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INTRODUCTION
Paloma: In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Portuguese learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.

Lesson focus

Paloma: In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question Where are you from? In Portuguese this is
Felipe: De onde você é?
Paloma: The first word in the question is
Felipe: de
Paloma: meaning “of” in English.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) de
Paloma: Listen again and repeat.
Felipe: de
{Pause}
Paloma: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Felipe: onde
Paloma: meaning “where”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) onde
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: onde
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Felipe: de onde
{pause}
Paloma: And after that
Felipe: você
Paloma: meaning “you”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) você
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: você
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Felipe: de onde você
{pause}
Paloma: And after that
Felipe: é
Paloma: meaning “is”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) é
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: é
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Felipe: de onde você é?
{pause}
Paloma: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where are you from??
Felipe: Eu sou dos Estados Unidos.
Paloma: "I'm from the U.S.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Felipe: (Slow) Eu sou dos Estados Unidos.
{pause}
Paloma: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Felipe: eu
Paloma: means “I”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) eu
Paloma: Now repeat
Felipe: eu
{Pause}
Paloma: And after that
Felipe: sou
Paloma: means “am”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) sou
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: sou
{Pause}
Paloma: Next is
Felipe: dos
Paloma: which is the contracted version of the words “from the”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) dos
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: dos
{Pause}
Paloma: And next
Felipe: Estados Unidos
Paloma: which is “United States”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) Estados Unidos
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: Estados Unidos
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the speaker say, “I'm from the U.S.” and then repeat.
Felipe: Eu sou dos Estados Unidos.
{pause}
Paloma: To expand on the pattern, replace “from the U.S.” with from Italy.
Felipe: da Itália
Paloma: from Italy
Felipe: (slow) da Itália (regular) da Itália
Paloma: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “from Italy”
Felipe: Eu sou da Itália.
Paloma: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “from the U.S.” Say “I'm from Italy.”
{pause}
Felipe: Eu sou da Itália.
Paloma: To expand on the pattern, replace from Italy with from China.
Felipe: da China
Paloma: from China
Felipe: (slow) da China (regular) da China
Paloma: Listen to the phrase again, this time with from China
Felipe: Eu sou da China.
Paloma: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “Italy”. Say “I'm from China.”
{pause}
Felipe: Eu sou da China.
Paloma: To expand on the pattern, replace “from China” with “from Mexico.”
Felipe: do México
Paloma: from Mexico
Felipe: (slow) do México (regular) do México
Paloma: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “from Mexico”
Felipe: Eu sou do México.
Paloma: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace ”from China.” Say “I'm from Mexico”
{pause}
Felipe: Eu sou do México.
QUIZ
Paloma: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Brazil and someone asks you where you're from. You're from the U.S.. Respond to the question.
Felipe: De onde você é? (five seconds) Eu sou dos Estados Unidos.
Paloma: Now, imagine you're from Italy. Respond to the question.
Felipe: De onde você é? (five seconds) Eu sou da Itália.
Paloma: Now, imagine you're from China. Answer the speaker's question.
Felipe: De onde você é? (five seconds) Eu sou da China.
Paloma: Imagine you're from Mexico. Respond to the question.
Felipe: De onde você é? (five seconds) Eu sou do México.
Paloma: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Felipe: De onde você é?
Paloma: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Felipe: De onde você é?
(Pause)

Outro

Paloma: This is the end of Lesson 2

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PortuguesePod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Where are you from? in Portuguese

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Tuesday at 4:04 am
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Hi Francis,


Thank you for your positive feedback!


Please let us know if you have any questions ;)


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Francis
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Now it's getting interesting. I'm happy. Obrigado Portuguesepod101

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Olá Asra,


Thank you for posting.


Please note that the preposition "de" can also mean "of".


"de" with the meaning of "from" is related to the idea of origin. Therefore it would be translated as "from" in examples such as

"I'm from Mexico." note that “do” is the preposition “de” + masculine article “o” preceding a masculine gender noun.


In the example “The currency of the United States is the dollar.” we have "de" as "of (the)". Again you'll note that "de" is combined with the masculine & plural article "os", as it preceeds a masculine gender & plural noun.


"depois de" is a prepositional phrase, which can mean "after". For this reason the example “The beach is right after the coconut trees.” means "A praia fica logo depois dos coqueirais." (again, "de" is combined with "os", plural and masculine gender article, as it preceeds a masculine gender & plural noun).


If you have any further doubts, please let us know :)


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Asra Akram
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I do not understand these examples because there is no "from the" Help please


A praia fica logo depois dos coqueirais.

"The beach is right after the coconut trees."

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A moeda dos Estados Unidos é o dólar.

"The currency of the United States is the dollar."

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Olá Colleen,


Thank you for your message!


Regarding the sentence "I'm from (country)" , the word "from" in Portuguese will either be:

"da" (preposition "de" + feminine article "a") preceding a feminine gender noun. For example "Eu sou da Itália" ("I'm from Italy");

"das" (preposition "de" + plural feminine article "as") preceding a plural feminine gender noun. For example "Eu sou das Filipinas." ("I am from The Philippines");

"do" (preposition "de" + masculine article "o") preceding a masculine gender noun. For example "Eu sou do Canadá" ("I'm from Canada");

"dos" (preposition "de" + plural masculine article "os") preceding a plural masculine gender noun. For example "Eu sou

Estados Unidos" ("I'm from USA").


Please also check out this lesson on this subject:

https://www.portuguesepod101.com/2012/11/23/learn-portuguese-in-three-minutes-11-what-is-your-nationality/


If you have any further questions, please let us know. ;)


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Colleen
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Oi, Portuguesepod101?

I am curious why we use "da" as in "da China" or "da Italia" but use "do" as in "do Mexico"? Is it a gender change? Is there a way to learn which one to use?


Eu sou da? do? Canada?


Obrigado!


Colleen

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Tuesday at 8:15 pm
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Oi Carol,


Thank you for your message.


In the lesson vocabulary you can find the translations/meanings of "de(Brazilian)" as "of, from".


We understand from your message that you're also interested in European Portuguese, from Portugal, right?


Please check out some lesson on that subject:

https://www.portuguesepod101.com/category/learn-with-pictures-and-video-european-portuguese/


Feel free to let us know if you have any questions. ;)


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Carol Schwarz
Tuesday at 4:18 am
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Hello. If the "De" at the beginning of the question means not only "Of" but also "From," you might mention that. Also, you mentioned in a previous lesson that a person might be preparing to go to Brazil, so I hope in a future lesson you will mention Portugal.

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Tuesday at 9:23 pm
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Oi Lauren,


Great to have you here!


We're glad that you're enjoying the course and you like Brazil & the brazilian culture!


Looking forward to seeing you often here.


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Lauren
Tuesday at 3:35 am
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Eu sou dos Estados Unidos!!! :)