Houses in Portuguese

examples of houses in portuguese

What’s up, people? Are you ready to learn Portuguese? Today we are going to see different types of houses in Portuguese. How do you imagine people live in Brazil? Do you think they have a preference when we are talking about housing? Would you prefer a big house or a small apartment? Let’s check today a little bit about these types of houses, so we can understand more about Brazilian culture!

Types of Houses in Portuguese


Casas are really common in Brazil. They are spacious and have a yard around it or a backyard. You’ll usually find two or three bedrooms in it.


Quitinete is a small type of house or apartment made of three rooms only: living room/bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. They are also called studios.

Casa de PraiaBeach House

Who wouldn’t like to have a house by the beach and have a great time during the summer? The porch of the house is right in front of the sea.


The apartment on the top floor of the build with a beautiful view of the city is a Cobertura. They are expensive but worth the price.


Mansão is a big and fancy house. Usually, the high society and celebrities in Brazil have one. The ones they have in the countryside are just gigantic.


Cabana is a small house made of wood, mostly found inside a forest. It’s perfect to spend time with family and friends disconnected from the world outside.


Chalé is a beautiful and cozy house found in the hills. Here in Rio de Janeiro for example there are great chalés in Petrópolis.


There are an infinite variety of apartamentos. Big, small, in front of the beach or not. It all depends on what you are looking for.


An apart-hotel is a small building that offers hotel services such as dinning hall and laundry. They are cheaper than hotels.


The sobrado is a two-story house. It’s not very big, and it’s typically build next to other sobrados.


Even though Brazil is a big country, we don’t have many castelos. Here in Rio there are three, and one of them you can see during our RioLIVE! to Porto Maravilha.


Barraco is a very poor house usually made of sheets of wood and metal. It can be found in distant parts of the country, and it’s a construction made by simple people.

Pronunciation of Houses in Portuguese

Now that you know more about the type of houses we have, how about practicing the sound?

Now it’s your turn!

Complete the phrases with the housing options below:

quitinete / casa de praia / cobertura / cabana / castelo / barraco

a) A minha __________ fica em Búzios, uma região de praias no Rio de Janeiro.

b) A __________ dele é bem pequena: ele estuda português online, trabalha e dorme no mesmo cômodo.

c) A cantora Anitta provavelmente mora numa __________ em algum prédio caro.

d) Muitas pessoas pobres tem que morar em __________ na favela.

e) Você sabia que em Itaipava, no interior do Rio de Janeiro, tem um __________?

f) Joana quer comprar uma __________ no interior para pescar nos finais de semana.

And you? In what type of house do you live? And in what type of house you would like to live? If you want to watch more videos about Portuguese for foreigners, subscribe to our YouTube Channel.

We’ll meet again on our next Dica!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Rent in Brazil
Living Room in Portuguese
Bedroom in Brazil
Bathroom in Portuguese


a) casa de praia

b) quitinete

c) cobertura

d) barraco

e) castelo

f) cabana

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