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Hey Everybody! Posted by on Jul 22, 2010 in Learning

There are a few ways to say “everybody” in Portuguese when referring to a group of people in an informal manner. While these nouns may mean something in one context, they are slang for a group of people in another context. Let’s take a look:

1. gente [people]

You can use the word for people (which also can be used for “us” in other contexts) to describe “everybody,” or in American slang, “guys” (a group of people).

Oi gente! Tudo bom? Hey guys! How’s it going?

Vamos lá gente! Está na hora. Let’s go, everyone! It’s time.

2. pessoal [staff]

While in some contexts this refers to personnel or staff, it is slang for “everybody.”

Bom dia, pessoal! Podemos começar? Good morning everyone! Can we begin?

Fala, pessoal! Preciso de uma resposta. Tell me, guys! I need an answer.

3. galera [galley]

While in some contexts this can mean the galley of a ship, it also means “guys” or “gang,” in the sense of a group of friends.

Oi galera!  E ai? Hey guys! What’s up?

Escuta galera! Quero falar. Listen everyone! I want to speak.

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