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Influência Árabe na Língua Portuguesa

July 18, 2019

Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Portuguese language? Throughout history, the Iberian Peninsula was populated and governed by several different nations. This rich and fascinating blend of influences is reflected in both our language and our culture. (Note: This episode is a rare exception to our “Shorty” format, as it is about […]

Storage, Tools And Cooking

February 28, 2019

Food Storage There are many different places and containers you can use to store or preserve food. Food that can be stored at room temperature can be placed in the , in the , or right on the or . Fruit, in particular, can be put in a , which might be a bowl, basket, […]

Food Vocabulary – Main Food Groups

February 27, 2019

Food groups are convenient to help us learn food-related vocabulary in a more organized way.

Dairy Products – Laticínios

Portuguese Term English Translation
o leite (pl. leites) milk
o iogurte (pl. iogurtes) yogurt
o queijo (pl. queijos) cheese
a manteiga (pl. manteigas) butter
o gelado (pl. gelados) ice cream
a nata (pl. natas) cream

Leite, iogurte and queijo are a part of many Portuguese people’s breakfasts and snacks. Queijo, in particular, is very important and there are several tasty varieties. As for leite, there are at least three types:

  • Leite magro Skimmed milk – Very low-fat content

  • Leite meio-gordo Semi-skimmed milk – Medium fat content

  • Leite gordo Whole milk – High-fat content

Describing Food

February 23, 2019

Being the food lovers that we are, we use lots of different expressions in Portuguese to describe the food we eat or how we feel about eating it.

Hunger and Satisfaction

For starters, in Portugal we start thinking about food when we have hunger or when we are with hunger. In Portuguese, this translates to ter fome feeling hungry, or estar com fome being hungry.

If you’re really feeling quite peckish, you can say estou esfomeado I’m famished., or even estou a morrer de fome I’m dying to eat. (we take our hunger very seriously).


Tenho fome. O que há para comer? I’m hungry. What’s there to eat?

Vamos depressa, eu estou a morrer de fome! Let’s go quickly, I’m dying to eat!

Once we’re full, we say Estou cheio I’m full or the more elegant alternatives Estou satisfeito I’m satisfied and the rare Estou saciado