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This tool's only aim is to encourage you to speak aloud, in order to familiarise yourself with the language you wish to speak.
By listening to yourself speak, you will speed up your rate of learning spectacularly.

On the other hand, we do not advise you to use it thinking that it will allow you to acquire perfect pronunciation, only a human teacher can truly help you to achieve this.

We have added an extra little service to make this tool even more enjoyable, clicking on the words provides you with automatic translations along with the sound. These translations, when correct, can help you to understand the meaning of words in isolation, but do not in any way claim to provide the overall meaning of a sentence. This translation service is only the Beta version of a tool that we intend to offer in the near future.

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Translation / Essentials

Learn portuguese - Essentials
Learn portuguese - Essentials

English Portuguese
Hello Bom dia
Good evening Boa tarde
Goodbye Adeus
See you later Até Logo
Yes Sim
No Não
Excuse me! Por favor!
Excuse me Se faz favor
Thanks Obrigada
Thanks a lot Muito obrigado!
Thank you for your help Obrigada pela sua ajuda
Don't mention it De nada
Ok De acordo !
How much is it? Quanto custa por favor? 
Sorry! Desculpe !
I don't understand Não compreendo
I get it Compreendi
I don't know Não sei
Forbidden Proibido
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Onde é a casa de banho por favor?
Happy New Year! Feliz ano novo!
Happy birthday! Feliz aniversario!
Happy holiday! Boas festas!
Congratulations! Parabéns

How to learn Portuguese by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day. And it will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun, in Lisbon in Portugal or in Rio in Brazil, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why speak Portuguese while travelling?

Portugal, a captivating country at the crossroads of cultures

Portugal is Europe's oldest country. Its history and cultural heritage have been marked by many influences which have given each region a distinct personality. Being able to converse with its people, whose kindness and hospitality are clear for all to see, will make your stay even more rewarding.

A language spoken on every continent

Portuguese is the 6th most spoken language in the world and the 5th most used language on the Internet. This language is spoken in Europe of course, but also in Brazil and in Africa (Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde). It is also the official language of two Asian countries: Macao and East Timor. Although there are local variations, the language remains largely homogeneous wherever it is used.

An international language which is increasingly sought after

A growing number of companies are choosing to locate in Brazil or to establish commercial links with this country. Thanks to its economic and demographic vitality, the number of speakers will only increase in the coming decades. To learn to speak Portuguese today is to choose a language of the future which promotes interaction on a global scale.

Make a success of your stay in Portugal, Brazil or in a Portuguese-speaking country

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

There are no good or bad techniques when you start learning a language on your own: ​​in essence, it requires self-confidence and the ability to be guided by your own instinct for discovery. The only thing you should never lose sight of is what motivated you to speak this language: you fell in love with Fado, you want to read the sublime and subtle poetry of Pessoa in its original language, you think that Brazilians are the most wonderful football players in the world, or the Rio Carnival is your next holiday destination? In order to conserve your energy, we would advise you to focus as much as possible in your first lessons on your primary motivation to learn the language. Then gradually you will discover more reasons to love this language, which is filled with warm and varied cultural currents.
One of the characteristics of the Portuguese language is that it is spoken with melodic and nasal tones at the same time. It is essential to try to master the word stress in order to succeed at pronouncing it well. Moreover, the presence of a special accent, the “tilde (~)” which can be found on the “o” or the “a”, will give a valuable indication of how to pronounce words with these vowels. Obviously this is only a brief overview, as you will literally have to immerse yourself in this language to be able to assimilate the many subtleties related to its pronunciation.
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Portuguese alphabet with audio.
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