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Free Portuguese Lessons. Learn to speak like a native on line.

Free Teach yourself Portuguese Guide.

In this section you will learn how to do the following

Meet & Greet. Say hello & Goodbye.

Say Good Morning, Good Afternoon &Good Evening.

Asking How Your friends are.

Telling friends you will see them tomorrow.

Free Portuguese Lesson 1.

Meeting & Greeting.

OK so lets learn to speak Portuguese.

Where do you start ?

Well we think at the very beginning is possibly the best place and surely the first place is meeting someone.

When the Portuguese meet each other it depends on their relationship with each other that determines how they greet each other.

Are they family, Are they work colleagues, Are they neighbours, Are they older or younger  that the person they are addressing, Or are  they good friends.

For the Portuguese this is quite important as it can seem a bit rude to address an elderly neighbour the same was as your teenage friend BUT for us foreigners its really not a problem and the Portuguese people are very understanding.

So we can really use any of the greeting and it will not upset anyone.

As this lesson is for beginners I wont bog you down in  the technicalities of the Portuguese greetings and just give you the most common and accepted greetings.

Hello - Ola ( Pretty much like the Spanish Holla but for future reference the Portuguese dont  pronounce the “H” at any time so this is pronounced as it is spelt OLA.

You can use Ola at pretty much any time of day or night to anyone it would most often be used with something else like good morning, good afternoon good evening. Ola, Bon Dia

Good Morning - Bom Dia. Pronounced Bon Dia. Used up to or around mid day.

Good Afternoon - Boa Tarde. The Boa is Pronounced like Boa from Boat. Used from mid day to around 6pm ish

Good Evening - Boa Noite. Pronounced BON NOITE the 2 Ns merge into each other. You would never say boa noite.

These last three are time specific as you wouldn't say Bon Dia to someone around 10pm for example.

How are you - Como Esta. Pronounced Com Esta. This is a very common greeting and you will hear everywhere and at all times of the day. The response will normally be Sim Tudo Bem ( see below )

Is everything ok, are you ok, - Tudo Bem. Pronounced toodoo beng. Again a very common greeting between all ages. Literally means Everything Good. Once again the response is usually just to repeat with a Sim on the beginning ( Sim = Yes ) Sim Tudo Bem.

See you tomorrow, Until Tomorrow - Ate Amanha. Pronounced Ata manyah. The A from Amanha merges into the ate, the HA make a yah sound.

Until the next time - Ate Aproxima. Pronounced “Atay aprossima” the X is pronounces like the English SS. Can be used when you are going away for a few days or a long time.

See you later - Ate Logo. Pronounced Ta Logo, you dont sound the first A in Ate and the Logo is pronounces as in Log with an O on the end. Used when you will be see the person again soon.

These are the most common greeting and as this is the beginners guide to speaking Portuguese you really wont need any more as the Portuguese have tones of ways to say Hello or Goodbye.

On to  the next Free Teach yourself Portuguese Lesson:

Portuguese 2 thankyou

Go to Lesson 2: Please & Thank you