We’ve gone over this word before in podcasts, but today we’re going to take a closer look at its meanings. It is considered giria (slang) and has very specific uses.
Valeu (prononced vah-lay-ew) is a slangy way to say thanks, and is used among young people.
Boy 1: Pode me emprestar cinco reais? Can you lend me five reais?
Boy 2: Claro, toma. Sure, here you go.
Boy 1: Valeu, cara! Thanks, dude!
2. OK? OK.
Valeu can also be used as a question and response, the first being “Is that OK?” or “OK?” and the response being “OK,” or “that’s fine.”
Waiter: Depois eu trago a Coca Cola, valeu? I’ll bring your Coke soon, ok?
Client: Valeu. Ok.
Valeu can also be used as a slangy way to say goodbye, on the phone or in person.
Man 1: Valeu então. Later then.
Man 2: Valeu. Later.