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Rossio

Rossio, as the Praça de D. Pedro IV is popularly known, may look tranquil on a typical Lisbon spring weekend, but it is a vibrant (and sometimes impetuous) heart... the square has seen bullfights, executions, demonstrations and festivities.

Photograph by Gnarfgnarf

 

You want to speak like a Portuguese navigator or a Portuguese fishmonger? You want to speak the language of discoveries of the soul(mate) or simply order some bacalhau and a beer? Let Pedrito and chum teach you some useful sentences to interact with the locals in Lisbon!

 

Greetings

Olá - Hello

Bom Dia - Good morning

Boa Tarde - Good afternoon

Boa Noite - Good evening

Adeus - Goodbye

Como estas? - How are you?

Bem - Fine/well

 

Basics

Sim - Yes

Não - No

Obrigado - Thank you (if you are a boy like Pedrito)

Obrigada - Thank you (if you are a girl like Pedrita)

De nada - Not at all / you are welcome

Por favor - Please

Desculpe - Excuse me / sorry

Bom apetite - Good appetite / Enjoy the meal

 

Surviving

Onde? - Where?

Quando? - When?

Quanto custa? - How much?

Casa de ban ho - Toilet

Farmácia - Pharmacy

Fica o correio - Post office

Aeroporto - Airport

Estação do metrô - Metro station

Insolvência - bankruptcy

Quero uma cerveja - I want a beer

 

Striking up a conversation

Amigo - A male friend

Amiga - A female friend

Muito prazer - Please to meet you

Com prazer - With pleasure

Como se chama? - What's your name? (polite)

Como te chamas? - What's your name? (casual)

O meu nome é Pedrito - My name is Pedrito

Qual é o seu número de telefone? - What's your phone number? (polite)

Qual é o teu número de telefone? - What's your phone number? (casual)

De onde é? - Where are you from (polite)

De onde es? - Where are you from (casual)

Sou de Lisboa - I am from Lisbon

 

Stroking the flames

Sou solteiro - I am single (if you are a boy like Pedrito)

Sou solteira - I am single (if you are girl like Pedrita)

Portugal tem muitas belezas naturais  - Portugal has many beautiful naturescapes

Es quente como o piri - You are as fiery as piri piri

Quero partilhar um vinho do porto contigo - I would like to share Port (wine) with you

 

Other useful expression

Eu não posso pagar as minhas dívidas - I cannot pay my debts

 

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Books to Read as You Pack for Lisbon

 

Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

 

A Guide to Port

 

The Portuguese Empire, 1415-1808: A World on the Move

 

Baltasar and Blimunda