Trazer and Levar

Ejemplo de Diferencia entre traer y llevar en portugués: Os alunos trazem bolo para a escola.

What’s up guys? Are you ok? Do you ask people to bring things back for you when they are traveling? Do you take gifts for people when are you visiting another country? Well, for each of these phrases we use different verbs. Are you ready? So, in today’s Dica, let’s learn the difference between trazer and levar and practice our knowledge with an exercise.

Check it out!

The difference between Trazer and Levar

Let’s try to understand it together before conjugating the verb. Observe the following principle:

Trazer (Bring) ——————— Aqui (Here) ——————- Levar (Take)

It means that, we bring something (or someone) from somewhere to where we are and we take something from where we are to any other place.



Now, let’s take a look at the conjugation of the verbs:

Levar Conjugation in Portuguese Present and Past Tenses

Difference between levar and trazer. Luana: Alejandra, olha o que eu comprei pra levar pra praia!

Levar is primarily a regular verb, so we’ve marked its present and past endings in bold. If you want to, you can check out the complete conjugation of the verb levar in this Dica

The Present Tense of Levar in Portuguese:

Eu levo I take
Você leva You take
Ele/ ela leva He/ She takes
Nós levamos We take
Vocês levam You take
Eles/ elas levam They take

The Simple Past Tense of Levar in Portuguese:

Eu levei I took
Você levou You took
Ele/ ela levou He/ She took
Nós levamos We took
Vocês levaram You took
Eles/ elas levaram They took

Trazer Conjugation in Portuguese Present and Past Tenses

Difference between levar and trazer. Luana, você trouxe o caderno?

On the other hand, the verb trazer is an irregular verb, so in the 1st and 3rd singular conjugations in the Present Tense the verb will change. Therefore, we’ve put an asterisk next to the irregular conjugations and marked the regulars in bold. Oh, and in the Past Tense pay special attention – the entire conjugation is irregular!

If you want to, you can check the complete conjugation of the verb trazer in this other Dica 😉

The Present Tense of Trazer in Portuguese:

Eu trago* I bring
Você traz* You bring
Ele/ ela traz* He/ She brings
Nós trazemos We bring
Vocês trazem You bring
Eles/ elas trazem They bring

The Simple Past Tense of Trazer in Portuguese:

Eu trouxe* I brought
Você trouxe* You brought
Ele/ ela trouxe* He/ She brought
Nós trouxemos* We brought
Vocês trouxeram* You brought
Eles/ elas trouxeram* They brought


Now, let’s take a look at some sentences using the verbs to take and to bring.

Examples using trazer and levar

Eu sempre trago meus livros comigo.
I always bring my books with me.

O que você traz quando vem para a escola?
What do you bring when you come to school?

O que ele traz na bolsa?
What does he bring with him in his bag?

Nós não trazemos nossos irmãos sempre aqui na escola.
We don’t always bring our brothers here to  the school.

Vocês trazem muito dinheiro quando vêm para o clube?
Do you bring a lot of money when you come to the club?

Elas sempre trazem maquiagem. 
They always bring make up with them.

Eu nunca levo meu cartão de crédito quando viajo.
I never take my credit card when I travel.

Você leva muitas coisas para a casa dos seus pais quando vai visitá-los?
Do you take many things to your parents’ house when you go to visit them?

Ele sempre leva os irmãos à escola.
He always takes his brothers to school.

Ela nunca leva nada para os encontros dos ex-formandos.
She never takes anything to the alumni meeting.

Nós sempre levamos nossas havaianas para a praia.
We always take our flip flops to the beach.

Eles levam muito dinheiro com eles. 
They take a lot of money with them. 


Let’s practice what we’ve learned?

Now it’s your turn!

In the spaces below, use levar ou trazer:

  1. Eu vou viajar para o Brasil e vou _______ um presente para minha mãe.
  2. Nós precisamos _______ cerveja para o churrasco?
  3. Meu irmão vai _______ um presente do Japão para mim.
  4. O que você vai _______ para o aniversário da Nathália?
  5. O que você _______ para a aula de Português todos os dias?
  6. Quando você vai à praia, o que você costuma _______?
  7. Garçon, você pode _______ o cardápio, por favor?
  8. Ela _______ as crianças para escola e elas voltam para casa de ônibus.
  9. Quando você viaja, quantas malas você _______?
  10. O carteiro _______ as cartas todos os dias menos aos domingos.


That’s it guys!
Now we know the difference between levar and trazer, two more verbs of Brazilian Portuguese. So, after you learn Portuguese in Brazil, you can take home some gifts to your friends and family! 😉 

See you soon!

Hugs from Rio de Janeiro!

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas:
Ordering food in Portuguese
Polite requests in Portuguese
Conjugation of the Verb Trazer in Portuguese
Expressions with the verb levar in Portuguese



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