Phrases You Should Know Before Visiting Brazil

When the temperatures plummet and we all start shivering here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time for a vacation below the Equator! The perfect place for one of these vacations? Brazil!

Brazil is famous for its gorgeous nature, as well as its nonstop nightlife, especially in Rio de Janeiro!

Before you hop on that plane and head for warmer weather, there are a few words and phrases you should know. Unlike most of South America, Brazil speaks Portuguese, which is what we’ll be covering today!



Just like in the other countries you’ve been to--or haven’t been to--it’s important to greet people politely. To say ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ in Portuguese, just say oi or olá.

Brazil has a marvelous selection of divine foods, so you’ll want to always be on the lookout for something to eat. To ask for food or a restaurant, just say comida or restaurante.

Just like we do, Brazilians appreciate manners, so when you ask for something, make sure to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ like this: por favor and obrigado.

After a night out on the town, with delicious food and specialty drinks, you’ll more than likely have to use the bathroom. To find one, just ask, banheiro? That should get you where you need to go.



Sometimes, we know one-word questions aren’t enough to cut it. Luckily, we also have a list of important and very useful phrases to help you navigate Brazil!

If you’re looking for monuments like the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, you will have to ask where something is. That’s no problem, just ask, onde está [name of place or thing]? The person you ask will be helpful and point you in the right direction.

Whenever you’re in a different country, it’s nice to have something like a souvenir that you can bring back with you to remind you of the trip. To buy one, you’ll probably have to ask how much it is, like this: quanto custa isso?

Finally, there is absolutely nothing wrong with asking for help when you don’t speak the language. If you forgot your Jarvisen Translator in the hotel room and need help, just say: eu nao falo portugues voce fala ingles?

Now you have your handy-dandy guide for enjoying the sunshine Brazil has to offer this time of year!

Good luck and tchau!

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