native speakers. People will, in general, be happy to talk to you, but they might as well speak at their ‘normal’ speed, which will be probably too fast for you. So, never shy from asking Pode falar mais devagar?

The verbs Perceber, Entender, Compreender are all synonyms. If someone says Não entendi to you, that means that he or she didn’t understand you.

Reading tips! Speaking of clarity, sometimes you may need to spell out a word, or other people may do it for you. Here’s something to help you with that: The Portuguese Alphabet: Spelling in Portuguese from A to Z.

Portuguese Numerals

1. um/uma12. doze[…]
2. dois/duas13. treze30. trinta
3. três14. catorze40. quarenta
4. quatro15. quinze50. cinquenta
5. cinco16. dezasseis60. sessenta
6. seis17. dezassete70. setenta
7. sete18. dezoito80. oitenta
8. oito19. dezanove90. noventa
9. nove20. vinte100. cem
10. dez21. vinte e um103. mil
11. onze22. vinte e dois106. milhão

Notice that the first two numbers have their endings changed according to gender: um carro but uma mesa; dois carros but duas mesas.

Reading tips! Become a pro with counting in Portuguese: Numbers in Portuguese: counting from 1 to infinity

Tips! If you are serious about learning Portuguese, you will want to click on the link below. See, there’s nothing more practical than a solid language learning strategy: Mindsets and Strategies to Learn Portuguese the Best.

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