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If you are looking for resources to start learning Portuguese, you’ve come to the right place. We help you learn Portuguese FREE, and become conversational in this ancient Romance language in no time. Did you know that Portuguese is spoken in 10 countries, and not just Portugal and Brazil as many people mistakenly think? Explore this website for Portuguese words, Portuguese verbs, commonly used phrases, Portuguese idiomatic expressions, and insights into the Portuguese culture.

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Portuguese Words

Learn basic Portuguese words, used every day in a variety of situations. We have handpicked Portuguese words you can't get by without.

English Portuguese English Portuguese
Black preto Morning manhã
White branco Afternoon tarde
Grey cinzneto Evening tardinha
Red vermelho Night noite
Yellow amarelo Yesterday ontem
Blue azul Today hoje
Orange cor de laranja Tomorrow amanhã
Pink cor-de-rosa Monday segunda-feira
Green verde Tuesday terça-feira
Brown castanho Wednesday quarta-feira
Purple roxo Thursday quinta-feira
Summer verão Friday sexta-feira
Winter inverno Saturday sábado
Spring primavera Sunday domingo
Autumn outono Day dia
January Janeiro Week semana
February Fevereiro Last, previous último / última
March Março Next próximo / próxima
April Abril It's sunny faz sol
May Maio It's nice está bom tempo
June Junho It's cold está frio
July Julho It's hot faz calor
August Agosto It's snowy está a nevar
September Setembro It's rainy está a chover
October Outobro It's windy faz vento
November Novembro It's foggy está enevoado
December Dezembro It's freezing há geada
Month mês Storm uma tempestade / um temporal
Year ano Lightning relâmpego

Portuguese Verbs

Learn most used Portuguese verbs that will help you build your first Portuguese sentences. Learn verb conjugations, regular and irregular verbs.

To be comfortable using Portuguese verbs, language learners need to master verb conjugation. In Portuguese, similar to other Romance languages, verbs tend to have a number of grammar forms. They depend on the conjugation of each verb.

Regular verbs belong to one of three conjugation classes, distinguished by the ending of their infinitives:

  • Portuguese verbs the infinitive of which ends in -ar belong to the First Conjugation (e.g. lavar, matar, ladrar);
  • Portuguese verbs the infinitive of which ends in -er belong to the Second Conjugation (e.g. correr, comer, colher);
  • Portuguese verbs the infinitive of which ends in -ir belong to the Third Conjugation (e.g. partir, destruir, urdir).

Before you get comfortable conjugating words on your own, you can use one of Portuguese verbs online conjugation tools, like this one.

The conjugation forms of irregular verbs, however, needs to be memorized.

Here are some most commonly used Portuguese verbs:

Portuguese English Portuguese English
Ser to be Comprender to understand
Ter to have Saber to know
Ir to go Ler to read
Estar to be Esperar to wait
Fazer to do Jogar to play
Ver to see Escrever to write
Olhar to look Dizer to say, tell
Poder to be able to Pedir to ask (a question)
Pôr to put Encontrar to find
Vir to come Perder to lose
Cantar to sing Ouvir to hear
Sentar to sit Amar to love
Comer to eat Viver to live
Beber to drink Vender to sell
Dormir to sleep Comprar to buy
Estudar to study Abrir to open
Aprender to learn Fechar to close

Portuguese Phrases

Portuguese phrases you need to know to kick off a basic conversation. Greetings, common sayings and idiomatic expressions learners need to know.

English Portuguese Pronunciation
Hello Bom dia bon DEE-ah/ JEE-ah (Rio)
Hello (informal) Olá O-lá
Thank you (said by a man) Obrigado ob-ree-GAH-doo
Thank you (said by a woman) Obrigada ob-ree-GAH-dah
How are you? Como está? KOH-moh ish-TAH?
How are you? Tudo Bem? TOO-do BENG?
Fine, thank you Bem, obrigado/a BENG, ob-ree-GAH-doo/dah
Everything is OK (Lit. "All is well") Tudo Bem TOO-do BENG
What is your name? (Lit. "How are you pronounced?") Como se chama? KOH-moh se SHA-ma?
My name is ______ (O) meu nome é ______ {oh} mew NOME ey _____
Nice to meet you Muito prazer em conhecê-lo MOOY-to pra-ZEHR eng koh-nye-SEH-lo
Please Por favor pohr fa-VOHR
You're welcome De nada je NAH-dah
Yes Sim SEE (Port.) / SEEN (Brazil)
No Não NOWNG
Excuse me Desculpe desh-KULP (Port.)/ desh-KUL-pay (Brazil)
I'm sorry Desculpe desh-KULP (Port.)/ desh-KUL-pay (Brazil)
Goodbye Adeus uh-DEOOSH
Goodbye (informal) Tchau CHOW
See you later Até logo ah-TEH LOH-goo
I can't speak Portuguese [well] Não falo [bem] Português NOWNG fah-loo [beng] por-too-GEZH
Do you speak English? Fala Inglês? fah-lah ing-GLEZH?
Is there someone here who speaks English? Há aqui alguém que fale Inglês? AH ah-KEE al-GENG keh FAH-leh ing-GLEZH?
Help! Socorro! soo-KOO-hoo!
Good day Bom dia bon DEE-ah/ JEE-ah (Rio)
Good evening Boa tarde bo-ah /TARD (Port)/ TAR-day (Brazil)/ TAR-jay (Rio)
Good night Boa noite bo-ah NOIT (Port.)/ NOI-chay (Brazil)
I don't understand Não compreendo NOWNG kom-pre-EN-doo
Where is the toilet? Onde é a casa-de-banho? OND eh a KAH-sah de BAH-nyoo?

Portuguese Culture

Portuguese language is spoken by over 218 million people worldwide. It evolved from a few Latin Gallic dialects spoken in the Iberian Peninsula.

Portuguese speakers worldwide

  • Portugal
  • Brazil
  • Mozambique
  • Angola
  • Cape Verde
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • São Tomé
  • Príncipe
  • Macau
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • East Timor.

Countries where Portuguese is spoken are called Lusophone. As there is quite a number of colonial times, Portuguese speakers found in India (Goa, Daman, Diu areas), in Batticaloa (Sri Lanka), and in Malacca/Melaka (Malaysia). Significant Portuguese speaking communities/diasporas are found all over the world, especially in the following countries: Andorra, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Curacao, France, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Namibia, South Africa, Switzerland, and Venezuela.

Portuguese Cuisine

Given the geographical diversity, the Lusophone culture and traditions vary greatly depending on the region. In Brazil, for example, cuisine has a strong African and Latin American influence while in Portugal it is rather similar to the French and Spanish cuisine.

In Portugal, the national dish is Bacalhau (dried salted cod). Grilled sardines and horse mackerel are also very popular, especially in coastal towns. You will also see a variety of seafood restaurants, with lots of shellfish choices and oysters on display. Another local specialty is Caldo Verde. This Portuguese Green Soup/Kale Soup exists in a number of variations throughout the country.


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