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Learn How to Talk About Your Family in Portuguese

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Did you know that only some reptiles and birds don’t parent their offspring? Except for crocodiles, all reptiles (and one family of bird species called megapodes) hatch from eggs and grow up alone, without any family.

The rest of us need family if we are to survive and thrive - humans and animals alike!

At PortuguesePod101, we know how important family is. Therefore, we take care to teach you all the important vocabulary and phrases pertaining to family.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Is It Important to Know Portuguese Vocabulary about Family?
  2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first
  3. How PortuguesePod101 Can Help You Learn Portuguese Family Terms

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1. Why Is It Important to Know Portuguese Vocabulary about Family?

Lioness with Cub

Well, if you’re serious about studying any new language, then learning about the most important social unit in Portuguese culture would be a crucial part of your education.

What is family, though? Strictly speaking, it’s a group of people who live together and are supposed to take care of one another. Some of them are genetically linked.

Family isn’t just about who we’re related to by blood, of course. It’s also one of the main influences in shaping every child’s life.

Family is Important for Children’s Healthy Development

Phrases Parents Say

Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. Children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs from the day they were born.

Primary caregivers, which usually comprise parents and family, form a child’s first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and are role models that show kids how to act and experience the world around them.

By nurturing and teaching children during their early years, families play an important role in making sure children are ready to learn when they enter school.

Families Can Take All Shapes and Sizes

However, the way families are put together is by no means standard.

Mom and Daughter

Single-parent and same-gender households have become a new norm the past few decades, and there’s no shame in this. When there is love, connection and proper care, a child can thrive anywhere.

Everyone also knows that sometimes friends can become like family and remain with us for life, because it’s all about human connection.

After all, we share many commonalities simply because we’re human, and we are programmed to connect with one another and belong to a group. This is very important for our well-being and survival.

It’s All About Feeling Connected

As John Northman, a psychologist from Buffalo, NY, told WebMD - feeling connected to others contributes to mental as well as physical health.

He pointed out that when people feel connected, they feel better physically, and they’re also less likely to feel depressed.

Couples Chatting

Or, if they do feel depressed, they’d be in a better position to get out of it when they feel they are connecting with others. This is because they would be psychologically supported too, Northman said.

There has even been some links drawn between addiction and feeling disconnected from others. According to an article in Psychology Today, research indicates that addiction is not solely a substance disorder, but also affected by people feeling insecurely attached to others.

It showed that securely attached individuals tend to feel comfortable in and enjoy life, while insecurely attached people typically struggle to fit in and connect.


2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first

So, it’s clear that for most of us, family is our entry point into connection and belonging. This is true of every culture, so in every country, family takes prominence.

For this reason, PortuguesePod101 offers culturally-relevant lessons that will equip you well to understand families in Brazil.

Here are some of the most important Portuguese vocabulary and quotes about family and parenting!

A) Portuguese Family Vocabulary

Let’s start with the basic vocabulary. Without this collection of words, you’ll have a hard time describing any member of your family at all.

Family Terms
Family
família
Great grandfather
bisavô
Mother
mãe
Grandmother
avó
Father
pai
Grandfather
avô
Wife
esposa
Grandchild
neto
Husband
esposo
Granddaughter
neta
Parent
pai
Grandson
neto
Child
criança
Aunt
tia
Daughter
filha
Uncle
tio
Sister
irmã
Niece
sobrinha
Brother
irmão
Nephew
sobrinho
Younger sister
irmã mais nova
Younger brother
irmão mais novo
Older brother
irmão mais velho
Great grandmother
bisavó
Cousin
primo
Mother-in-law
sogra
Father-in-law
sogro
Sister-in-law
cunhada
Brother-in-law
cunhado
Partner
cônjuge

Family of Three

B) Quotes About Family

Portuguese Family Quotes

One of the ways to improve your Portuguese language skills is by memorizing quotes from books, or poems.

Either source some from Portuguese literature, or make use of ours!

Você não escolhe a sua família. Ela é um presente de Deus para você, como você o é para ela.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Desmond Tutu

Família não é uma coisa importante. É tudo.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox

Família significa que ninguém fica para trás ou é esquecido.

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers

Minha família é a minha força e a minha fraqueza.

“My family is my strength and my weakness.” - Aishwarya Rai

A família é uma das obras-primas da natureza.

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana

Quando os problemas aparecem, é a sua família que te apoia.

“When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.” - Guy Lafleur

A família é a primeira célula fundamental da sociedade humana.

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” - Pope John XXIII

Não existe essa coisa de diversão para toda a família.

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” - Jerry Seinfeld

Você tem que defender a sua honra. E a sua família.

“You have to defend your honor. And your family.” - Suzanne Vega

Todas as famílias felizes são iguais; mas cada família infeliz é infeliz à sua maneira.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy

C) Test Your Knowledge!

Do you feel you have learned a lot in this blog? Let’s quickly test that!

In the table below, match the Portuguese vocabulary on the left with the definition of the relative in the right column.

MY RELATIVES
Relative Name Definition
1. família a. My male child
2. mãe b. My older male sibling
3. pai c. My female sibling
4. esposa d. My child’s child
5. esposo e. My child’s female child
6. pai f. My female parent
7. criança g. My grandparent’s mother
8. filha h. Mother to one of my parents
9. filho i. Relatives
10. irmã j. My female child
11. irmão k. My younger male sibling
12. irmã mais nova l. Male spouse
13. irmão mais novo m. The father of one of my parents
14. irmão mais velho n. My child’s male child
15. bisavó o. My children’s father or mother
16. bisavô p. The sister of one of my parents
17. avó q. The brother of one of my parents
18. avô r. My male parent
19. neto s. My sibling’s female child
20. neta t. My sibling’s male child
21. neto u. My male sibling
22. tia v. My parents’ sibling’s child
23. tio w. Female spouse
24. sobrinha x. The grandfather of one of my parents
25. sobrinho y. The person I am a parent to
26. primo z. My younger female sibling

How did it go? Don’t worry if you had trouble with it - you’ll get there! With a bit of practice, and our help at PortuguesePod101, you’ll soon have these family terms under the belt.

Family Shopping


3. How PortuguesePod101 Can Help You Learn Portuguese Family Terms

We hope that we helped you expand your family in Portuguese vocabulary!

PortuguesePod101, with its innovative online learning system, stands out among online learning platforms to help you master Portuguese easily.

Our lessons are tailored not only to increase your language skills, but to also inform you of Portuguese culture, including the Portuguese family structure.

When you sign up, you will get instant access to tools like:

1 - An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
2 - A new Portuguese word to learn every day
3 - Quick access to the Portuguese Key Phrase List
4 - A free Portuguese online dictionary
5 - The excellent 100 Core Portuguese Word List
6 - An almost limitless Lesson Library for learners of all levels

Further speed up your learning with the help of a personal tutor, who will first assess your current Portuguese language abilities to personalize your training and tailor it to your needs.

Hard work always pays off, and to help you in this, PortuguesePod101 will be there every step of the way toward your Portuguese mastery!

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Answers: 1.i. 2.f. 3.r. 4.w. 5.l. 6.o. 7.y. 8.j. 9.a. 10.c. 11.u. 12.z. 13.k. 14.b. 15.g 16.x. 17.h. 18.m. 19.d. 20.e. 21.n. 22.p. 23.q. 24.s. 25.t. 26.v.