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LESSON NOTES

Basic Bootcamp #3
Useful Phrases for Learning
Portuguese

CONTENTS
2 Portuguese
2 English
2 Vocabulary
3 Sample Sentences
4 Grammar
5 Cultural Insight

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PORTUGUESE

1. Paul: Com licença. Como se diz "very" em português?

2. Michelle: Muito.

3. Paul: Poderia repetir? Por favor, mais devagar.

4. Michelle: Muito. (slowly)

5. Paul: Poderia escrever?

ENGLISH

1. Paul: Excuse me. How do you say "very" in Brazilian Portuguese?

2. Michelle: Very.

3. Paul: Once again, please. Slowly please.

4. Michelle: Very. (slowly)

5. Paul: Could you write it down?

VOCABULARY

Por tugue se English C lass Ge nde r

português Portuguese noun masculine

repetir to repeat verb

licença license noun feminine

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por favor please phrase

mais more adverb

muito very, much, many adverb

SAMPLE SENTENCES

Eu falo português. Você fala português?

"I speak Portuguese." "Do you speak Portuguese?"

Eu amo português! Por favor repita.

"I love Portuguese!" "Please repeat."

Ele repetiu. Ele sempre repete o mesmo erro.

"He repeated." "He always repeats the same mistake."

Você poderia repetir? Com licença.

"Could you repeat that?" "Excuse me."

Por favor, sente-se. Por favor, pode me ajudar?

"Please sit." "Please, could you help?"

Por favor repita. Água, por favor.

"Please repeat." "Water, please."

Por favor, passe o suco. Tem mais leite na geladeira?

"Please pass the juice." “Is there more milk in the refrigerator?”

Eu quero ser mais alto. Come mais.

"I want to be taller." "Eat more."

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Montanhas são muito altas. Hoje está muito quente.

"Mountains are very tall." "Today is very hot."

Há muita gente naquela loja. Muito obrigado!

"There are many people in that store." "Thank you very much!"

GRAMMAR

The Focus of This Lesson is Portuguese Phrases You Will Actually Use to Learn
Portuguese.
Poderia repetir? Por favor, mais devagar.
"Once again, please. Slowly please."

Many things that are necessary in spoken English we do not typically speak in Portuguese.
The context or situation often makes explicit statement of certain things unnecessary and
cumbersome to the conversation. For example, poderia escrever? literally translates to "could
write?" But because of the context, the understood meaning is "Could (you) write (it)(for me)?"
Every phrase in this lesson has some inferred component. Can you figure out what they are?

Com licença.

A polite phrase that can get someone's attention is com licença. This will get their attention,
and you can then ask them whatever you need to ask. This is one of those subtle phrases that
will always have the person giving you the attention you need. Now that you have their
attention, you need to ask them a question.

Como se diz "very" em português?

Using Portuguese to learn Portuguese is the best way to learn. It speeds the process up, and

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it gets your mind thinking in Portuguese. So to start that off, you can use the phrase Como se
diz "very" em português? This literally means..."How says 'very' in Portuguese?" but you can
use it as "How do you say 'very' in Brazilian Portuguese." And you can point to what you're
talking about if the person doesn't speak English. We can often shorten this phrase to just
Como se diz and then the item. You can leave off the em português.

Poderia repetir?

When you're learning a language, your ears need to adjust to the language. With this phrase,
you can ask someone to repeat something if you didn't catch it. Poderia repetir? literally
means "Could you repeat?"

Por favor, mais devagar.

We use this when someone is speaking too fast. Learning ortuguese can be tough because
native speakers tend to speak quite fast, but with this phrase, you'll be able to pick up on what
people are saying to you. Literally, it means "Please, more slowly."

Poderia escrever?

Asking someone to write it down will really help you memorize a word, and having a record
can be very helpful in the future. Also, since Portuguese pronunciation is so exact, you'll be
able to read out loud what you have written down without any special notes. Literally, this
translates to "Could you write?" but has the practical meaning of "Could you write it down for
me?"

CULTURAL INSIGHT

You Can Use Portuguese to Learn Portuguese!

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Using Portuguese to learn Portuguese is one of the best ways to get things to stick. It's also a
great way to start a conversation or meet new friends. Brazilian's respect you when you use
Portuguese to learn Portuguese, and you'll probably be surprised at their enthusiasm to help
you understand. Always be sure to have a notebook with you for them to use when you ask
them to write something down.

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