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How To “Understand” In Portuguese Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Uncategorized, Vocabulary


Olá pessoal! Tudo bem?

In today’s post I’m going to present some expressions that are used when you “understand” things in Portuguese. Don’t know what I mean? Check them out!

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1. Mostrando compreensão – Saying “I understand”

Entendi. – I see.
Entendo o que está dizendo. – I see what you mean.
Entendo perfeitamente. – I understand you completely.
Tá. Agora entendi. – Now I get it.
Ah, entendi. – Oh, I got it.

2. Falta de compreensão – Saying “I don’t understand”

Desculpe, não entendi. – I’m sorry, I don’t understand.
Não sei se entendi. – I’m not sure if I understand.
Como assim? – What do you mean?
Ainda não entendi direito. – I still don’t quite understand what you mean exactly.
Ah, desculpe. Eu entendi tudo errado. – Oh, sorry. I misunderstood completely.
Ah, tá! Eu tinha entendido… – Oh! I thought you said…
Desculpa. Você me confundiu. – I’m sorry. You lost me.
Desculpa. Estou devagar hoje. – I’m sorry. I’m slow today.
Desculpa. Sou meio devagar. – I’m sorry. I’m a little slow.

3. Confirmando se entendeu – Checking your understanding

Tá, então… – OK, so…
Ou seja… – In other words…
Você quer dizer que…? – Do you mean…?
Deixe-me ver se eu entendi… – Let me see if I understand…
É isso? – Is that right?

4. Confirmando se o ouvinte entendeu – Checking the other person’s understanding

Sabe? / Entende? – You know?
Você está me entendendo? – Do you see what I mean?
Você me entendeu? / Você me entende? – You know what I mean?
Você entendeu o que eu quis dizer? – Do you see what I’m saying?
Acho que não estou sendo muito claro. – I think maybe I’m not being very clear.

Learning Tip

You’ll only learn how to use these phrases and sentences by using them, so listen to the audio, practice saying them until you master them!

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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. Natasha Mansfield:

    Muito bem blog.