Brazilians have started travelling abroad a lot more over the past few years, so now more and more people from Brazil that speak English. But the majority of the population of this huge and beautiful country does not speak anything else other than Portuguese. So to be on the safe side, and to get what you want (like FOOD!), or to get around a little easier, we’ve made a list of a few basic and important things you should learn to say during your time in Brazil. Can you think of something else to add?
- Não falo Português (I don’t speak Portuguese)
You know, just in case the person you’re talking to happens to speak your language!
- Estou perdido (I’m lost)
Because you don’t want to be lost for a long time
- Quanto é? (How much?)
You don’t want to end up paying more than you should
- Não, obrigada/o! (No, thanks!)
For those pesty vendors.
- Por favor, você pode me ajudar? (Please, can you help me?)
Brazilians are extremely friendly and are always willing to help even if they can’t speak the same language. It’s enough to just see someone with a map in their hands, or a confused face, for a Brazilian to approach you and offer to help. But in case you’re not so lucky, it doesn’t hur to ask for help!
- Por favor eu quero ir a… (I’d like to go to…, please)
Por favor, eu quero ir a praia (I’d like to go to the beach, please). You’ll probably say that a lot!
- Legal (cool, pronounced lê-gaul, not lee-gull!)
One of the most useful slang words in the Portuguese language, you can use legal to describe a whole bunch of things. People can be legal, as can clothes, places, and…. everything else you can imagine that’s pretty cool here.
- Você fala inglês? (Do you speak English?)
In case the conversation gets messy and you need to switch languages
- Desculpa! (Sorry!)
- Com licença (Excuse me)
- Beijo (Kiss)
You’ll hear and read that a lot. Brazilians not only kiss twice on each other’s cheek (once in São Paulo!), they also saythe word ‘beijo’ out loud to each other, on the phone and in person. It’s cute!
We hope you’ll find our little Portuguese guide useful. This should make your stay in Brazil even more fun. Enjoy!