Directions in Portuguese

Dar Direcciones en Portugués

What’s up friends, are you all good? How about learning a little bit more Portuguese? Let’s talk about asking and giving directions in Portuguese!

When you come to Brazil, one of the things you are going to do a lot is ask for directions. These questions here are going to help you to do so. Take a look and learn how to ask for Portuguese directions:

Asking for directions in Portuguese

Onde tem um …? Where is there a …?
Onde fica o … mais próximo? Where is the closest …?
Como eu chego a/ao …? How do I get to the …?
Como eu faço para chegar a/ao … What do I do to get to the …?
Onde está o …? Where is the …?

Giving directions in Portuguese

These are the answers you are going to hear for the questions you ask. If you feel confident enough to help other people you can even use it to give directions. Let’s read and listen to the directions below:

Vire à direita (turn right) Atravesse a rua (cross the street)
Vire à esquerda (turn left) Ao lado (next to)
Vire na próxima rua (turn on the next street) Em frente (in front of)
Siga direto (go straight ahead) Quadra (block)


Dialogue to give directions in Portuguese

Pablo está perdido na cidade.
Ele acaba de parar o carro dele em uma rua e encontra um homem que está andando e pede algumas informações:

Pablo: Olá, boa tarde!
Homem: Boa tarde, Senhor!
Pablo: Meu nome é Paulo e estou perdido. Gostaria de ter algumas informações sobre como chegar a alguns lugares da cidade.
Homem: Claro, Senhor!
Pablo: Em primeiro lugar, gostaria de chegar ao Parque Nacional da Tijuca.
Homem: É muito fácil! Basta o Senhor virar a próxima rua à direita e o Senhor vai ver o parque logo no fim.
Pablo: Ah! Perfeito! É muito fácil mesmo. Depois de sair do parque, eu gostaria de ir ao Zoológico da cidade.
Homem: O Zoológico fica na Rua Bartolomeu Gusmão, ao lado do Museu Nacional.
Pablo: Tudo bem! Gostaria de ir ao banco agora. Como faço?
Homem: Basta o Senhor virar a próxima rua à esquerda e o Senhor vai ver o banco ao lado da padaria.
Pablo: Perfeito!
Homem: O Senhor também poderia aproveitar a visita à cidade para visitar o nosso Museu do Samba que fica a 15 minutos do zoológico da cidade. O senhor precisa seguir esta rua direto e virar na terceira quadra à esquerda.
Pablo: Ah! O museu parece ser uma ótima ideia. Se eu precisar comprar algum medicamento. Como faço?
Homem: O senhor precisa virar na próxima rua à direita. A farmácia fica ao lado do clube.
Pablo: Clube?! Há um clube na cidade?
Homem: Sim. Há um clube na cidade. O clube tem uma piscina, quadra de esportes e um ótimo espaço para as crianças.
Pablo: Muito bom! Como faço para chegar ao clube?
Homem: O clube está aqui na nossa frente. Só precisa cruzar a rua.
Pablo: Obrigado, Senhor!
Homem: De nada!

Dialogue in English

Paulo is lost in the city.
He has just stopped his car on the street, he meets a man who is passing by and he asks for some information:

Pablo: Hello, good afternoon!
Man: Good afternoon, Sir!
Pablo: My name is Paulo and I am lost. I would like to have some information about how to find a few places in the city.
Man: Sure, Sir!
Pablo: First, I would like to go to the Tijuca National Park.
Man: It’s very easy! You just have to turn right on the next street and you will see the park at the end.
Pablo: Ah! Perfect! That’s really easy. After leaving the park, I would like to go to the City Zoo.
Man: The Zoo is located on Bartolomeu Gusmão Street, next to the National Museum.
Pablo: Alright! I would like to go to the bank now. How do I get there?
Man: You just need to turn left on the next street and you will see the bank next to the bakery.
Pablo: Perfect!
Man: You could also visit our Museum of Samba since it’s only 15 minutes from the City Zoo. You just need to go straight down this street and turn left on the third block.
Pablo: Ah! Sounds like a nice idea. And if I need to buy some medicine, where can I do that?
Man: You need to turn right on the next street. The drugstore is next to the country club.
Pablo: Country club?! There is a country club in the city?
Man: Yes, there is one in the city. This country club has a pool, sports courts, it’s a great place for the children.
Pablo: Great! How can I get there?
Man: The country club is here in front of us. You just need to cross the street.
Pablo: Thank you. Sir!
Man: You are welcome!

How about practicing the directions you’ve learned? Come study Portuguese with us in Brazil and we’ll walk on the streets practicing this vocabulary and much more.

Now it’s your turn!

Take a look at the pictures and tell us how to get to each place. In all examples the starting point will be Rio & Learn School. Choose always the shortest route.

How do you get to Copacabana’s beach?

Map from Rio & Learn to Copacabana's beach. Rio de Janeiro.

Now… How do we go the the closest subway?

Directions in Portuguese example: Map from Rio & Learn to Siqueira Campos' subway.

Lastly, how can we get to Forte do Leme?

Directions in Portuguese example: Map from Rio & Learn to Forte do Leme. Rio de Janeiro.

Compass Rose in Portuguese

Directions in Portuguese. Compass Rose in Portuguese: Norte, sul, leste, oeste, centro, nordeste, sudeste, noroeste, sudoeste.

It’s not very common to see Brazilians giving directions using words such as North and South, but we often use it to talk about the different regions of Brazil. Here they are:

Norte North
Sul South
Leste East
Oeste West
Centro Center
Nordeste Northeast
Sudeste Southeast
Noroeste Northwest
Sudoeste Southwest

Now, we have just learned more about how to ask for some information in Portuguese, and also about giving directions in your city in Portuguese. And you? Will you start practicing and asking for information right now or are you going to let your friends get lost?

Big hug!

Bye, bye!

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  1. Saia da escola, de costas para a escola, vire à esquerda. Atravesse a rua e ande reto em direção à praia.
  2. Saia da escola e vire seu corpo para a direita. Siga reto na rua que você está durante 8 minutos até chegar ao metrô.
  3. Saia da escola, vire à esquerda e caminhe até a praia. Chegando na praia, vire à esquerda e caminhe até o final da mesma. Você encontrará o Forte do Leme.

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