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1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jennycoy1

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? :))

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Scutigera

I can suggest the blog of a former Duolingo course contributor who is a native of Portugal:

https://theepexperience.wordpress.com/

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).

More resources:

http://www.learnportugueseinlisbon.com/portuguese-free-resources/european-portuguese-vs-brazilian-portuguese

http://www.sonia-portuguese.com/language/brazil-portugal/

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:

https://www.practiceportuguese.com/mystery/

And this will keep it fun:

http://www.itchyfeetcomic.com/2016/10/unclear-origins.html

:)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis_Domingos
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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).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennycoy1

Thanks again for even more info. on Euro P. This site is always helpful and when you learn with Duo you don't just feel like a 'number' because tutors always reply to questions, therefore most discussions between other learners of a language are always useful. :))

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/evandroguaru

in Brazil we say Cachorro or Cão for male dog and Cachorra or cadela for female dog. You could say one or other it is correct .

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jennycoy1

Thank you for that info. It's amazing that the word DOG has four different spellings and meanings in Portuguese!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jsbj4
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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Spartein
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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LaugustoS

Can anyone recommend a short course of Portuguese (1-3 months) in a Brazilian institution for Spanish speakers (with DUO 53% fluency in Portuguese) interested in improving their Portuguese?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sibgha10

These lessons are very helpful thankyou

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RagnerR

Muito útil. Obrigado. Eu amo esse app. <3 S2

1 month ago
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