Swimming in Portuguese

swimming in portuguese: a natação é um dos esportes das olimpíadas

Swimming Vocabulary in Portuguese

NadarTo swim
A piscina olímpicaThe Olympic pool
As raiasThe pool lanes
As boias flutuantesThe floating buoys
A plataforma de saídaThe starting block
As bandeirolasThe banderoles
O nadadorThe swimmer
A nadadoraThe swimmer
A sungaThe trunks
O maiôThe swimsuit
Os óculos de nataçãoThe swimming goggles
A toucaThe swimming cap
O treinador/a treinadoraThe coach (male/female)
O mergulhoThe dive
O salva-vidasThe lifeguard

Swimming Styles

O nado livreFreestyle
O nado de costasBackstroke
O nado de peitoBreaststroke
O nado borboletaButterfly

Excel in Your Pronunciation!

Let’s review the vocabulary about swimming in Portuguese by taking a look at the video below. If needed, remember we have subtitles to help you out!

The Verb Swim in Portuguese

Now we are going to take a full look at the verb nadar! As you for sure have seen before, as you learn Portuguese with us, this is a regular verb that ends with -ar.


PresentPast SimpleImperfect Past
Eu nadoEu nadeiEu nadava
Você nadaVocê nadouVocê nadava
Ele/Ela nadaEle/Ela nadouEle/Ela nadava
Nós nadamosNós nadamosNós nadávamos
Vocês nadamVocês nadaramVocês nadavam
Eles/Elas nadamEles nadaramEles/Elas nadavam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu nadaraEu tinha nadado
Você nadaraVocê tinha nadado
Ele/Ela nadaraEle/Ela tinha nadado
Nós nadáramosNós tínhamos nadado
Vocês nadaramVocês tinham nadado
Eles/Elas nadaramEles/Elas tinham nadado
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu nadareiEu vou nadarEu nadaria
Você nadaráVocê vai nadarVocê nadaria
Ele/Ela nadaráEle/Ela vai nadarEle/Ela nadaria
Nós nadaremosNós vamos nadarNós nadaríamos
Vocês nadarãoVocês vão nadarVocês nadariam
Eles/Elas nadarãoEles/Elas vão nadarEles/Elas nadariam


Nade vocêNão nade você
Nade ele/elaNão nade ele/ela
Nademos nósNão nademos nós
Nadem vocêsNão nadem vocês
Nadem eles/elasNão nadem eles/elas


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu nadeSe eu nadasseQuando eu nadar
Que você nadeSe você nadasseQuando você nadar
Que ele/ela nadeSe ele/ela nadasseQuando ele/ela nadar
Que nós nademosSe nós nadássemosQuando nós nadarmos
Que vocês nademSe vocês nadassemQuando vocês nadarem
Que eles/elas nademSe eles/elas nadassemQuando eles nadarem

Other Tenses

Personal InfinitiveGerundParticiple
Para nadar euNadandoNadado
Para nadar você
Para nadar ele/ela
Para nadarmos nós
Para nadarem vocês
Para nadarem eles/elas

Exercise to practice the verb “nadar”

To practice the use of the verb “nadar”, we have prepared a little exercise for you.

Conjugate the verb “nadar” in the present tense to complete the sentences (you can find the answers at the end of this Dica):

  1. “Eu __________ todos os dias antes de ir para a escola.”
  2. “Você __________ melhor quando está relaxado.”
  3. “Ele __________ na piscina olímpica para se preparar para a competição.”
  4. “Nós __________ juntos nas manhãs de sábado.”
  5. “Eles __________ na praia mesmo quando está frio.”

So, that was our class about Swimming in Portuguese! Which is your favorite style? With these many beaches in Rio, it’s almost impossible not to swim, isn’t it? Always remember that we are here to show you the best way to learn Portuguese! We hope you guys enjoyed it, and don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.
See you next time!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Olympic Games in Portuguese
Sports in Portuguese
Cycling in Portuguese
Brazil’s First Gold Medal at the Olympics


  1. “Eu nado todos os dias antes de ir para a escola.”
  2. “Você nada melhor quando está relaxado.”
  3. “Ele nada na piscina olímpica para se preparar para a competição.”
  4. “Nós nadamos juntos nas manhãs de sábado.”
  5. “Eles nadam na praia mesmo quando está frio.”

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