Psiu in Portuguese

psiu in portuguese: do you know what this expression means?

Hello there! Have you ever been in a situation where you need to draw attention to yourself, but perhaps you don’t know the person’s name? Or maybe you need to call the waiter to pay your meal? Today we are going to learn how to use psiu in Portuguese! Psiu is an onomatopoeia used when Brazilians need to call someone’s attention. I am sure you know by now we use lots of onomatopoeias!

Foreigners think that psiu! is not very polite, because it might sound as if we were calling a dog. However, here in Brazil, this is not something considered impolite or rude. So, you will see this a lot when you come learn Portuguese in Brazil with us!

When to Use Psiu in Portuguese

Call someone’s attention

psiu in portuguese: you can also call someone's attention with psiu!
Claudia is trying to call Cassio’s attention!
Claudia: Cássio, onde você está?Claudia: Cássio, where are you?
Cássio: Oi, Claudia! Tudo bem? Eu tô aqui na praça.Cássio: Hi, Claudia! How are you? I’m here at the park.
Claudia: PSIU! Cássio! Estou aqui!Claudia: PSIU! Cássio, over here!

Call Someone You Don’t Know the Name

We can use it when we want to call someone but we don’t know their name.

Claudia: Ei. Psiu! Você mesmo!Claudia: Hey. Psiu! You there!
Jorge: Eu?Jorge: Me?
Claudia: Sim, pode me informar as horas?Claudia: Yes, can you tell me the time?

Call the Waiter

We can also use psiu to call the waiter at a place. Take a look:

psiu in portuguese: you can order you bill this way!
Claudia is asking for her bill!
Claudia: PSIU! Pode trazer a conta, por favor?Claudia: PSIU! Can you bring me the bill, please?
Garçom: Claro, aqui está!Waiter: Sure, here it is!
Claudia: Obrigada!Claudia: Thank you!

Review Psiu in Portuguese

Since you are ready to use psiu everywhere, let’s review it with one of our students, Claudia! I hope you enjoy the video and don’t forget to subscribe on our YouTube Channel.

Exercises About Psiu in Portuguese

Choose which phrases would be proper to use psiu beforehand:

  1. (_) Você sabe as horas?
  2. (_) Minha mãe anda tão doente!
  3. (_) Você não estuda comigo na Rio & Learn?
  4. (_) Jennifer não quis me ligar ontem.
  5. (_) Pode me trazer a conta, por favor?
  6. (_) Você aí! Me ajude com as sacolas, por favor!
  7. (_) Marcos! Estou aqui!
  8. (_) Eu liguei mas ele não atendeu.
  9. (_) Você estuda português em Copacabana?
  10. (_) Senhor! Sua carteira caiu no chão!

Psiu! Hey! You there! Have you enjoyed our class? We’ll see you in our next Dica for sure!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Eu, hein! in Portuguese
Tô Nem Aí Expression
Informal Expressions in Portuguese


  1. Psiu! Você sabe as horas?
  2. Minha mãe anda tão doente!
  3. Psiu! Você não estuda comigo na Rio & Learn?
  4. Jennifer não quis me ligar ontem.
  5. Psiu! Pode me trazer a conta, por favor?
  6. Psiu! Você aí! Me ajude com as sacolas, por favor!
  7. Psiu! Marcos! Estou aqui!
  8. Eu liguei mas ele não atendeu.
  9. Psiu! Você estuda português em Copacabana?
  10. Psiu! Senhor! Sua carteira caiu no chão!

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