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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 how to count in Portuguese. I hope you spent some time practicing the numbers, because they will come in handy today. We’re going to learn how to go shopping in Brazil!
Before we go, you need to know how to say “How much is it?”
Quanto custa?
[slowly] Quanto custa?
Are you ready to go shopping in Brazil? Let’s go!
You see something you like and want to ask the shop clerk how much it costs. The first thing to say to a shop clerk is…com licença, do you remember what that means? "Excuse me!" And then while you point at something you want to buy, you can say:
Com licença, quanto custa?
[slowly] Com licença, quanto custa?
If we want to be more specific when asking "how much is this...?" and refer to a certain type of object, we need to know if the object is feminine or masculine. If it is masculine add esse, or essa for a feminine object. And then say the noun.
For example, "dress" is a masculine. vestido.
Com licença, quanto custa esse vestido?
"Excuse me, how much is this dress?"
[slowly] Com licença, quanto custa esse vestido?
And “t-shirt” is a feminine noun. camiseta.
Com licença, quanto custa essa camiseta?
"Excuse me, how much is this t-shirt?"
[slowly] Com licença, quanto custa essa camiseta?
At this point the shop clerk can answer by simply saying the number plus reais.
For example:
Trinta e sete reais.
What number is trinta e sete? I’m not telling you! Okay, okay, it’s "thirty-seven"! "It costs thirty-seven reals."
Now it’s time for Paloma’s Point.
In Brazil it’s very common to haggle when you’re buying in small businesses.
An easy way to ask for discount is to say: Tem desconto?
Is there any discount?
[slowly] Tem desconto?
Many places may give a small discount if you pay them in cash.
At this point, can you count reals in Portuguese? We are going to learn how to do this and much more in the next lesson!
Ill be waiting for you in our next Português em três minutos lesson.
Até a próxima!!


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Wednesday at 03:39 AM
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Gabriel Peña
Tuesday at 08:22 AM
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Com licenca, quanto custa este curso?

Eo investi unos reais pra estudar portuguêse

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Tuesday at 03:45 AM
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Hi Angelo,

Thank you for posting.

Please check out our special Ultimate Portuguese Pronunciation Guide to improve your skills:


This example you gave reminds me of a local accent, therefore it would not be the best fit for the pronunciation of words with "s". Please check out our guide for more details :)

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



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Sunday at 03:41 AM
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Before finding out about your very nice website and great teaching methods, I was learning from something I downloaded from YouTube.I learnt it so well but in those lessons, I've been taught to use the "sh" pronunciation for all the "S" words.

Now I pronounce Quanto Custa as Quanto Cushta. Is that wrong?

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Monday at 12:43 AM
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Hi David,

Thank you for your positive feedback!

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meu nome e David
Saturday at 09:28 AM
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Hi Paloma,

I totally enjoy doing these course because they are presented very smartly and not on the basis of can you guess as most of the language courses are that I have ventured into in hopes of grasping good conversational words. Some words as I have found out are very close but have very different meanings and could get a person in trouble if not totally knowing the difference.

👍 Pouco a pouco vou falar portugues de boa qualidade

O prazer é meu,