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Introduction[edit | edit source]

Welcome to Unit 1 of the "Complete 0 to A1 Portuguese Course"! In this unit, we will focus on greetings and basic phrases. Greetings are an essential part of any language and culture, as they are the first words we use to connect with others. Whether you are traveling to a Portuguese-speaking country or simply want to learn more about the language and culture, this unit will provide you with the necessary vocabulary and phrases to greet people and introduce yourself in Portuguese.

In this lesson, we will start by learning how to greet people in a polite and friendly manner. We will cover different greetings for different times of the day and explore cultural aspects related to greetings in Portuguese-speaking countries. Additionally, we will also learn how to introduce ourselves and ask someone's name in Portuguese. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to confidently greet people and engage in basic conversations in Portuguese.

So, let's get started with Unit 1: Greetings and Basic Phrases!

Greetings in Portuguese[edit | edit source]

In Portuguese-speaking countries, greetings play a significant role in daily interactions. They reflect the warmth and friendliness of the culture. Let's begin by learning some common greetings in Portuguese:

Basic Greetings[edit | edit source]

Here are some basic greetings that you can use throughout the day:

  • Bom dia! (Good morning!)
  • Boa tarde! (Good afternoon!)
  • Boa noite! (Good evening!)

These greetings are used to wish someone a good morning, afternoon, or evening, respectively. They are commonly used in both formal and informal situations.

Informal Greetings[edit | edit source]

In informal settings, Portuguese speakers often use casual greetings to greet their friends, family, and acquaintances. Here are a few examples:

  • Oi! (Hi!)
  • Olá! (Hello!)
  • Tudo bem? (How are you?)

These greetings are more relaxed and can be used with people you are familiar with. "Tudo bem?" is a common way to ask how someone is doing, and it is often answered with "Tudo bem" (I'm fine) or "Mais ou menos" (So-so).

Cultural Insight[edit | edit source]

In Portuguese-speaking countries, it is common to greet people with a kiss on the cheek, especially among friends and family. This gesture is a sign of warmth and affection. The number of kisses may vary depending on the region and the relationship between the people. In Brazil, for example, it is common to exchange two kisses, while in Portugal, one kiss is more common.

It's important to note that this custom may vary between different Portuguese-speaking countries and even within regions of the same country. It's always a good idea to observe and follow the local customs.

Formal Greetings[edit | edit source]

When greeting someone in a formal setting or with someone you don't know well, it is important to use a more formal greeting. Here are a few examples:

  • Bom dia, senhor/senhora! (Good morning, sir/madam!)
  • Boa tarde, senhor/senhora! (Good afternoon, sir/madam!)
  • Boa noite, senhor/senhora! (Good evening, sir/madam!)

Using "senhor" for a man and "senhora" for a woman shows respect and politeness. It's a good practice to use these formal greetings when meeting someone for the first time or in professional settings.

Introducing Yourself[edit | edit source]

Now that you know how to greet someone in Portuguese, let's learn how to introduce yourself and ask someone's name. Here's a dialogue to help you practice:

Person A: Olá! (Hello!) Person B: Olá! Como você se chama? (Hello! What is your name?) Person A: Me chamo Maria. E você? (My name is Maria. And you?) Person B: Prazer, Maria. Me chamo João. (Nice to meet you, Maria. My name is João.)

In this dialogue, "Me chamo" is used to introduce oneself, and "Como você se chama?" is used to ask someone's name. "Prazer" is a common expression to say "Nice to meet you."

Vocabulary[edit | edit source]

Let's expand our vocabulary with some useful words and phrases related to greetings:

Portuguese Pronunciation English
Bom dia /bohng DEE-ah/ Good morning
Boa tarde /boh-ah TAR-deh/ Good afternoon
Boa noite /boh-ah NOY-chee/ Good evening
Oi /oh-ee/ Hi
Olá /oh-LAH/ Hello
Tudo bem? /TOO-doo behng/ How are you?
Tudo bem /TOO-doo behng/ I'm fine
Mais ou menos /mah-ees oh MEN-oos/ So-so
Me chamo /mee SHAH-moo/ My name is
Como você se chama? /KOH-moh voh-SEH seh SHAH-mah/ What is your name?
Prazer /PRAH-zer/ Nice to meet you

Practice using these words and phrases to greet people and introduce yourself. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will become with the Portuguese language.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Congratulations! You have completed Unit 1: Greetings and Basic Phrases. In this lesson, we learned how to greet people in Portuguese, both formally and informally. We also practiced introducing ourselves and asking someone's name. Remember to pay attention to the cultural aspects of greetings, such as the custom of kissing on the cheek. By mastering these basic greetings, you will be able to start conversations and make connections with Portuguese speakers.

Continue practicing these greetings in your daily life and interactions. In the next unit, we will learn basic phrases for common situations like ordering food, asking for directions, and buying tickets. Keep up the great work, and soon you will be on your way to becoming proficient in Portuguese!

Table of Contents - Portuguese Course - 0 to A1[edit source]

Unit 1: Greetings and Basic Phrases

Unit 2: Verbs - Present Tense

Unit 3: Family and Descriptions

Unit 4: Verbs - Future and Conditional Tenses

Unit 5: Portuguese-Speaking Countries and Cultures

Unit 6: Food and Drink

Unit 7: Verbs - Past Tense

Unit 8: Travel and Transportation

Unit 9: Indefinite Pronouns and Prepositions

Unit 10: Health and Emergencies

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