Hardly in Portuguese

Hardly in Portuguese

Hardly in Portuguese. Eles mal podem esperar para jogar futebol!

What’s up, guys! Is everything ok?
Well, in our Dica today we are going to talk about the usage of hardly in Portuguese.

We use hardly in Portuguese, when is not possible to do something, or almost not possible to do something. We can use Mal (hardly) with any verb but it’s mostly used with the verb poder.

Let’s see our friend Moisés talking more about it:


Hoje está calor! Mal posso esperar para ir à praia.
Today is hot! I can hardly wait to go to the beach.

Você mal pode falar! Está com dor de garganta?
You can hardly speak! Do you have a sore throat?

Ele mal consegue viver com o salário dele. É muito pouco!
He can hardly live with his salary. It’s too low!

Vocês mal fizeram o exercício. Está muito difícil?
You could hardly do the exercise. Is it too hard?

Elas mal puderam ver o show. O evento estava lotado.
They could hardly see the concert. The event was too crowded.

Eles mal leram o livro. Que triste.
They could hardly read the book. So sad.

As we saw in the example, eles mal leram o livro, they read few pages on the book or almost nothing. Show us what you know, let’s practice!

Now it’s your turn!

Complete the situations using hardly in Portuguese:

1) Ontem na festa, eu bebi tanto que hoje _______________ (falar).
2) Ela _______________ (esperar) para ver seu namorado. Ele está fora há 2 meses.
3) Meu vizinho faz muito barulho, eu ______________ (dormir) essa noite.
4) Eles estão felizes que _______________ (ficar) quietos.
5) Minha viagem ao Rio foi rápida eu _______________ (ver) os pontos turísticos da cidade.
6) Paula se exercitou tanto que hoje _______________ (andar).
7) Nós trabalhamos muito _______________ (sair) durante a semana.
8) Não lembro da Luciana _______________ (falar)na escola.
9) Os estudantes _______________ (esperar) para a RioLIVE! da Lapa.

That’s it, guys!
We finish here, a big hug for you and I can hardly wait for you to come here, learn Portuguese with Rio & Learn. Ok?

So, see you in our next Video Dica and a big hug from Rio de Janeiro!
Bye, Bye!

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Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Common adverbs in Portuguese
Adverbs of place
Frequency adverbs in Portuguese
Difference between mal and mau in Portuguese 


  1. mal posso falar
  2. mal pode esperar
  3. mal dormi
  4. mal podem ficar
  5. mal pude ver
  6. mal pode andar
  7. mal saímos
  8. mal falava
  9. mal podem esperar


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