Tradutex is now on Tomorrow Algarve on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TomorrowAlgarve?fref=ts) with weekly Portuguese Lessons.
This was the lesson number one:
When we first start learning a language, the best thing to do is to start from the beginning. And that’s exactly what we are going to do now, starting with the basics. So, let’s begin with greetings.
How to say hello in Portuguese?
“Hello” is “Olá” a really easy word to pronounce and to remember.
What if we want to say “Good morning”, “Good afternoon”, “Good evening” or “Good night”?
“Good morning” is “Bom dia”, but, pay special attention to this one as we can only use it until noon. Portuguese people are very strict about this one! If you use “Bom dia” after noon, you’ll probably be corrected. “Bom” means “good” (masculine) and “dia” means “day” and, in spite of ending with an “a” it’s a masculine word.
“Good afternoon” is “Boa tarde”, that’s what you have to say after noon and until it becomes dark. “Boa” means “good” (feminine) and “tarde” is “afternoon” and it’s a feminine word.
For the last one, you have to know that in Portuguese there’s no difference between “Good evening” and “Good night”. The Portuguese language only has one expression for those two situations, which is “Boa noite”. “Boa” means “Good” (feminine) and “noite” (also feminine) is “night”. We use “Boa noite” when it becomes dark, there’s no specific time for that; it depends on the time of the year.
So… what do you think about this for a start? Here you have some pronunciation tips:
– Olá – Both vowels are open. (Hi / Hello)
– Bom dia – Don’t pronounce the “M” at the end of the word “Bom”. The “M” is there to make a nasal sound. (Good morning)
– Boa tarde – Every time you have an “e” at the end of a word, remember to make it soft, as if is not even there. (Good afternoon)
– Boa noite – Remember, very soft “e” at the end of “noite” (Good evening / Good night) .