Wow in Portuguese

Ejemplo del significado de Nossa en Portugués: Nossa! Que vista incrível!

Hello everyone! Ready to learn Portuguese online? Today we are going to learn the meanings of the word wow in Portuguese. We use nossa in this case in Portuguese! You have probably heard a lot of Brazilians say this word!

Nossa in Portuguese Meanings

Ok, what is nossa? To begin our conversation, it’s important to know that the word nossa in Portuguese has more than one meaning. It can be a possessive pronoun or it can be a expression of amusement/exclamation.

The origin of the expression nossa as an exclamation came from the expression Nossa Senhora da Aparecida! Referring to the religious figure of Our Lady of Apparition, the Patron Saint of Brazil. That’s why you can also hear some Brazilians saying nossa senhora! as an exclamation too, but with time this expression lost its religious meaning.

Nossa as Possessive Pronoun

The first meaning is the possessive pronoun our/ours. We use it to talk about belongings we have. Let’s take a look at some examples:

Essa cerveja é nossa. Vamos beber!
This beer is ours. Let’s drink!

Rio & Learn é a nossa escola de Português.
Rio & Learn is our Portuguese school.

Nossa casa fica perto do Morro Dois Irmãos.
Our house is next to Morro Dois irmãos.

Nossa as an Exclamation

You’ll see that many Brazilian people use it as an exclamation. The word nossa can be used to express enthusiasm or to show that you are impressed with something. To translate the word nossa from Portuguese to English it would be wow, and it can also be used in a positive or negative way. Let’s see some examples:

Nossa! Que dia lindo!Wow! What a beautiful day!
Nossa! Que canga linda!Wow! What a beautiful sarong!
Nossa! Que calor!Wow! It’s so hot!
Nossa! Que camisa horrível!Wow! What a horrible t-shirt!

Let’s Review Wow in Portuguese?

Now check out this video to make sure you’ll know how what nossa means:

Nossa in Portuguese and Michel Teló

The word nossa also became very popular after the song Ai Se Eu Te Pego from the Brazilian singer Michel Teló. Have you heard this song before? (Probably yes!) So, let’s hear it again!

The lyrics for this song are pretty simple, which helps so you can learn it faster. Let’s take a look at the lyrics below and analyse it afterwards:

Nossa, nossaWow, wow
Assim você me mataThis way you gonna kill me
Ai, se eu te pegoOh, if I catch you
Ai, ai se eu te pegoOh, my God if I catch you
Delícia, delíciaDelicious, delicious
Assim você me mataThis way you gonna kill me
Ai, se eu te pegoOh, if I catch you
Ai, ai, se eu te pegoOh, my God if I catch you
Sábado na baladaSaturday at the party
A galera começou a dançarEverybody started to dance
E passou a menina mais lindaThen the prettiest girl past in front of me
Tomei coragem e comecei a falarI get closer and started to say:
Nossa, nossaWow, wow
Assim você me mataThis way you gonna kill me
Ai, se eu te pegoOh, if I catch you
Ai, ai se eu te pegoOh, my God if I catch you

So, what kind of nossa does the singer use in this song? Possessive pronoun or the exclamation? Well, if we analyse the lyrics, you will see he is shocked by the beauty of a girl at a party. This means he uses nossa here as an exclamation!

Exercises for Wow in Portuguese

Now to make sure that you know the word nossa meaning in Portuguese, read the sentences below and tell us if it’s been used as possessive pronoun or an exclamation.

  1. Nossa aula de Português online é sempre muito boa!
  2. Nossa… estou muito cansado.
  3. Nossa! Essa música é demais!
  4. A Rio & Learn é nossa escola querida.
  5. Nossa… meu celular não funciona direito! Que saco!
  6. Nós, brasileiros, temos muito orgulho da nossa querida praia de Copacabana.
  7. Nossa! Que praia linda!
  8. Você já visitou o Rio? Nossa… é maravilhoso.
  9. Nossa! Já está muito tarde, preciso dormir.
  10. Já temos uma casa só nossa, que legal!

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  1. Nossa aula de Português online é sempre muito boa!   (Possessive pronoun)
  2. Nossa… estou muito cansado.    (Exclamation)
  3. Nossa! Essa música é demais!    (Exclamation)
  4. A Rio & Learn é nossa escola querida.  (Possessive pronoun)
  5. Nossa… meu celular não funciona direito! Que saco!  (Exclamation)
  6. Nós, brasileiros, temos muito orgulho da nossa querida praia de Copacabana. (Possessive pronoun)
  7. Nossa! Que praia linda!    (Exclamation)
  8. Você já visitou o Rio? Nossa… é maravilhoso.  (Exclamation)
  9. Nossa! Já está muito tarde, preciso dormir.  (Exclamation)
  10. Já temos uma casa só nossa, que legal! (Possessive pronoun)

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