Master Brazilian Portuguese Vocabulary


If you have been learning Brazilian Portuguese, vocabulary may not seem a big problem for you. After all, so many cognates… you can even invent words at times.

At the basic level, true, vocabulary isn’t that big of a problem. But when you reach the intermediate level, it becomes crucial.

Only by having a large vocabulary can you:

  • Express your ideas clearly and accurately
  • Read fluently
  • Understand what is spoken on TV, Internet, etc.

And we mean it.

Unfortunately, Brazilians are not big fans of reading. The average Brazilian reads only 2.43 books a year. Sometimes they give up halfway.

And what does that mean to you?

A lot.

Due to that fact, Brazilian Portuguese was divided into two strands: written and spoken.

Written language tends to be florid and varied, to reflect the literary tradition we inherited from the Portuguese.

Spoken Portuguese, on the other hand, is lively and alive. It is a colorful blend of peoples and languages.

Spoken vocabulary is extremely informal. Even educated speakers tend to use a language completely different from that found in books. Learning from textbooks will give you a headstart… grammar-wise.

In speaking, there is no other reliable source than Brazilians themselves.

But perhaps you don’t live in Brazil. Perhaps your only source of input is Duolingo.

In that case, we have a solution for you.

This section is devoted to natural, colloquial Brazilian Portuguese vocabulary. Idioms and colloquial usages are all here.

Check out this first video to see what we are talking about.

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