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1- Vai dar tudo certo

How to use this expression:

When Brazilians want to be optimistic or when they want to be supportive, they use this expression.

Possible translations: Everything will be fine

Examples:

  • I hope they can resolve their situation.
  • Me too! Everything will be fine.
  • Eu espero que eles consigam resolver a situação deles.
  • Eu também! Vai dar tudo certo.
  • My mother is sick. I hope she gets well soon
  • Everything will be fine
  • Minha mãe está doente. Eu espero que ela melhore logo
  • Vai dar tudo certo

2- Irado

How to use this expression:

When we want to show admiration/approval for something, we use this expression. It’s similar to another Brazilian expression: “Legal”.

Possible translations: Nice, Cool

Examples:

  • Last weekend I traveled
  • Nice!
  • No fim de semana eu viajei.
  • Irado!
  • I train footvolley everyday
  • Nice!
  • Eu treino futevolei todo os dias
  • Irado!

3 – À toa

How to use this expression:

This expression is very used when we want to say that for some reason, we lost time.

Possible translations: In vain

Examples:

  • I went to the store in vain.. It was closed
  • Fui à loja à toa. Estava fechada
  • I’m waiting in vain. She won’t come.
  • Estou esperando à toa. Ela não vem.

4- Direto

How to use this expression:

Direto means “Straight” but as an expression has a different meaning, used when someone wants to say that does something very often.

Possible translations: Often, All the time

Examples:

  • I go to the beach often
  • Eu vou à praia direto
  • I see my friends all the time
  • Eu vejo meus amigos direto

5- Bora!

How to use this expression:

When we want to encourage someone to start something with us, we use this expression. Similar to another Brazilian expression: “Vamo nessa”

Possible translations: Let´s go

Examples:

  • Let´s travel to Brazil?
  • Let´s go!
  • Vamos viajar pro Brasil?
  • Bora!
  • Let’s play footvooley?
  • Let’s go!
  • Vamos jogar futevolei?
  • Bora!

6- Cara

How to use this expression:

“Cara” in portuguese means “expensive” or “face”, but as an expression works like a vocative.

Possible translations: Dude, Brother

Examples:

  • How are you, dude?
  • Como você está, cara?
  • Brother, I need to tell you something
  • Cara, eu preciso te contar uma coisa

7- Nada mal!

How to use this expression:

When Brazilians want to make a compliment, they use this expression.

Possible translations: Not bad!

Examples:

  • How am I looking today?
  • Not bad!
  • Como eu estou hoje?
  • Nada mal!
  • What about my new apartment, did you like?
  • Not bad!
  • Eu o meu apartamento novo, você gostou?
  • Nada mal!

8- Quem sabe?

How to use this expression:

Brazilians use this expression when they don’t know about what is going on. 

Possible translations: Who knows?

Examples:

  • Do we have classes this weekend?
  • Who knows?
  • A gente vai ter aula esse fim de semana?
  • Quem sabe?
  • Your friend will go to the party with us?
  • Who knows?
  • A sua amiga vai pra festa com a gente?
  • Quem sabe?

9- Eu não vejo a hora

How to use this expression:

Brazilians use this expression when they are excited about something that is going to happen.

Possible translations: I can’t wait!

Examples:

  • Next year I will live in Brazil. I can’t wait.
  • No ano que vem eu vou morar no Brasil. Eu não vejo a hora.
  • I can’t wait to speak Portuguese
  • Eu não vejo a hora de falar português!

10 – Meu deus.

How to use this expression:

When we are surprised about something, we use this expression.

Possible translations: My god

  • My god, what are you doing?
  • Meu deus, o que você está fazendo?
  • It costs U$ 100. 
  • My god! Why so expensive
  • Isso custa U$ 100.
  • Meu deus! Por quê tão caro?
  • My god, you’re beautiful today!
  • Meu deus, você está linda hoje!

To learn the correct pronunciation of these expressions, watch my video on Youtube: Expressions02

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