Geared toward Absolute Beginners, this course gives you a solid start and foundation to build upon.
This is an introductory course to the Portuguese language as spoken in Portugal. Throughout the course, we will focus on the Portuguese sound system and basic Portuguese grammar.
You will also learn how to introduce yourself and day-to-day, useful phrases. Finally, we will discuss learning resources and strategies to support your learning journey.
After the course, you will have a basic understanding of European Portuguese pronunciation and grammar. You will also be capable of engaging in simple, short oral interactions. Last but not least, you will be aware of a variety of learning resources and strategies to help you succeed at learning the language.
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This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the A2 level.
How do you say “Hi!” in Portuguese? And what about “Thank you”? And what about if you want to introduce yourself to others?
If you are an absolute beginner or someone planning to visit a Portuguese-speaking country any time soon, you came to the right place. You are about to learn simple Portuguese phrases that we use non-stop in day-to-day life. Here we go.
How are you doing?
Bem obrigado/a, e tu? (informal) Bem obrigado/a, e você? (formal)
I am fine, what about you?
Good evening Good night
Até à próxima
See you next time
See you in a minute
See you later
See you tomorrow
Note that you say 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 greet both Good evening and Good night –the context tells you of course which one it is.
Como te chamas? (formal) Como se chama? (informal)
What’s your name?
My name is …
Tenho trinta e três anos
I’m 33 years old
Sou da Suécia
I am from Sweden
Vivo em Estocolmo
I live in Stockholm
Prazer em conhecer
Nice to meet you
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 3-person (você, o senhor, a senhora) especially when you don’t know them well. Among friends and relatives, though, we usually use the 2-person (tu). The verb endings change accordingly.
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 forget that they need to slow it down in order for you to understand. So, never shy from asking Pode falar mais devagar?
The verbs Perceber, Entender, Compreenderare all synonyms. If someone says Não percebi/entendi/compreendi to you, that means that he or she didn’t understand you.