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Thassia: Boa tarde! I am Thassia!
Braden: Braden here! This is Absolute Beginner Season 1, Lesson 2 - Portuguese Greetings Can Go a Long Way for You Too! In this lesson, we'll focus on asking people how they are doing and we'll also explain how to use the word "também".
Thassia: This conversation takes place on a plane flying to Brazil.
Braden: And it's between Naiara and Michael.
Thassia: In this dialogue, you hear both formal and informal greetings.
Braden: Let's listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Michael: Como vai?
Naiara: Vou bem. E você, como vai?
Michael: Também.
Naiara: Que bom!
Michael: Como tá?
Naiara: Tô bem. Você?
Michael: Também.
Naiara: Que bom!
Braden:Once again, slowly please.
Michael: Como vai?
Naiara: Vou bem. E você, como vai?
Michael: Também.
Naiara: Que bom!
Michael: Como tá?
Naiara: Tô bem. Você?
Michael: Também.
Naiara: Que bom!
Braden:And one time fast with translation.
Michael: Como vai?
Braden: How are you?
Naiara: Vou bem. E você, como vai?
Braden: I'm well. And you, how are you?
Michael: Também.
Braden: I am also well.
Naiara: Que bom!
Braden: That's great!
Braden: (Informal)
Michael: Como tá?
Braden: How ya doin'?
Naiara: Tô bem. Você?
Braden: I'm good. You?
Michael: Também.
Braden: Me too.
Naiara: Que bom!
Braden: Oh, good!
Braden: Thassia, is it important to ask a Brazilian how they are doing?
Thassia: Very! It's part of the etiquette to inquire about them straight away.
Braden: Is that why "tudo bem" is used so often?
Thassia: Yes. It doubles as both a greeting, like "Hi" or "Hello", as well as kindly asking about how someone is doing.
Braden: So why did Michael say "Como vai" if in the last lesson, they had already said "Tudo bem?".
Thassia: "Tudo bem" is a very general inquiry. Literally, it means, "Is everything well?" "Como vai" on the other hand is more specific, "How are YOU doing?".
Braden: Ah....I see. Thank you, Thassia!
Braden: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. The first word we`ll hear is:
Thassia: Também [natural native speed]
Braden: Also, too
Thassia: Também [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Também [natural native speed]. Você [natural native speed]
Braden: You
Thassia: Você [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Você [natural native speed]. Mom [natural native speed].
Braden: Good
Thassia: Bom [slowly - broken down by syllable]. Bom [natural native speed]. Vai [natural native speed]
Braden: Go
Thassia: Vai [slowly - broken down by syllable] Vai [natural native speed].
Braden: Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Thassia: The first phrase we will look at is "Como Vai".
Braden: "Como vai?" is the formal way to ask how someone is doing in Portuguese.
Thassia: It literally translates to, "How goes?" but it means, "How are you?".
Braden: The "you" is inferred because of the context.
Thassia: "Como vai" is almost always used the first time you see someone.
Braden: That's right. If you're meeting them for the first time, then it's "Como vai?" But what if you met them yesterday? Like your tour guide who came to pick you up the next morning?
Thassia: In this case, you can say, "Como está?".
Braden: Right. This also means, "How are you", but it's a little less formal than "Como vai?" I often hear people shorten "Como está?" to "Como tá?" Should our listeners say that?
Thassia: Well, it's something I wouldn't use with my boss or at work but among friends and family, it's very normal.
Braden: Good to know!
Thassia: Let's take a look at the grammar point.

Lesson focus

Braden: The focus of this lesson is on the word "também".
Thassia: "Também" is the Portuguese word for "also" or "too" and for the most part is used in the same ways as English.
Braden: It can also be used like, "You too", which in Portuguese is.
Thassia: "Você também?" "Eu também estou cansado", which means, "I also am tired", is another way of using "também".
Braden: That's right. It's also important to pronounce this word correctly. Could you say it slowly for us?
Thassia: Sure! "Tam-bém."(slowly)
Braden: Fantastic!
Thassia: Always remember that the accent mark on the "é" means that syllable is the tonic syllable.
Braden: "Também" often has additional or inferred meaning as well.
Thassia: That's true. In English, you would say "Me too", which in Portuguese is "Eu também".
Braden: But in the dialogue, Michael responded to Naiara with just "Também". Thassia, what's going on here?
Thassia: This is because of the context. The question was directed at Michael; therefore, he will be the one responding. The "me" is unnecessary.
Braden: Awesome! That does it for this lesson.
Thassia: Ready to test what you've just learned?
Braden: Make this lesson's vocabulary stick by using the lesson specific flashcards.
Thassia: There is a reason everyone uses flashcards.
Braden: They work.
Thassia: They really do help memorization.
Braden: You can get the flashcards for this lesson at.
Thassia: PortuguesePOD101.com.
Braden: See you next time.
Thassia: Tchau tchau!


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Tuesday at 6:30 pm
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Olá! Tudo bem?

Hello! How are you?

Greetings are very important to Brazilians. How many Portuguese greetings do you know?

Saturday at 4:54 pm
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Olá Jeff,

Thank you for posting!

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.



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Thursday at 3:43 pm
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Funny looking cartoon people L.O.L. Why don`t you use REAL people? It would be better.No one has hair like that ! L.O.L.

Tuesday at 6:58 pm
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Hi Musaab,

Thank you for posting.

You're doing very well! Keep up practicing and soon you'll master the Portuguese greetings!

Here are a few more lessons on this subject for your practice:

Basic Portuguese Greetings>https://www.portuguesepod101.com/2010/07/26/survival-phrases-4-basic-greetings/

Parting Portuguese Greetings> https://www.portuguesepod101.com/2010/08/02/survival-phrases-5-parting-greetings/

Learn Portuguese in Three Minutes> Greetings>https://www.portuguesepod101.com/2012/08/03/learn-portuguese-in-three-minutes-3-portuguese-greetings/

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Até mais!


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Tuesday at 4:03 pm
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I know

tudo bem

como vai

como voce esta

so I think I need to practice to language more before I know when to use each one of them ?

Tuesday at 12:54 am
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Olá Sami,

You could say:

Estou feliz com você. ("I’m happy with you.")

Você sempre me deixa feliz (or "contente") ("You always make me happy.")

This phrase in Portuguese "You gave and still giving me everything I like." may not sound very natural, so you could say something like: Você sempre foi legal comigo (You've always been nice to me).

Nosso amor é pra sempre (or "eterno") ("Our love is endless").

Here you can find some classes related to boyfriends & girlfriends in Portuguese:






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Sami Zaki
Monday at 4:44 am
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How can I say in Portuguese?

I'm happy with you.

You always make me happy.

You gave and still giving me everything I like.

Our love is endless .

Thank you


Sami Zaki
Monday at 4:38 am
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Oi Angela

Tudo bem?

Não se preocupe!

vc vai ficar muito feliz aqui.

Boa sorte.


Sunday at 5:29 pm
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Olá Angela!

Tudo bem, obrigada :wink:

I'm fine, thank you.

Está gostando das aulas? Se tiver qualquer dúvida, é só nos perguntar, ok?

Are you enjoying the classes? If you have any doubts, feel free to ask us, okay?


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Sunday at 4:10 pm
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Oi, me chamo Angela. Vou bem. Como vai?

Monday at 6:40 pm
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Bom dia Sami!

De nada!

You're welcome!

Uma ótima semana para você :wink:

Have a nice week


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