Easy Portuguese Words
The Portuguese You Didn't Know You Knew

Check these Easy Portuguese words. You will be surprised to see how much Portuguese you already know!

Easy Portuguese Words are also called Cognates - as they have the same origin - or are related in some way - to others in a foreign language. You can deduced them even without a previous knowledge of your target language.

Check these examples – they are all in Portuguese:

capital
general
original
plural
legal
visual
tropical
aniversário
contrário
dicionário
glossário
milionário

There are about 1600 cognates between Portuguese and English. I've organized a few of them into 4 groups:

  • Nouns

    Words that refer to people, places, things, events, substances or qualities: Quenner, dessert, branch

  • Adjectives

    Words that describe nouns or pronouns: tender, little, old

  • Verbs

    Words that describe actions, conditions or experiences:correr, digitar, traduzir, imprimir

  • Adverbs

    Words which describe or give more information about verbs, adjectives, adverbs or phrases: daily, urgently


    COGNATES #1: NOUNS - SUBSTANTIVOS

    English
    Português
    -al
    -al
    animal animal
    hospital hospital
    moral moral


    English
    Português
    -ty
    -dade
    capacity capacidade
    eternity eternidade
    flexibility flexibilidade


    English
    Português
    -ism
    -ismo, isma
    atheism ateísmo
    criticism criticismo
    feminism feminismo


    English
    Português
    -ist
    -ista
    dentist dentista
    humorist humorista
    tourist turista


    English
    Português
    -nce, -ance
    -ência, ança
    abstinence abstinência
    patience paciência
    perseverance perseferança


    English
    Português
    -or
    -or
    actor ator
    color cor
    favor favor


    COGNATES #2: Adjectives - ADJETIVOS

    English
    Português
    -al
    -al
    real real
    sensual sensual
    virtual virtual


    English
    Português
    -ant, ent
    -ante, ente
    excellent excelente
    important importante
    patient paciente


    English
    Português
    -ary
    -ário, ária
    adversary adversário
    arbitrary arbitrário
    contrary contrário


    English
    Português
    -ic
    -ico, ica
    economic econômico
    metallic metálico
    pacific pacífico


    English
    Português
    -id
    -ido, ida
    lucid lúcido
    splendid esplêndido
    vivid vívido


    English
    Português
    -al
    -al
    automobile automóvel
    mobile móvel
    projectile projétil


    English
    Português
    -ive
    -ivo, iva
    adoptive adotivo
    descriptive descritivo
    imaginative imaginativo


    English
    Português
    -ible, able
    -ível, ável
    accessible acessível
    admirable admirável
    convertible conversível


    English
    Português
    -ous
    -oso, osa
    delicious delicioso
    famous famoso
    generous generoso


    COGNATES #3: Verbs – VERBOS

    English
    Português
    -ate
    -ar
    celebrate celebrar
    create criar
    donate doar


    English
    Português
    -e
    -ar
    dance dançar
    complete completar
    imagine imaginar


    English
    Português
    -ent, ult, ort
    -entar, ultar, ortar
    comment comentar
    consult consultar
    export exportar


    English
    Português
    -fy
    -ficar
    amplify amplificar
    qualify qualificar
    simplify simplificar


    COGNATES #4: Adverbs – ADVÉRBIOS

    English
    Português
    -ly
    -mente
    creatively criativamente
    separately separadamente
    usually usualmente

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