Basic Portuguese Phrases

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to one more Dica! Have you ever dreamed about coming to Brazil? Do you feel like you should learn useful Portuguese phrases for tourists? Well, you are in luck, because today we will study a few useful Portuguese Phrases to help you improve your communication! Ready? So, come with us!

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There are expressions that everybody needs to know to have a good conversation. That’s why we listed 100 of the most helpful phrases we have for you to study Portuguese. Check it out!

Greetings (Cumprimentos)

Greetings are essential in any language. These basic Portuguese phrases will help you start conversations and make a good impression.

  1. Olá – Hello
  2. Bom dia – Good morning
  3. Boa tarde – Good afternoon
  4. Boa noite – Good evening / Good night
  5. Como vai? – How are you?
  6. Tudo bem? – All good?
  7. Prazer em conhecê-lo/a – Nice to meet you
  8. Até logo – See you later
  9. Adeus – Goodbye
  10. Como se chama? – What’s your name?

Introductions (Apresentações)

When meeting someone new, these useful Portuguese phrases can help you introduce yourself and learn about others.

  1. Meu nome é… – My name is…
  2. Eu sou de… – I am from…
  3. Eu moro em… – I live in…
  4. Qual é a sua profissão? – What is your profession?
  5. Eu trabalho como… – I work as…
  6. Quantos anos você tem? – How old are you?
  7. Eu tenho … anos – I am … years old
  8. Você tem filhos? – Do you have children?
  9. Eu gosto de… – I like…
  10. Meu hobby é… – My hobby is…

Asking for Directions (Pedindo Direções)

Getting around in a new place can be easier with these common Portuguese phrases for asking directions.

  1. Onde fica…? – Where is…?
  2. Como eu chego a…? – How do I get to…?
  3. Está longe? – Is it far?
  4. Está perto? – Is it close?
  5. Vire à direita – Turn right
  6. Vire à esquerda – Turn left
  7. Siga em frente – Go straight ahead
  8. Atrás – Behind
  9. Na frente de – In front of
  10. Ao lado de – Next to

Shopping (Compras)

When shopping, these phrases can be quite useful in Portuguese-speaking countries.

  1. Quanto custa? – How much does it cost?
  2. Aceita cartão de crédito? – Do you accept credit cards?
  3. Onde está o provador? – Where is the fitting room?
  4. Eu gostaria de comprar… – I would like to buy…
  5. Tem um desconto? – Is there a discount?
  6. Está em promoção? – Is it on sale?
  7. Posso ajudar? – Can I help?
  8. Preciso de um tamanho maior/menor – I need a bigger/smaller size
  9. Eu só estou olhando – I’m just looking
  10. Pode embrulhar para presente? – Can you gift wrap it?

Eating Out (Comendo Fora)

These basic Portuguese phrases will help you order food and navigate restaurants.

  1. O cardápio, por favor – The menu, please
  2. Eu gostaria de… – I would like…
  3. Qual é o prato do dia? – What is the dish of the day?
  4. Tem opções vegetarianas? – Do you have vegetarian options?
  5. A conta, por favor – The check, please
  6. Está delicioso – It’s delicious
  7. Eu estou com fome – I am hungry
  8. Eu estou com sede – I am thirsty
  9. Posso ver a carta de vinhos? – Can I see the wine list?
  10. Um copo de água, por favor – A glass of water, please

Accommodation (Acomodações)

When staying in hotels or other accommodations, these phrases can be very useful.

  1. Eu tenho uma reserva – I have a reservation
  2. Gostaria de fazer o check-in – I would like to check in
  3. Qual é o número do meu quarto? – What is my room number?
  4. Preciso de mais toalhas – I need more towels
  5. Tem Wi-Fi disponível? – Is there Wi-Fi available?
  6. Onde é o café da manhã? – Where is breakfast served?
  7. Quais são os horários de check-out? – What are the check-out times?
  8. Pode chamar um táxi para mim? – Can you call a taxi for me?
  9. Onde está o elevador? – Where is the elevator?
  10. A chave do meu quarto, por favor – My room key, please

Emergencies (Emergências)

In case of emergencies, these phrases are crucial for getting help quickly.

  1. Ajuda! – Help!
  2. Chame a polícia – Call the police
  3. Chame uma ambulância – Call an ambulance
  4. Estou perdido/a – I am lost
  5. Estou doente – I am sick
  6. Onde fica o hospital mais próximo? – Where is the nearest hospital?
  7. Preciso de um médico – I need a doctor
  8. Perdi meus documentos – I lost my documents
  9. Fui roubado/a – I was robbed
  10. Está em chamas! – It’s on fire!

Transportation (Transporte)

Navigating transportation systems is easier with these useful Portuguese phrases.

  1. Onde fica a estação de trem? – Where is the train station?
  2. Qual é o próximo ônibus para…? – When is the next bus to…?
  3. Quanto custa a passagem? – How much is the ticket?
  4. Tem um metrô por aqui? – Is there a subway around here?
  5. Preciso de um táxi – I need a taxi
  6. O aeroporto está longe? – Is the airport far?
  7. Onde eu posso alugar um carro? – Where can I rent a car?
  8. Pode me levar a este endereço? – Can you take me to this address?
  9. Qual é a plataforma para o trem para…? – What is the platform for the train to…?
  10. Este ônibus vai para…? – Does this bus go to…?

Daily Activities (Atividades Diárias)

These common Portuguese phrases will help you talk about everyday activities.

  1. Eu vou ao trabalho – I am going to work
  2. Estou estudando português – I am studying Portuguese
  3. Vou fazer compras – I am going shopping
  4. Vou ao supermercado – I am going to the supermarket
  5. Vou ao ginásio – I am going to the gym
  6. Estou preparando o jantar – I am preparing dinner
  7. Vou assistir televisão – I am going to watch TV
  8. Vou passear com o cachorro – I am going for a walk with the dog
  9. Estou lendo um livro – I am reading a book
  10. Vou dormir – I am going to sleep

Socializing (Socializando)

When socializing, these phrases can help you engage in conversations and make friends.

  1. Vamos sair hoje à noite? – Shall we go out tonight?
  2. Você gosta de música? – Do you like music?
  3. Qual é o seu filme favorito? – What is your favorite movie?
  4. Vamos dançar? – Shall we dance?
  5. Você gosta de viajar? – Do you like to travel?
  6. Qual é o seu hobby? – What is your hobby?
  7. Você tem irmãos? – Do you have siblings?
  8. Você gosta de esportes? – Do you like sports?
  9. Qual é o seu restaurante favorito? – What is your favorite restaurant?
  10. Vamos tomar um café? – Shall we have a coffee?

Expressions (Expressões)

These basic Portuguese phrases are commonly used expressions that will make your speech sound more natural.

  1. Tudo bem – All good
  2. De nada – You’re welcome
  3. Com licença – Excuse me
  4. Sinto muito – I’m sorry
  5. Por favor – Please
  6. Muito obrigado/a – Thank you very much
  7. Claro – Of course
  8. Não tem problema – No problem
  9. Talvez – Maybe
  10. Não sei – I don’t know

Pronunciation of Important Phrases in Portuguese

Now It’s Your Turn!

Now it’s your turn to practice! Make sure to remember the basic Portuguese phrases you have just learned! Select the right phrases below to complete the dialogue and make our teachers proud!

  1. Desculpa
  2. Com licença
  3. Muito obrigado
  4. Desculpe, eu não entendo
  5. Entendi

No Restaurante:

José: Opa, __________! Me atrasei!
Anna: Tudo bem, José! Como você está?
José: Estou bem!
Garçom: __________! Vocês vão querer alguma bebida?
Anna: __________!
Garçom: Perguntei se vocês querem beber algo.
Anna: Ah, sim! __________. Gostaria de um café!
José: Eu quero um chá. __________.

Are you a master of the useful phrases now? If you want, you can also study Portuguese verbs. Tell us in the comments how you would react to the situation from the exercise (if you didn’t understand something the waiter said). Would you ask him to repeat or just tell him you didn’t understand?

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Portuguese Expressions with Ter
Expressions with the Verb Fazer
Idiomatic Expressions in Portuguese

Answers

José: Opa, desculpa! Me atrasei!
Anna: Tudo bem, José! Como você está?
José: Estou bem!
Garçom: Com licença! Vocês vão querer alguma bebida?
Anna: Desculpe, eu não entendo!
Garçom: Perguntei se vocês querem beber algo.
Anna: Ah, sim! Entendi. Gostaria de um café!
José: Eu quero um chá. Muito obrigado.

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