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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Portuguese Season 1, Lesson 23 - Asking for the Bill. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask for the bill and check the change in Portuguese.
Body
Eric: Here's the way to ask 'Can you bring the bill, please?' in Portuguese.
Ana: [Normal] Você pode trazer a conta, por favor?
Eric: First is a phrase meaning 'you can'
Ana: [Normal] você pode [Slow] você pode
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to bring'
Ana: [Normal] trazer [Slow] trazer
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'the bill’
Ana: [Normal] a conta [Slow] a conta
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'please'
Ana: [Normal] por favor [Slow] por favor
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'Can you bring the bill, please?'
Ana: [Slow] Você pode trazer a conta, por favor? [Normal] Você pode trazer a conta, por favor?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'Where can I pay the bill?'
Ana: [Normal] Onde que eu pago a conta?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'where'
Ana: [Normal] onde [Slow] onde
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'that'
Ana: [Normal] que [Slow] que
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'I'
Ana: [Normal] eu [Slow] eu
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'pay'
Ana: [Normal] pago [Slow] pago
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'the bill'
Ana: [Normal] a conta [Slow] a conta
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning 'Where can I pay the bill?'
Ana: [Slow] Onde que eu pago a conta? [Normal] Onde que eu pago a conta?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'Excuse me, the change is wrong.'
Ana: [Normal] Com licença, o troco está errado.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'excuse me'
Ana: [Normal] com licença [Slow] com licença
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'the 'change'
Ana: [Normal] o troco [Slow] o troco
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'is'
Ana: [Normal] está [Slow] está
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'wrong'
Ana: [Normal] errado [Slow] errado
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'Excuse me, the change is wrong.'
Ana: [Slow] Com licença, o troco está errado. [Normal] Com licença, o troco está errado.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'Keep the change.'
Ana: [Normal] Pode ficar com o troco.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'can'
Ana: [Normal] pode [Slow] pode
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'to stay'
Ana: [Normal] ficar [Slow] ficar
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'with'
Ana: [Normal] com [Slow] com
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'the change'
Ana: [Normal] o troco [Slow] o troco
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'Keep the change.'
Ana: [Slow] Pode ficar com o troco. [Normal] Pode ficar com o troco.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ana: In Brazil, tipping is not common. Restaurant bills usually include a 10% service charge, which goes to the waiters. There are some restaurants that don't charge you the 10%. In this case, it's up to you to leave a tip for your server.

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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Listeners! What would you say if someone gave you the wrong change?