Portuguese words and phrases that you need in English

Portuguese words and phrases that you need in English

The portuguese language is poetic and expressive. Full of words and phrases that hold a great amount of feeling and symbolism. The portuguese idiom have also words that can be used to transmit different ideas and various messages. You will now read some of the most beautiful words  and phrases in Portuguese that you can not translate into your language (if your language is english).


One of the most beautiful words in the planet, this word symbolizes a combination of emotions: love, longing, melancholy and incompleteness. Saudade holds a lot of weight, and portuguese people use this word to apply to people, places or past times.

I feel saudades for portugal.


Apaixonar means the moment/process of falling in love. We fall in love with people and places (we use more often for people).


This word is used mainly in Brazil. The literal translation is “delicious,” but gostosa or gostoso can mean “very attractive.” If someone calls you this, they are saying that you are very hot / sexy.


Sometimes people need to vent or let off steam. For portuguese people, the word desabafar is used to express a need to talk – with someone that you trust – about the problems that you have.


Mágoa means to feel emotional hurt or sadness.


If we translate this word it means “combined”. It is a confirmation that something has been arranged. This is the word that we use to make plans. An exemple: after someone states a plan you can just say “combinado!” to confirm that you agree with the plan (just like “ok”.


The most famous portuguese word, fado is the name for a traditional form of portuguese music. However, the word also means fate and destiny.


To greet someone or to say goodbye we kiss one another on each cheek. So, beijinho (or beijinhos) is a mixture of beijo (that means kiss) and the diminuitive –inho. So, beijinhos means small kiss. We use it to finish a conversation, an email or a text message (in place of bye).   


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