Claro in Portuguese

usage of claro in portuguese with students learning how to samba!

Hello guys! Welcome to another A Dica do Dia! In today’s class we will teach you all about the expression Claro in Portuguese! Do you know it can sometimes mean ‘of course,’ ‘bright,’ or even ‘light’ in Portuguese? Did you know the world claro can also be used in different contexts? Let’s take a look at the explanation below!

Claro as Opposite of Dark in Portuguese

example of claro (light) versus escuro (dark) in portuguese: nossa! está escuro aqui.

The first definition of claro is ‘the opposite of dark.’ You can use this word to describe, for example, light clothes and if the weather is bright outside. Take a look at the examples below:

Luana: Nossa! O céu tá bem claro hoje!Luana: Wow! The sky is really bright today!
Moisés: É, mas eu vi no jornal que mais tarde vai ficar escuro. Vai chover pra caramba!Moisés: Yeah, but I saw on the newspaper that it will get darker later. It’s going to rain a lot!

Claro as Synonym to Clear in Portuguese

example of claro in portuguese meaning clear: sim! a explicação foi bem clara!

Claro is also used when we want to communicate that something was explained perfectly. You can also use to describe a fact or piece of information as ;logical, evident or obvious even! Take a look at the example:

Igor: Pessoal, vocês entenderam a matéria?Igor: Guys, did you understand the subject?
Alunos: Sim, a explicação foi bem clara!Students: Yes, the explanation was very clear!

Claro as Of Course in Portuguese

example of claro as of course in portuguese: é claro que eles estão felizes.

Finally, we can also use claro to express certainty about a certain aspect during a conversation in Portuguese. Look at the example below, claro is used in the same way as ‘of course’:

Anna: Você já sabe se vai poder ir à RioLIVE! comigo?Anna: Do you already know if you can go to RioLIVE! with me?
Marta: Claro! Estou animada!Martha: Of course! I am excited!

Another way to phrase this in the same sense as of course is adding an often used structure in Brazilian Portuguese:

Jonas: Você gosta de dançar?Jonas: Do you already know if you can go to RioLIVE! with me?
Aline: Mas é claro que sim!Aline: Yes, of course!

This is a way to positively reinforce an answer, but we also have a negative version:

Joana: Você tem medo de barata?Joana: Are you afraid of cockroaches?
Lucas: Mas é claro que não!Lucas: Of course not!

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Kisses and hugs from Rio.

           Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
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