Six in Portuguese

example of usage for the number six or meia in portuguese

Hi there! Today we’ll talk about a very special number. Did you know there are many ways to say the number six in Portuguese? This is what we are going to learn today! We are also going to take a look at other uses for the word meia in Portuguese. So, get ready and let’s go.

Number Six in Portuguese: Seis or Meia?

In many situations, instead of the number seis (6), Brazilian people say meia. We do that because meia is the short form of meia dúzia (half a dozen). Let’s hear the pronunciation?

Seis
Meia

Examples Using Meia and Six in Portuguese

example of six in portuguese: Os seis alunos foram conhecer o Rio de Janeiro!

Notice that it’s only possible to use meia instead of seis when we say a sequence of numbers, for example, when you say a phone number. Take a look at some examples:

Você pode me ligar. Meu telefone é dois – seis – oito – um – três – três – cinco (268 – 1335).
Você pode me ligar. Meu telefone é dois – meia – oito – um – três – três – cinco (268 – 1335).
You can call me. My number is two – six – eight – one – three – three – five (268 – 1335).

Minha casa é no número um – seis seis (166).
Minha casa é no número um – meiameia (166).
My house is at the number one – sixsix (166).

Meu whatsapp é nove – três – quatro – zero – zero – um – seis (934 – 0016).
Meu whatsapp é nove – três – quatro – zero – zero – um – meia (934 – 0016).
My whatsapp is nine – three – four – zero – zero – one – six (934 – 0016).

A placa do meu carro é K – U – B – três – seis – nove – seis (KUB-3696).
A placa do meu carro é K – U – B – três – meia – nove – meia (KUB-3696).
My license plate is K – U – B – three – six – nine – six (KUB-3696).

Example Where We Cannot Use Meia

There are other situations where we cannot make the substitution of seis with meia in Portuguese. Usually, we use meia in number sequences. Other than that, we will prefer to use the word six. Let’s take a look at some useful examples that will clarify this for us:

Example 1
Mateus: Quantos anos tem seu filho?Mateus: How old is your son?
Julia: Ele tem seis anos.Julia: He is six years old.
Example 2
Carol: Quando é seu aniversário?Carol:When is your birthday?
Eduarda: No dia seis de janeiro.Eduarda: It’s on January six.
Example 3
Maurício: O que você tem aí?Maurício: What do you have there?
Jéssica: Eu tenho seis canetas.Jéssica: I have six pens.
Example 4
Anna: Há quanto tempo você está na Rio & Learn?Anna: How long have you been at Rio & Learn?
José: Eu estudo online seis meses.José: I’ve been studying online for six months.

What Else is Called Meia?

Yes, if you were thinking that you had heard this word in another context before, you are right! Meia is a word that has other meanings. Let’s take a look at them, so we don’t mix them up?

A meia serve para proteger o pé do frio.
The sock is used to protect the foot from the cold.

Anita comprou uma nova meia-calça.
Anita bought new pantyhose.

Quero comprar meia dúzia de ovos.
I want to buy half a dozen eggs.

No Brasil, estudantes pagam meia-entrada.
In Brazil, students pay half price entrance.

Douglas Costa joga como meia no futebol.
Douglas Costa plays as a midfielder in soccer.

Meu pai já está na meia-idade.
My father is already middle aged.

Eu dirigi por quase meia hora.
I drove for almost thirty minutes.

Exercises with Six in Portuguese

Classify if the phrases below use the word meia to indicate time or another meaning. Follow the example below:

Ela chegou às seis e meia da tarde (time / other meaning)

  1. O filme está programado para começar às seis e meia na sala 2. (time / other meaning)
  2. Ela precisava de meias novas para usar com o tênis. (time / other meaning)
  3. Você já decidiu se vai comprar meia dúzia ou uma dúzia de ovos? (time / other meaning)
  4. Eu decidi encontrar ele em meia hora. (time / other meaning)
  5. Ela comprou seis meias na loja. (time / other meaning)
  6. Os alunos pagaram meia na entrada do teatro. (time / other meaning)
  7. Vamos nos encontrar naquela lanchonete às seis e meia. (time / other meaning)
  8. Você sabia que estudantes pagam meia no cinema no Brasil? (time / other meaning)

Good? Now we know the Portuguese six! If you have any doubts, feel free to leave us a comment! You can also contact us on Twitter.

See you later, guys!
Kisses from Rio & Learn!

   Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Numbers from 1 to 10 in Portuguese
Numbers from 11 to 20 in Portuguese
Sentences with Numbers in Portuguese
Practice Ordinal Numbers

Answers

  1. O filme está programado para começar às seis e meia na sala 2. (time / other meaning)
  2. Ela precisava de meias novas para usar com o tênis. (time / other meaning)
  3. Você já decidiu se vai comprar meia dúzia ou uma dúzia de ovos? (time / other meaning)
  4. Eu decidi encontrar ele em meia hora. (time / other meaning)
  5. Ela comprou seis meias na loja. (time / other meaning)
  6. Os alunos pagaram meia na entrada do teatro. (time / other meaning)
  7. Vamos nos encontrar naquela lanchonete às seis e meia. (time / other meaning)
  8. Você sabia que estudantes pagam meia no cinema no Brasil? (time / other meaning)

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