Brazilian Portuguese Expressions
Idioms from Q to V

Welcome to Brazilian Portuguese Expressions. Here you will learn how to dot your i’s and cross your t’s!


By practicing them a while, you will soon speak Portuguese backwards and forwards...

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Brazilian Portuguese Expressions - Q

  qual o quê   not at all, of course not
  quando do seu regresso   upon his return
  quanto a   as for
  quanto antes melhor   the sooner the better
  quanto antes, o   as soon as possible
  quanto mais... (tanto) mais   the more... the more
  Quanto tempo?   How long? (time)
  Que nada!   Nonsense, not at all
  que nem   just like (colloquial)
  Que tal...   How about...
  Que tal?   What do you think of that?
  quebrar o galho   to get a job done or do a favor
  queima-roupa, à   at close range, point blank
  queira + infinitive   please
  quem quer que   whoever, whomever
  querer bem a   to love (someone)
  querer dizer   to mean, to mean to say
  querer mal a   to have ill will for someone
  quinze dias   two weeks

Brazilian Portuguese Expressions - R

  raspar à máquina   to use the clippers (cutting hair)
  repetir tudo tim-tim por tim-tim   to repeat everything exactly
  reprovado num exame, ser   to fail an examination
  responder certo   to answer correctly

Brazilian Portuguese Expressions - S

saber de cór e salteado to know by heart
saber lidar com uma pessoa know how to handle a person
sair bem ou mal to come out well or poorly
saltar de to get off (a taxi, bus)
são horas de it is time to
se bem que although
seja como for come what way
sem mais tardar right now
sem querer by accident, unintentionally
sem um vintém penniless
semana que vem next week (month...)
sentir calor to be warm (a person)
sentir falta (saudades) de to miss, be homesick for
ser dono de si mesmo to be one’s own boss
Será? Are you sure about that?
servir (para) to be good, useful (for)
só prestar para o fogo not be worth two cents
sob medida made to order, tailor-made

Brazilian Portuguese Expressions - T

  Tá na mesa, pessoal!   Dinner is on!
  tal pai, tal filho   like father, like son
  tanto quanto   as much as
  tão cedo   so soon
  tão como (or quanto)   as... as
  Tenho que...   I must...
  ter cuidado   to be careful
  ter de + infinitive   to have to (ter que)
  ter do bom e do melhor   to have nothing but the best
  ter juízo   to be prudent, sensible
  ter medo   to be afraid
  ter notícias de   to hear from
  ter pena de   to feel sorry for
  ter queda para   to have a bent, inclination for
  ter receio de   to be afraid, to be suspicious
  ter saudades de   to be homesick for, to miss
  ter vontade de   to feel like doing something
  ter... anos   to be ... years old
  tirar a sorte grande   to hit the jackpot, win the first prize
  tirar a sorte   to flip a coin
  tirar conclusões   to draw conclusions
  tirar cópias   to make copies
  tirar desforra de   to get even with
  tirar um retrato   to take a picture
  tirar uma soneca   to take a nap, snooze
  tocar piano   to play the piano
  todas as vezes que   whenever, as often as
  todo o mundo   everybody
  todo prosa   very proud
  todos os dias   every day
  tomar banho de mar   to go swimming
  tomar conta de   to take care of, to take charge of
  tomar coragem   take courage
  tomar providências   take the steps to do something
  tornar a + infinitive   to... again
  tratar de + infinitive   to take care of, to try to
  tratar-se de   to be about, to be a question of

Brazilian Portuguese Expressions - U

  uma vez que   seeing that, once (that), since

Brazilian Portuguese Expressions - V

  valer à pena   to be worthwhile (worth the trouble)
  valer-se de   to make use of
  Vamos... + infinitive   Let’s...
  vez por outra   now and then, once in a while
  virar de cabeça pra baixo   to turn upside down
  virar pelo avesso   to turn inside out
  visto que   seeing that, since
  voltar a + infinitive   to ... again
  vou ver (se)   I will see (whether)

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