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Just picked up these lessons today. Thank you Helpful Duo! This is why Portuguese is so fascinating to me and I will add these to my collection of a steadily growing A4 size paper pile on my desk! Is there any chance of getting a list of Euro Portuguese words that have the same meaning as Brazilian words but are spelt and sound completely different? i.e. Dog - CACHORRO (B) and CAO (Pt). It would be a big help so I don't make basic mistakes when I visit Portugal next time. Maybe some European Duos could help me out? :))
I can suggest the blog of a former Duolingo course contributor who is a native of Portugal:
I love your idea btw. :)
Train is one. comboio vs. trem.
Here are some more = Brazil/Portugal (English):
sanduíche/sandes (sandwich); sorvete/gelado (ice cream); suco/sumo (juice); geladeira/frigorífico (refrigerator); xícara/chávena (cup); ponto, parada [de ônibus/metro]/paragem (stop); ônibus/autocarro (bus); café da manhã/pequeno-almoço (breakfast); torta de creme/pastel de nata (famous egg creme pastry in Portugal); roxo/púrpura, violeta, roxo (purple); rotatória/rotunda (roudabout); pia/lavatório, lava-loiça (sink); lanchonete, bar, padaria/pastelaria, café, snack-bar (place for quick snacks); a grama, gramado/relva (grass); bolsa/saco (bag/sack); band-aid/penso [rápido] (bandage); banca de jornais/revistas/quiosque (newstand/kiosk).
A special note on bathroom, which is banheiro in Brazil and casa de banho in Portugal is that it is also commonly called, WC at least in public. Toilet will also work quite well. :)
And cachorro is puppy in Portugal, and also the name of a hot dog like sandwich (but so not the same).
This will help you:
And this will keep it fun:
Thanks a lot for recommending the blog! We do say "roxo" and "violeta" more than "púrpura" (at least I do!), but you're correct, a native EP speaker would know all three words (if it's possible to make a distinction, for me "roxo" is lighter, "violeta" is similar to the colour of the flowers, and "púrpura" is a deep purple... but that's quite subjective, like other colour terms).
Cachorro [quente] can be a simple hot dog (bun with sausage and condiments) or something fancier like the one in your picture :) When it comes to cuisine, people love tweaking with old things and put a modern twist and/or add some typically Portuguese flavor to it (you can find pizza with bacalhau in some places!)
That picture has so many EP-specific words, it's really lovely: prego (which can mean "metal nail, the ones you nail to the wall with a hammer" or "a sandwich with a boneless, fat-less piece of meat on a Portuguese bread bun"), carioca (a short expresso made with the the second roasting of a coffee pod or with more water, it's supposed to be milder and less-caffeinated than a regular café; in this case, carioca de limão is a variation, which is just hot water with a lemon wedge on top served in a small cup, making it like a tea-like infusion); tremoços, lupin beans (which people love eating with a cold beer in the Summer).
I have just discovered this blog and find it very useful. I also use Memrise which teaches European Portuguese and have come across many of the differences featured in Scutigeras post - I was in Portugal recently and asked for a sanduiche which I now realise is Brazilian - Portuguese is sandes. I will have a look at the other suggested links. Obrigada.
for the differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese you can also check out the following article: https://learn-portuguese.org/brazilian-portuguese-vs-european-portuguese-2
I am using https://learn-portuguese.org/ to learn European Portuguese online, since I think it's the most complete resource in terms of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading, etc.
Hi guys! I'm brazilian and you can send to me some questions! I will to answer a normal doubt, the difference between of "cão" or "cachorro". Well, this is a culture question because when a brazilian has angry, he says "cachorro" exemple: "eu odeio esse CACHORRO" "i hate this dog" this word "cachorro" is a informal adv. "cão" it is used to funny moments as "Meu cãozinho" "My little dog" this is a formal word.
Love the app, love the lessons! I'm 50% Portuguese; my father and his family came over to the States nearly 50 years ago. I'm very immersed in the culture and I've visited Portugal and fell in love with it. I've always had a desire to learn the language and this is certainly helping, but as we know there are distinct differences between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese (I knew this from the get go after having listened to my family communicate for years). I'm wondering if DuoLingo is working on European Portuguese lessons in order to help those learn that "dialect" if that's what they wish to know (like myself). Thanks in advance for any help, and I will definitely check out articles and links already mentioned in this forum!
Yes. I liked the 'Conhecer vs Saber' because conhecer usually means to know (like by friend wise), and meeting people. Saber is more of an "I know the math problem" type of question. These are kind of similar to Spanish, too, but don't be confused if you are learning both languages. Happy learning everyone!