For beginners and travellers, learning basic Portuguese phrases is crucial for meaningful conversations and navigating local area of Portugal. Greetings like "Olá" and "Como está?" set the stage for friendly interactions, and phrases for starting conversations help beginners connect with locals.

This guide goes beyond social niceties, providing essential phrases for navigating local areas, asking for directions, and handling everyday conversations. Additionally, it includes expressions for numbers, quantities, time, and days, enabling travellers to participate in daily activities such as shopping and planning.

If you require additional Portuguese phrases, you can use our online English to Portuguese translation tool, which can convert English sentences and phrases into Portuguese.

Greetings and Pleasantries in Portuguese

In Portuguese culture, exchanging greetings and pleasantries plays a crucial role in establishing social connections. The language offers a diverse range of greetings tailored for different times of the day and various occasions, emphasizing the cultural value placed on warm and respectful interactions

For example, "Obrigado (for males) / Obrigada (for females)" can be used to express gratitude, appreciation, or acknowledge help, kindness, or a favor in Portuguese-speaking contexts. Regarding specific times of the day, "Bom dia" is used for "good morning", and "Boa noite" is used for "good evening".

  1. Hello.
  2. Hi.
  3. Thank you.
  4. Thank you very much.
    Muito obrigado.
  5. You are welcome.
    De nada.
  6. Yes. / No.
    Sim. / Não.
  7. Please.
    Por favor.
  8. Excuse me. / Sorry.
    Com licença. / Desculpe.
  9. Don`t worry.
    Não se preocupe.
  10. Good morning.
    Bom dia.
  11. Good afternoon.
    Boa tarde.
  12. Good evening.
    Boa noite.
  13. Good night.
    Boa noite.
  14. See you later.
    Até mais.
  15. Goodbye.
  16. Bye.
  17. How are you?
    Como vai você?
  18. I am fine. And you?
    Estou bem. E você?
  19. What is your name?
    Qual o seu nome?
  20. My name is … .
    Meu nome é … .
  21. I am pleased to meet you.
    É um prazer conhecê-lo.
  22. Bless you! (when sneezing)
    Abençoe! (ao espirrar)
  23. Cheers!
  24. Good Luck!
    Boa sorte!
  25. Happy Birthday!
    Feliz aniversário!
  26. Congratulation!

Starting Conversation Between People

  1. Do you live here?
    Você mora aqui?
  2. Where are you going?
    Onde você está indo?
  3. What are you doing?
    O que você está fazendo?
  4. Today is a nice day, isn`t it?
    Hoje está um belo dia, não é?
  5. Where are you from?
    De onde você é?
  6. I am from … .
    Eu sou de … .
  7. Do you like it here?
    Você gosta daqui?
  8. Yes, I like it here.
    Sim, eu gosto daqui.
  9. How long are you here for?
    Há quanto tempo você está aqui?
  10. I am here for three days / weeks.
    Estou aqui há três dias/semanas.
  11. How old are you?
    Quantos anos você tem?
  12. I am … years old.
    Eu tenho anos de idade.
  13. What is your occupation?
    Qual é a tua ocupação?
  14. I am a …
    Eu sou um …
  15. I work in …
    Eu trabalho em …
  16. I am a student.
    Eu sou um estudante.
  17. I am studying …
    Estou estudando …
  18. I am retired.
    Estou aposentado.
  19. What is your … ? (email, phone number, address)
    Qual é o seu … ? (e-mail, telefone, endereço)
  20. Here is my …. (email, phone number, address)
    Aqui está o meu … . (e-mail, telefone, endereço)
  21. Are you on Facebook or Twitter?
    Você está no facebook ou no twitter?
  22. Keep in touch!
    Mantenha contato!
  23. It has been great meeting you.
    Foi ótimo conhecer você.

Pronouns in Portuguese

Portuguese has various types of pronouns, each serving a specific grammatical function. Below is an overview:

1. Personal Pronouns

Personal pronouns refer to the subject or object of a sentence. For e.g., She is going to the store. (Ela está indo para a loja.).

  1. I
  2. You (singular)
    Tu (informal), Você (formal
  3. You (plural)
    Vós (informal), Vocês (formal)
  4. He
    Ele (masculine)
  5. She
    Ela (feminine)
  6. It
    Ele (masculine) / Ela (feminine)
  7. We
  8. They
    Eles (masculine) / Elas (feminine)

2. Possessive Pronouns

Possessive pronouns indicate ownership. For e.g., Is this your book? (Este é o seu livro?).

  1. My / Mine
    Meu (masculine) / Minha (feminine)
  2. Your / Yours (singular)
    Teu (masculine) / Tua (feminine)
  3. His / Her / Its / Your (singular)
  4. Our / Ours
    Vosso (Nosso) / Nossa (feminine)
  5. Your / Yours (plural)
    Vosso (masculine) / Vossa (feminine)
  6. Their / Theirs
    Seus (masculine) / Suas (feminine)

3. Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns emphasize a specific person or a thing. For e.g., This is my new laptop. (Este é meu novo laptop.)

  1. This
    Este (masculine) / Esta (feminine)
  2. That (singular, informal)
    (Esse masculine) / Essa (feminine)
  3. That (singular, formal)
    (Aquele masculine) / Aquela (feminine)
  4. These
    (Estes masculine) / Estas (feminine)
  5. Those (informal)
    Esses (masculine) / Essas (feminine)
  6. TThose (formal)
    Aqueles (masculine) / Aquelas (feminine)


When traveling to Portugal, it is highly beneficial to learn phrases related to transportation. Portugal boasts a rich tapestry of landscapes, historic sites, and vibrant cities, making it an enticing destination for exploration. However, navigating the country efficiently requires familiarity with local transportation options and communication.

Learning phrases related to transportation, such as asking for directions, purchasing tickets, and understanding public transport announcements, enhances the overall travel experience.

Getting Around

Whether exploring the narrow streets of Lisbon, the historic districts of Porto, or the scenic landscapes of the Algarve, knowing how to ask for directions, use public transportation, or seek assistance becomes invaluable.

  1. How do I get to the Zoo?
    Como faço para chegar ao Zoológico?
  2. Can we get there by public transport?
    Podemos chegar lá de transporte público?
  3. What time does the bus / train / plane leave?
    A que horas sai o ônibus/trem/avião?
  4. What time does it arrive?
    Que horas chega?
  5. How long will it be delayed
    Por quanto tempo vai ser adiado
  6. Is this seat free?
    Esta cadeira está livre?
  7. I want to get off here.
    Eu quero descer aqui.

Buying Tickets

Whether enjoying cultural events, using public transportation or visiting museums and monuments, having the ability to communicate effectively during ticket purchases is essential. Here are a few essential phrases to facilitate these interactions:

  1. Where can I buy a ticket?
    Onde posso comprar um bilhete?
  2. Do I need to book a ticket in advance?
    Preciso reservar ingresso com antecedência?
  3. Can I have a one-way / return ticket, please?
    Posso ter uma passagem só de ida/ida e volta, por favor?
  4. Can I have 1st-class / 2nd-class ticket to … ?
    Posso ter passagem de 1ª / 2ª classe para … ?
  5. I would like an aisle / a window seat.
    Eu gostaria de um assento no corredor/janela.
  6. Can I get a day / weekly ticket?
    Posso obter um ingresso diário/semanal?
  7. I would like to cancel / change / confirm my ticket, please.
    Gostaria de cancelar/alterar/confirmar passagem, por favor.

Bus / Coach

The phrases provided below empower tourists to confidently navigate the local transport system, whether they are inquiring about bus schedules, confirming destinations, or purchasing tickets.

  1. Which bus goes to (the station)?
    Qual ônibus vai para (a estação)?
  2. What is the bus number?
    O que é um número de ônibus?
  3. Where is the bus stop?
    Onde é o ponto de ônibus?
  4. What is the next stop?
    Qual é a próxima parada?
  5. I would like to get off at … .
    Eu gostaria de descer em … .


Learn the necessary phrases to confidently navigate the railway system, including inquiries about train schedules, confirming destinations, and purchasing tickets.

  1. Where is the nearest underground / subway / metro station?
    Onde fica a estação de metrô/metrô mais próxima?
  2. What station is this?
    Que estação é esta?
  3. Which platform does the train leave from?
    De qual plataforma sai o trem?
  4. Which line goes to Victoria Station?
    Qual linha vai para a Estação Victoria?
  5. Do I need to change trains?
    Preciso trocar de trem?
  6. Which carriage is for Heathrow?
    Qual carruagem é para Heathrow?


Becoming familiar with phrases associated with booking a taxi, including specifying destinations, confirming availability, and negotiating prices with the taxi driver, empowers tourists to navigate efficiently. This knowledge enables travellers to ensure fair prices for their journeys, contributing to a smoother and more cost-effective travel experience.

  1. I would like a taxi at (2pm).
    Eu gostaria de um táxi às (14h).
  2. Where is the taxi stand?
    Onde fica o ponto de táxi?
  3. Please take me to (this address).
    Por favor, leve-me para (este endereço).
  4. Could you please take me to [restaurant/hotel/shop], please?
    Você poderia me levar ao [restaurante/hotel/loja], por favor?
  5. Could you please take me to the airport/train station/bus station?
    Você poderia me levar ao aeroporto/estação de trem/rodoviária?
  6. How much does this cost?
    Quanto custa isso?
  7. Is the price negotiable?
    O preço é negociável?
  8. Can you give me a discount?
    Você pode me dar um desconto?
  9. Please turn on the meter.
    Por favor, ligue o medidor.
  10. How long will it take to get to [destination]?
    Quanto tempo levará para chegar ao [destino]?
  11. Stop here.
    Pare aqui.
  12. Can you give me a receipt, please?
    Você pode me dar um recibo, por favor?


Familiarise yourself with phrases ranging from booking a hotel room to inquiring about amenities when booking accommodation in Portugal.

Finding Accommodation, Booking, Checking In & Out

Learning essential phrases related to finding accommodation, booking, checking in, and checking out is indispensable when embarking on a journey to Portugal.

  1. Where is a hotel?
    Onde fica um hotel?
  2. How much is it per night?
    Quanto custa por noite?
  3. Is breakfast included?
    O pequeno-almoço incluído?
  4. I would like to book a room, please.
    Gostaria de reservar um quarto, por favor.
  5. I have a reservation for 2 nights / weeks.
    Tenho uma reserva para 2 noites/semanas.
  6. Is there wireless internet access here?
    Há acesso à internet sem fio aqui?
  7. Do you have a double / single / family room?
    Você tem um quarto duplo/individual/familiar?
  8. Can I see the room?
    Posso ver o quarto?
  9. When/Where is breakfast served?
    Quando/Onde é servido o café da manhã?
  10. Can I use the laundry?
    Posso usar a roupa?
  11. Do you arrange tours here?
    Você organiza passeios aqui?
  12. Could I have my key, please?
    Poderia me dar minha chave, por favor?
  13. Sorry, I lost my key!
    Desculpe, perdi minha chave!
  14. There is no hot water.
    Não tem água quente.
  15. The air conditioner / heater / fan does not work.
    O ar condicionado/aquecedor/ventilador não funciona.
  16. What time is checkout?
    Que horas são check-out?
  17. I am leaving now.
    Estou saindo agora.
  18. Could I have my deposit, please?
    Poderia me dar meu depósito, por favor?
  19. Can you call a taxi for me?
    Você pode chamar um táxi para mim?


Exploring camping options in Portugal opens up a world of natural beauty and outdoor adventure. For example, Parque de Campismo da Ilha do Pessegueiro, located near Porto Covo on the Alentejo coast, offers a picturesque camping site by the sea, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the serene landscapes of Portugal. To navigate camping experiences effectively, it's essential to learn basic phrases related to camping facilities, rules, and reservation procedures.

  1. Where is the nearest camp site?
    Você pode chamar um táxi para mim?
  2. Can I camp here?
    Posso acampar aqui?
  3. Who do I ask to stay here?
    A quem peço para ficar aqui?
  4. Is the water drinkable?
    Esta água é potável?
  5. How much do you charge for a caravan / tent?
    Quanto se cobra por uma caravana/tenda?
  6. Gas cylinder / Sleeping bag / Tent / Torch
    Cilindro de gás / Saco de dormir / Tenda / Tocha

Home Staying / Staying with Locals

Choosing to stay with locals in Portugal provides a distinctive and enriching travel experience. Enhance your connection by learning how to inquire about local customs, share meals, and appreciate the hospitality of your hosts. These actions not only express gratitude and courtesy but also foster meaningful interactions.

  1. Can I stay at your place?
    Posso ficar na sua casa?
  2. I have my own sleeping bag.
    Eu tenho meu próprio saco de dormir.
  3. Can I bring anything for the meal?
    Posso levar alguma coisa para a refeição?
  4. Can I do the dishes?
    Posso lavar a louça?
  5. Thank you for your hospitality.
    Obrigado por sua hospitalidade.


When shopping, familiarising yourself with some Portuguese phrases can enrich your retail experience and foster delightful interactions with shopkeepers

Here are some essential shopping phrases in English with Portuguese translations:

  1. Where is (a/the supermarket)?
    Onde fica (o supermercado)?
  2. Where can I buy … ?
    Onde posso comprar… ?
  3. I would like to buy …
    Eu gostaria de comprar…
  4. How much is it?
    Quanto isso custa?
  5. Can you write down the price?
    Você pode anotar o preço?
  6. Do you accept credit/debit cards?
    Você aceita cartões de crédito/débito?
  7. Do you accept crypto currencies?
    Você aceita moedas criptografadas?
  8. Could I have a bag, please?
    Poderia me dar uma bolsa, por favor?
  9. I don't need a bag, thanks.
    Não preciso de bolsa, obrigado.
  10. Could I have a receipt, please?
    Poderia me dar um recibo, por favor?
  11. I would like to return this, please.
    Eu gostaria de devolver isso, por favor.
  12. I would like my money back, please.
    Gostaria do meu dinheiro de volta, por favor.
  13. That's too expensive.
    Isso é muito caro.
  14. Can you lower the price?
    Você pode baixar o preço?
  15. I will give you …
    Eu vou te dar…

Safe Travel

While learning basic phrases is beneficial, it is crucial to prioritize phrases and sentences for emergencies. In situations such as reporting incidents to the police, dealing with robberies, or seeking medical assistance from a doctor or hospital due to health issues, having these specific phrases at your disposal is essential for safe travel.


Understanding emergency phrases is essential for ensuring safety and seeking immediate help during unforeseen situations. Here are a few of them:

  1. Help!
  2. There's been an accident.
    Houve um acidente.
  3. Thief!
  4. Fire!
  5. Stop!
  6. It's an emergency!
    É uma emergência!
  7. Do you have a first-aid kit?
    Você tem um kit de primeiros socorros?
  8. Call a doctor/police!
    Chame um médico/polícia!
  9. Call an ambulance?
    Chame uma ambulância?
  10. Could you please help us/me?
    Você poderia nos ajudar/me ajudar?
  11. I'm lost
    Estou perdido


If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need assistance from the police, here are some phrases.

  1. Where is the police station?
    Onde fica a esquadra da polícia?
  2. I want to report a robbery.
    Quero denunciar um assalto.
  3. I have been robbed.
    Eu fui roubado.
  4. He/She has been assaulted.
    Ele/Ela foi agredido.
  5. My wallet was stolen?
    Roubaram a minha carteira?
  6. I have lost my …
    Eu perdi meu …
  7. I have been wrongly accused by her.
    Fui acusado injustamente por ela.
  8. Can I call someone?
    Posso ligar para alguém?
  9. Can I call a lawyer?
    Posso ligar para um advogado?
  10. I want to contact my embassy.
    Quero entrar em contato com minha embaixada.


Here is a set of phrases that could be helpful in seeking medical attention and explaining your symptoms while traveling or residing in Portugal.

  1. Where is the nearest hospital/doctor?
    Onde fica o hospital/médico mais próximo?
  2. I need a doctor who speaks English/Portuguese.
    Preciso de um médico que fale inglês/português.
  3. Could I see a male/female doctor?
    Posso consultar um médico homem/mulher?
  4. Where is a nearest chemist?
    Onde fica a farmácia mais próxima?
  5. I have been vaccinated for Covid/Hepatitis.
    Fui vacinado contra Covid/Hepatite.
  6. I have a fever.
    Estou com febre.
  7. I am sick.
    Estou doente.
  8. He/She/My friend is sick.
    Ele/Ela/Meu amigo está doente.
  9. I have been vomiting.
    Estou vomitando.
  10. I have altitude sickness.
    Tenho o mal da altitude.
  11. I am seasick.
    Estou enjoado por causa do mar.
  12. I am allergic to …
    Sou alérgico a …
  13. I can't move my …
    Não consigo mover meu …
  14. My (hand/leg) is swollen.
    Minha (mão/perna) está inchada.
  15. I have a toothache.
    Estou com dor de dentes.
  16. My dentures are broken.
    Minhas dentaduras estão quebradas.
  17. My gum hurts.
    Minha gengiva dói.
  18. I have run out of medication.
    Fiquei sem medicação.
  19. I need a prescription for …
    Preciso de uma receita para…
  20. I am on medication for …
    Estou tomando medicação para…


If you need wheelchair accessibility, sign language interpretation, or support for visual impairments, the following phrases will help ensure a smoother journey.

  1. I have a disability.
    Eu tenho uma deficiência.
  2. I need assistance.
    Eu preciso de ajuda.
  3. Is there a wheelchair access?
    Existe acesso para cadeiras de rodas?
  4. Is there a disabled toilet?
    Existe um banheiro para deficientes?
  5. Is there a lift?
    Há um elevador?
  6. Could you help me cross this street?
    Você poderia me ajudar a atravessar esta rua?
  7. Is there a wheelchair space?
    Existe espaço para cadeiras de rodas?

Time, Day and Dates in Portuguese

Understanding and articulating time, days, and dates in Portuguese are essential skills for effective communication and planning. These elements are categorized into the following groups:

Past, Present and Future Time

Learning phrases related to past, present, and future time is fundamental in any language, including Portuguese. Acquiring knowledge in these areas empowers individuals to share experiences, discuss current situations, and make plans for the future.

  1. Morning
  2. Afternoon
  3. Evening
  4. Night
  5. Today
  6. Tomorrow
  7. Tomorrow Morning
    Amanhã de manhã
  8. Day After Tomorrow
    Dia depois de Amanhã
  9. Yesterday
  10. Yesterday Evening
    Ontem à noite
  11. Day Before Yesterday
  12. This Week / Next Week / Last Week
    Esta semana / próxima semana / semana passada
  13. This Month / Next Month / Last Month
    Este mês / próximo mês / último mês
  14. This Year / Next Year / Last Year
    Este ano / ano que vem / ano passado
  15. Now
  16. Later
    Mais tarde
  17. Before
  18. Until May
    Até maio
  19. Within a Week
    Dentro de uma semana
  20. Within an hour
    Dentro de uma hora
  21. In (three) days
    Em três dias
  22. In (ten) minutes
    Em dez minutos

The Calender

In Portuguese, the week begins with "segunda-feira" (Monday) and concludes with "domingo" (Sunday). Months are referred to as "meses," ranging from the brisk beginnings of "janeiro" (January) to the festive closures of "dezembro" (December).

  1. Sunday
  2. Monday
  3. Tuesday
  4. Wednesday
  5. Thursday
  6. Friday
  7. Saturday
  8. January
  9. February
  10. March
  11. April
  12. May
  13. June
  14. July
  15. August
  16. September
  17. October
  18. November
  19. December
  20. Summer
  21. Autumn
  22. Winter
  23. Spring

Clock Basic in Portuguese

In Portuguese, the concept of time is denoted as "tempo," with hours and minutes being designated as "horas" and "minutos", respectively. Dates are communicated in the format day/month/year, and the individual units of time within a year are known as "meses" (months).

  1. What time is it?
    Que horas são?
  2. Quarter past one / two.
    Uma e duas e quinze.
  3. Quarter to one / two.
    Um quarto para uma/duas.
  4. Half past one / two.
    Uma e duas e meia.
  5. Twenty past one / two.
    Uma e vinte e duas.
  6. Twenty to one / two.
    Vinte para um/dois.
  7. It's 1:30 pm / 2:15 am.
    São 13h30/2h15.
  8. At what time?
    Em que momento?
  9. Second(s)
  10. Minute(s)
  11. Hours(s)
  12. Day
  13. Week
  14. Month
  15. Year
  16. Decade
  17. Century

Numbers and Amount in Portuguese

Having the capability to communicate and write numbers and amounts is an essential aspect of learning any language. This skill becomes exceptionally valuable in various situations, including negotiations, shopping, dealing with exchange rates, and various other scenarios.

Cardinal Numbers

  1. 0 (zero)
    0 (zero)
  2. 1 (one)
    1 (um)
  3. 2 (two)
    2 (dois)
  4. 3 (three)
    3 (três)
  5. 4 (four)
    4 (quatro)
  6. 5 (five)
    5 (cinco)
  7. 6 (six)
    6 (seis)
  8. 7 (seven)
    7 (sete)
  9. 8 (eight)
    8 (oito)
  10. 9 (nine)
    9 (nove)
  11. 10 (ten)
    10 (dez)
  12. 11 (eleven)
    11 (onze)
  13. 12 (twelve)
    12 (doze)
  14. 13 (thirteen)
    13 (treze)
  15. 14 (fourteen)
    14 (quatorze)
  16. 15 (fifteen)
    15 (quinze)
  17. 16 (sixteen)
    16 (dezesseis)
  18. 17 (seventeen)
    17 (dezessete)
  19. 18 (eighteen)
    18 (dezoito)
  20. 19 (nineteen)
    19 (dezenove)
  21. 20 (twenty)
    20 (vinte)
  22. 21 (twenty one)
    21 (vinte e um)
  23. 30 (thirty)
    30 (trinta)
  24. 40 (forty)
    40 (quarenta)
  25. 50 (fifty)
    50 (cinquenta)
  26. 60 (sixty)
    60 (sessenta)
  27. 70 (seventy)
    70 (setenta)
  28. 80 (eighty)
    80 (oitenta)
  29. 90 (ninety)
    90 (noventa)
  30. 100 (one hundred)
    100 (cem)
  31. 101 (one hundred one)
    101 (cento e um)
  32. 200 (two hundred)
    200 (duzentos)
  33. 201 (two hundred one)
    201 (duzentos e um)
  34. 500 (five hundred)
    500 (quinhentos)
  35. 1000 (one thousand)
    1000 (mil)
  36. 2000 (two thousand)
    2000 (dois mil)
  37. 2001 (two thousand one)
    2001 (dois mil e um)
  38. 2102 (two thousand one hundred two)
    2102 (dois mil cento e dois)
  39. 10000 (ten thousand)
    10.000 (dez mil)
  40. 100000 (one hundred thousand)
    100.000 (cem mil)
  41. 1000000 (one million)
    1.000.000 (um milhão)
  42. 1000000000 (one billion)
    1000000000 (um bilhão)

Ordinal Numbers

  1. First (1st)
    Primeiro (1st)
  2. Second (2nd)
    Segundo (2segundo)
  3. Third (3rd)
    Terceiro (3terceiro)
  4. Fourth (4th)
    Quarto (4º)
  5. Fifth (5th)
    Quinto (5º)
  6. Sixth (6th)
    Sexto (6º)
  7. Seventh (7th)
    Sétimo (7º)
  8. Eighth (8th)
    Oitavo (8º)
  9. Ninth (9th)
    Nono (9º)
  10. Tenth (10th)
    Décimo (10º)


  1. Less
  2. More
  3. 1/2 (a half)
    1/2 (meio)
  4. 1/4 (a quarter)
    1/4 (um quarto)
  5. 1/3 (a third)
    1/3 (um terço)
  6. All / None
  7. Some / Many
  8. How Much?
  9. How Many?
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