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Last week we learned how to describe people em Português. Have you ever had to stop and think how to describe someone in a way that is not rude or offensive? Here is some vocabulary to help you with that.
Since there are some terms in Portuguese which are considered the right ones when referring to people especially when it comes to skin colour and sexual orientation, it is worthwhile to take a look and learn the socially accepted ones.
In English it is common for people to use the work black, which translates as preto in Portuguese. This is NOT the right term to use, instead, we use the word negro. Example:
In Brazilian Portuguese the terms to refer to people’s colour are:
The correct words to use when talking about people’s sexual orientation in Brazil have been a big deal as members from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) community are trying to get journalists and people in general to use these words so as not to show any prejudice. There are still many Brazilians who are not familiar with the correct terms and still use the wrong ones, which can often cause embarrassment, especially for the media.
Culturally Brazilians tend to be patient and accept mistakes made by people who are trying to learn the language. In case you find yourself in a situation where you are not sure about which term you should use, asking your friends and people you know is not a big deal and most people would be happy to help.