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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Portuguese Season 1, Lesson 4 - Asking How Someone Is. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and answer the question How are you? in Portuguese.
Body
Eric: Here's the informal way to ask 'How are you?' in Portuguese.
Ana: [Normal] Tudo bem?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'all'
Ana: [Normal] tudo [Slow] tudo
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'fine, well'
Ana: [Normal] bem [Slow] bem
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the informal question meaning 'How are you?'
Ana: [Slow] Tudo bem? [Normal] Tudo bem?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the formal way to ask, 'How are you?'
Ana: [Normal] Como o senhor está?
Eric: First is a word meaning 'how'
Ana: [Normal] como [Slow] como
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'you (formal)'
Ana: [Normal] o senhor [Slow] o senhor
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'is'
Ana: [Normal] está [Slow] está
Eric: Note again the rising intonation. Listen again to the formal question meaning 'How are you?'
Ana: [Slow] Como o senhor está? [Normal] Como o senhor está?
Eric: Here's a response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Ana: [Normal] Estou bem, obrigado.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'I am'
Ana: [Normal] estou [Slow] estou
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'fine, well'
Ana: [Normal] bem [Slow] bem
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'thank you'
Ana: [Normal] obrigado [Slow] obrigado
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning 'I'm fine. Thank you.'
Ana: [Slow] Estou bem, obrigado. [Normal] Estou bem, obrigado.
Eric: Here's a response meaning, 'Not so well.'
Ana: [Normal] Não estou muito bem, não.
Eric: First is a word meaning 'no'
Ana: [Normal] não [Slow] não
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'I am'
Ana: [Normal] estou [Slow] estou
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'very, a lot'
Ana: [Normal] muito [Slow] muito
Eric: Next is the word meaning 'fine, well'
Ana: [Normal] bem [Slow] bem
Eric: Last is the word meaning 'no'
Ana: [Normal] não [Slow] não
Eric: Listen again to the response, 'Not so well.'
Ana: [Slow] Não estou muito bem, não. [Normal] Não estou muito bem, não.
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Ana: In Brazil, asking how someone is right after greeting them is pretty common. Brazilians like to talk about what’s going on with them at the moment, especially elder ladies, so it can be a great conversation starter. Brazilians are pretty open and even talk about their negative experiences or about why they don't feel very well at the moment.

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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Listeners! How are you? Try answering this question in Portuguese.

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Wednesday at 01:20 AM
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Olá, Isaac!

Que bom você está bem! Keep learning Portuguese with us!😉


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isaac
Tuesday at 04:00 AM
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Eu estou muito Bem!

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Thursday at 07:06 PM
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Olá, Enes,


estamos bem, obrigado! 😉


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Enes
Wednesday at 11:35 PM
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Obrigado, estou bem. Então como o senhor está?

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Saturday at 12:08 AM
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Oi Nathan!


Que pena! Espero que você possa descansar um pouco!

By the way, we usually say "Eu estou trabalhando" or "Eu estou no trabalho".


Atenciosamente,

Paloma

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Nathan
Wednesday at 09:53 PM
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Oi galera, tudo bem?


Neste momento estou um pouco cansado. Estou em lugar de trabalho.

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Sunday at 10:50 PM
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Hi Deena,


Thank you for posting.


Instead of "senhor" (addressed to a male) you'll use "senhora" (addressed to a female). Please note that "senhora" is used for married or elder women and "senhorita" for single or young unmarried women.


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Deena
Saturday at 01:43 AM
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I do have one question. If you are asking "Como o senhor esta?" as a formal question do you change it when asking a woman? I have not heard this way of asking yet so I want to be correct.

Deena
Saturday at 01:41 AM
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Eu estou bem mas um pouco cansada.

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Olá Mirlet,


Thank you for posting.


Keep up practicing and in case of any questions, please feel free to contact us!


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