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Portuguese is a Romance language closely related to Spanish, and even more closely related to Galician (in fact, many people consider that Galician and Portuguese are the same language). Most words have similarities to Spanish or sometimes French. (French has considerably more influence in Portuguese than in Spanish.) It is spoken mainly in Portugal and Brazil, with some differences in pronunciation, spelling, and use of pronouns. It is also spoken in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola, Mozambique, East Timor, Macao and Goa, Daman and Diu, as the result of the Portuguese discoveries in the XV and XVI centuries. There are around 200 million Portuguese native speakers.

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Alphabet

The Portuguese alphabet (alfabeto) has 23 letters. Accented vowels, cedillas (see below), diphthongs, digraphs (including ch), etc. do not count separately. The full alphabet is a b c d e f g h i j l m n o p q r s t u v x z with additional characters á à â ã ç é ê í ó ô õ ú ü. By far, the most common diphthong is ão. The alphabet, when pronounced, is quite similar to Spanish: á bê cê dê é efe gê agá i jota ele eme ene ó pê quê erre esse tê u vê xis zê. The unused letters from English are k (ká / kápa), w (vê duplo/duplo vê / dábliu/dâbliu), and y (ípsilon).

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Pronunciation guide

Portuguese has nasal vowels and reduced vowels. If you don't reduce the vowels you will still be understood but you will sound over-enunciating. If you don't nasalize the vowels, you can easily be misunderstood: mão means "hand", while mau means "bad." So, be extra careful not to ouch the ão sound. For starters, try something in between English no and now. A good native pronunciation of this diphthong will take lots of listening and practice. The nasals are transcribed as "ng", but don't pronounce "ng" as a consonant.

Brazilian and Luso (European Portuguese) pronunciation differ, and Brazilians and European Portuguese have difficulty understanding each other. Within Brazil, there are regional differences as well. The pronunciation of Minas Gerais is especially difficult, for its tendency to merge syllables, reduce vowels, affricate consonants, etc. In the North East, the consonants tend to be harder and the vowels longer. The populous region surrounding Rio, São Paulo, and Curitiba generally follow the Rio pronunciation in this guide where indicated (though they do have their own accent). If there is no separate mention for Rio, then it is the same as the rest of Brazil.

While slang (gíria) is common in Brazil and difficult to understand, it is generally not spoken to foreigners. Less educated people are likely to use slang a lot.

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Vowels

like father
ã 
like détente
like set, say, or eight. Often dropped at ends of words in Portugal but not in Brazil.
closed e 
like herd. Often spellt ê
like machine
between sort and book in Portugal. In Brazil it is usually rounded (like in cold)
open o 
like in hot.
õ 
like French sont (say "song" and drop the final consonant)
like soup or book
more or less like boom without completing the articulation of the m.
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Consonants

like 'b' in "bed"
like 'c' in "cat"
ce     ci 
like in cell and civil.
ç 
the soft C, like in cell. The mark below the letter "c" is called a cedilla (cedilha in Portuguese). It is used to force the soft C before vowels other than E or I.
like 'd' in "dog." In some regions of Brazil it is affricate before e, i, and ão (this may sound roughly like an English "j").
like 'f' in "father"
like 'g' in "good"
ge     gi 
like 'j' in "journal". (Between English "j" and "zh" sound.) Note this is completely different from Spanish.
silent (like in the Spanish language). See r and rr for the English "h" sound.
like 'j' in "journal". (Between English "j" and "zh" sound.) Note this is completely different from Spanish.
(k) 
Found only in words of foreign orgin, so pronounce accordingly. (Not part of Portuguese alphabet.) See letters c and q for the English "k" sound.
like 'l' in "'love". The final L is vocalised (like in cold).
m... 
like 'm' in "mother".
...m 
Nasalizes the preceding vowel, and is dropped at the end of a word (in Luso dialect). In Brazil, has an n sound at the end of a word.
like nice. Nasalizes the preceding vowel and is silent when followed by a consonant. (See Common digraphs below.)
like 'p' in "pig"
like "unique". Qu is usually followed by e or i as a way to get the k sound.
r...
like 'h' in "help" Note this is completely different from Spanish. It is often pronounced as the Spanish J, especially in Brazil.
...r 
like 'r' in "morning"
...r... 
like the Spanish 'r' (and similar to English).
like hiss, haze, or (in Luso dialect) sure
like 't' in "top"
te     ti   
like 'ch' in "peachy" (Brazil only)
like 'v' in "victory"
(w) 
Found only in words of foreign orgin, so pronounce accordingly. (Not part of Portuguese alphabet.)
like "box," "examine," or "shoe". The correct pronunciation of the X is not easy to deduce.
(y) 
Found only in words of foreign orgin, so pronounce accordingly. (Not part of Portuguese alphabet.) The digraph lh produces the English consonant "y" sound. (see Common digraphs below)
like 'z' in "haze," or in Luso like "measure"
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Common diphthongs

Note: Two vowels together not listed as diphthongs usually means a syllable split. Example: ia in Bahia.

am 
same as ão, but unstressed     andam   they walk
ai 
like bike     praia   beach
ão 
similar to uwng (u as in cup)     dão   they give
au 
like house     Manaus   Brazilian city in the Amazon
ei 
like say     meio   half
eu 
the e vowel plus a w semivowel (no equivalent in English)     Europa   Europe
em 
nasal ei, similar to rain     também   also
oi 
like boy     oito   eight
om 
same as õ     som   sound
ou 
as in own     ouro   gold
õe 
nasal oi     ele põe   he puts
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Common digraphs

ch 
like machine Note: In Brazil, letter t when followed by i or final e produces the Spanish/English "ch" sound.
lh 
like million (equivalent to Spanish LL) Note: Spanish words starting with "LL" very often convert to "CH" in Portuguese
...nh 
like canyon (equivalent to Spanish Ñ)
...nr 
the r is pronounced like help
...rr... 
like help (not trilled, no equivalent to Spanish RR)
...ss... 
prevents the sonorisation of the S between vowels.
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Phrase list

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Basics

Hello. 
Bom dia. (bon DEE-ah / JEE-ah (Rio))
Hello. (informal
Olá. (O-lá)
Thank you. (said by a man) 
Obrigado. (ob-ree-GAH-doo)
Thank you. (said by a woman) 
Obrigada. (ob-ree-GAH-dah)
How are you? 
Como está? (KOH-moh ish-TAH?)
How are you? 
Tudo bem? (TOO-do BENG?) Very common in Brazil.
Fine, thank you. 
Bem, obrigado/a (BENG, ob-ree-GAH-doo/dah)
Everything is OK. (Lit. "All is well") 
Tudo Bem. (TOO-do BENG)
What is your name? (Lit. "How are you called?")
Como se chama? (KOH-moh se SHA-ma?)
What is your name? (Literal)
Qual é o seu nome? Preferred in Brazil.
My name is ______ . 
(O) meu nome é ______ . ({oh} mew NOME ey _____ .) The "O" is usually omitted in Brazil.
Nice to meet you. 
Muito prazer (em conhecê-lo). (MOOY-to pra-ZEHR eng koh-nye-SEH-lo) The final part is dropped in Brazil.
Please (Lit. "As a favor" 
Por favor. (pohr fa-VOHR)
You're welcome (Lit. "For nothing") 
De nada. (je NAH-dah)
Yes. 
Sim. (SEE (Port.) / SEEN (Brazil))
No. 
Não. (NOWNG)
  • Remember that the word "no" doesn't mean a negation as in English and Spanish -- but rather "in the" as a contraction of em + o (Spanish en el). Such contractions are common in Portuguese.
Excuse me. (getting attention
Com licença (kong lee-SEN-sa)
Excuse me. (begging pardon
Desculpe-me. (desh-KULP-me (Port.)/ desh-KUL-pay-me (Brazil))
I'm sorry. 
Desculpe. (desh-KULP (Port.)/ desh-KUL-pay (Brazil))
I'm sorry. (Lit. "pardon") 
Perdão. (per-DAWNG)
Goodbye (formal or permanent) 
Adeus. (uh-DEOOSH.)
Goodbye (informal
Tchau. (CHOW)
See you later 
Até logo. (ah-TEH LOH-goo)
I can't speak Portuguese well. 
Não falo bem Português. (NOWNG fah-loo beng por-too-GEZH)
Do you speak English? 
Fala Inglês? (fah-lah ing-GLEZH?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
Há aqui alguém que fale Inglês? (AH ah-KEE al-GENG keh FAH-leh ing-GLEZH?)
Help! 
Socorro! (soo-KOO-hoo!)
Good day/Good morning. 
Bom dia. (bon DEE-ah/ JEE-ah (Rio))
Good evening. 
Boa tarde. (bo-ah /TARD (Port)/ TAR-day (Brazil)/ TAR-jay (Rio))
Good night. 
Boa noite. (bo-ah NOIT (Port.)/ NOI-chay (Brazil))
I don't understand. 
Não compreendo. (NOWNG kom-pre-EN-doo)
I don't understand. (In Brazil)
Não entendo (NOWNG en-TEN-do)
Where is the toilet? (Port.)
Onde é a casa-de-banho? (OND eh a KAH-sah de BAH-nyoo? (Port.))
Where is the toilet? (Brazil) 
Onde é o banheiro? (OND-de (Brazil) / OND-je (Rio) eh o bah-NYAY-row?)
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Problems

Leave me alone. 
Deixa-me em paz. (DEY-shah meh eng PAZH)
Don't touch me! 
Não toque! (NOWNG TOH-keh!)
I'll call the police. 
Eu chamo a polícia. (yoo SHAH-moo a poh-LEE-see-ah)
Police! 
Polícia! (poh-LEE-see-ah!)
Stop! Thief! 
Pára! Ladrão! (PAH-rah! lah-DROWNG!)
I need your help. 
Preciso da sua ajuda. (preh-SEE-zoo dah SOO-ah ah-ZHOO-dah)
It's an emergency. 
É uma emergência. (EH oo-mah eh-mer-ZHENG-see-ah)
I'm lost. 
Estou perdido/...da. (SOW per-DEE-doo/ per-JEE-doo (Rio)...dah)
I lost my bag. 
Perdi a minha mala bolsa. (per-DEE / per-JEE (Rio) a meen-yah MAH-lah)
I lost my wallet. 
Perdi a minha carteira.(pehr-DEE / per-JEE (Rio) ah MEE-nyah cahr-TAY-rah)
I'm sick. 
Estou doente. (ish-TOW doo-AYN-teh (Port.) / doo-AYN-chay (Brazil))
I've been injured. 
Estou ferido/da. (ish-TOW feh-REE-doo/dah)
I need a doctor. 
Preciso de um médico. (preh-SEE-zoo deh oong MEH-dee-koo / MEH-jee-koo (Rio))
Can I use your phone? 
Posso usar o seu telefone? (POH-soo oo-ZAR oo seoo teh-leh-FOWN (Port.) / teh-leh-FOW-nay (Brazil)?)
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Numbers

Note: Spanish speakers need to practice pronunciation of Portuguese numbers to be understood, even though they are quite similar in written form. Give particular attention to numbers ending in e for Luso and te for Brazil.

um/uma (oong / OO-mah)
dois/duas (doysh / DOO-ash)
três (treysh)
quatro (KWAT-roh)
cinco (SING-koo)
seis/meia (seysh/may-ah) Use meia in a numerical series (e.g. phone numbers, postal codes, etc.) to prevent confusion with "três". "Meia" is short for "meia-dúzia" (half-a-dozen).
sete (set (Port.)'/ setch (Brazil)')
oito (OY-too)
nove (nov (Port.)/ NOH-vi (Brazil))
10 
dez (dezh)
11 
onze (ongz (Port.) / ONG-zay (Brazil) )
12 
doze (doz (Port.)/ DOH-zay (Brazil) )
13 
treze (trez (Port.) / TRE-zay (Brazil))
14 
catorze (kah-TORZ (Port.)/ kah-TOH-zay (Brazil))
15 
quinze (keengz (Port.)/ KEENG-zee (Brazil))
16 
dezasseis (Port.) (deh-zah-SEYSH)
 
dezesseis (Brazil)(deh-zay-SEYSH)
17 
dezassete (Port.)(deh-zah-SET )
 
dezessete (Brazil) (deh-zay-SET-chay )
18 
dezoito (dezh-OY-too)
19 
dezanove (Port.) (deh-zah-NOV )
 
dezenove (Brazil) (day-zay-NOH-vay)
20 
vinte (veengt (Port.)/ VEEN-chee (Brazil))
21 
vinte-um/uma (veengt (Port.)/ VEEN-chee (Brazil) oong/OO-mah)
22 
vinte-dois/duas (veengt (Port.)/ VEEN-chee (Brazil) doysh/DOO-ash)
23 
vinte-três (veengt (Port.)/ VEEN-chee (Brazil) trezh)
30 
trinta (TREEN-tah)
40 
quarenta (kwah-REN-tah)
50 
cinquenta (Port.) (sing-KWEN-tah)
 
cinqüenta (Brazil) (sing-KWEN-tah)
60 
sessenta (seh-SEN-tah)
70 
setenta (seh-TEN-tah)
80 
oitenta (oy-TEN-tah)
90 
noventa (no-VEN-tah)
100 
cem (seng)
200 
duzentos/as (...)
300 
trezentos/as (...)
500 
quinhentos/as (keen-YENG-toosh)
1000 
mil (meel)
2000 
dois mil (doysh meel)
1,000,000 
milhão (meel-YOWNG)
number _____ (train, bus, etc.
número _____ (NU-may-ro)
half 
metade (me-TAHD (Port.)/ me-TAHD-day (Brazil)/ me-TAHD-jay (Rio))
less 
menos (MEH-noosh)
more 
mais (mighsh)
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Time

now 
agora (ah-GOH-rah)
later 
depois (deh-POYSH)
before 
antes de (ANtesh deh)
morning 
manhã (mah-NYAHNG)
afternoon 
tarde (tahrd (Port.)/ TAHR-day (Brazil)/TAHR-jay (Rio))
evening 
Use afternoon ("tarde") for early evening, and night ("noite") for late evening. Unlike English, "boa noite" is used as an initial greeting and not just to say goodbye.
night 
noite (NOIT (Port.)/ NOI-chay (Brazil))
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Clock time

Note: In a sentence add é just before one o'clock, noon and midnight, and são just before two through eleven o'clock. (English equivalent of "it is...")

one o'clock AM 
uma hora da manhã (uma OH-ra dah man-yah)
two o'clock AM 
duas horas da manhã (duash OH-ras dah man-yah)
noon 
meio-dia (mayo deeah/ jeeah (Rio))
one o'clock PM 
uma hora da tarde (uma OH-ra dah tahrd (Port.)/ TAHR-day (Brazil))
two o'clock PM 
duas horas da tarde (duash OH-ras dah tahrd (Port.)/ TAHR-day (Brazil))
half past three PM 
três e meia da tarde (...)
midnight 
meia-noite (may-a noyt(Port.)/ NOY-tay (Brazil)
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Duration

_____ minute(s) 
_____ minuto(s) (mee-NU-toh)
_____ hour(s) 
_____ hora(s) (OH-ra)
_____ day(s) 
_____ dia(s) (DEE-ah/ JEE-ah (Rio))
_____ week(s) 
_____ semana(s) (seh-MAH-nah)
_____ month(s) 
_____ mês(meses) (mayse)
_____ year(s) 
_____ ano(s) (ahno)
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Days

today 
hoje (ohzh (Port.)/ OHZH-gee (Brazil))
yesterday 
ontem (OHN-taym)
tomorrow 
amanhã (a-mahn-YAHNG)
this week 
esta semana (esh-tah seh-MAH-nah)
last week 
a semana passada (ah s'MAH-nah pah-SAH-dah)
next week 
próxima semana (prah-ZEE-mah s'MAH-nah)
Sunday 
domingo (doh-MING-goo)
Monday 
segunda-feira (seh-GOON-dah fey-rah)
Tuesday 
terça-feira (TEHR-sah fey-rah)
Wednesday 
quarta-feira (KWAR-tah fey-rah)
Thursday 
quinta-feira (KEEN-tah fey-rah)
Friday 
sexta-feira (SESH-tah fey-rah)
Saturday 
sábado (SAH-bah-doo)
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Months

January 
Janeiro (zhah-NEY-roo)
February 
Fevereiro (fev-REY-roo)
March 
Março (MAR-soo)
April 
Abril (ah-BREEL)
May 
Maio (Mah-yo)
June 
Junho (JUN-yoo)
July 
Julho (JUHL-yoo)
August 
Agosto (AGOSH-too)
September 
Setembro (S'tembroo)
October 
Outubro (Oh-TOO-broo)
November 
Novembro (Noo-VEM-broo)
December 
Dezembro (D'ZEM-broo)
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Writing Time and Date

21 September 2005 (UK)/September 21, 2005 (USA) 21 de setembro de 2005, "vinte-um de setembro de dois mil cinco"

Time is written with "h" as in French: 8h30; or with a colon or period. The 24-hour clock is often used.

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Colors

Most adjectives change the final o to a in the feminine and add s (pronounced sh) to form the plural. If the adjective ends in "a", there is no separate masculine form.

black 
preto (PREH-too)
white 
branco (BRAHNG-koo)
gray 
cinzento (see-ZHEN-toh)
red 
vermelho (ver-MEH-lyoo)
blue 
azul (ah-ZOOL), pl. azuis (ah-ZOOEYSH)
yellow 
amarelo (ah-mah-REH-loo)
green 
verde (VEHR-deh (Port.)/ VEHR-day (Brazil)/ VEHR-jay (Rio))
orange 
laranja (lah-RANG-jah)
purple 
violeta (vee-oh-LAY-tah)
brown 
castanho (cah-STAHN-yo)
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Transportation

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Bus and Train

How much is a ticket to _____? 
Quanto custa uma passagem bilhete in Portugal para _____? (...)
One ticket to _____, please. 
Uma passagem para _____, por favor. (...)
Where does this train/bus go? 
Para onde vai o comboio trem in Brazil/autocarro ônibus in Brazil? (...)
Where is the train/bus to _____? 
Onde é o comboio/autocarro para _____? (...)
Does this train/bus stop in _____? 
Este comboio/autocarro pára em _____? (...)
When does the train/bus for _____ leave? 
Quando parte sai in Brazil o comboio/autocarro para _____? (...)
When will this train/bus arrive in _____? 
Quando chega este comboio/autocarro a _____? (...)
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Directions

How do I get to _____ ? 
Como vou _____ ? (KOH-moh vow)
...the train station? 
...à estação de comboios(Port.)/trem(Br.)? (...)
...the bus station? 
...à estação de autocarros(Port.)/ônibus(Br.)? (ah ish-ta-SOWN duh ow-too-CAR-oosh / dje OH-nee-boos)
...the airport? 
...ao aeroporto? (ow ah-eh-roo-POHR-too)
...downtown? 
...à baixa(Port.)/ao centro(Br.)? (ah BAIshah / ow SEN-troo)
...the youth hostel? 
...à pousada de juventude? (Ah poo-ZAHdah deh zhuVENtud)
...the _____ hotel? 
...ao hotel _____? (ow oh-TEL)
...a nightclub/bar? 
...a uma boate/bar/festa/farra? (...)
...an Internet café? 
...a um lan house?(Br.) (...)
...the American/Canadian/Australian/British consulate? 
...ao consulado americano/canadiano/australiana/britânico? (...)
Where are there a lot of... 
Onde há muitos/muitas... (OHND ah MOOY-tosh/tash...)
...hotels? 
...hotéis? (oh-TEYSH)
...restaurants? 
...restaurantes? (resh-tau-RAN-t'sh)
...bars? 
...bares? (barsh)
...sites to see? 
...sítios(Port.)/lugares(Br.) para visitar? (SEE-tee-osh/loo-GAH-hes pah-rah vee-zee-TAR)
...women? 
...mulheres? (moo-LYEH-resh)
Can you show me on the map? 
Pode mostrar-me no mapa? (pod mushTRARM noo MAHpah ?)
street 
rua (HOO-ah)
Turn left. 
Vire à esquerda. (VEER ah esh-KEHR-dah)
Turn right. 
Vire à direita. (VEER ah dee-RAY-tah / jee-RAY-tah (Rio))
left 
esquerdo (esh-KEHR-doo)
right 
direito (dee-RAY-too / jee-RAY-too (Rio))
straight ahead 
sempre em frente (Sempr' eim frent)
towards the _____ 
na direcção de _____ (nah dee-rek-SOWN duh)
past the _____ 
depois de _____ (depoish deh)
before the _____ 
antes de _____ (ant'sh deh)
Watch for the _____. 
Procure o/a _____. (...)
intersection 
cruzamento (kroo-zah-MEN-too)
north 
norte (NOHR-te)
south 
sul (sool)
east 
leste (LESHt or ESHt)
west 
oeste (oh-ESHt)
uphill 
subida (sooBEEdah)
downhill 
descida (deshSEEdah)
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Taxi

Taxi! 
Táxi! (Tak-see)
Take me to _____, please. 
Leve-me para _____, por favor. (...)
How much does it cost to get to _____? 
Quanto custa ir para _____? (KWAN-to CUSH-tah eer pah-rah______)
Take me there, please. 
Leve-me lá, por favor. (...)
Follow that car! 
Siga aquele carro! (SEEgah AHkelE kaROO)
Try to not hit any pedestrian. 
Tente não atropelar nenhum pedestre. (...)
Stop staring me this way! 
Pare de olhar para mim desta maneira! (...)
OK, let's go, then. 
OK, então vamos. (Okay entaum vamosh)
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Lodging

Do you have any rooms available? 
Tem quartos disponíveis? (teng KWAHR-toosh dish-po-NEE-veysh?)
How much is a room for one person/two people? 
Quanto custa um quarto para uma/duas pessoa(s)? (KWAHN-too KOOSH-tah oong KWAHR-too pah-rah OO-mah/DOO-ash PESS-wa(sh)?)
Does the room come with... 
O quarto tem... (oo KWAHR-too teng)
...bedsheets? 
...lençóis? (len-SOYSH?)
...a bathroom? 
...uma banheira? (oo-mah bah-NYAY-rah?)
...a telephone? 
...um telefone? (oon teh-leh-FONE?)
...a TV? 
...um televisor? (oon teh-leh-VEE-zor?)
May I see the room first? 
Posso ver o quarto primeiro? (POH-soo vehr oo KWAHR-too pree-MAY-roo?)
Do you have anything quieter? 
Tem algo mais calmo? (teng AHL-goo mighsh KAHL-moo?)
...bigger? 
...maior? (mah-YOHR?)
...cleaner? 
...mais limpo? (mighsh LIM-poo?)
...cheaper? 
...mais barato? (mighsh buh-RAH-too?)
OK, I'll take it. 
OK, fico com ele. (...)
I will stay for _____ night(s). 
Ficarei _____ noite(s). (...)
Can you suggest another hotel? 
Pode sugerir outro hotel? (...)
Do you have a safe? 
Tem um cofre? (...)
...lockers? 
...cadeados? (...)
Is breakfast/supper included? 
O pequeno-almoço/ceia está incluído/a? (...)
What time is breakfast/supper? 
Que é o pequeno-almoço/ceia? (...)
Please clean my room. 
Por favor limpe o meu quarto. (...)
Can you wake me at _____? 
Pode acordar-me às _____? (...)
I want to check out. 
Quero fazer o registo de saída. (...)
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Money

Do you accept American/Australian/Canadian dollars? 
Aceita dólares americanos/australianos/canadianos? (...)
Do you accept British pounds? 
Aceita libras esterlinas? (...)
Do you accept cr cards? 
Aceita cartões de crédito? (...)
Can you change money for me? 
Pode trocar-me dinheiro? (...)
Where can I get money changed? 
Onde posso trocar dinheiro? (Ond POH-soh troCAR dee-NYEY-roo)
Can you change a Traveler's Cheque for me? 
Pode trocar-me um cheque de viagem (or ... um Traveler's Cheque)? (...)
Where can I get a Traveler's Cheque changed? 
Onde posso trocar um cheque de viagem (or ... um Traveler's Cheque)? (...)
What is the exchange rate? 
Qual é a taxa de câmbio? (qual eh ah tasha d'CAMByou?)
Where is an automatic teller machine (ATM)? 
Onde há um Multibanco? (Ond ah omm MultiBANcu)
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Eating

A table for one person/two people, please. 
Uma mesa para uma/duas pessoa(s), por favor. (...)
Can I look at the menu, please? 
Posso ver o menu, por favor? (...)
Can I look in the kitchen? 
Posso ver a cozinha, por favor? (...)
Is there a house specialty? 
Ha uma especialidade da casa? (...)
Is there a local specialty? 
Há uma especialidade local? (...)
I'm a vegetarian. 
Sou vegetariano. (...)
I don't eat pork. 
Não como porco. (...)
I only eat kosher food. 
Só como kosher. (...)
Can you make it "lite", please? (less oil/butter/lard
Pode fazê-lo mais "leve" (menos óleo, manteiga, banha), por favor? (...)
half portion 
meia-dose (MEY-a dohz)
full portion 
uma dose (OO-mah dohz)
fixed-price meal 
refeição de preço fixo (...)
à la carte 
a la carte (...)
breakfast 
pequeno-almoço (...)
lunch 
almoço (...)
tea (meal
lanche (...)
supper 
jantar (...)
I want _____. 
Quero _____. (...)
I want a dish containing _____. 
Quero um prato de _____. (...)
chicken 
frango(...)
beef 
bife (...)
fish 
peixe (peysh)
snake (Manaus
cobra (...)
ham 
fiambre (...)
sausage 
salsicha (...)
cheese 
queijo (KAY-zhoo)
eggs 
ovos (...)
salad 
salada (...)
barbecue/roasted meat 
churrasco (...)
beef, poached eggs, rice, french fries, lettuce and tomatoes 
a la minuta (...)
beef, poached eggs, rice, beans, lettuce and tomatoes 
completão comercial (...)
beef, poached eggs, rice, beans, pasta, lettuce and tomatoes 
completão industrial (...)
(fresh) vegetables 
vegetais (frescos)(...)
(fresh) fruit 
fruta (fresca) (...)
pineapple 
In Brazil: abacaxi (ah-bah-kah-SHEE)
Elsewhere: ananas (ah-nah-NAHSH)
bread 
pão (powng), pl. pães (pighngsh)
toast 
torrada (...)
noodles 
noodles (...)
rice 
arroz (ah-ROZH)
beans 
feijões (...)
N.B. Do not confuse feijão, pl. feijões, beans, with the feijoa, a small guava-like fruit.
May I have a glass of _____? 
Quero um copo de _____? (...)
May I have a cup of _____? 
Quero uma chávena(Port.)/xícara(Br.) de _____? (...)
May I have a bottle of _____? 
Quero uma garrafa _____? (...)
coffee 
café(...)
tea (drink
chá (...)
juice (Port.)
sumo (SOO-moo)
juice (Brazil)
suco (SOO-koo)
(bubbly) water 
água com gás (...)
water 
água (AH-gwah)
beer 
cerveja (ser-VAY-zhah)
yerba mate 
erva-mate/tererê/chimarrão (ehr-vah mah-TEH / teh-heh-HEH / shee-mah-HOWN)
red/white wine 
vinho tinto/branco (...)
May I have some _____? 
Pode me dar _____? (...)
salt 
sal (sahl)
black pepper 
pimenta negra (...)
butter 
manteiga (mahn-TAY-gah)
Excuse me, waiter? (getting attention of server)
Desculpe, empregado? (...) (Note: use "garçom" in Brazil in this case. Empregado sounds a bit disrespectful, for it means literally "employee".)
I'm finished 
Já acabei. (...)
I'm full 
Estou farto/a (...)
It was delicious. 
Estava delicioso. (...)
Please clear the plates. 
Por favor limpe os pratos.(Pt.)/ Por favor retire os pratos.(Br.) (...)
The check, please. 
A conta, por favor. (...)
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Bars

Do you serve alcohol? 
Servem álcool? (...)
Is there table service? 
Há serviço de mesas? (...)
A beer/two beers, please. 
Uma cerveja/duas cervejas, por favor. (...)
A glass of red/white wine, please. 
Um copo de vinho tinto/branco, por favor. (Oom KOH-poh d'Vinyoo TINtoo, por faVOR)
A pint, please. 
Uma caneca, por favor. (...)
A bottle, please. 
Uma garrafa, por favor. (...)
_____ (hard liquor) and _____ (mixer), please. 
_____ and _____, please. (...)
whiskey 
whisky (wiss-kee)
vodka 
vodka (...)
rum 
rum (room)
Brazilian national drink (sugar cane brandy) 
birita/cachaça/canha (KAxzAHssAH/KAinAH)
water 
água (AH-gwah)
club soda 
club soda (...)
tonic water 
água tónica (...)
orange juice (Port.) 
sumo de laranja (SOO-moo duh lah-RAHN-zhah)
orange juice (Brazil) 
suco de laranja (SOU-koh day lah-RAHN-jah)
  • Note the rare gender change from Spanish on the word laranja (orange), and the different j sound.
Coke (soda
Coca-Cola (...), or Cola
Do you have any bar snacks? 
Tem aperitivos? (...)
One more, please. 
Mais um/uma, por favor. (...)
Another round, please. 
Mais uma rodada, por favor. (...)
When is closing time? 
A que horas fecham? (...)
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Shopping

Do you have this in my size? 
Tem isto no meu tamanho? (...)
How much is this? 
Quanto custa? (...)
That's too expensive. 
É muito caro. (...)
Would you take _____? 
Aceita _____? (...)
expensive 
caro (...)
cheap 
barato (...)
I can't afford it. 
Não tenho dinheiro suficiente. (...)
I don't want it. 
Não quero. (...)
You're cheating me. 
Está a enganar-me. (...)
I'm not interested. 
Não estou interessado/a. (..)
OK, I'll take it. 
OK, eu levo. (...)
Can I have a bag? 
Dá-me um saco? (...)
Do you ship (overseas)? 
Envia para outros países? (...)
I need... 
Preciso de... (...)
...toothpaste. 
...pasta de dentes. (...)
...a toothbrush. 
...escova de dentes. (...)
...tampons. 
...tampões. (...)
...soap. 
...sabonete. (...)
...shampoo. 
...champô. (...)
...pain reliever. (e.g., aspirin or ibuprofen
...aspirina. (...)
...cold medicine. 
...remédio para resfriado. (...)
...stomach medicine. 
...remédio para as dores de estômago. (...)
...a razor. 
...uma lâmina. (...)
...an umbrella. 
...um chapéu de chuva(Pt.)/guarda-chuva(Br.). (...)
...sunblock lotion. 
...protector solar. (...)
...a postcard. 
...um cartão postal (...)
...(postage) stamps. 
...selos (de correio). (...)
...batteries. 
...pilhas. (...)
...plastic bags. 
...sacos plásticos. (...)
...rope. 
...corda. (...)
...adhesive tape. 
...fita adesiva. (...)
...writing paper. 
...papel de carta. (...)
...a pen. 
...uma caneta. (...)
...English-language books. 
...livros em inglês. (...)
...English-language magazines. 
...revista em inglês. (...)
...an English-language newspaper. 
...jornais em inglês. (...)
...an English-Portuguese dictionary. 
...um dicionário de inglês-português. (...)
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Driving

I want to rent a car. 
Quero alugar um carro. (...)
Can I get insurance? 
Posso fazer um seguro? (...)
stop (on a street sign
stop (...), pare (PAH-reh) (in pare ao sinal vermelho, stop at the red signal)
Ouch! 
Ops! (OOPsh)
one way 
sentido único (...)
yield 
yield (...)
no parking 
estacionamento proibido (...)
speed limit 
limite de velocidade (...)
gas (petrol) station 
Port. - estação de serviço (...) / Br. - posto de gasolina (...')
petrol 
gasolina (...)
diesel 
gasóleo/diesel (...)
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Authority

Is his/her foul! 
A culpa é dele/dela! (...)
Its not what its seems. 
Não é o que está parecendo. (...)
I can explain it all. 
Eu posso explicar tudo. (...)
I haven't done anything wrong. 
Não fiz nada de errado. (...)
I swear I didn't do it Mr. Officer. 
Eu juro que não fiz nada Seu Guarda. (Br.) (...)
It was a misunderstanding. 
Foi um engano. (...)
Where are you taking me? 
Onde me leva? (...)
Am I under arrest? 
Estou detido? (...)
I am an American/Australian/British/Canadian citizen. 
Sou um cidadão americano/australiano/britânico/canadiano. (...)
I want to talk to the American/Australian/British/Canadian embassy/consulate. 
Quero falar com o consulado americano/australiano/britânico/canadiano. (...)
I want to talk to a lawyer. 
Quero falar com um advogado. (...)
Can I just pay a fine now? 
Posso pagar a coima(Port.)/fiança(Br.) agora? (...)
Do you accept a bribe? 
Você aceita um suborno/propina/cervejinha? (...)
Please don't kill me! 
Por favor não me mate! (Br.) (...)
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