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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Portuguese Season 1, Lesson 12 - Asking What Someone is Doing. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question What are you doing? in Portuguese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'What are you doing?' in Portuguese.
Ana: [Normal] O que você está fazendo?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'what'
Ana: [Normal] o que [Slow] o que
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'that'
Ana: [Normal] que [Slow] que
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'you'
Ana: [Normal] você [Slow] você
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'are'
Ana: [Normal] está [Slow] está
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'doing'
Ana: [Normal] fazendo [Slow] fazendo
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Ana: [Slow] O que você está fazendo? [Normal] O que você está fazendo?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'What are you doing?'
Ana: [Normal] O que o senhor está fazendo?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'what'
Ana: [Normal] o que [Slow] o que
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'you (formal)'
Ana: [Normal] o senhor [Slow] o senhor
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'are'
Ana: [Normal] está [Slow] está
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'doing'
Ana: [Normal] fazendo [Slow] fazendo
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'What are you doing?'
Ana: [Slow] O que o senhor está fazendo? [Normal] O que o senhor está fazendo?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I am studying.'
Ana: [Normal] Eu estou estudando.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I'
Ana: [Normal] eu [Slow] eu
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Ana: [Normal] estou [Slow] estou
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'studying'
Ana: [Normal] estudando [Slow] estudando
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'I am studying.'
Ana: [Slow] Eu estou estudando. [Normal] Eu estou estudando.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'I'm not doing anything.'
Ana: [Normal] Não estou fazendo nada.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'no'
Ana: [Normal] não [Slow] não
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'am'
Ana: [Normal] estou [Slow] estou
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'doing'
Ana: [Normal] fazendo [Slow] fazendo
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'nothing'
Ana: [Normal] nada [Slow] nada
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'I'm not doing anything.'
Ana: [Slow] Não estou fazendo nada. [Normal] Não estou fazendo nada.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ana: Often, Brazilians will add the word que in a question. For example, O que você está fazendo? Would be O que que você está fazendo?
It’s a very natural way of asking questions in Brazil. To sound even more casual, you can also shorten the word está down to tá, so it’ll be O que que você tá fazendo?

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Ana: Tchau!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What are you doing while listening to this lesson?

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Monday at 06:45 PM
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Oi, Enes!

Great job!


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Sunday at 04:37 AM
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Olá,

Eu estou escrevendo escrita.

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Oi Nathan,


Thanks for the comment!


"Limpar a roupa" is not wrong, but it's more common to say "lavando a roupa" (washing the clothes)


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Nathan
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Eu estou limpando a roupa.