Embora in Portuguese

example with embora in portuguese: embora fosse tarde, eles não queriam sair da festa!

What’s up guys? Today, we are going to embark on a new adventure and learn about a new word: embora in Portuguese. Do you know bora means or what its English ttranslation is? Let’s check out the multiple meanings of this word, watch a video about it and practice with an exercise! Ready?

What are the origins of embora?

Embora is the union of three words, em (in) + boa (good) + hora (time). In other words, embora means “it is a good time to do something”. It can be used as a conjuction or substantive. Let’s begin by hearing the correct pronunciation of this word:

How to use embora in Portuguese?

Embora as Ainda que

The word embora has two meanings. First, embora can be a conjunction (although in Portuguese) that we use to form structures in the Present form and Imperfect Subjunctive. Calm down! It’s not that hard. Embora is the same of ainda que. Let’s see some examples about it:

Embora esteja chovendo, vamos à praia. Ou Ainda que esteja chovendo, vamos à praia.
Although it is raining, we are going to the beach. Or even though it is raining, we are going to the beach.

Embora ele quisesse ficar um pouco mais, tinha que ir embora, pois já estava tarde.
Although he wanted to stay more, he had to leave, because it was too late.

Embora as Sair

The other use of embora in Portuguese is way more simple! We use it to say when it’s good time to go somewhere. Usually in this case, we use with the verb ir (to go). Let’s see here some examples:

Eu vou embora.
I am leaving.

Você não vai embora.
You are not leaving.

Ele vai embora.
He is leaving.

Ela não quer ir embora.
He doesn’t want to leave.

Nós vamos embora agora.
We are leaving now.

Por que vocês vão embora?
Why are you leaving now?

Quando eles vão embora?
When are they leaving?

Elas não vão embora. Vão ficar aqui na cidade.
They are not leaving. They are going to stay here in the city.

So we saw how the use of embora in Portuguese works. And now we know how to use the word embora in two different situations.

What does embora mean in Brazil?

Now that you have seen how you can use embora, let’s review it with a video made by our teachers here at Rio & Learn. Turn on the subtitles if you need ’em!

Bora Meaning in Portuguese

example of usage for the slang bora in portuguese: bora conhecer as praias do Rio?

You might be wondering, what does bora mean in Portuguese? In Brazil, bora is a slang with a very simple meaning that comes from the word embora. In a translation from English, bora means let’s go. So it’s one of those words you use when you need someone to go with you to do something. If you want to read more about bora in Portuguese, we have just the right Dica for you! Now, let’s check out a few examples with bora, so you know how to use it:

Bora para a praia, Juliana?
Let’s go to the beach, Juliana?

Bora logo! Estou morrendo de fome!
Let’s go quickly! I am hungry!

Bora sair e dar uma volta pela cidade?
Let’s go and hang out around the city?

Now it’s your turn!

Take a look at the sentences below, complete the sentences using the word embora and write down in what way the word is used. If you have doubts look at the example:

Embora esteja de dieta, vou comer toda a pizza. (ainda que)
Ele foi embora da festa mais cedo. (sair)

  1. ___________ estejam cansados, eles continuam trabalhando. (___________)
  2. Quando o filme acabar eu vou ___________. (___________)
  3. Vamos sair ___________ você não concorde. (___________)
  4. Eles querem ficar na festa ___________ precisem ir embora. (___________)
  5. Não assinaremos o contrato ___________ você nos obrigue. (___________)
  6. Ela foi ___________ assim que eu cheguei. (___________)
  7. Um gato entrou na minha casa e não quer ir ___________. (___________)
  8. Você precisa partir ___________ queira ficar por mais tempo. (___________)
  9. Ele vai ficar na praia ___________ chova mais tarde. (___________)
  10. Nosso Uber chegou então precisamos ir ___________, galera. (___________)
  11. ___________ vocês não nos deem  permissão, ficaremos aqui. (___________)
  12. Ele comprou o carro ___________ sua mulher não seja a favor. (___________)
  13. Nós viajaremos, ___________ a viagem seja cara demais. (___________)
  14. Ainda me lembro do dia em que meu pai foi ___________. (___________)
  15. ___________ português tenha uma estrutura como o espanhol, são duas línguas distintas. (___________)

Now, we know the uses of embora in Portuguese. You also understood the translation from Portuguese to English of the slang bora!

See you later guys.
Hugs from Rio de Janeiro!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Imperfect Subjunctive in Portuguese
Portuguese Subjunctive Exercises
Present Tense of Ir in Portuguese
Portuguese Conjunctions


  1. Embora estejam cansados, eles continuam trabalhando. (ainda que)
  2. Quando o filme acabar eu vou embora. (sair)
  3. Vamos sair embora você não concorde. (ainda que)
  4. Eles querem ficar na festa embora precisem ir embora. (ainda que/sair)
  5. Não assinaremos o contrato embora você nos obrigue. (ainda que)
  6. Ela foi embora assim que eu cheguei. (sair)
  7. Um gato entrou na minha casa e não quer ir embora. (sair)
  8. Você precisa partir embora queira ficar por mais tempo. (ainda que)
  9. Ele vai ficar na praia embora chova mais tarde. (ainda que)
  10. Embora vocês não nos deem  permissão, ficaremos aqui. (ainda que)
  11. Nosso Uber chegou então precisamos ir embora, galera. (sair)
  12. Ele comprou o carro embora sua mulher não seja a favor. (ainda que)
  13. Nós viajaremos, embora a viagem seja cara demais. (ainda que)
  14. Ainda me lembro do dia em que meu pai foi embora. (sair)
  15. Embora português tenha uma estrutura como o espanhol, são duas línguas distintas. (ainda que)

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