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Valeu! Posted by on Oct 8, 2008 in Learning, Slang

We’ve gone over this word before in podcasts, but today we’re going to take a closer look at its meanings. It is considered giria (slang) and has very specific uses.

1. Thanks!

Valeu (prononced vah-lay-ew) is a slangy way to say thanks, and is used among young people.

Boy 1: Pode me emprestar cinco reais? Can you lend me five reais?

Boy 2: Claro, toma. Sure, here you go.

Boy 1: Valeu, cara! Thanks, dude!

2. OK? OK.

Valeu can also be used as a question and response, the first being “Is that OK?” or “OK?” and the response being “OK,” or “that’s fine.”

Waiter: Depois eu trago a Coca Cola, valeu? I’ll bring your Coke soon, ok?

Client: Valeu. Ok.

3. Goodbye/Later

Valeu can also be used as a slangy way to say goodbye, on the phone or in person.

Man 1: Valeu então. Later then.

Man 2: Valeu. Later.

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Comments:

  1. alex:

    They would never say Coca Cola in Brazil, simply “Coca.”

  2. renan:

    alex, i’m from Brazil and I say coca cola a lot.

  3. richard:

    my wife is from minas gerais and her family call all soda either coca or guarana. whenever I order coke in brasil I always say coca, coca zero for coke zero

  4. Cameron leisure:

    Hay I know the word valeu to make be a idea to understand as said (come by here to know) I was wondering if that was the same as to make home difference of my own? Who would know is a thought to it. I think Florida is that idea is how I assume to answer for myself. Do I have the right idea panamacity? Cameron leisure clayton. Thanks