Basic Portuguese phrases
Bom dia/Boa tarde/Boa noite: Good morning/afternoon/night
Até breve!: See you soon!
Que tal amanhã?: What about tomorrow?
Por favor: Please
Com licença: Excuse me
De nada: You’re welcome
Portuguese phrases for information and direction
Por favor, me avise quando devo descer.: Please tell me when to get off.
Como eu chego ao…: How do I get to...
Qual a distância até ...?: How far to ...?
Portuguese phrases for accommodations
Poderecomendar –me alguma coisa?.: Can you recommend something?
Eu gostaria de reservar um quarto, por favor.: I would like to reserve a room, please.
Quanto custa?: How much does it cost?
Eu gostaria de outro quarto.: I would like another room.
Portuguese phrases for shopping
Eu estou procurando por ...: I am looking for ...
Você tem…?: Do you have...?
Gostaria de experimentar?: Would you like to try them on?
Onde é que estão os balneários?: Where is the changing room?
Onde tem uma loja de roupas femininas?: Where is a women's clothing store?
Pode-se pagar com cartão de crédito?: May I pay by credit card?
We have prepared a list of common Portuguese expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Portuguese in no time. Let's dig in!
If you find yourself in Portugal it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Portuguese speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Portuguese is "Bom dia".
Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:
But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Brazil? Well, “Good afternoon” in Portuguese is "Boa tarde".
Now listen to how a Portuguese speaker would pronounce it:
Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Brazil and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Meu nome é Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in Portuguese.
Listen to how a person from São Paulo would pronounce this phrase:
Now that you have introduced yourself, a Portuguese speaker would respond "Muito prazer em conhecê-lo." which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Portuguese.
Listen to a native Portuguese speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:
At this point, it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Portuguese.
It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:
If, on the other hand, a Portuguese speaker asks you first how are you doing, this is how you can answer politely. Apply the unspoken rule of politeness everywhere you go and many doors shall joyously open in your path.
Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:
And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Portugal you might have to learn how to order a beer in Portuguese.
Let a native Portuguese speaker show you how it's done:
There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "Desculpe" which means "I'm sorry" in Portuguese.
Listen to how it's pronounced:
This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Portuguese to a co-worker from Brazil that you are probably going to see the next day.
Delight your senses with a Portuguese speaker saying the phrase:
Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Portuguese.
Here's how a person from Lisbon would pronounce it:
Quê?: What? Example: O que é isto?: What is this?
Quem: Who Example: Para quem?: Who is it for?
Qual: Which Example: Qual você recomenda?: Which one do you recommend?
Quanto?: How much/many? Example: Quanto é que custa o quarto por noite?: How much is this room?
Porquê?: Why? Example: Porque você discute com ele?: Why do you argue with him?
Quando?: When? Example: Quando é que aterramos?: When do we land?
Onde?: Where? Example: Onde fica a saída?: Where is the exit?
Como?: How? Example: (Você) gosta de aqui estar?: How do you like it here?
Immersion is one of the most effective ways of learning a new language and not having the means to travel to a Portuguese-speaking country shouldn’t keep you from experiencing it. Using Mondly, you’ll immerse yourself in Portuguese from day 1 with real Portuguese conversations.
Once you learn a few basic sentences in Portuguese, you will have the knowledge to start your first Portuguese conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real-life conversations to get you speaking Portuguese in no time.
Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Portuguese phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Portuguese knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.
Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Portuguese phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.
Related PagesLearn Portuguese OnlinePortuguese wordsHow to speak PortuguesePortuguese grammarPortuguese lessons
Subscribe to our newsletter
Join over 1 million people enjoying our occasional language tips, special offers and more.
The email address is not valid