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anda vs caminha

When would you use Ele anda as opposed to Ele caminha?

December 12, 2012



When in the walking sense, use both interchangeably. Andar means to walk too, but its meaning has gained a broader sense, think of it as "go" or "come", as in "Anda cá", "Come here". I believe you may say "How are you going?" instead of "How are you?", right? The same happens in Portuguese: "Como andas?" (or "como vais?".)


We would say "How's it going".


you'd say the same way: COMO ANDAS or COMO VAIS


Good question. I would say "caminhar" is a more specific verb, more closely associated with "to walk". "andar" can also mean "to walk" as a synonym of "caminhar" but can have other meanings too. For example, "ele anda triste ultimamente" translates to "he has been sad lately".

Here is a good discussion on this topic: http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=2218003


"bom camino"...heard, in Spain, frequently while walking to St. Iago de Compostela along the Camino Francés. Similar sounding greetings heard while walking, in Portugal, along the coastal route between Lisbon and Santiago de Compostela. I wonder if one were to go by horse/bicycle one would have to use the verb "andar + de" ? Please advise. Stay healthy and season's greetings to all. Thank you. Walt.

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