"Tá" significa "está"?
Eu estou assistindo 3% na netflix e Michele escreveu "ele tá ameaçando meu irmão" no papel.
Eu queria saber se "Tá" significa "está"?
It's a very common informal shortening of estar: it conjugates as if the verb was tar: eu tô, você tá, eles tão etc...
I think this contraction is so common that you're unlikely to hear the full form in casual speech: there are many Brasilian students on my campus, and although I haven't tried (yet) to have a conversation with them in portuguese, I tried to listen to their conversations and i can confirm I have never heard a fully pronounced form of 'estar": it was always a contracted 'tá'. In duolingo stories this contraction is also used almost everywhere in dialogs.
In duolingo stories this contraction is also used almost everywhere
aha! I encountered it today. "Patrícia, o que você tá dizendo?" in Precisamos Conversar.
In that same story, I saw pra: "Eu tenho mentido pra você." I gather that this is short for "para."
(Spoiler alert: Patricia is turning 40 and her boyfriend Marcelo is going to make moqueca de peixe because he thinks it is her favorite dish. As it turns out, she doesn't like eating it any more than he likes preparing it.