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In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Portuguese, and how to say where are you from. The Portuguese are a very curious people, and depending on which region they live in, they might be more or less sociable. But in general, they are nice and hospitable. A self introduction in Portuguese will be a pleasant surprise. So let’s jump right in!
Let’s imagine that your name is John, and you are from Canada. You came to Portugal and met a person who asked you “What is your name?” that sounds like this in Portuguese:
Como se chama?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Co-mo se cha-ma?
Once more:
Como se chama?
The first word como means “how”.
(slow) como
Next is se chama, which is the conjugated form of the verb “to be called”
(slow) se chama
se chama
Let’s hear the expression again:
Como se chama?
(slow) Co-mo se cha-ma?
Como se chama?
The answer to this question, in our case, will be:
Eu chamo-me John., which means “I’m called John.”
(slow) Eu cha-mo-me John.
First, we have the little word eu which means "I."
Then we have the word chamo-me which is the verb “to be called” conjugated to the first person.
(slow) cha-mo-me
And the name comes at the end.
Let’s hear that again:
Eu chamo-me John.
You can also answer this question only with your name. In this case, John.
The next question you will usually be asked is “Where are you from?”
The polite way to say “Where are you from?” is Você é de onde? Let’s hear the question one more time.
(slow) Vo-cê é de on-de?
Você é de onde?
First we have você, the formal version of “you”
(slow) vo-cê.
Then we have é, which means "is".
Next is de which is translated as “from” in this case.
(slow) De.
And last we have Onde, which means “where”.
(slow) on-de.
Once again, altogether it is:
Você é de onde?
Our test answer will be “I’m from Canada” . In Portuguese that will sound like this: Eu sou do Canadá.
(slow) Eu sou do Canadá.
The first word eu is a pronoun that means “I”.
(slow) Eu.
Next we have sou which means “am”.
(slow) So-u.
Next we have do which means “from the”.
(slow) Do.
And at the end we have the name of the country, in our case Canada: Canadá
(slow) Canadá.
Let’s hear the whole phrase one more time.
Eu sou do Canadá.