Language of the Week: Portuguese

Olà! This week our featured language is Portuguese. Keep reading to learn more about the language and our favorite resources.


Quick Facts:

  • Portuguese is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and São Tomé and Principe (co-official language in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, and Macau)
  • Only 5% of Portuguese speakers live in Portugal
  • Portuguese is the fastest-growing European language after English
  • There are about 230 Million Speakers
  • Portuguese uses the 26 letter Latin Script
  • The Portuguese language is different in Brazil than it is in Portugal
  • Portuguese words like cobra, flamingo, and piranha are also used in English
  • The longest Portuguese word (anticonstitucionalíssimamente, which means “in a very unconstitutional way”) has 29 letters


Key Words and Phrases:

Yes – sim
No – não
Thank You – obrigado
Good Bye – adeus or chao
Good Morning – bom dia
Good Afternoon – boa tarde
Good Night – boa noite
I’m Sorry – desculpe
See You Later – até logo
Can I? – posso?
How much? – quanto?
Here – aqui
There – ali
Near – perto
Far – longe
Hot – quente
Cold – frio
New – novo
Old – velho
Yesterday – ontem
Today – hoje
Tomorrow – amanhã
I need help. – Preciso de ajuda
Where’s __ Street? – Onde é a rua __
Do you know…? – Você sabe…?
Good – bom
Bad – mau
Breakfast – pequeno-almoço
Lunch – almoço
Snack – lanche
Dinner – jantar

Where Can I Learn Portuguese?


Portuguese Music


Portuguese Movies/TV Shows

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