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INTRODUCTION
The traditional Portuguese market, called feira, is a place where you can find almost everything. The Portuguese like the markets, and they go there especially to buy fruit, vegetables, dairy and other products, since they are locally produced. The feira gives people a chance to socialize and haggle over the prices of produce in a friendly environment. If you would like to know more about Portuguese traditions and traditional flavors, the feira is a place you must visit during your stay in Portugal!
GRAMMAR POINT
Normally, when you are interested in buying something, first greet the seller. Then you ask the questions from the previous lessons.
Quanto custa? or Quanto é?
Now that you’ve found out the price, let’s say you want to buy a kilogram of traditional Portuguese cheese, called serra da estrela. You will have to say:
Um quilo de serra da estrela, por favor.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Um qui-lo de ser-ra da es-tre-la, por fa-vor.
Once more:
Um quilo de serra da estrela, por favor.
The first two words, um quilo, mean “one kilo”. This is shortened from um quilograma, which means “one kilogram.”
(slow) um qui-lo
um quilo
Next we have de, and it means “of”
After we have serra da estrela, which is a world famous Portuguese cheese.
(slow) ser-ra da es-tre-la.
serra da estrela.
Last we have por favor, which you may remember means “please”.
The whole sentence together is:
Um quilo de serra da estrela, por favor.
Let’s say that you would like to buy two kilograms of apples. You’d say:
Dois quilos de maçã, por favor.
(slow) Dois qui-los de ma-çã, por favor.
You already know the meaning of the word dois.
And quilos is the plural form of quilo.
Next we have de maçã which is translated as
“of apples”.
(slow) De ma-çã.
De maçã.
And of course por favor, which you already know.
The whole phrase is:
Dois quilos de maçã, por favor.
Some sellers import their merchandise from another country, but you might want to make sure that what you buy is a Portuguese product. All you have to ask is:
Este produto é português?
“Is it a Portuguese product?”
(slow) E-ste pro-du-to é por-tu-guês?
Este is the masculine form for "this."
(slow) E-ste.
Este.
Produto means “product”.
(slow) Pro-du-to.
Produto.
é means “is”
And at the end, we have português, which
means “Portuguese”.
(slow) Por-tu-guês.
Português.
Let’s hear the whole question one more time:
Este produto é português?
The answer can be sim, meaning “yes”, or não, meaning “no”.

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Hi listeners! What product do you like and only find on Portugal markets?