A woman continues to write in her diary about her day to day life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the anxiety surrounding the current crisis, she is discovering ways to find joy in the peaceful moments at home.
The verb “pôr” typically translates to “put”, but it can also mean “set”, as in “set the table”. Get some practice with this irregular verb as you listen to a dialogue of Maria and her father preparing for a family lunch.
Paulo and Rute are taking stock of the food and supplies they have in their kitchen. Time to make a shopping list! As you follow along, notice how the word “há” from the verb “haver” is used in different contexts.
A woman describes life in her apartment building during the COVID-19 crisis. Quarent(o)ena? Check the vocabulary section to see if you can decipher the play on words in the title.
A couple is running late for a wedding when they realize their car keys are missing. Where do you think they will find them?
Catarina and Filipe are a young couple looking to buy a house together. Will they find the perfect home?
In recent years, Portugal has become more popular with foreigners looking to buy a home. Housing prices dropped significantly after an economic downturn, but as the economy recovers, property prices are beginning to rise again, especially in certain areas. Still, interest rates remain low and many are drawn to the climate, quality of life, relatively low cost of living, rich culture, and peaceful atmosphere of Portugal. We’ve put together this guide to help you navigate the home-buying process in Portugal.
Marco catches up with his friend Diogo and they discuss what it’s like to live alone.
Dona Ana is always trying to help out Fernando and Sara with their baby Bruno… although sometimes that help comes in the form of a lecture!
A young adult recruits the help of a professional realtor to find a place he can call his own.
Marco completes the tour by talking about some characteristics of his house.
Sara loses her keys and counts on her husband Fernando’s help to find them.
The average home is full of all kinds of objects, pieces of furniture, and appliances. In this unit, we’ll explore the most common objects you’ll find in each room of your house.
The Living Room – Sala de Estar
The room where you’ll likely spend lots of time relaxing with your family and friends is known as a sala de estar the living room. You may invite them to sit on the sofá sofa and enjoy a nice conversation, or perhaps share a meal at the mesa de jantar dining table.
Note that it’s common to omit “de estar” and refer to the living room as simply a sala, since it’s usually implied.
The Kitchen – A Cozinha
In the kitchen you might also find
Types of Housing
- um quarto A single room – A private bedroom for yourself in a house shared with other people.
- um apartamento a flat, apartment – A complete, unshared home, but in um prédio a building shared with others.
- uma vivenda A detached house – A house that is not connected to any other others, which might even contain um quintal a garden.
- casas geminadas semi-detached houses – Somewhere in between a detached house and an apartment, which share a single common wall to form a two-unit building.
- uma quinta farm – A larger property in which the residential function of the building is combined with agricultural work.
Types of Rooms
Now that you’ve described the type of home, let’s take a look inside:
Avó Odete is back! She teaches us lots of new vocabulary while chatting, singing, and washing the dishes, (with Rui’s “help” 🙈). Rui even attempts to get her saying “asneiras” (bad words!) Watch now to see if he succeeds!
It’s tea time! But not like anything you’ve ever had before. Have you heard of kombucha? Find out what it is, how it’s made… and how to make a mess! Our special guest is our designated “kombuchista,” (who also happens to be Rui Sr., Rui’s Jr.’s pai).
Whether you’re talking about cleaning, or even the extinction of dinosaurs, there is always a good excuse to practice European Portuguese!
Avó Odete is back! And she’s not alone… For the first time, Avô Manuel decided to talk to tell us what he thinks about snails!