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Oi, meu nome é Paloma! Hi everybody! I’m Paloma.
Welcome to PortuguesePod101.com’s “Português em três minutos”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Portuguese.
In the last lesson, we learned the phrase Com licença, você fala inglês? "Excuse me, do you speak English?" We mentioned the word com licença, which means "excuse me" in Portuguese.
In this lesson we’re going to learn how to use com licença and other words when apologizing in Portuguese.
We should use com licença to get someone’s attention, such as when you want to pass by them.
For example:
Com licença, eu posso passar?
"Excuse me, may I pass by you?"
We can also use it when asking a question:
Com licença, você sabe onde fica a praia de Copacabana?
"Excuse me, do you know where Copacabana beach is?"
Another similar phrase is Desculpa.
This word literally means "without guilty" but we use it similarly to the English "I'm sorry."
[slowly] Desculpa.
Desculpa can be used for either “excuse me” or “I’m sorry.”
But what if you really want to apologize for something? There is a different phrase you might want to use.
Você me desculpa?
Would you forgive me?
[slowly] Você me desculpa?
First, we have você, that means “you”, followed by me, which means “me”, and the verb desculpar referring to Você, which is desculpa or “forgive”.
One last way to apologize is using Perdão, the same as “pardon” in English. But this is not used as much as desculpa in Brazil.
[slowly] Perdão.
And what to answer when someone says desculpa?
There are many ways to answer
You can say Tudo bem. “Everything is fine”
[slowly] Tudo bem.
Or Não tem problema. “No problem.”
[slowly] Não tem problema.
Or Não se preocupe. Don’t worry.
[slowly] Não se preocupe.
Following the verb desculpa, you could also answer Está desculpado. “You’re forgiven”
[slowly] Está desculpado.
Now it’s time for Paloma’s Point.
Brazilians tend to exaggerate. You might hear mil desculpas or “I am sorry a thousand times” or even bigger numbers, as um milhão “a million”, to express they are really really sorry!
Speaking of numbers, are you are able to count in Portuguese? In the next lesson we will learn the numbers in Portuguese from one to ten!
I'll be waiting for you in our next Português em três minutos lesson.
Até a próxima!!