Fifth Lesson for Beginners on Tomorrow Algarve

This is the fifth in our series of Portuguese lessons. Now is the time to put your Portuguese to the test and wish everyone a Happy Christmas – in Portuguese, of course!

It’s Christmas time! (É Natal!)

Let’s learn some of the most common greetings we use during this festive season.

• Merry / Happy Christmas – Feliz Natal / Bom Natal
• Happy New Year – Feliz Ano Novo / Bom Ano Novo
• Happy holidays – Boas festas

If someone wishes you “Feliz/Bom Natal” or “Feliz/ Bom Ano Novo” ou “Boas festas” you can repeat the greeting or just say “Igualmente” (to you too).

Here’s a short list of words related to Christmas:

• Father Christmas – Pai Natal
• Christmas tree – Árvore de Natal
• Baby Jesus – Menino Jesus
• Nativity scene / Crib – Presépio
• Virgin Mary – Virgem Maria / Nossa Senhora
• Saint Joseph – S. José
• Wise men – Reis Magos
• Presents – Prendas / Presentes
• Candles – Velas
• Christmas eve – Noite de Natal / Consoada

And, if you want to buy your Christmas presents (presentes de Natal) in Portugal that could be a nice opportunity to learn some vocabulary about shops.

Here are some words to help you:

Lojas – Shops
Centro Comercial – Shopping Centre
Livraria – Bookstore
Sapataria – Shoe Shop
Loja de roupa – Clothing Store
Loja de brinquedos – Toy Store
Pastelaria – Cake Shop
Papelaria – Stationery
Supermercado – Supermarket
Padaria – Bakery
Loja de informática – Computer shop
Loja de animais – Pet store

Helena Rocha (Portuguese Teacher)
– +351 96 88 70 515 –

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