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Hello and welcome to Portuguese Survival Phrases brought to you by PortuguesePod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Brazil. You will be surprised at how far a little Portuguese will go.
Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by PortuguesePod101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Braden: Hello! My name is Braden.
Luciane: And I’m Luciane.
Braden: And we’ll be your language and cultural guide throughout this introductory course. I’ll be doing most of the lesson material.
Luciane: And I’ll be doing most of the pronunciation.
Braden: Because even though I’ve been speaking Portuguese for years, when it comes to pronunciation, there’s nothing better than native.

Lesson focus

Wherever you travel, manners are a must! And every culture has its own definition of politeness. In this respect, Brazil is no different. So in our first lesson, we'll be taking a look at a phrase you have no excuse not to know. I'm talking about how to say "Thank you." As you can imagine, knowing this tidbit of language can go a long way.
The phrase we'll learn today is obrigado. In Portuguese, obrigado means "Thank you."
Let's hear that slower: obrigado
Let’s break it down in syllable: obrigado
Now let's hear that once again: obrigado
The word obrigado literally means "obligated," or more specifically, "to be obligated toward someone or something."
Let's hear it one more time: obrigado
And broken down: obrigado
And full speed: obrigado
Now, in Portuguese, there are several ways to express one's gratitude. There are more formal and more casual ways to do this.
A more formal way of expressing gratitude is muito obrigado, which means "Thank you very much."
Let's hear that one time slow: muito obrigado
Let’s break it down in syllable: muito obrigado
Now let's hear it again: muito obrigado
The first word, muito, can mean several things in English: "much," "many," "very," etc, but in this case, it means "very."
So let's break down this word and hear it one more time. muito
This is followed by obrigado, which in Portuguese you'll remember is "thank you." So, muito and obrigado mean "Thank you very much."
muito obrigado
Cultural Insights
When I first arrived in Brazil, a friend and I went to a Senhora Noêmia's house. I had only been in Brazil for a few weeks but had already fallen in love with acerola juice. (It is a very healthy kind of "sour cherry.") Brazilians always offer food to their guests, and this house was no exception. It being a hot day, Mrs. Noêmia went to the kitchen and brought out a nice, cold glass of suco de acerola. She offered it to me, and I dutifully said Obrigado. She promptly turned away and put the juice back in the fridge. Let me explain why exactly she did that.
In Brazil, when someone offers you something and you say Obrigado, it is a polite way of refusing what is offered. It's kind of like "Thank you for the offer, but I don't want whatever you're giving me." After I explained myself to Noêmia (because my friend was laughing too hard) who also chuckled and gave me back the juice. As I said before, a little bit of language goes a long way, especially on a very hot day!


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so boa sorte!
"Thank you." - Obrigado.
"Thank you very much." - Muito obrigado.
Muito obrigado.
Muito obrigado.
Alright, that's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by PortuguesePod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.