Welcome to your first Portuguese lesson.
Basic phrases and words part 1
|you||você (1), tu (5)|
|goodbye||adeus, tchau (3)|
|My name is...||Meu nome é... (4)|
|My name is Fred.||Meu nome é Fred.|
|What is your name? (How are you called?)||Como você se chama?/Qual é o seu nome?|
1 - Common in Brazilian Portuguese. Formal use in European Portuguese.
2 - Very informal. Use it only with people you are very familiar with. The Portuguese are formal and will judge you accordingly, but are usually happier when communicating.
3 - "Tchau" is too informal. "Adeus" means goodbye, but in a more definitive, final fashion, when you don't expect to see each other until the next day, for a long time, or even still alive; keep it for those occasions. Use the less final "até já" (see you right away), "até logo" (see you later [today]), "até à próxima" (until a next time) or the formal "foi um prazer" (it was a pleasure [being with you]).
4 - Unusual phrase construction, use the next formulation below.
5 - Only in some Brazilian regions (i.e. gaúchos from South).
: The sounds with European Portuguese accent. HolyZarkon 22:11, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
Basic phrases and words part 2
|English||European and African variant||American variant (Brazil)|
|Good morning||Bom dia|
|Good afternoon||Boa tarde|
|Good evening||Boa noite•|
|Good night||Boa noite•|
|How are you?||Como estás?||Como vai?|
|I'm fine, thank you||(Estou) bem, obrigado.|
|Where is a bank?||Onde há um banco?||Onde tem um banco?(1)|
|Where can I get a bus?||Onde posso apanhar um autocarro?||Onde pode pegar ônibus?|
|Where should I step down from the train?||Onde devo sair do comboio?||Onde eu devo descer do trem?|
|When will it open? / When will you open?||Quando abre?|
|When will it close? / When will you close?||Quando fecha?|
|A coffee, please.||Um café, por favor.|
|How much is it?||Quanto é?/Quanto custa?|
|Thank you very much.||Muito obrigado.|
|You're welcome.||Não tem de quê.||De nada. (Also in the European and African variant.)|
• - In Portuguese, you should say "Boa noite! when you are complimenting or leaving a place for example. It is only important to keep in mind that you have got to use "Boa noite" only at evening or night.
1 - This form is used specifically in oral speech. The appropriate written form is: "Onde há um banco?"
The sounds with European Portuguese accent. HolyZarkon 22:09, 30 April 2007 (UTC)