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Dude & “I’m in a Big Trouble” in Portuguese Slang Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Video

E aí galera? What’s up, guys?

Today I will teach five different ways to say dude and expressions for “I’m in a big trouble”.

Starting with dude, the first way to say that in portuguese slang is MANO. So in a sentence “What’s up dude?”, in this case will be: “E aí Mano?”

As you know (in my first lesson) “E AÍ” means “What’s up”.

The second way to say dude, is the same in english, it is BROTHER, but here we say with the brazilian accent (watch the video below to se how), and you can say BROTHER or BRO. So in a sentence you say: “E aí Brother?” or “E aí Bro?”.

The third way to say, it is CARA. The real meaning of cara is face, but in the case is dude. So in a sentence it will be: “E aí Cara?”

Another way to say, it is BICHO. The real meaning of bicho it is animal, and this slang is a little bit old too (from my father’s time). So you will say: “E aí Bicho?”

And the last way to say dude is JOW. Jow isn’t a real word, some one made up and now it is a slang. In a sentence it will be: “E aí jow?”

Now I will teach you guys, three ways to say “I’m in a big trouble”. The first way is FERRADO. To say “I’m in a big trouble” you will say: “Tô Ferrado” or “Estou Ferrado”.

The words “Tô” and “Estou” they are like “I’m” and “I am” (Tô = I’m and Estou = I am).

So the second way to say, is FRITO. Frito meaning it is like fried, but here as you know means “in a big trouble”. So you will say: “Tô Frito” or “Estou Frito”.

And the last way to say, it is LASCADO. In a sentence you will say: “Tô Lascado” or “Estou Lascado”.

So this guys, were some ways to say DUDE and “I’m in a Big Trouble”. I hope you guys enjoy it and if you have any question about this lesson, feel free to ask me here. Watch the video below, so you guys can see how to pronounce the words in portuguese.

See you guys on my next post.


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  1. naimonon:

    Obrigado mano! It’s a fun lesson!!

    • leandro:

      @naimonon Thanks, I am glad to hear that! =D

  2. Lavinia:

    Hi, thanks for good and practical lessons.. Tell me h

  3. Lavinia:

    Hi, thanks for good and practical lessons… Tell me how can we say the similar dude for girls, like “what’s up girl?”

    • leandro:

      @Lavinia Your welcome, I’m glad to hear that! Hum, for girls, a popular way today is: “Oi minha flor”or just “Oi flor” (if you translate, you’ll see thats the real meaning is “hi flower”, but now it is how girls are saying here) or another way is “Oi minha querida” or just “Oi querida” (it is “Hello my dear”). If you have any other question, feel free to ask. =)

  4. Amy:

    Good stuff! Never knew how to abbreviate Estou. Thank you

  5. Jess:

    Fyi, so as not to mislead non-native English speakers, the English phrase should be “I’m in big trouble”. you don’t need the indefinite article in this sentence, and “I’m in a big trouble” sounds very strange to a native speaker.

    Thanks for the Portuguese tips!

  6. Joy Seymour:

    E ai bro! Muito obrigada pela informacion. Uma correcao por te — thats = That’s = that is . Chao

  7. Helen:

    Can I just check then if I am female I would say estou Ferrada, estou Frita or estou lascada? Obrigada! Hoping I will not need to use this though

  8. Carlos R. Barron:

    Obligatory por ensenar slan como dude en Ingles,cada palabras ayuda a fala run poico Portuges