Six in Portuguese

Ejemplo con el número meia en portugués para extranjeros.

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?


Examples Using Meia and Six in Portuguese

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. 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.

Daniel Alves joga como meia-direita no futebol.
Daniel Alves plays as a right 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.

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!
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