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How To Use Slang Word “Véi” (You Have To Learn This!) Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Culture, Uncategorized, Vocabulary

Olá, pessoal!

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.

Véi

[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2014/05/véi.mp3]

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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.


Comments:

  1. Natalie:

    Hello, How are you? Thanks for your posts. I like them specially that they are recorded. But this audio didn’t play 🙁 It said file not found!