How to say hello in Portuguese

Posted on 12. Aug, 2008 by in Learning

Since it’s been a while since we’ve gone way back to basics, today we’re going to look at how to greet someone in Brazilian Portuguese.

1. Olá! [oh-LAH]

This means “hello!” It’s the more formal way to say hello.


2. Oi! [oy]

This means “hi.” It’s the slightly less formal way to say hello.


3. Tudo bom? / Tudo bem? [too-doo boh-mm? / too-doo baym?]

These expressions literally mean “Is it all good?” But in English, they mean mean “how’s it going?” Also, these expressions are interchangeable.


4. Como vai você? [coh-moh vai voh-say]

This expression literally means “how do you go?” But in context, it means, “how’s it going?” or “how goes it?”

We hope this overview is helpful!  If you are looking to learn Portuguese, check out our website at for more free resources like Brazilian Portuguese Word of the Day and our Portuguese Facebook community, or take it to the next level with our online Brazilian Portuguese courses taught by professional language instructors.

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6 Responses to “How to say hello in Portuguese”

  1. Rachel 28 January 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    i was wondering if there are any popular Portuguese crafts that children enjoy doing, that I could use for my Girl Scout troop?

  2. Vincent 30 January 2009 at 12:36 pm #

    Oi or Ola works fine

  3. Trisha 3 February 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    Can anyone give me an idea or two about an appropriate gift for “friends of the family” who will be hosting my week stay around their daughter’s wedding in Salvador?

  4. Trisha 3 February 2009 at 12:26 pm #

    Regarding that gift, the couple is mid-fifties, both employed professionals who live in a high-rise apartment building. Just wondering what items (preferably USA-produced) might be desirable but unavailable or super-expensive in their local area. Thanks for any input!

  5. KLAUDIA SHINDJALA 16 January 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    I want to learn portuguese

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