Common Words in Portuguese

exemplo com as palavras mais comuns em português: Todo mundo adorou o passeio em São Cristóvão!

Brazilian Portuguese is a vibrant and dynamic language, rich in cultural influences and regional nuances. As we embark on a journey to explore the most used words in this language, we’ll unravel the intricacies that make Brazilian Portuguese unique. From everyday conversation to literature and media, these words form the backbone of communication in Brazil. Join us in this linguistic adventure as we delve into the heart of Brazilian Portuguese, accompanied by phrase examples that bring these words to life. Let’s conquer the most commons words in Portuguese today!

Most Used Words in Portuguese

example of useful common words in portuguese: eles acharam o rio de janeiro um lugar muito lindo!

For the sake of making you learn Portuguese more easily, we selected our useful words in Portuguese and organized them with examples!

Oi (Hello/Hi)

The simplest and most widely used greeting in Brazilian Portuguese, “Oi” sets the tone for countless conversations across the country. Whether meeting someone for the first time or reconnecting with an old friend, “Oi” is the go-to salutation. If you want to learn more about greetings in Portuguese, take a look at our Dica about them!

Example: Oi, tudo bem? (Hello, how are you?)

Obrigado / Obrigada (Thank you)

Gratitude is a cornerstone of Brazilian culture, and “Obrigado” expresses appreciation in various contexts. The gendered forms, “Obrigado” for males and “Obrigada” for females, highlight the language’s attention to detail. We have a Dica just about ways to say thank you in Portuguese if you want to know more!

Example: Obrigado pela ajuda. (Thank you for the help.)

Por Favor (Please)

Politeness is paramount, and “Por favor” seamlessly integrates into requests, transforming a demand into a courteous appeal. It reflects the cultural emphasis on respectful communication.

Example: Por favor, me passe o sal. (Please pass me the salt.)

Bom / Bem (Good / Well)

Whether expressing well-wishes or assessing the quality of something, “Bom” and “Bem” are versatile words that weave through daily conversations, enriching the language with positivity. If you want to dive deeper into these differences, we have just the right Dica for you!

Example: Tenha um bom dia. (Have a good day.)

Certo (Right / Correct)

“Certo” is a linguistic anchor in discussions, and one of the most common words in Portuguese. It provides affirmation and clarity. Its flexibility allows it to confirm facts or agreement in various scenarios.

Example: Isso está certo. (That’s correct.)

Gente (People)

Inclusive and warm, “Gente” refers to a group of individuals, emphasizing the collective identity and shared experiences of a community. If you got the time, take a look at our Dica about gente in Portuguese!

Example: Essa gente é amigável. (These people are friendly.)

Falar (To Speak)

Fundamental to communication, “Falar” encapsulates the act of speaking and expressing oneself, playing a crucial role in language acquisition and interaction. That is why it’s one of the useful words in Portuguese! You should amplify your knowledge by reading our Dica about verb falar in Portuguese!

Example: Eu gosto de falar português. (I like to speak Portuguese.)

Ainda (Still / Yet)

example of usage for ainda in portuguese: você fala ainda mais português com a riolive!

“Ainda” adds a temporal layer to conversations, conveying continuity or expectation. Its nuanced usage captures the fluidity of time in the Brazilian linguistic landscape. Take a look at our Dica about ainda in Portuguese!

Example: “Eu ainda não terminei.” (I haven’t finished yet.)

Aí (There / Here)

“Aí” serves as a versatile indicator of location, conveying the proximity or position of an object or action. Check out our Dica about adverbs of place, and you will learn more about aí.

Example: “Deixe o livro aí.” (Leave the book there.)

Pessoa (Person)

“Pessoa” emphasizes the individuality of each human being, contributing to discussions on diversity and human relationships.

Example: “Cada pessoa é única.” (Each person is unique.)

Mais (More)

“Mais” extends beyond quantity, embodying a desire for additional experiences, knowledge, or possessions. If you want to read more about this word, take a look at our Dica about mais in Portuguese!

Example: “Quero mais café, por favor.” (I want more coffee, please.)

Agora (Now)

Repeating the word “Agora” highlights its frequent use and its ability to express urgency or immediacy in different contexts.

Example: Agora não posso, tenho uma RioLIVE! importante. (I can’t now, I have an important RioLIVE!)

Trabalho (Work/Job)

“Trabalho” encompasses both the general concept of work and the specific responsibilities associated with a job, underscoring the importance of professional life.

Example: Meu trabalho é desafiador. (My job is challenging.)

Todo / Toda (Every / Whole)

“Todo” and “Toda” denote inclusivity and entirety, addressing both the male and female aspects of the language. Read our Dica about tudo and todo in Portuguese and learn more!

Example: Todo dia aprendemos algo novo. (Every day we learn something new.)

Achar (To Think / To Find)

“Achar” embodies both the act of thinking and finding, capturing the nuanced nature of forming opinions or making discoveries. If you want to learn the conjugation of this verb, take a look at this Dica here!

Example: Eu acho que ela está certa. (I think she is right.)

Fazer (To Do / To Make)

“Fazer” is an omnipresent verb that encapsulates actions ranging from simple tasks to creative endeavors, showcasing its versatility. You can read all about this verb here!

Example: Vou fazer um bolo hoje. (I am going to make a cake today.)

Lugar (Place)

“Lugar” anchors conversations in physical spaces, guiding discussions about locations, destinations, and environments.

Example: Esse é um bom lugar para descansar. (This is a good place to rest.)

Now you know some of the most useful and common words in Portuguese! Do you think there is another common word that wasn’t listed here? Tell us in the comments!

Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Tudo and Todo in Portuguese
Adverbs of Denial
Useful Portuguese Phrases
Royal Portuguese Reading Room

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