Every society has a particular set of etiquette and social rules. Some of these rules are common sense—we all know that it is inappropriate to play with food, for example. Other societal and etiquette rules need to be learned, such as how to correctly use cutlery during a fine dinner, or what types of clothing to wear based on the occasion. For example, if you are invited to a Portuguese home for dinner, bring flowers, but do not give thirteen flowers, because the number is considered unlucky. Another example is if a Brazilian woman wants to shake hands with a man, she must extend her hand first. Please use the chart below to learn some common phrases of etiquette:
Phrase in Brazilian Portuguese
Phrase in English
Let me present you…
Vestido de Noiva
Vesh-tee-du djee noh-e-vah
Would you like to…?
Por favor, poderia…?
Could you please…?
Pohr fah-vorh, poh-deh-reeah…?
Slang/Commonly Used Expressions:
Expression in Brazilian Portuguese
Expression in English
Essa é a minha filha mais nova.
This is my youngest daughter.
Eh-sah eh ah meen-nah feel-lah my-sh noh-vah.
Nice to meet you!
O prazer é todo meu!
Ooh prah-zer eh toh-du meo!
Foi bom vê-lo/vê-la de novo.
It’s good to see you again. (Masc./Fem.)
Phoe boum veh-lu/veh-lah djee noh-vu.
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