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"É um rato."

Translation:It is a mouse.

August 19, 2013

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

Which is the most common word for "mouse": rato, or camundongo?


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

Rato to almost any kind of mouse!


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

Haha, what is a "camundongo" and why did Duolingo make me learn that word? Lol.


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

I guess such common creatures pick up a host of names, you can learn even more here: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus_musculus Now, do you know the most common name for a computer mouse in Portuguese? :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melina.Arins

The words used for naming a computer mouse are different in Brazilian Portuguese ("mouse" just as in English) and in European Portuguese ("rato", an expected translation): http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rato_(informática)

In fact, most (not all) of the vocabulary for informatics in Brazilian Portuguese is just adopted from English (mouse, site, online, etc.). In Portugal, most of it is replaced by Portuguese words (rato, sítio, em linha, etc.). I would not know, however, what characterizes this vocabulary in the other Portuguese speaking countries.

A tip: look for the English word at the Wikipedia in English, and then click on the "Portuguese" link in the "Languages" column at left. That way you will find the word for it in Portuguese, usually mentioning the distinction between Brazilian and European versions.


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

Não! How do you say "computer mouse" em português?


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

"mouse"... just that. we refer to it with the english word =)


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

Mouse and Rat are the same word? There's nothing more specific?


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

According to this article: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rato_(animal) more specific names in Brazil include "camundongo" (mouse) and "ratazana" (rat).

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