How are you doing? Today, as usual, we bring you something to add even more to your knowledge… but also perhaps to your style? Let’s talk about Brazilian accessories! You already have seen everything related to women’s clothing and then to men’s clothing in Portuguese. But now we will talk about the multiple accessories in Portuguese, that you can find anywhere you look around in Brazil. I am sure your Portuguese teacher wears at least one of them for classes! Let’s find out?
Vocabulary for Brazilian Accessories
We selected three famous types of hats to talk about. The chapéu is a very broad term to anything you use in your head. The boné is very famous in the street style, and you can use it with flap forward or backwards. Which do you prefer? Finally, the gorro is that head accessory for when it’s very cold, which for us here in Rio de Janeiro is rare.
We all know someone that needs glasses, right? We call them óculos! You might even find people that call it óculos de grau, which means glasses with prescription. The óculos de sol is a variation that you can use it at the beach! And in Covid times, don’t forget your máscara!
Let’s now talk about something to make us shine even brighter! Brincos are used on our ears, and you can have as many as you want. The colar, on the other hand, we use on our necks. And for our fingers, we have the anel. But did you know that commitment rings are called alianças? What about you? Do you prefer silver or golden accessories?
If you have long hair, this is the section for you! If you want to style that amazing ponytail, you will probably need a good elástico de cabelo. They stretch and can be used for many hairstyles. We call it this way because the word elástico is also used for everyday stationary elastics. The grampo can come in many styles, but the most famous one is the simple ones, that we often use hidden under our hairstyle. And finally, we have the practical presilha! Some people in Rio might refer to this one in the picture as piranha, which is also a swear-word, so keep that in mind!
Do you wear an analog watch or a smartwatch? Well, it doesn’t matter. In Brazil, they are all called relógio de pulso. Did you know that our Santos Dumont was the one that popularized the relógio de pulso? Before that, it was just worn by royalty. The pulseira, on the other hand, is a very common accessory that most people love to wear, right? Tornozeleiras are not as common, and are worn around the tornozelos, and that is why it receives this name.
Some people love cinto, and use them as true accessories, while others just use them when their pants are loose. It’s the same for pochete: some people swear it’s the tackiest thing on Earth, but others love their usefulness. Do you think it’s difficult to style a pochete with other articles of clothing? Finally, the carteira is where you keep all your documents and money!
And to carry all your stuff around when you go to your Portuguese classes, you need one of these three: bolsa, usually worn by ladies, and can come in any sizes and shapes; mochila, used by everyone from young to old; and if you really have much stuff, a good old mala de viagem is the right choice for you!
Now let’s check our pronunciation about accessories in Portuguese with the video! You can turn on the subtitles if needed:
So, that were some of the most famous accessories in Portuguese! What are your favorite accessories to wear? Are there any that you detest? That’s it for the Brazilian accessories! I hope you all enjoyed it, and don’t forget to subscribe to our youtube channel and learn more Portuguese with us!
See you on our next Dica!