LEARN THE 35 WORDS
I WANT SOMETHING
I WANT TO FIND SOMETHING
I WANT TO BUY SOMETHING
I WANTED TO SPEAK PORTUGUESE
SOME OF THE 35 KEY WORDS
20 one (1) um
21 please por favor
22 small pequeno.
23 station estação (feminine)
pronounced: es-ta-sown (as in English town)
24 thank you obrigado
25 that one aquele
pronounced: a-kell-ay (as in English pay)
26 the (singular) o (masc.) a (feminine)
pronounced: owe and a
27 this one este
28 ticket bilhete
29 the toilets (public) as casas de banho (públicas)
pronounced: ass ka-sas de ban-yo (poo-blee-cas)
AND HERE ARE SOME PHRASES FROM THE BOOK
There is also coffee (café), pronounced ka-feh.
Black (They say 'a coffe black' … um café preto.)
White (They say 'a coffee with milk' … um café com leité.)
Pronounced oon kaff-ay con lay-ee-tay.
Gostaria de um café preto. (oon kaff-eh pray-toe)
I would like a black coffee.
And to top it off and make it sound even more polite, we add the words for 'please' - por favor.
Quero um café preto descafeinado, por favor.
(pronounced oon caf-eh pray-toe des-kaf-ay-ee-nah-doe)
I want a black decaf coffee, please.
Gostaria de um café com leité. (oon ka-fay con lay-ee-tay)
I would like a white coffee, please.
Quero um copo de água, por favor.
(pronounced Kay-roh oon co-po day ag-wa, por fav-or)
I want a glass of water please.
Este é bom. (pronounced ess-tay ay bon)
This is good.
Gostaria de uma garrafa de água mineral gaseificada, por favor.
(gaseificada pronounced gas-ay-ee-fee-ca-da)
I want a bottle of sparkling mineral water please.
Onde está um táxi?
Where is a taxi?
Onde está um banco?
Where is a bank?
Onde está o Hilton Hotel?
Where is the Hilton hotel
Anyone who speaks fluent Portuguese will tell you that the above sentences are basic. But they will work! That’s the main thing.
You have the option of standing in the town square like a goldfish with your mouth opening and closing and nothing coming out, or you can say something that is not grammatically perfect, but gets you what you want. It’s an obvious choice!