If you travel to a large Brazilian city, chances are you’re going to have to face traffic. So let’s take a look at some vocabulary related to traffic.
estrada – highway
trânsito – traffic
tráfego – traffic
engarrafamento – traffic jam
congestionamento – bottleneck, traffic, congestion
pedágio – toll
pista – lane
interditado – closed
ambos sentidos – both directions
dirigir – to drive
trafegar – to drive
tombar – to be knocked over
Estou preso no trânsito. I’m stuck in traffic.
A Estrada Grajaú-Jacarepaguá está interditada em ambos os sentidos devido à incêndio em veículo. The Grajaú-Jacarepaguá highway is closed in both directions due to a vehicle fire.
O caminhão tombou na estrada. The truck was knocked over on the highway.