Simple Phrases To Learn Before Visiting Portugal

We often get messages from complete beginners who plan to visit Portugal and want to learn a few of the basic Portuguese travel phrases.

In Portugal, the level of English is quite good, especially the younger generations in the main cities of Lisbon and Porto. But regardless of how well the locals speak your language, picking up a few Portuguese phrases can go a long way to show that you’re interested in the local culture.

It’s also worth noting that while most of the vocabulary is common between Brazilian and European Portuguese, the pronunciation is quite different in Portugal. That’s why we’ve provided audio clips to help you practice:

Here are a couple phrases you can use to say hello or goodbye in Portuguese.

Olá paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Hello Tudo bem? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How are you doing? (Everything good?) Adeus paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Goodbye

You can add the following greetings, depending on the time of day.

Unlike English, you can use each of these whether you are just arriving or saying goodbye:

Bom dia paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Good morning Boa tarde paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Good afternoon Boa noite paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Good night

Don’t forget your manners! Learn a few polite phrases to help you communicate respectfully:

Desculpe paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Pardon me, Sorry Por Favor paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Please De nada paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio You're welcome Com licença paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Excuse me Obrigado paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Thank You (male speaker) Obrigada paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Thank You (female speaker) Senhor paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Sir Senhora paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Madam Muito prazer paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Pleasure to meet you, Very nice to meet you

These phrases will come in handy while exploring the city:

ao lado de paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio next to perto paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio close, near longe paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio far Este autocarro vai para onde? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Where does this bus go? Onde posso encontrar um táxi? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Where can I find a taxi? Onde se apanha o metro? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Where do you catch the metro?

…or dining:

Um café paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio A coffee Água paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Water Vinho paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Wine Cerveja paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Beer Pequeno-almoço paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Breakfast Almoço paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Lunch Jantar paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Dinner Tenho uma reserva paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio I have a reservation. Onde fica a casa de banho? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Where is the bathroom? A conta, por favor paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio The bill, please

…or exploring the shops:

Quanto custa? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How much is it? Estou só a ver, obrigado paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio I’m just looking, thanks. (male speaker) Estou só a ver, obrigada paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio I'm just looking, thanks. (female speaker) Aceita cartão de crédito? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Do you accept credit card? Um paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio One Dois paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Two Três paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Three Quatro paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Four Cinco paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Five Seis paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Six Sete paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Seven Oito paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Eight Nove paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Nine Dez paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Ten

Just a few more essential Portuguese travel phrases:

Sim paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Yes Não paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio No Pode ajudar-me? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Can you help me? Gosto muito paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio I like (it) a lot Está bem paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio All right, Okay

…And of course, if you get stuck:

Fala inglês? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Do you speak English?

Desculpe, não falo português paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Sorry, I don't speak Portuguese

Não entendo paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio I don't understand Pode dizer outra vez? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Can you say (that) again?

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Comments:

  • Obrigado Rui & Joel

    In regards to getting alongside the local people
    by using their language.
    I note you use Oporto.
    The locals call it Porto
    In my experience only the Poms (The English) call it Oporto
    Note
    I love Porto but hate tripe
    Porto natives are known as tripeiros (tripe-eaters), compared to Lisboans who’ve been dubbed “cabbage-eaters”

  • I think a section for complete beginners who intend to travel to Portugal is a wonderful Idea You might consider adding a section of vocabulary , with flash card games and the like.
    . You might call it Traveler’s Crash Course , just for travelers
    I’m traveling to Portugal haven’t even gotten there and am already in love and planning to become fluent. My parents have gone twice and are planning to retire there and I plan to visit frequently. The more I learn The more I love it.
    Also not sure about other browsers but a few links for audio don’t work above.

  • Valuable information. Fortunate me I found your website accidentally, and I’m shocked why this accident did
    not took place in advance! I bookmarked it.

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