Tudo bem Meaning

23 de August de 2013

Oi, tudo bem? In this Portuguese lesson we are going to learn tudo bem and tudo bom meaning, how to use them, how to translate them to English and practice them with an exercise! Ready? Let’s go!

Tudo bem in Portuguese

How are you today? I’m fine, thanks for asking… If you have any contact with Portuguese for sure you have already heard someone saying tudo bem or tudo bom.

So tudo bem in English is the same as saying or asking how are you. We use it when we want to know how a person is feeling or just to be polite, hahaha…

Tudo bem and Tudo bom meaning in Portuguese

Sometimes foreign people don’t know whether they should say Tudo bem or Tudo bom. It is always confusing, right? From now on, it won’t be confusing anymore.

So now that you know that tudo bem meaning in English is how are you, you can also understand that tudo bem and tudo bom can be used in the same way and that they mean exactly the same thing!

Be it a question or an answer you can use both expressions! Let’s learn it!

How to answer Tudo bem

So if someone asks you tudo bom? or tudo bem? How do you answer this? You can answer in three ways: tudo bom, tudo bem or simply tudo. 

Let’s not be rude… If you are talking to someone, it’s polite to ask them back how they are feeling, right? So, to say ‘and you? ‘ in Portuguese you can say ‘e você? ‘ Take a look at the dialogue and learn how you can use those expressions in Portuguese translated to English!


Sylvia: Oi! Tudo bem? Sylvia: Hi! How are you?
Karina: Oi Sylvia! Tudo bom e você? Karina: Hi Sylvia! I’m fine and you?
Sylvia: Que ótimo! Também estou bem. Estou indo à praia para minha aula de Português em grupo. Sylvia: Great! I’m fine too. I’m going to the beach for my Portuguese group class.
Karina: Isto é muito legal!!! Karina: That’s so cool!!!


Tudo bom, tudo bem and other expressions translated to English

Technically, bem = well and bom = good, but when it comes to greeting there isn’t really a difference. We will use both indistinctively and then tudo bom and tudo bem in Portuguese translated to English just means “how are you”. Easy, right? 😉

So to help you a little bit more, let’s look at the table below to learn the tudo bom and tudo bem in English and a few more expressions, like bom dia, oi, tudo bom, olá, tudo bem and oi tudo bem. Ready? Check it out!

Tudo bem? How are you?
Tudo bom? How are you?
Tudo bem! Fine!
Tudo bom! Fine!
Bem Well
Bom Good
Bom dia! Good morning!
Oi, tudo bom? Hi, how are you?
Oi, tudo bem? Hi, how are you?
Olá, tudo bem? Hello, how are you?
Bom dia, tudo bem? Good morning, how are you?


Now let’s listen to everything you’ve learned here, but this time all in Portuguese. Ready? Don’t forget to turn the subtitles on. Let’s see if you can understand it all only in Portuguese!


So now that you’ve learned tudo bom and tudo bem meanings, let’s practice a little with a simple but helpful exercise!

Practice Tudo bom and Tudo bem

In the dialogue below, choose the correct answers:

Dialogue 1:

  1. Olá, Mariana_______ (tudo bem?/ tudo!/ tudo bom?)
  2. Tudo,_______(e você? sim! ok!)
  3. Tudo bem também, obrigada por perguntar!

Dialogue 2:

  1. Bom dia, Bia, _______ (tudo?/ ok! tudo bom?/ tudo bem?)
  2. Bom dia, Mariana! _______ (tudo bom/ tudo bem/ tudo) e com você?
  3. _______(tudo bem/ ok/ tudo bom), obrigada

Dialogue 3:

  1. Oi, Diogo, _______ (beleza/ tudo bom?/ tudo bem?)
  2. Oi, Dayane, _______(tudo/ tudo bom/ tudo bem) e você?
  3. _______! (tudo bem/ ok/ sim/ tudo bom)

So, that’s it! Hope you enjoyed learning Portuguese in Rio (I bet you can feel the beach air through the video, right? hahahaha)
We’ll finish here, leaving a big hug for all of you, and we’ll see each other in our next Vídeo Dica.
Hugs and bye, bye!

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Difference between Bom and Bem
Todo and Tudo in Portuguese
Interrogative sentences in Portuguese
Types of sentences in Portuguese


Answers to the exercise:

Dialogue 1:

  1. Olá, Mariana, tudo bem?/ tudo bom?
  2. Tudo, e você?
  3. Tudo bem também, obrigada por perguntar!

Dialogue 2:

  1. Bom dia, Bia, tudo bom?/ tudo bem?
  2. Bom dia, Mariana! Tudo bom/ tudo bem, e com você?
  3. Tudo bem, obrigada.

Dialogue 3:

  1. Oi, Diogo, tudo bom? tudo bem?
  2. Oi, Dayane, tudo /tudo bom/ tudo bem, e você?
  3. Tudo bem/ tudo bom.