Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Time to learn some Brazilian Portuguese verbs...

Brazilian Portuguese verbs
Welcome to my post Brazilian Portuguese verbs!

These videos lessons will teach you the basics of Brazilian Portuguese verb conjugation.

By using "Brazilian verb", I mean that the emphasis on these classes is to teach how Brazilians conjugate, as opposed to the European Portuguese conjugation. I will be posting an European Portuguese version soon.


Learning Portuguese Verbs with Bom Dia Net

On this video lesson by Bom Dia Net you will learn the important Portuguese verb ser.

Following this tutorial you can read my own explanation on this verb.

Summing up...

The Portuguese verb SER can be translated to English as TO BE. Examples:

1 - Eu sou Maria. (I am Maria)

2 - Você é Pedro. (You are Pedro)

3 - Ele é João. (He is João)

4 - Ela é Teresa. (She is Teresa)

5 - Nós somos turistas. (We are tourists)

6 - Vocês são estudantes. (You are tourists - plural)

- Eles são americanos. (They are American - "they" here refers to two guys.)

- Elas são americanas. (They are American - "they" here refers to two women.)

The verb SER always answers the question WHO. Examples:

QUESTION: Quem é você? (Who are you?)
ANSWER: Eu sou Patricia. (I am Patricia.)

QUESTION: Quem é ele? (Who is he?)
ANSWER: Ele é meu professor. (He is my teacher.)

QUESTION: Quem é ela? (Who is she?)
ANSWER: Ela é minha amiga. (She is my friend.)

QUESTION:Quem são vocês? (Who are you? - refering to two or more people.)

Learning Portuguese Verbs with Professor Jason

Mastering the conjugation of Portuguese verbs is so essential that you will be hard pressed to make a sentence in Portuguese without using one form or another of conjugation.

Professor Jason gives us an excellent lesson on the subject pronouns (I, he, she…) in Portuguese together with the conjugation of the Portuguese verbs ending in “-ar”.

On this next video, you will learn how to conjugate Portuguese verbs ending in "-er" and "-ir".

Professor Jason doesn't go much into details but if this is the first time you are faced with this subject, these videos will serve as a smooth introduction to Portuguese verbs conjugation.

Want to practice? Got to my post: Brazilian Portuguese Verb Conjugations.

Learning Portuguese Verbs with Kurtis and Marcos

Here are three videos by Kurtis and Marcos teaching you the basics of Portuguese grammar and verbs.

Although these videos go over the same subject matter as the ones by Professor Jason, check out their way of presenting the material; they have a pretty laid-back approach to teaching it and I like it pretty much.

Hope you enjoy the work done by these two guys.

Portuguese Subject Pronouns

Portuguese Verbs: verb "falar" + some Portuguese words

Portuguese Verbs: Verbs "Gostar", "Querer + Portuguese numbers (from 1 to 20)

Want to practice? Got to my post: Brazilian Portuguese Verb Conjugations.

Remember: I've selected a number of sites where you can learn more Portuguese verbs and grammar, visit Portuguese Language Resources

If you're an advanced learner of Portuguese, visit the blog Dicionario Aurelio and learn more about Portuguese vocabulary. (all in Portuguese)

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  1. muito obrigado!!

  2. Hi "Anonymous"!
    Thanks for your comment! Keep coming back as I am soon to publish another post on Brazilian Portuguese verb conjugation (with exercises!).
    Take care

  3. I'd like to travel to brazil,that's why I'm learning portuguese.

  4. Oi minha professor,
    Muito obrigada.
    Your videos are so relaxed and helpful in interacting with the few friends I have that are interested in speaking Portuguese. I've been to Brazil and when I heard to language I thought it was the most beautiful language I'd ever heard. I studied spanish in school so I see the similarities and hear the differences. So just recently I woke up and declared that I wanted to be a polyglot. So here I am. My Portuguese sucks right now but with your help I'm sure I'll get better in no time. Can't wait for your next post.

    Thanks again.

  5. Ola meu professor. Muito bem! Your lessons are exactly what I've been looking for. You guys are so laid back with the delivery of your lessons and conversations. Although, me being a beginner, I'd like it if you slowed down the conversations a little bit to make it easier for me. I am a singer and a couple of years ago had the opportunity to perform all over Brazil and S.A. While there I realized that Portuguese was the most beautiful language that I had ever heard. I love Elise Regina's singing, mimic her words but don't know what they mean. A friend of mine started learning Portuguese recently and I got the bug. I woke up one morning declaring that a polyglot I'd be. So thanks again for your generous lessons.


  6. Hello there Stephanie!

    Thanks for you lovely comment and I am really happy this post on Brazilian Portuguese verbs helped you.

    I will be posting more soon. Keep tuned!



  7. Hi,
    It's Stephanie again.
    I've made so much progress and am learning quickly but, a few of my friends who are also learning Portuguese have differing opinions about the pronunciation of some words.
    So I am a bit confused about some of the pronunciations of a few, but importante Portugues palavras e eu tenho algumas perguntas. :-) He, he, he See, told you I was moving fast! Sao minhas perguntas aqui.

    How is e' (accent over it) and e (meaning and) pronounced?
    I believe they are both pronounced - eh - as in elephant. Am I right?

    Is "o que" (meanin what) pronounced oh kay or oh kee or oo kee?

    Is o - as in o banco - pronounced oh or oo?

    When I say em frente de*, is the de pronounced dee or jee?
    And if I said em frente do banco, is the do pronounced doo or doh?

    Thanks for your time and help.
    Eu apecedicido por sua ajuda.


  8. Hi there Stephanie

    Thank you for learning on my blog and for leaving such nice comments.

    Now regarding your questions about Brazilian Portuguese vowel pronunciations:

    é (accented) is always pronounced like the first "e" in "elephant" . "e" (meaning "and") can be pronounced either "ee" or "e" (as in "eg"). I must admit, though, that "ee" is the most popular pronunciation in every day Portuguese usage.

    The "o" in "o que" is pronounced like the "o" in "okay" - but with not such an elongated sound as in this word.

    The "o" in "banco" should be pronounced "oo" (as in book). Actually all words in portuguese ending with "o" will have this sound (as is the case of the preposition "do").

    The preposition "de" should be pronounced "jee".

    The same "jee" sound is applied to words ending with "de" such as

    Hope I have helped!

    If you have more questions about pronounciations, verbs or grammar, let me know.



  9. RE:
    Hi Elan,
    Thanks so much for your help!. Most of your answers were just what I was looking for, others I believe that I phrased my questions wrong. So I'll try to ask them more clearly.

    • When you say the bank (o banco), the o that = the, is it pronounced oo or oh?
    • O que – is que pronounced - kay or key?
    • Me desculpe for asking again. You explained so beautifully but I still am not sure. When you say - em frente de*, Do you pronounce the de as “dee” in this one instance? What’s the star for? Or is this pronounced jee also?

    Thanks again for your continued help & support.

  10. Hi there Stephanie

    No need to apologize. I am really glad to help!

    I know that Brazilian portuguese pronunciation can be a little tricky at times. But you will get the hang of it pretty soon. So, as to your questions:

    1. The "o" (the, as you mentioned) is generaly pronounced "oo" (although it is NOT a mistake to pronounce it as "o" - as in the English word "old").

    2 - the "que" should be pronounced as the "che" in "Chemistry".

    3 - "de" (em frente de) should be pronounced as "jee", always. This is the mostly used pronounciation, although there are regions in Brazil (the south) where it is pronounced slightly different. But, for the most part, "jee" is the correct one.

    The asterisk in this case is just a "marker" and does not have any bearing in how the word should be pronounced (did you see the asterisk in one of the videos?).

    Go to my Portuguese Alphabet page. Most of the videos there can you give you a thorough introduction into Brazilian Portuguese pronounciation with loads of examples.

    In any case, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have on pronounciation and grammar of Brazilian Portuguese.

    Tenha um bom dia!!


  11. Elan,

    Wow, thank you so much for your help! You really summed up alot the important questions that I had. I am learning from a book and also from a computer program that I got online. I first started with the book (a month ago when I started learning Portuguese) and have made great
    progress, but in this book are small mistakes like that which can make me sound like a babbling idot thinking that she's speaking like a Brasiliera when in actuality I'd sound like a Brasili-a-don't. Ahhhahaha The author is English hence, maybe, some of the mistakes. The comp program is great though.
    I will be sure to check out your Alfabeto Portugues pagina.

    Eu aprecedicido por sua ajuda.
    Muito obrigada meo professor Elan. :)