Difference between achar and pensar. Example with the verb achar: Acho que essa vista é linda!

Difference between achar and pensar

Ready for another Dica in Portuguese for foreigners?
So, let’s learn the difference between achar and pensar, two verbs that are used a lot in Brazilian Portuguese.

The verb Achar

When we use the verb achar, we are giving an opinion on something. It can also transmit an idea of uncertainty.

Examples with Achar in Portuguese

Eu acho que hoje vai dar praia.
I think today we can go to the beach.

Ele acha que eu sou de São Paulo, mas não sou. Sou do Rio de Janeiro.
He thinks that I’m from São Paulo, but I’m not. I am from Rio de Janeiro.

O professor disse que acha meu português muito bom.
The professor says that he thinks my Portuguese is really good.

Nós achamos que hoje ia fazer frio, mas está calor.
We thought today would be cold, but it is hot.

The verb Pensar

Pensar is combining ideas. We also use the verb pensar when we have an idea or a plan about something.

Examples with Pensar in Portuguese

Você pensa em se mudar para Copacabana?
Are you thinking about moving to Copacabana?

Eu estou pensando em viajar para a Europa no próximo ano.
I am thinking about traveling to Europe next year.

Nós pensamos a mesma coisa sobre você.
We think the same thing about you.

Ele nunca pensa antes de falar.
He never thinks before talking.

Did you guys understand the difference between achar and pensar? So, now we can practice. Answer the following questions:

Practice a little bit more

Em que vocês estão pensando agora?
What are you thinking about right now?

Vocês pensam em visitar o Rio de Janeiro este ano?
Are you thinking of visiting Rio de Janeiro this year?

Vocês acham o Flamengo melhor que o Vasco?
Do you think Flamengo is better than Vasco?

Vocês acham o Rio uma cidade maravilhosa?
Do you think Rio is a marvelous city?

We hope you do!
If you have any doubts concerning the last question, take a look at our Pinterest. We have an album with the best places in Rio de Janeiro.

How about testing your Portuguese a bit?

Now it’s your turn!

Till the next A Dica do Dia!
Kind regards from Rio & Learn!

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