Start learning the most common Portuguese phrases

Portuguese is a fascinating and melodic language that is thought to be the most happy language in the world. So, why not learn a few basic Portuguese phrases and expressions to enhance your general knowledge and become happier in the process?

There’s an infinite number of sentences in the Portuguese language that make learning Portuguese feel overwhelming. Let's stay optimistic. We have some good news: you only need to know a fraction of the total number of Portuguese sentences to be able to speak Portuguese fluently. For example, by knowing as little as 100 words you will understand 50% of any text in Portuguese. That's right! You don't have to know the ins and outs of Portuguese to have a real conversation with someone from Brazil.

The secret is to learn Portuguese the smart way. Start with the most common Portuguese phrases and expressions and build from there. Learning sentence after sentence, you’ll feel one step closer to fluency. Then, to lock the knowledge in, use the Portuguese sentences you learned in real conversations. So, why not make the first step towards learning Portuguese today? Let’s go over some common sentences in Portuguese you can learn right now. These are just a fraction of the phrases spoken by native Portuguese speakers you can listen to on Mondly, our high rated language learning app loved by millions of people around the world.

Top 10 Portuguese phrases and sentences you need to know

We have prepared a list of common Portuguese expressions that will help you have a basic conversation in Portuguese in no time. Let's dig in!

1. Bom dia. = Good morning.

If you find yourself in Portugal it is always polite to say “Hi” every morning because Portuguese speakers are really sociable. “Good morning” in Portuguese is "Bom dia".

Now enjoy being greeted by a native speaker:

Bom dia.

2. Boa tarde. = Good afternoon.

But what if it's later in the day and you want to greet someone from Brazil? Well, “Good afternoon” in Portuguese is "Boa tarde".

Now listen to how a Portuguese speaker would pronounce it:

Boa tarde.

3. Meu nome é Mondly. = My name is Mondly.

Let's say your name is Mondly, you are traveling to Brazil and meet someone on the street. To introduce yourself you can say "Meu nome é Mondly" which means "My name is Mondly" in Portuguese.

Listen to how a person from São Paulo would pronounce this phrase:

Meu nome é Mondly.

4. Muito prazer em conhecê-lo. = I'm pleased to meet you.

Now that you have introduced yourself, a Portuguese speaker would respond "Muito prazer em conhecê-lo." which means "I'm pleased to meet you" in Portuguese.

Listen to a native Portuguese speaker saying that exact sentence to you right now:

Muito prazer em conhecê-lo.

5. Como vai você? = How are you?

At this point it might be polite to ask the person you are having a conversation with "How are you?" in Portuguese.

It’s really easy to pronounce. Here's how to say it:

Como vai você?

6. Onde você está? = Where are you?

Portuguese speakers are known to be really friendly, so it wouldn't be unusual to make a Portuguese friend during your travels. But friends are sometimes late to meetings in which case you might have to call them and ask "Where are you?" in Portuguese.

Here's a native speaker showing you how to say it:

Onde você está?

7. Gostaria de uma cerveja. = I'd like a beer.

And because you might find yourself in a bar when visiting Portugal you might have to learn how to order a beer in Portuguese.

Let a native Portuguese speaker show you how it's done:

Gostaria de uma cerveja.

8. Desculpe. = I'm sorry.

There are times when what you ordered is out of stock, so a bartender might say "Desculpe" which means "I'm sorry" in Portuguese.

Listen to how it's pronounced:

Desculpe.

9. Até breve! = See you soon!

This is a good way of saying "See you soon" in Portuguese to a co-worker from Brazil that you are probably going to see the next day.

Delight your senses with a Portuguese speaker saying the phrase:

Até breve!

10. Adeus. = Good-bye.

Let's end with the best way to end a pleasant conversation politely. This is another way of saying "Goodbye" in Portuguese.

Here's how a person from Lisbon would pronounce it:

Adeus.
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Did you know?

Portuguese speakers love proverbs. That’s why they love using them in day to day conversations. One of the most famous proverbs in Portuguese is “A curiosidade matou o gato”, the English equivalent of “Curiosity killed the cat”.

Some of their proverbs are also representative of the Portuguese boldness and winning mentality that reflects into their sporting achievements. Proverbs such as “A melhor defesa é o ataque” (The best defense is a good offence) and “A sorte favorece os audazes” (Fortune favors the bold) illustrates perfectly the way the Portuguese and Brazilians play football. Portugal, winners of the Euro 2016 Cup, and Brazil, winners of the World Cup in 2002, are some of the most offensive, creative and bold football teams in the world.

Portuguese speakers are also passionate people. That’s why a lot of their proverbs revolve around love. One of the most famous and anonymous Portuguese quotes is “Muita gente falando de amor e pouca gente sabendo amar” which means “A lot of people talk about love, but few know how to love”.

The benefits of learning the most common Portuguese phrases first

Get smarter day by day

Learning a new language is a perfect way to boost your IQ. In no time, your brain will make new connections and associations and you’ll feel that learning Portuguese was one of the best choices you ever made.

Have real conversations in Portuguese today

Once you start learning a few basic sentences in Portuguese you will have the knowledge to start your first Portuguese conversation. That’s why, at Mondly, we’ve created experiences that simulate real life conversations to get you speaking Portuguese in no time.

Become fluent in Portuguese quicker

Starting with the basics, we quickly lay a foundation for you to learn more complex Portuguese phrases and sentences. We gradually build your Portuguese knowledge so you get fluent faster than you could imagine.

Feel how easy to learn the Portuguese language can be

Every language experience should start gradually, from the easiest to the more complex concepts. Starting with the easiest and most common Portuguese phrases, you will feel confident in your ability to learn a new language. That’s one of the core principles Mondly is built on.