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On our today’s Dica we’ll learn the meaning of Oxalá in Portuguese.
Oxalá in Portuguese
Here in Brazil the word Oxalá express optimism when you want something to happen. It’s also used in the religious context to refer to one of the most important orixás in the Candomblé. Let’s see how we can use this word in Portuguese.
Diogo: Claro que vou! E você?
Igor: Vou, lógico! Oxalá ela toque Vai malandra!
Diogo: Of course I will! And you!
Igor: Sure! I hope she plays Vai malandra!
Igor: Estou vendo se eu ganhei na loteria.
Moisés: Oh, oxalá você ganhe e me dá uma parte desse dinheiro!
Moisés: Oh I hope you win and give me part of this money!
Igor: Eu sou muito melhor!
Moisés: Ah, te manca, Igor!
Igor: I’m way better than him!
Moisés: Come on! Look at yourself, Igor!
Despite the fact that the word Oxalá exists in Portuguese, most of Brazilians prefer to use the word Tomara to express desire.
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