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24 Easily confused Portuguese words

Many masculine and feminine nouns in Portuguese look like each other but have completely different meanings. Some even have the same spelling, but take on different meanings depending on their gender.

Have a look at the following examples:

male
noun
meaning female
noun
meaning
barco boat;
ship
barca small vessel
bolo cake bola ball
bolso pocket bolsa handbag
cano pipe
(water)
cana cane
(sugarcane)
capital assets;
principal
(business)
capital capital city
or
large city
cargo job
(job title)
carga cargo; load
carteiro postman carteira wallet
caso case;
affair
casa house
cigarro cigarette cigarra cicada
(insect)
cinto belt cinta strap;
brace;
waistband
conto tale;
short story
conta bill;
calculation;
account
corredor corridor;
male runner
corredora female
runner
corte cut côrte court
(i.e. king's
court)
direito law;
right
direita right side
foco focus;
spotlight
foca seal
guia guidebook;
male guide
guia curb;
payment form;
female guide
milho corn milha mile
partido political
party
partida departure;
match (game)
pato duck pata paw
ponto point ponta edge; end
porto port porta door
prato plate prata silver
técnico male
coach;
technician
técnica female
coach;
technique
tesouro treasure tesoura scissors
tiro gunshot tira strip;
cop

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October 4, 2017

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SofiaLeason

Cinto and Cinta have almost the same meaning.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HelpfulDuo

True. Usually "cinta" is more associated to women's vestments.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Amanesse77

Just a small correction: ''tira'' is masculine when meaning ''cop'', but remains feminine when meaning ''strip''.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FerencNagy864247

> Which surprised you the most? cano-cana ponto-ponta milho-milha > I am not surpised at all: - partido - partida because partidos deny their pomises having won the elections. - direito - direita The coindicence of right (law) and right (hand) occurs in many languages.

... Foca = seal = Hungarian fóka.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ISpeakAlien

Capital is only one word, so why is it considered two words? I understand that it has multiple meanings, but that doesn't make it two words...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ste-n-Dee

"O capital" vs. "A capital". Different genders, different words.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_Hello_olleH_

Deu pra perceber o quanto português pode ser difícil pra quem é de fora

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