Bolo in Portuguese

Ejemplo con bolo en Portugués: O bolo estava muito gostoso.

Uses of the word Bolo in Portuguese

Do you know the meaning of bolo? Now, do you really know the meaning of bolo? If learning a language was supposed to be easy, Rio & Learn wouldn’t be so dead set on suggesting immersion. So without further ado, let’s take a look at all the different ways we can use bolo in Portuguese.

The “True” Bolo in Portuguese

Bolo, in the traditional sense, is nothing other than “cake.” And Brazilians love getting creative with it — from the basic bolo de laranja and bolo de chocolate to all sorts of savory cakes you can think of. Yes! Savory! Don’t judge it before trying.

Examples of Bolo as “Cake”

– Deixe-os comer bolo!
– Let them eat cake!

– Minha mãe faz um bolo de milho incrível.
– My mother makes an incredible corn cake.

The Kind of Bolo You Don’t Want!

If bolo sounds like just everything you want right now, it’s time to reconsider. Say you invited someone out for dinner. You wait in front of the restaurant for forty minutes and nothing. Você levou bolo, cara. In other words, you were stood up! Levar bolo (or “to get cake”) means “to be stood up.” And if you’re the one doing it? Then you’re “giving cake!” Dar bolo!

Examples of Levar and Dar Bolo

– Eu já estou aqui por uma hora e nada dela. Levei bolo.
– I’ve been here for an hour and I haven’t heard from her. I’ve been stood up.

– Como foi o encontro com o Mateus ontem?
– Eu fiquei muito nervosa e acabei dando bolo nele.
– How was your date with Mateus yesterday?
– I got very anxious and ended up standing him up.

Way Too Much Bolo

Now if you hadn’t been stood up by a date but rather by your friend on pizza night, that’s better, isn’t it? More pizza for you! Um bolo de pizza! No, not a pizza cake — that’s not what we mean by savory cakes. Just a lot of pizza! So bolo is another word for ” a bunch of” or “lots of” something.

Examples of Bolo as “Lots of”

– Eu tenho um bolo de dever de casa pra fazer.
– I have lots of homework to do.

– Você fez um bolo de quadros, né?
– You did a bunch of paintings, didn’t you?

There’s Always More Bolo

So far we’ve seen the three most common uses of the word bolo — but that’s not all! Check out this video to review the uses of the word bolo in Portuguese and discover a new one. Hint: it has to do with a popular Brazilian hand game.

Now let’s practice a little!

Exercises for the Different Uses of Bolo in Portuguese

1. Marquei um encontro com a Mara, mas ela não apareceu. Eu _______.
2. Tem _______ de roupa suja para lavar.
3. Tirei as mãos antes dele me bater. Ele _______.
4. Ana não foi no cinema com o Thiago. Ela _______ nele.
5. Amanda não pode comer _______ porque ela é vegana.
6. No primeiro encontro dos meus pais, meu pai _______.
7. Minha namorada é muito ocupada. Ela tem sempre _______ de coisa para fazer.
8. Nós sempre temos _______ nas festas de aniversário.
9. Ele nunca mais respondeu minhas mensagens depois que ele me _______.
10. Que tipo de _______ você mais gosta?

That’s all folks. Now you know the different uses of the word Bolo in Portuguese.
Hugs from Rio de Janeiro.
Tchau tchau.

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1. Marquei um encontro com a Mara, mas ela não apareceu. Eu levei bolo.
2. Tem um bolo de roupa suja para lavar.
3. Tirei as mãos antes dele me bater. Ele levou bolo.
4. Ana não foi no cinema com o Thiago. Ela deu bolo nele.
5. Amanda não pode comer bolo porque ela é vegana.
6. No primeiro encontro dos meus pais, meu pai levou bolo.
7. Minha namorada é muito ocupada. Ela tem sempre um bolo de coisa para fazer.
8. Nós sempre temos bolo nas festas de aniversário.
9. Ele nunca mais respondeu minhas mensagens depois que ele me deu bolo.
10. Que tipo de bolo você mais gosta?

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