Example with the word Tá in Portuguese: A galera tá animada no Maracanã.

What’s up friends! How are you? Tudo ok? Everything ok? In today’s Dica we’ll learn how to say Ok in Portuguese. Do you know what the word means in Portuguese? Let’s find out!

Tá in Portuguese

You probably hear a lot of Brazilians saying tá or tá bom (and other variations…). If you don’t understand the meaning of in Portuguese or if you’re too shy to ask someone, we’ll solve your problem! The word is an abbreviation that comes from the verb estar (to be) and we use it in different contexts. It is most used in the present tense, let’s see:

Present Abbreviations Present Contractions
Eu estou Eu I am I‘m
Você está Você You are You‘re
Ele está Ele/ ela He/she/it is He‘s/She‘s/It‘s
Nós estamos Nós tamos We are We‘re
Vocês estão Vocês tão You are You‘re
Eles estão Eles/ elas tão They are They‘re

Tá in Portuguese with location

For example, today we are going to talk about the word in a location context. Here we use it in the literal sense of the verb estar. 

A gente  na Praia de Copacabana.
We are on Copacabana Beach.

A gente no Rio de Janeiro.
We are in Rio de Janeiro.

Ela  na Rio & Learn.
She is at Rio & Learn.

Tá in Portuguese with adjectives

Another way of using the word is with an adjective.

João feliz.
João is happy.

Marina triste.
Marina is sad.

Ela animada para aprender Português em 30 dias.
She is excited to learn Portuguese in 30 days.

Tá with acceptance

And we can also use the word  when agreeing to an idea, acceptance. In this case it is a way of saying Ok! in Portuguese. Let’s take a look at the examples:

João: Amanhã, nós vamos sair cedo, José.
José: Tá!

João: Tomorrow, we are going to leave early, José.
José: Ok!

Anna: Vitória, vou pegar seu copo, ?
Vitória: Tá bom!

Anna: Vitória, I’ll get your bag, ok?
Vitória: Ok!

Mayra: Vamos ao cinema hoje a noite?
Joel: Tá.

Mayra: Let’s go to the cinema tonight?
Joel: Ok.

Tá bem in Portuguese

When using in Portuguese to accept or agree we often use the forms tá bem, tá bom or tá ok. These three forms are used in informal situations and they mean the same thing. Check out the examples:

Marília: Te espero na frente da escola às 20:00. 

Marília: I’ll wait for you in front of the school at 20:00
Joaquim: Ok!

Marcos: Vamos tomar sorvete?
José: Tá ok. 

Marcos: Let’s have ice cream?
José: Ok.

One funny curiosity about the form tá ok is that the president Jair Bolsonaro uses it a lot. He uses it so much that it ended up becoming a Brazilian meme. Check out this tá ok meme compilation:

So, this is the usage of Ok and . Now you definitely will understand better what your Brazilian friends are saying.
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Before you leave, let’s practice the pronunciation of in Portuguese with this bonus Video:

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