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Colloquial Portuguese – Part 01 Posted by on Apr 13, 2012 in Idioms, Podcast, Vocabulary

Oi! Tudo bem?

Today let’s start a series of posts with colloquial Brazilian Portuguese expressions. These expressions are not usually found in dictionaries or textbooks so I’ve decided to share them with you guys.

E não pára por aí! I also recorded them with their usual conversational intonation so you can practice at home too! Aproveite!


Acabou? – Are you done?
Acelera! – Step on it! Get a move on!
A conclusão é… – The bottom line is…
Aconteça o que acontecer! – Come what may!
Acredite se quiser! – Believe it or not!
Adivinha o quê! – Guess what!
Aguenta firme aí! – Hang in there!
A propósito… – By the way…
Aqui está! – Here you are!
As coisas estão se encaixando. – Things are falling into place.
Até aqui tudo bem. – So far so good.
A vida é assim mesmo! – That’s life!
À vista ou cartão? – Cash or charge?
Bem feito! – It serves you right!
Cara ou coroa? – Heads or tails?
Com certeza! – Definitely!
Como é que é mesmo? – Come again?
Como é que pode? – How come?
Com o passar do tempo… – As time goes by…
Contenha-se! / Controle-se! – Pull yourself together!
Conseguiu? – Any luck?
Cuide da sua vida! – Mind your own business!
Dá pra perceber! – You can tell!
Daqui pra frente… – From now on…
Dá uma olhada! – Check it out!
Dá um tempo! – Give me a break!
De agora em diante… – From now on…
Deixa pra lá! – Forget it!
De jeito nenhum! – No way!

Tenha um ótimo fim de semana!

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About the Author:Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. cococococococo:

    Very nice info and right to the point. I am not sure if this is in fact the best place to ask but do you folks have any ideea where to employ some professional writers? Thank you 🙂

  2. Alicia:

    Todos tus post me han ayudado mucho a aprender nuevas palabras :). Saluditos.

    • Adir:

      @Alicia Gracias, Alicia!