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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 What do you do? In Portuguese this is
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão?
Paloma: The first word in the question is
Felipe: qual
Paloma: meaning “which” in English.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) qual
Paloma: Listen again and repeat.
Felipe: qual
{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: é
Paloma: meaning “is”
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) é
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: é
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the the first 2 words of the question and repeat.
Felipe: qual é
{pause}
Paloma: And next
Felipe: a
Paloma: meaning “the”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) a
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: a
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the the first 3 words of the question and repeat.
Felipe: qual é a
{pause}
Paloma: And after that
Felipe: sua
Paloma: meaning “your”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) sua
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: sua
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the the first 4 words of the question and repeat.
Felipe: qual é a sua
{pause}
Paloma: And after that
Felipe: profissão
Paloma: meaning “occupation”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) profissão
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: profissão
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Felipe: qual é a sua profissão?
{pause}
Paloma: You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies. Master the following pattern and responses to the question “What do you do?”
Felipe: Eu sou professor.
Paloma: "I'm a teacher.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Felipe: (Slow) Eu sou professor.
{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 next
Felipe: sou
Paloma: meaning “am”.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) sou
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: sou
{Pause}
Paloma: And after that
Felipe: professor
Paloma: meaning “teacher” or professor.
Felipe: (Slow, by syllable) professor
Paloma: Now repeat.
Felipe: professor
{Pause}
Paloma: Listen to the speaker say, “I'm a teacher”, and then repeat.
Felipe: Eu sou professor.
{pause}
Paloma: To use a different phrase, replace “teacher” with “writer”.
Felipe: escritor
Paloma: writer
Felipe: (slow) escritor (regular) escritor
Paloma: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “writer”
Felipe: Eu sou escritor.
Paloma: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace “teacher.” Say “I'm a writer.”
{pause}
Felipe: Eu sou escritor.
★ Now let’s learn how to answer this question as a female speaker. Normally you just have to add an “a” or replace the “o” with “a” at the end of the word to make it feminine.
Paloma: To make another phrase, replace “writer” with “doctor”.
Felipe: médica
Paloma: doctor
Felipe: (slow) médica (regular) médica
Paloma: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “doctor”
Felipe: Eu sou médica.
Paloma: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the Portuguese for “writer”. Say “I'm a doctor”.
{pause}
Felipe: Eu sou médica.
Paloma: To make another phrase, replace “doctor” with “translator” in the feminine form.
Felipe: tradutora
Paloma: translator
Felipe: (slow) tradutora (regular) tradutora
Paloma: Listen to the phrase again, this time with “translator”
Felipe: Eu sou tradutora.
Paloma: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the Portuguese for “doctor”. Say “I'm a translator.”
{pause}
Felipe: Eu sou tradutora.
QUIZ
Paloma: Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting Brazil and someone asks what you do. You are a teacher. Respond to the question.
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão? (five seconds) Eu sou professor.
Paloma: Imagine you are a writer. Respond to the question.
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão? (five seconds) Eu sou escritor.
Paloma: Imagine you are a doctor. Answer the speaker's question, using feminine speech.
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão? (five seconds)
Paloma: Eu sou médica.
Paloma: Imagine you're translator. Respond to the question, using feminine speech.
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão? (five seconds)
Paloma: Eu sou tradutora.
Paloma: You want to learn what that person does. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão?
{pause}
Paloma: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Felipe: Qual é a sua profissão?
{pause}

Outro

Paloma: This is the end of Lesson 4

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Monday at 6:30 pm
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What do you do? in Portuguese

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Monday at 8:56 pm
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Olá Musaab,


Thank you for posting!


That's a very good profession!


If you have any questions, please let us know.


Cristiane

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Musaab
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Eu sou Dentista

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Tuesday at 8:16 pm
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Hi Carol,


Thank you for posting.


"teacher" and "writer" are gender specific nouns in Portuguese, so we have, for females:


"professora"

"escritora"


Let us know if you have any further questions. ;)


Cristiane

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Carol Schwarz
Tuesday at 4:36 am
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Are "professor" and "escritor" used also for females? Thanks