Olha in Portuguese

example of usage for olha só in portuguese: olha só o que eu achei!

Hello everyone! How are you? Ready for one more super A Dica do Dia? Today, we will take a closer look at a very common expression in Brazil, olha in Portuguese! We will also check out how it works as a verb! So, grab your pen and paper and come with us!

Conjugation of Verb Olhar in Portuguese

Let’s start with this verb, which is part of the expression today’s Dica is about. The verb olhar is a regular verb, which ends in -AR and follow its rules. If you want to check out more about these structures, check out the Dicas linked above. We marked all the endings in bold so you know how it works as a regular verb.


PresentPast PerfectImperfect Past
Eu olhoEu olheiEu olhava
Você olhaVocê olhouVocê olhava
Ele / ela olhaEle / ela olhouEle / ela olhava
Nós olhamosNós olhamosNós olhávamos
Vocês olhamVocês olharamVocês olhavam
Eles / elas olhamEles / elas olharamEles / elas olhavam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu olharaEu tinha olhado
Você olharaVocê tinha olhado
Ele / ela olharaEle/ ela tinha olhado
Nós olháramosNós tínhamos olhado
Vocês olharamVocês tinham olhado
Eles/ elas olharamEles/ elas tinham olhado
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu olhareiEu vou olharEu olharia
Vocês olharáVocê vai olharVocê olharia
Ele / ela olharáEle / ela vai olharEle / ela olharia
Nós olharemosNós vamos olharNós olharíamos
Vocês olharãoVocês vão olharVocês olhariam
Eles / elas olharãoEles / elas vão olharEles / elas olhariam


Olhe vocêNão olhe você
Olhe ele / elaNão olhe ele/ ela
Olhemos nósNão olhemos nós
Olhem vocêsNão olhem vocês
Olhem eles / elasNão olhem eles / elas


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu olheSe eu olhasseQuando eu olhar
Que você olheSe você olhasseQuando você olhar
Que ele / ela olheSe ele / ela olhasseQuando ele / ela olhar
Que nós olhemosSe nós olhássemosQuando nós olharmos
Que vocês olhemSe vocês olhassemQuando vocês olharem
Que eles / elas olhemSe eles / elas olhassemQuando eles / elas olharem

Other Tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para olhar euOlhandoOlhado
Para olhar você  
Para olhar ele / ela  
Para olharmos nós  
Para olharem vocês  
Para olharem eles / elas  

If you are studying Portuguese for a while now, you know there is another verb we use a lot with a similar meaning: verb ver in Portuguese. In Portuguese, “olhar” and “ver” are two verbs that denote the act of seeing or looking at something, but they have distinct nuances. “Olhar” conveys a deliberate and intentional act of looking, often implying a focused gaze or a more attentive observation. On the other hand, “ver” simply means “to see” and indicates a general perception of something without necessarily emphasizing the intentionality or focus of the observation.

Different Meanings for Olha Só in Portuguese

Now that we know the verb olhar, let’s check out a very much used expression in Portuguese: olha só. Olha só has different meanings and can be used in different situations. For example, when you want to call someone’s attention to something. Take a look!

To call someone’s attention

What does Olha Só mean. Neil! Look who is here!

To let someone know that an unexpected person is at a certain place.

Pablo: Neil! Olha só quem tá aqui!
Neil: Diogo! Maravilhoso!

Pablo: Neil! Look who is here!
Neil: Diogo! Wonderful!

To show something to someone

What does Olha Só mean. What does Olha Só mean

To show something that someone has seen some place.

Luana: Diogo! Olha só essa foto que eu achei sua no Instagram!
Diogo: Que isso?! Eu não lembro dessa foto.
Luana: Estranho, né?!

Luana: Diogo, look at this photo of you that I’ve found on Instagram!
Diogo: What is that?! I don’t remember this!
Luana: Weird, isn’t it?

To start an argument

What does Olha Só mean. Look, dear! If there is someone that needs to lose weight, this person is you!

The expression Olha Só can also be used when you want to start an argument with someone.

Juliana: Julieta, eu acho que você precisa emagrecer um pouquinho!
Julieta: Olha só, querida! Quem precisa emagrecer é você!

Juliana: Julieta, I think you need to lose a little bit of weight.
Julieta: Look, dear… If there is someone that needs to lose weight, this person is you!

Let’s recap it all!

Ok, now that you have learned everything about verb olhar and the expression olha só, let’s finally review it with a video! This one was made by our amazing teachers and our dear students! Remember you can turn on the subtitles if you need them!

Olha só, we totally think you should come study Portuguese online with us! You are doing so great!

Now you are ready to practice Portuguese by using this expression! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to find out what our students have been doing!

See you on our next Dica!
A huge hug from the Rio & Learn team.

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Ver Conjugation in Portuguese
Wow in Portuguese
Portuguese Pronouns
Portuguese Exclamations

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