Install Portuguesepedia’s WebApp directly from your browser. Here are the instructions for different devices:

Android Devices

  1. Open Chrome and navigate to Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Menu: Tap the menu (three dots) in the top-right corner.
  3. Add: Select "Add to Home screen."
  4. Confirm: Tap "Add."
  5. Access: Find Portuguesepedia on your home screen.

Similar steps apply to Firefox and Microsoft Edge web browsers.

iOS Devices

Using Safari:

  1. Open Safari and visit Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Share: Tap the "Share" button (square with an arrow).
  3. Add: Scroll down and tap "Add to Home Screen."
  4. Name: Edit the name if desired, then tap "Add."
  5. Access: Find Portuguesepedia on your home screen.

Using Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and navigate to Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Menu: Tap the menu (three dots) in the top-right corner.
  3. Add: Select "Add to Home screen."
  4. Confirm: Tap "Add."
  5. Access: Find Portuguesepedia on your home screen.

Windows Devices

Using Edge:

  1. Open Edge and visit Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Install: Click the "Install" icon in the address bar or go to the menu (three dots) > "Apps" > "Install this site as an app."
  3. Confirm: Click "Install."
  4. Access: Find Portuguesepedia in your Start Menu or Desktop.

Using Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and navigate to Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Menu: Click the menu (three dots) in the top-right corner.
  3. Install: Select "Install [Portuguesepedia]."
  4. Confirm: Follow the prompts.

macOS Devices

Using Safari:

  1. Open Safari and go to Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Add: Click the "Share" button > "Add to Home Screen."
  3. Name: Edit the name if desired, then tap "Add."

Using Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and visit Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Menu: Click the menu (three dots) in the top-right corner.
  3. Install: Select "Install [Portuguesepedia]."
  4. Confirm: Follow the prompts.
  5. Access: Find Portuguesepedia in your Applications folder.

Linux Devices

Using Chrome:

  1. Open Chrome and go to Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Menu: Click the menu (three dots) in the top-right corner.
  3. Install: Select "Install [Portuguesepedia]."
  4. Confirm: Follow the prompts.
  5. Access: Find Portuguesepedia in your app launcher.

Using Firefox:

  1. Open Firefox and navigate to Portuguesepedia.com.
  2. Menu: Click the menu (three lines) in the top-right corner.
  3. Add: Select "Add to Home screen."
  4. Confirm: Click "Add."

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Portuguese Verbs Ser vs. Estar: How and When to Use Either

In Portuguese, there are two To Be verbs: Ser and Estar. Not fully understanding their differences, language learners will often hesitate between using one or the other.

See, while both Ser and Estar are equivalent to the English verb To Be, they are used differently!

So, what’s the difference between the Portuguese verbs Ser and Estar?

Ser is used to talk about permanent states, whereas Estar relates to what is circumstantial and temporary. Thus, whether you use one or the other depends on the context’s time frame.

Here’s an example:

[Temporary state]
Hoje estou contente.
Today, I am happy.

[Permanent state]
Sou uma pessoa contente.
I am a happy person.

Let’s take a deep dive into this topic. Read on.

Lesson #32 Ser v. Estar - Portuguesepedia
Idiomatically Rich Verbs

Conjugation

Starting with conjugation. Here’s what the conjugation of Ser and Estar looks like in the Present tense:

SerEstar
eusouestou
tuésestás
ele/ela/vocêéestá
nóssomosestamos
vocêssãoestão
eles/elassãoestão

Permanent vs. temporary states

As mentioned in the introduction, whether you use the verb Estar or Ser often depends on the context, that is, on if it is something circumstantial/temporary or long-lasting/permanent. 

Think about the concepts of ‘climate’ and ‘weather’. The former describes the meteorological conditions that prevail in a given region over long periods. The latter concerns the meteorological conditions that are subject to daily changes.

So the concept of ‘climate’ suggests a permanent state, whereas the ‘weather’ implies a temporary one:

[Climate → Permanent state]
A Suécia é um país frio.
Sweden is a cold country.

[Weather → Temporary state]
Hoje está frio na Suécia.
Today it is cold in Sweden.

The same goes when you say, The Atlantic waters are cold, in Portuguese, As águas do Atlântico são frias. Again, the verb Ser is marking the permanent state inherent in that sentence.

If you instead say, The milk is cold (right after having taken it out of the fridge), then you’re asserting a temporary state (guess what happens if you leave the milk outside the fridge a couple of hours). And so, that sentence in Portuguese is, O leite está frio..

Let’s now dive into either verb in more detail. 

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