Oxalá in Portuguese

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In today’s Dica we’ll learn the meaning of Oxalá in Portuguese.

How to use oxalá in Portuguese

Here in Brazil the word Oxalá expresses optimism when you want something to happen. It’s also used in religious contexts to refer to one of the most important orixás in the Candomblé. Let’s see how we can use this word in Portuguese, in this free Portuguese Lessons

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Examples of oxalá in Portuguese

Moisés: Ai cara, esse Dwayne Johnson é um homem lindo! Oxalá eu pudesse namorar com esse homem!
Moisés: Oh boy, Dwayne Johnson is such a handsome man. I wish I could date this man!

Igor: Eu sou muito melhor!
Igor: I’m way better than him!

Moisés: Ah, te manca, Igor!
Moisés: Come on! Look at yourself, Igor!



Igor: E aí, Diogo! Você vai no show da Anitta hoje?
Igor: Hey Diogo! Will you go to Anitta’s concert today?

Diogo: Claro que vou! E você?
Diogo: Of course I will! And you!

Igor: Vou, lógico! Oxalá ela toque Vai malandra
Sure! I hope she plays Vai malandra!


Moisés: Igor, o que você está fazendo?
Moisés: Igor, what are you doing?

Igor: Estou vendo se eu ganhei na loteria.
Igor: I’m checking if I won the lottery.

Moisés: Oh, oxalá você ganhe e me dá uma parte desse dinheiro!
Moisés: Oh I hope you win and give me part of the money!

Despite the fact that the word Oxalá exists in Portuguese, most Brazilians prefer to use the word Tomara to express desire.

Now it’s your turn!

Let’s test your reading comprehension! Read the sentences below and say if they are correct or incorrect by placing V (for correct) and X (for incorrect) in the parentheses.

  1. Vamos receber essa semana? Oxalá (  )
  2. Eu não tenho nada pra fazer hoje, oxalá ( )
  3. Ela vai chegar de viagem amanhã. Oxalá ( )
  4. Eles trabalham muito. Oxalá ( )
  5. Espero que ela tenha ido bem na entrevista de emprego. Oxalá ( )
  6. A que horas chegamos? Oxalá ( )
  7. Hoje o dia vai estar lindo. Oxalá ( )
  8. Vocês querem estudar português na Rio & Learn? Oxalá ( )

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  1. Vamos receber essa semana? Oxalá ( V )
  2. Eu não tenho nada pra fazer hoje, oxalá ( X )
  3. Ela vai chegar de viagem amanhã. Oxalá ( V )
  4. Eles trabalham muito. Oxalá ( X )
  5. Espero que ela tenha ido bem na entrevista de emprego. Oxalá ( V )
  6. A que horas chegamos? Oxalá ( X )
  7. Hoje o dia vai estar lindo. Oxalá ( V )
  8. Vocês querem estudar português na Rio & Learn? Oxalá ( V )

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