Abbreviations in Portuguese

students learning about abbreviations in portuguese in their classroom with a teacher

Hello, people! Are you ready for a new class? If you already know Brazilians, you are very aware we love to abbreviate words when we use the internet. We have tons of internet slangs and many memes! But we also have other very common abbreviations that are even formally recognized in our language! So, let’s talk today about abbreviations in Portuguese.

Most Common Portuguese Abbreviations

What is an abbreviation? An abbreviation is a short form to write some words. Let’s see a list with the most commonly used ones in the Portuguese language:

Abbreviations for Addresses and Places in Portuguese

Apt. / Apto.ApartamentoApartment
E.U.A.Estados Unidos da AméricaUnited States
Facul.Faculdade / UniversidadeUniversity
Nº / Num.NúmeroNumber
ONGOrganização Não GovernamentalNon-governmental Organization
ONUOrganização das Nações UnidasUnited Nations
OTANOrganização do Tratado do Atlântico NorteNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization
U.E.União EuropeiaEuropean Union
UPAUnidade de Pronto AtendimentoPublic Emergency Hospital

Abbreviations for Administration in Portuguese

Ag.Agência do BancoBank Agency
Br. / Bras. / Brasil.Brasileiro/aBrazilian
C/cConta Corrente do BancoCurrent Account
Esp. / ESEspanholSpanish
Port. / PT-BRPortuguêsPortuguese

Abbreviations for Letters and Books in Portuguese

Etc.Entre outras coisasAnd other things
Pág. / Pg.PáginaPage

Abbreviations for Measurements in Portuguese

a.CAntes de CristoBefore Christ / Common Era BCE
ºCGraus CelsiusDegrees Celsius
H / HrHoraHour
Km/hQuilômetros por horaKilometers per hour
Metro quadradoSquare meter

Abbreviations for Titles in Portuguese

Adv.Advogado / AdvogadaLawyer
Dr. / Dra.Doutor / DoutoraDoctor
Exmo.ExcelentíssimoYour Excellency
N.Sa.Nossa SenhoraOur Lady
Prof. / Profª.Professor / ProfessoraProfessor
Sr. / Sra.Senhor / SenhoraMister / Mrs
SSSantíssimoYour Holiness

Examples for Portuguese Language Abbreviation

Now let’s use some of these abbreviations in examples so that we can practice a bit more.

Eu estudo Port. com o Prof. Pablo na Rio & Learn.
I study Portuguese with Professor Pablo at Rio & Learn.

Ele dirige a mais de 120 km/h.
He drives faster than 120 km/h.

O Exmo. Sr. presidente está viajando.
His Excellency Mr President is traveling.

Dr. Renato trabalha naquele hospital há 10 anos.
Doctor Renato has worked in that hospital for 10 years.

Nós moramos na R. Barata Ribeiro 512. Nosso ed. é muito velho.
We live at number 512, Barata Ribeiro Street. Our building is very old.

Nossa aula começa às 9h em Copacabana.
Our class starts at 9 o’clock in Copacabana.

No verão do Rio de Janeiro é possível ter 40ºC.
In the summer it’s possible to reach 40ºC in Rio de Janeiro.

Qual é o número do seu apt?
What’s your apartment number?

Em qual pg. do livro estamos?
On which page of the book are we?

O melhor cap. é o último.
The best chapter is the last one.

What About Internet Abbreviations in Portuguese?

Brazil is well known in the internet for being the country of abbreviations and memes, right? From simple abbreviations to speed our typing when communicating, to complex abbreviations just for the sake of a few laughs, we have a whole setting of internet slangs. Thinking about how relevant it is to learn this way of communicating in the internet, we have created a Dica just for you to learn these internet abbreviations! Check it out and get in your A game in the web!

All cool? Now you know everything about the Portuguese language abbreviations. Are you used to using abbreviations when writing? What are the most common in your country? Want to see our students learning Portuguese? Go to our Facebook page!

We’ll see each other in the next Dica!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Portuguese Internet Slang
The Use of Senhor and Você
Vowels in Portuguese

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