Portuguese: 75 Core Words


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Use these core words to create your first simple sentences in Portuguese. Read the word, the translation and see the example sentences to see how the words are used. Have fun!


Hint: We’re going to use Brazilian Portuguese for this one ;) Portuguese uses feminine and masculine, requiring different articles (“the” = o/a/os/as) and word endings for adjectives. Don’t forget that verbs are conjugated differently for I/you/we/they/he/she/you plural, but we’ll just cover the verb endings for “I” (eu) here, in present form and give you the infinitive in ( ).



Social Words

yes - sim

no/not - não

thank you - obrigado/a

please - por favor

hello - oi/bom dia

good-bye - tchau/adeus


Pronouns

I/me - eu

my - meu(s)/minha(s)

you - você(s)

it - ele/ela

he - ele

she - ela

we - nós

they - eles/elas


Question Words

what - que

when - quando

where - onde

who - quem

why - por que

how - como


Verbs

I am - (ser) eu sou

I am - (estar) eu estou

do/make - (fazer) eu faço

can - (poder) eu posso

have - (ter) eu tenho

go - (ir) eu vou

stop - (parar) eu paro

look - (olhar) eu olho

open - (abrir) eu abro

close - (fechar) eu fecho

eat - (comer) eu como

drink - (beber) eu bebo

help - (ajudar) eu ajudo

want - (querer) eu quero

need - (precisar) eu preciso de

say - (dizer) eu digo

know - (saber) eu sei

come - (vir) eu venho

read - (ler) eu leio

like - (gostar de) eu gosto de

believe - (crer) eu creio

work - (trabalhar) eu trabalho

play - (jogar) eu jogo

give - (dar) eu dou

wait - (esperar) eu espero


Descriptive words

more - mais

one - um/uma

big - grande

little - pouco/a, pequeno/a

fast - rápido/a

slowly - devagar

same - mesmo/a

different - diferente

pretty - bonito/a

red - vermelho/a

blue - azul

yellow - amarelo/a

good - bom/boa

new - novo/a

old - velho/a

happy - contente

sad - triste

very - muito


Prepositions

at - a

on - em

under - debaixo


Determiners

this - este/esta

that - que, aquele/a, isso

some - algum

all - tudo, todos/todas


Conjunctions

and - e

but - mas


Adverbs

now - agora

here - aqui

there - lá




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Sentences:



Como voce esta? How are you?

Estou bem. I’m good.


Eu quero jogar. I want to play.


Onde está? Where is he?

Ele está lá. He is there.


Ela gosta de esperar. She likes to wait.

Ela não gosta de esperar. She does not like to wait.


Quem é você? Who are you?


Quando nós vamos comer? When are we going to eat?


O que você quer beber? What do you want to drink?


Me dê isso por favor. Give me that please.


Todos são vermelhos. All are red.


Não sei. I don’t know.

Obrigado/a! Tchau! Thank you! Goodbye!



Have fun making your first Portuguese sentences and share your sentences with us on Instagram! Tag us @languagetvclub. Or send us an email at info@polyglotstation.com.


If you find any errors in this post, please contact me by email and let me know ASAP so I can correct it. Thank you!


If you're way past the core words phase, think about joining us for Portuguese TV Club. I'd love to see you there!

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