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Brazilian slang: ficar na sua Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Culture, Vocabulary

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Olá, pessoal!

Today we’re going to learn a very cool Brazilian slang expression: ficar na sua.

There are times when you don’t want to be bothered, you’re feeling sort of introspective and stuff. In this case you can use “ficar na sua”. By the way, you can replace the “sua” for the corresponding possessive adjetive (minha, sua, dele, dela, etc.)

Some examples:

Hoje não estou a fim de sair. Acho que vou ficar na minha, ver um filme e dormir cedo.
I don’t like going out today. I think I’ll just keep to myself/do my thing, watch a movie and go to bed early.

Minha amiga disse que não está muito bem hoje. Ela disse que vai ficar na dela e ler um pouco.
My friend said she’s not feeling very well today. She said she’s going to keep to herself and read a bit.

Sabe o que eu vou fazer hoje? Vou passar num buteco, pegar uma cerveja e ficar na minha em casa. Tá chovendo muito e vai ser um pesadelo estacionar.
You know what I’m going to do today? I’m going to stop at a bar, get some beer and do my thing at home. It’s raining way too hard and it’s going to be a nightmare to park.

Ficar na sua is also used when you don’t want to get involved with something because something bad might happen. For example:

É melhor você ficar na sua e ver o que acontece.
You’d better not get involved and see what happens.

Fica na sua senão você vai acabar sendo culpado também.
Stay out of it otherwise you’ll end up being to blame too.

Eu fiquei na minha e deixei que eles resolvessem aquele assunto.
I didn’t get involved and let them work that out by themselves.

Isso não é da sua conta! Fica na sua e não se mete!
This is none of your business! Stay out of it and don’t get involved!

With this meaning we can also say: Cuida da tua vida!

Por hoje é só! Nos vemos em breve!

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