Portuguese classroom phrases

Ejemplo de expresiones de clase en portugués: Como se diz "to learn" em Português?

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In our Dica today, we are going to learn some Portuguese classroom phrases and classroom words in Portuguese.

Classroom words in Portuguese

To begin with, here’s a list of the most useful Portuguese classroom phrases that you need to know and their pronunciation.

O que significa isso? What does that mean?
Como se diz _______ em português? How do you say _______ in Portuguese?
Desculpe, eu não entendo. I am sorry, I don’t understand.
Eu não entendi isto. I didn’t understand that.
Você pode repetir, por favor? Can you repeat please?
Você pode explicar de novo, por favor? Can you explain that again please?
Você pode falar mais devagar, por favor? Can you speak more slowly please?
Acho que sim. I think so.
Acho que não. I don’t think so.
Eu não sei. I don’t know.
Como se escreve ______? How do you spell ______?
 Precisamos anotar isto? Do we have to write this down?
 Como se pronuncia? / Como se fala? How is it pronounced? 
 O que quer dizer a palavra ______? What does the word ______ mean?
Você poderia me ajudar com este exercício? Can you help me with this exercise?

Now, let’s take a look at some dialogues with some examples of Portuguese classroom phrases in order to learn how to use them.

Dialogues in the Classroom 

Here are some Portuguese classroom phrases that can take place during a class:

Professor: O dinheiro está no cofre.
Aluno: Professor, o que significa isso?
Professor: Cofre é o lugar onde guardamos o dinheiro.

Teacher: The money is in the safe.
Student: Teacher, what does that mean?
Teacher: A safe is a place where we put away money.


Aluno: Professor, como se diz to learn em português?
Professor: Se diz aprender.

Student: Teacher, How do you say to learn in Portuguese?
Teacher: You say aprender.


Professor: João, onde está a sua caneta?
João: Desculpe, eu não entendo.
Professor: Caneta é o que usamos para escrever no papel.

Teacher: João, Where is your pen?
JoãoI am sorry, I do not understand.
Teacher: A pen is what we use to write on paper.


Professor: Mary, qual é a sua música favorita?
Mary: Você pode repetir, por favor?
Professor: Qual é a sua música favorita?

Teacher: Mary, What is your favorite music?
Mary: Can you repeat that please?
Teacher: What is your favorite music?


Professor: José, que dia é hoje?
José: Você pode falar mais devagar, por favor?

Teacher: José, what day is it today?
JoséCan you speak more slowly please?


Professor: Marta, você acha que vai chover no fim de semana?
Marta: Acho que sim.
Professor: E você, Maurice?
Maurice: Eu não sei. Acho que não.

Teacher: Marta, do you think it’s going to rain this weekend?
Marta: I think so.
Teacher: And you Maurice?
Maurice: I don’t know. I don’t think so.


Alissa: O que CELPE-Bras significa?
Professor: CELPE-Bras é o Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros.

Alissa: What does CELPE-Bras mean?
Teacher: CELPE-Bras is the Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners.


With these Portuguese classroom phrases it’s easier to understand what our teacher says and we can practice even more. If you have any question about any subject, come to our Twitter to ask us.

See you in the next ‘Dica’!
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