How To Use Slang Word “Véi” (You Have To Learn This!) Posted by Adir on May 7, 2014 in Culture, Uncategorized, Vocabulary
I just came back from a teacher’s confererence in João Pessoa, in the state of Paraíba, and it was fantastic. And today I’m going to teach you (with a little help from Facebook) how to use the slang word “véi”.
The word “véi” doesn’t actually exist, you won’t find it in a dictionary. It comes from “velho” (old). Velho is also used when addressing a man, something like “dude”, “guy”, or “man”. Due to “phonetic laziness” some people pronounce the lh as an i.
Sometimes you will listen to people saying:
muié instead of mulher
véio instead of velho
véia instead of velha
I found this really funny image that describes how to use the word véi – an even shorter version of véio – in everyday Portuguese.
Attention! This is used mainly by young males, so be careful if and when you use it.
I recorded the audio so you can listen to the authentic intonation.
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