January 19, 2013

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Just a thought: why not teach the "formal" greetings, etc. ("Ola" rather than "Oi!", "Adeus" rather than "Tchau") and then, later, introduce informal or slang?

August 20, 2013


I think it is because we rarely say "olá" (hello). It's almost overly formal. It's almost like greeting someone (not literally) with "how do you do". Hi or oi is used 90% of the time, and although informal (you probably shouldn't use it when writing a message to a company you want to get hired by, but it wouldn't be the end of the world), I don't think it is slang, either. But they should teach both, I think. =)

August 20, 2013


Interesting. This is probably another example where European versus Brazilian Portuguese diverge. "Olá" is definitely not seen as overly formal in European Portuguese. "Oi!" would likely not be used when greeting someone you are meeting for the first time, for example. And while you might be able to use "Oi" in a cover letter to a company, I don't think you should expect an invitation for an interview in response ;)

August 20, 2013


Right! I've heard that Portugal uses olá more than we do. No "oi" in Brazilian cover letters recommended either, to be clear! It is more used in informal conversations, true... but most of our conversations are informal. =D

Just kidding. We have plenty of formal talks, I swear.

August 20, 2013


Lol. I've never in my life greeted anyone with "how do you do". Maybe if I go to a formal party in a tux. And I talk to a bunch of muckety mucks I might use it.

May 27, 2015


Now that's funny :) "Muckety mucks" ! Thank you ! I just learnt a new funny English slang today ! Lol !

February 12, 2017


Não é raramente que nós usamos o "olá"

October 13, 2017


In portuguese we use ''tchau'' always... ''adeus'' It is for never see more the person or thing... when someone is dead we say adeus or when the person is alive but we never will see them again...

When you arrive in Brasil say ''tchau'' when you come back to your country you can say ''tchau'' or ''adeus''

I am brasilian

February 11, 2015


"Adeus" is just used only for long travel or something like this. "Até mais" is more commom.

July 8, 2014


"Olá" is already considered to be formal (even though it is rarely used in Brazil).

August 30, 2018


To say "Oi" in New Zealand it would by like saying "hey you" like if you think someone has done something wrong and you are trying to get their attention.

December 22, 2014


Oi = hi Olá= hello

You can to use ''oi'' like ''hi'' or for try to get their attention....

For to get the atrention here in Brasil we use ''ei'' it is like '' hey'' it is the same thing

We almost don't use ''hello''... we use ''oi'' for all situations .

Sorry my english..

Good study

Bons estudos

February 11, 2015


The English do it too. "Oi you cheecky bugger". I'm waiting on the day I get called a cheeky bugger.

May 27, 2015


I was going to say this. It's more like "What do you think you're doing?" which makes it quite funny to me. Also a Kiwi here.

February 19, 2015


They also do that in Australia. I'm not Australian though, I'm Canadian. I just saw it on Nowhere Boys, (a Australian tv show for a 9 year old like me) idk.

February 5, 2016


In Russian language "oi" means "oops" or "ouch". So, it's funny for me when people walk on the streets and say "oops" to each others.

February 11, 2016


Someone knows the etymology? I though it could be from "oir" but it's in Spanish, not in Portuguese.

April 9, 2014


Probably latin as it is french, spanish, portugese. and used in britain.

January 13, 2016


So missing an exclamation mark from audio which has no rising inflexion at the end is a typo?

January 19, 2013


I didn't get a typo for not having a exclamation mark.

January 23, 2013


I don't think they are strict on punctuation here (you can generally leave it out).

August 8, 2013
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