Live in Portuguese

Ejemplo con vivir en portugués: Nós vamos viver em Niterói

Hello, everyone! How are you today? I hope you’re excited to learn Portuguese! Today we’re going to study a very important verb that we use for different situations both in English and in Portuguese, but first try to answer these questions: Where do you current live? Do you like the idea of living in Rio de Janeiro? What to you need to live well? In case you couldn’t answer all these sentences confidently, we are here to help you understand both the verbs viver and morar meanings. Let’s start learning the verb to live in Portuguese in all tenses, look at the chart below with the endings highlighted in bold making it easier to learn . Check it out!

Conjugation of the verb to live in Portuguese

Live in Portuguese can be translated to both the verbs morar and viver. The verb morar we have already studied before, it’s a verb used to talk about the place where you reside with the idea of an address. Now we are going to look at the second verb: viver in Portuguese. This verb is related to the idea of being alive, a place where you are currently living, and also a place you go frequently or a habit you don’t stop doing.

Meu irmão acredita que o Michael Jackson ainda vive.
My brother believes Michael Jackson still lives.

Ele mora no Brasil com visto de estudante.
Ele vive no Brasil com visto de estudante.
He lives in Brazil with a student visa

Nós vivemos na Lapa porque as festas de lá são muito boas.
I live in Lapa because the parties there are very good.

Elas vivem com uma alimentação saudável.
They live on a healthy diet.

Note that viver is a regular verb with termination -ER. Pay attention to all the endings highlighted in the conjugation chart and see how you can create sentences with the verb to live in Portuguese.

Take a look at the conjugation of viver in Portuguese.


Present Past Simple Imperfect Past
Eu vivo Eu vivi Eu vivia
Você vive Você viveu Você vivia
Ele/ela vive Ele/ela viveu Ele/ela vivia
Nós vivemos Nós vivemos Nós vivíamos
Vocês vivem Vocês viveram Vocês viviam
Eles/elas vivem Eles/elas viveram Eles/elas viviam


Past pluperfect simple Past pluperfect composed
Eu vivera Eu tinha vivido
Você vivera Você tinha vivido
Ele/ela vivera Ele/ela tinha vivido
Nós vivêramos Nós tínhamos vivido
Vocês viveram Vocês tinham vivido
Eles/elas viveram Eles/elas tinham vivido


Simple Future Immediate Future Future of the past
Eu viverei Eu vou viver Eu viveria
Você viverá Você vai viver Você viveria
Ele/ela viverá Ele/ela vai viver Ele/ela viveria
Nós viveremos Nós vamos viver Nós viveríamos
Vocês viverão Vocês vão viver Vocês viveriam
Eles/elas viverão Eles/elas vão viver Eles/elas viveriam



Affirmative Negative
Viva você Não viva você
Viva ele/ela Não viva ele/ela
Vivamos nós Não vivamos nós
Vivam vocês Não vivam vocês
Vivam eles/elas Não vivam eles/elas


Present Imperfect Past Future
Que eu viva Se eu vivesse Quando eu viver
Que você viva Se você vivesse Quando você viver
Que ele/ela viva Se ele/ela vivesse Quando ele/ela viver
Que nós vivamos Se nós vivêssemos Quando nós vivermos
Que vocês vivam Se vocês vivessem Quando vocês viverem
Que eles/elas vivam Se eles/elas vivessem Quando eles/elas viverem


Other tenses

Personal infinitive Gerund Participle
Para viver eu Vivendo Vivido
Para viver você
Para viver ele/ela
Para vivermos nós
Para viverem vocês
Para viverem eles/elas

Super easy, right? Now take your time to analyze these examples and try to create your own sentences with live in Portuguese, using both the meanings viver and morar.

Example of the verb to Live in Portuguese

Eu vivo comendo chocolate porque sou uma chocólatra.
I’m always eating chocolate because I’m a chocoholic.

Para viver no Brasil você precisa aprender português.
To live in Brazil you need to learn Portuguese.

Quem vive na praia está sempre bronzeado.
Those who live on the beach are always tanned.

Meu irmão vivia nos Estados Unidos, agora ele vive no Brasil.
My brother lived in the United States, now he lives in Brazil.

More meanings of Live in Portuguese

We think it’s important for you to know as much as possible about the use of viver in Portuguese, so we’ll take a look as well at an adjective very often used in English that’s sometimes confused for having a different form in Portuguese.

Do you remember the name of the activity we promote for our students to learn and practice Portuguese meeting up with other student groups? It’s RioLIVE! We use the word in capitals because it refers to the idea of seeing the best parts of our city and demystifying all that you might be curious about! Does that ring a bell with any of you? Yes! That’s the same expression we use to talk about concerts that you watch live or even seeing someone in real life you can say that you’re seeing that person live. In Portuguese we use the expression AO VIVO for these situations. Let’s see some examples.

Example of Live as an adjective in Portuguese

Eu assisti ao show do Caetano Veloso com Gilberto Gil ao vivo.
I’ve watched the Caetano Veloso with Gilberto Gil concert live. 

Eu torci pelo Flamengo ao vivo no Maracanã.
I’ve cheered for Flamengo live at Maracanã.

A menina dança ao vivo ao som dos Novos Baianos.
The girl dances live at the sound of Novos Baianos.

They are the uses of live in Portuguese, folks! How d’you like it? D’you want to learn more? You’re welcome to come and meet us at our school in Copacabana. One of the most beautiful neighborhoods to live in Rio. 🙂

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See you next time!

Hugs from Rio de Janeiro <3


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