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Essential Portuguese Phrases


Portugal remains a top tourist destination, particularly in the vibrant summer season. Planning a trip? Learn these essential Portuguese phrases for a smoother experience in any region or city—Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, Azores, or Madeira. Speaking even a few words of the local language can enrich your cultural experience.

  1. “A que horas abre / fecha?” – What time do you open / close? Ensure your plans go smoothly by asking about opening and closing times. This key question is a must-have in your Portuguese survival kit.

  2. “Onde é a casa de banho?” – Where is the toilet? Navigate unfamiliar places with ease by knowing how to ask for the bathroom. A crucial phrase for all tourists exploring Portugal.

  3. “Tchim-tchim ou saúde” – Cheers Experience the Portuguese toast with “saúde.” The traditional “tchim-tchim” is used by some, but “saúde” remains the common and heartfelt choice for toasting good health.

While many Portuguese residents have a good command of English, demonstrating an interest in the local language can enhance your cultural experience. Whether in Portugal or another Portuguese-speaking country, familiarize yourself with these phrases:

  • Greeting Phrases:

    • Olá – Hello
    • Bom dia – Good morning
    • Boa Tarde – Good afternoon
    • Boa noite – Good evening
    • Tchau – Goodbye (informal)
    • Adeus – Goodbye (formal)


  • Politeness and Manners:

    • Desculpe – Pardon me / I am sorry
    • Por favor – Please
    • Com licença – Excuse me
    • Obrigado (if you are a man) / Obrigada (if you are a woman) – Thanks
    • Desculpe (formal) / Desculpa (informal) – I am sorry
    • De nada – You’re welcome


  • Essentials for Exploring and Dining:

    • Um café – A coffee
    • Água – Water
    • Vinho – Wine
    • Cerveja – Beer
    • Pequeno-almoço – Breakfast
    • Almoço – Lunch
    • Jantar – Dinner
    • Tenho uma reserva – I have a reservation
    • A conta, por favor – The bill, please


  • Shopping Essentials:

    • Quanto custa? – How much is it?
    • Estou só a ver, obrigado – I’m just looking, thanks
    • Aceita cartão de crédito? – Do you accept credit card?


  • Numbers:

    • Sim – Yes
    • Não – No
    • Mais ou menos – So-so
    • Um, Dois, Três, Quatro, Cinco, Dez, Vinte, Trinta, Quarenta, Cinquenta, Cem, Mil – One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Ten, Twenty, Thirty, Forty, Fifty, Hundred, Thousand


  • Language Assistance:

    • O senhor fala inglês? – Do you speak English?
    • Desculpe, não falo português. – I am sorry, but I don’t speak Portuguese

Prepare to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Portugal by mastering these essential phrases. Your linguistic efforts will undoubtedly enhance your travel experience!

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Harrison Phillips
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