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Hear Portuguese Survival Phrases

The Portuguese language lesson offered here is an excerpt from Transparent Language's Portuguese software program. The Basic Portuguese Phrases and the Portuguese Phrases for Meeting and Greeting will lead you to the Portuguese Dialog at the end, which shows how these survival phrases are used in conversational Portuguese. Single click on the phrase to hear the Portuguese pronunciation spoken by a native Portuguese speaker. Take advantage of this Portuguese language resource as you learn to speak Portuguese!

Basic Portuguese Phrases

Bom dia. Good morning.

Boa tarde. Good afternoon.

Boa noite. Good night.

Fala inglês? Do you speak English?

Há alguém aqui que fala inglês? Does anyone here speak English?

Onde posso encontrar alguém que fale inglês? Where can I find someone who speaks English?

Desculpe-me por falar tão mal o português. Excuse my poor Portuguese.

Só falo um pouco de português. I only speak a little Portuguese.

Portuguese Phrases for Meeting and Greeting

É um prazer conhecê-lo. I am pleased to meet you.

Falaram-me muito de voc? I have heard so much about you.

Foi um prazer conhecê-lo. It was nice meeting you.

Não entendo. I don't understand.

Compreendo perfeitamente. I understand perfectly.

Compreende? Do you understand?

Compreendo-o se falar devagar. I understand if you speak slowly.

É muito melhor. That is much better.

Que disse? What did you say?

Portuguese Dialog

John: Bom dia.
Good morning?
Fala inglês?
Do you speak English?
Teresa: Desculpe-me, não falo inglês.
I'm sorry, I don't speak English.
John: Receio que só falo um pouco de português.
I'm afraid I only speak a little Portuguese.
Teresa: Não faz mal.
That's all right.
Fala muito bem.
You speak very well.
John: Fico nervoso quando falo português.
I get nervous when I speak Portuguese.
Teresa: Compreendo-o muito bem.
I understand you very well.
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