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The most important vocabulary to know during your trip in Brazil

Brazilians speak a variant of Portuguese. As with many South American countries, Brazil has kept traces of its pre-colonial languages, so the Portuguese spoken here differs from its European counterpart. What's more you'll come across accents and regional pronunciations, some more singsongy than others.

A smooth tongue

Before leaving on vacation, I suggest you listen to some Brazilian singers such as Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque or Maria Gadu. It'll help you get an ear for the language and the difference with European Portuguese.

Gilberto Gil in concert at Brussels

If your Spanish is okay, then you should be able to understand Brazilians and, with a bit of effort, they will probably understand you. For everyone else, here are few useful words and phrases to help you during your trip to Brazil.

Basic expressions / Common Words

EnglishPortugais
Good morning / Good eveningBom dia/ Boa noite
How are you?Como você está/vai?
Fine, thank you, and you?Muito bem, obrigado e você?
I understand / I don't understandEu compreendo/ Eu não compreendo
SorryDesculpe
GoodbyeTchau/ até logo
WelcomeBem-vindo
Thank you (very much)(Muito) Obrigado(a)
Excuse meCom licença/ Por favor
My name is...Meu nome é.../ Eu me chamo...
No thank youNão obrigado
Yes / NoSim/ Não
You're welcomeDe nada/ É um prazer

Commerce

EnglishPortugais
How much is it?Quanto custa?
It is very cheapÉ muito barato
It is too expensive!É muito caro!
Can you lower the price?Você pode fazer um preço melhor?/ Qual é o melhor preço que você pode fazer?
I would like to buy ... this one!Gostaria de comprar... isso, este!
I like it / I don't like itEu gosto/ Eu odeio
MoneyDinheiro
I'm just looking around.Eu estou apenas olhando.

Transportation

EnglishPortugais
I would like to go to ...Eu quero ir.../ eu gostaria de ir...
PlaneAvião
BoatBarco
TrainTrem
TaxiTaxi
BusÔnibus
I would like to rent ...Eu gostaria de alugar...
MotorbikeMoto
CarCarro
BikeBicicleta

Directions

EnglishPortugais
Where is ...? / How can I get to ...?Onde fica...?/ Como ir para/até...?
BankBanco
Train stationEstação de trem
CentreCentro (da cidade)
HotelHotel
HospitalHospital
Is it close / far?Fica perto/ longe?
Straight aheadDireito
Left / RightEsquerda/ Direita
North / South / East / WestNorte/ Sul/ Este/ Oeste

Numberssieben, acht, neun, zehn

EnglishPortugais
one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, tenum, dois, três, quatro, cinco, seis, sete, oito, nove, dez
twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixtyvinte, trinta, quarenta, cinquenta, sessenta
seventy, eighty, ninetysetenta, oitenta, noventa
One hundredcem

Hours/Dates and daysDienstag, Mittwoch, Donnerstag, Freitag, Samstag, Sonntag

EnglishPortugais
What time is it?Que horas são?
When?Quando?
YesterdayOntem
Today (morning/midday/evening)Hoje
TomorrowAmanhã
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sundaysegunda-feira, terça-feira, quarta-feira, quinta-feira, sexta-feira, sábado, domingo
I am here on vacationEu estou aqui de férias/ em viagem
I am here for businessEu estou aqui a trabalho/ a negócios

Time to eat!

EnglishPortugais
I am hungry / I am thirstyEstou com fome/ Estou com sede
EnjoyBom apetite!
Cheers!Saúde!
It was deliciousEstava delicioso!
What can you recommend?O que você me aconselha?
I am vegeterianEu sou vegetariano/a
Not spicy please (I don't like spices)Sem pimenta! (eu não gosto de pimenta)
It's too hotEstá muito quente!
I am allergicEu sou alérgico/a
Sea foodMarisco/frutos do mar
PeanutsAmendoim
GlutenGlúten
I would like...Eu gostaria...
WaterÁgua
Tee / CoffeeChá/ Café
Beer / WineCerveja/ Vinho
The bill, pleaseA conta, por favor.

Health / Emergency / Security

EnglishPortugais
I need to see a doctor.Eu preciso ir a um médico.
Call an ambulance / Call 911Chame um médico/ uma ambulância
Where is the hospital?Onde fica o hospital?
I do not feel very goodEu não me sinto bem
It hurts hereEu sinto dor aqui
Where can I find the restrooms?Onde é o banheiro?/ A toilete por favor?
Help!Socorro!
PolicePolícia
DangerPerigo
I'm lostEu não sei bem onde estou/ Eu estou perdido/a

Other

EnglishPortugais
Have a nice day !Tenha um bom dia!
Delphine Teisserenc
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Updated 26 October 2018

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