So you want to learn a little how to speak the language of Brazil?
I can see why. The spoken Portuguese of Brazil is one of the loveliest sounds on earth. There is a song to how we speak, and the only way to learn it is to 'jump in'. When you see me, or any other Brazilian, try these on for size. And you know, this won't hurt you when visit the wonderful Brazil / Brasil! Also, at this point, you can see that a lot of Brazilians are actively contributing to surf culture in the South Bay. Pretty cool, eh?
And of course, always keep in mind that the best communication of all is... a big smile showing you're ready to share the joy (and bring the coffee or sugar cane sweetened Coca Cola!)
Ok then, here are some basics for you!
Bom dia. [bong-deer]* which means "Good morning".
Boa tarde. [boah-tard]* for "Good afternoon".
- Boa noite.
You will hear Bom dia from midnight to midday, Boa tarde from 12pm until it gets dark and Boa noite since it gets dark until midnight,or when you want to wish a good night to anyone.
- Não faz mal!
- Com licença!
- De nada!
- Por favor!
- Está bem!
- Então? tudo bem?
- Oi! e aí?
- Como se diz em português + English word?
- Como se pronuncia em português + Portuguese word?
- Como se escreve?
- O que quer dizer "xyz" em inglês?
- Pode repetir?
- Não percebo!
- Não percebi!
- Não entendo!
- Não entendi!
- Não sei!
- Não me lembro!