example with the word foda in portuguese: Essa foto ficou foda!

What’s up? You know how every language has some specific feelings or situations that you can only describe with slang words, right? It’s the same thing here in Brazil! If you are learning Portuguese in Brazil, you probably have come across this word already, since it’s commonly used. In today’s Dica, we are going to learn about foda in Portuguese.

Meaning of Foda in Portuguese

Remember to use it at the correct time. This is a very informal word, so do not use it in a formal setting! But what does it mean exactly? The video below is in Portuguese, but don’t worry, you can always put the subtitles on if you’re still not confident enough! Remember to pay attention to the pronunciation and intonation used by one of our teachers!

As said in the video above, this curse word can be used in a positive or negative way, with means to qualify people, places or situations. Let’s take a look at some of the examples below:

Positive Use

So, let’s start in a positive way, when the intonation always signals excitement or happiness, and the word means something amazing:

Os professores da Rio & Learn são foda!
Rio & Learn teachers are all fucking good!

A Praia de Copacabana é foda!
Copacabana beach is fucking great!

Caipirinha é uma bebida foda!
Caipirinha is a fucking amazing drink!

Negative Use

Now, as you saw in the video, you probably noticed that, to use it in a negative way, the intonation changes to frustration or sadness:

Hoje o dia tá foda! Não tenho nada pra fazer.
Today is fucking boring! I don’t have anything to do.

É foda conviver com pessoas invejosas.
It’s fucking bad living with envious people.

Ele mora em um lugar foda. Longe de tudo.
He lives in a fucking awful place. Far from everywhere and everything.

Foda-se Meaning

Ok, we have learned all the different meanings of foda. But what does it mean when we add the reflexive pronoun -se? Well, in this case, you want to show the idea that you don’t care about a situation or person. This usage, besides being a swear word, can also be used to curse someone. Take a look at the examples below and check out how it’s used.

Joana me deu um bolo. Foda-se ela!
Joana left me waiting. Fuck her!

Foda-se o que ele quer, eu não vou fazer nada.
Fuck whatever he wants, I won’t do anything.

Foda-se meu colega de trabalho. Ele quis me ferrar com o chefe!
Fuck my work colleage. He wanted to screw me in front of the boss!

Exercises with Foda in Portuguese

Read the following sentences and see if they are said in a positive (P) or negative (N) way. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

  1. Nossa, que situação foda, ninguém esperava por isso, é muito triste.
  2. Os passeios da RioLIVE! são foda!
  3. Esse cara é foda, não gosto dele.
  4. Copacabana Palace é um hotel foda!

So, now you know when and where to use the word foda, be it in a positive or negative way. Have you heard many Brazilians using it? What about in your language, is there a one-word synonym? We are going to see each other in the next one guys!

Big hug from Rio de Janeiro!
Bye, bye!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Portuguese Swear Words
Porra in Portuguese
Caralho in Portuguese
Psiu in Portuguese


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