Valeu in Portuguese

Ejemplo de valeu en portugués.

If you’ve ever been to Rio de Janeiro, you’ve certainly heard ‘valeu amigo‘ or ‘valeu cara‘ at some point. Valeu in Portuguese is one of those expressions that is used whenever humanly possible. And now it is finally time for you to understand all the different meanings of valeu in Portuguese!

“Valeu!” as “Thank you!”

Most times, valeu is used as a synonym for obrigado — in other words, “thank you!” Whenever you ask for a favor, or even when the waiter hands you your coconut water, you can say Valeu!

Examples of “Valeu!” as “Thank you!”

– Você pode me dar uma água de coco, por favor? Valeu!
Can you get me some coconut water, please? Thanks!

– Liga pro restaurante para mim, por favor. Valeu!
Call the restaurant for me, please. Thanks!

“Valeu!” as “Bye!”

We can also use valeu in Portuguese as an alternative to “bye.” This is just one of the many ways of saying goodbye in Portuguese.

Examples of “Valeu!” as “Bye!”

– É isso, cara. Até amanhã!
– That’s it, man. See you tomorrow!

– Me manda mensagem mais tarde! Tchau!
– Vou mandar! Valeu!
– Text me later! Goodbye!
– I’ll do it. Bye!

“Valeu” in Portuguese is a Jack of All Trades

If you thought that these were the only meanings, then you’re in for a treat! Valeu can be used as “OK” or “Got it” too. Want to ask if someone understood something you just explained? Valeu? Want to reassure someone you are following? Valeu! You will hear it in all sorts of situations; especially when somebody is either looking for or confirming something.

Examples of “Valeu” in Portuguese in Different Contexts

– Essa é a nossa agenda da semana. Valeu?
– This is our schedule for the week. Got it?
– Got it.

– Mãe, to indo pra praia de Copacabana com a Malu, valeu?
– Ok.
– Mom, I’m going to Copacabana beach with Malu, ok?
– Ok.

Pronounce Valeu in Portuguese

Check out some more examples of valeu in Portuguese by watching the video below, made with the help of Fabian, one of our students at Rio & Learn.

Practice with Valeu in Portuguese

Choose whether the phrases belowg use the slang valeu right or wrong:

1) Minha tia ficou doente. Valeu!!!
2) Valeu, cara! Tava precisando mesmo de uma carona!
3) Obrigada pelo almoço, valeu.
4) As crianças brincam no parque. Valeu!
5) Valeu! Estou bem triste!
6) Valeu pelo presente de aniversário!

Let’s practice a little. From now on you can only say “thank you and “bye with the word Valeu!
Try it and comment on our Facebook, Twitter or YouTube channel on how it went.


Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Thank You in Portuguese
Cara in Portuguese
Idiomatic Expressions
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