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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.

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Today, we're going to work on getting your package one step closer to its intended destination.
In a previous lesson, we discussed the phrase, "I would like to send a package to New York." which was Eu gostaria de enviar um pacote para Nova York.
Eu gostaria de enviar um pacote para Nova York.
Let's break it down by syllable: Eu go-sta-ri-a de en-vi-ar um pa-co-te pa-ra No-va York.
Remember, the location is interchangeable. When sending a package though, you're going to have to explain what's in the package. You may even be asked, "What's in the package?" which in Portuguese is O que tem no pacote?
O que tem no pacote?
Let's break it down by syllable: O que tem no pa-co-te?
Now, let's hear it once again: O que tem no pacote?
The first word o que means "what."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time: o que
And o que
This is followed by tem, which, in English, is "is there."
So to recap here, we have o que tem. Literally, this means "what is there."
Let's take a look at the next word no, which means "in the."
The last word is pacote, which means "package."
So all together, we have O que tem no pacote? Literally, this means "What's in the package?"
The correios is very good at quickly delivering letters within the country. Generally, when you send a letter, it arrives in one to three days, depending on the distance. Sending international is slower but not too bad, anywhere from seven days to three weeks.
Packages are another story. Within Brazil, they take a very long time to arrive, and international can be somewhat risky. Several packages I've sent to the US have never arrived. Some have arrived only months later. Another variable is that packages are priced by weight ranges, not the actual weight. For example, up to two kilograms is 35 reals, and from two kilograms to four kilograms is 70 reals, four kilograms to eight kilograms is 150 reals, et cetera. That means that if you have a package that weighs 3.9 kilograms, it costs 70 reals, but if it weighs four kilograms it is 150 reals.


Okay. To close out today's lesson, we'd like for 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'll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so boa sorte!
"What's in the package?" - O que tem no pacote?
O que tem no pa-co-te?
O que tem no pacote?
All right. 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.