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In this lesson, we’ll introduce you to some phrases that we hope you won’t have to use. While physical violence is not prevalent, when traveling to Portugal you should always be careful. In addition, this phrase is not limited to threatening situations, but you can also use it if you or someone around you is in need of immediate assistance. In this lesson, we’ll learn how to call for help.
Even if everyone wishes nothing bad or dangerous happens while you are in Portugal, it’s better if you know some important useful phrases to use in case of emergency.
In Portugal, “Help!” is
(slow) A-ju-da!
Now let’s hear it again.
The emergency phone number in Portugal is 112 unique for police, ambulance, fire brigade or military police force. You can call from a public phone or from a cell phone. It is free of charge.
“Call the 112!” in Portuguese is Chame o cento e doze!
(slow) Cha-me o cen-to e do-ze!
Chame o cento e doze!
The first word Chame is a form of the verb that means “to ring”or “to call”. It refers to a phone call.
(slow) Cha-me.
The second word o means “the”.
(slow) o.
At the end we have cento e doze, which means “112”.
(slow) cen-to e do-ze.
cento e doze.
The whole expression is Chame o cento e doze!
Literally translated as “Call 112!”
If you need to call the police you will have to say: “Call the police!”
In Portuguese that is Chame a polícia!
The second word a polícia means “the police”.
(slow) a Po-lí-ci-a.
a polícia.
Let’s hear the entire sentence again:
Chame a polícia!
If you need to call the fire department say:
Chame os bombeiros!
(slow) Cha-me os bom-bei-ros!
The word os bombeiros is literally translated as “the firemen”.
(slow) bombeiros.
os bombeiros.
The whole expression one more time is:
Chame os bombeiros!
This means “Call the firemen!”
Another useful expression is “Call an ambulance”.
Chame uma ambulância!
(slow) cha-me u-ma am-bu-lâ-nci-a!
The word uma ambulância means “an ambulance”.
(slow) u-ma am-bu-lân-cia.
uma ambulância.
The whole sentence is Chame uma ambulância.