Portuguese Vocabulary
A Fraction of the Language Universe


By the book, Vocabulary means ‘all the words known and used by a particular person. Consequently, the Portuguese Vocabulary is made up of all the words used by Portuguese speakers.

If you want to acquire Portuguese vocabulary the easiest way, start studying some Cognates (or Easy Words) - the Portuguese you didn't know you knew!

Besides, any given number of words can be rearranged into new forms according to the users’ intention. See:

  • Idiomatic Expressions - Group of words in a fixed order that have a different meaning from the meanings of each word understood on its own:

    "Palavra de honra."
    "I cross my heart."

  • Proverbs - Popular sentences stating something commonly experienced or giving advice:

    A beleza está nos olhos de quem vê.
    Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.

  • Tongue Twisters - Sentences intended to be difficult to say, especially when repeated quickly and often:

    Onde digo digo, não digo digo, digo Diogo.
    Onde digo Diogo, não digo Diogo, digo digo!

  • Portuguese Quotes - Learn Portuguese with Inspiration:

    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
    Walt Disney

    Got it? It is not necessary for you to memorize hundreds and hundreds of Portuguese words. According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, “by the age of two a child will have a vocabulary of about 200 words.”

    So, with just a hundred words you can express a huge variety of ideas, since you know how to combine them in specific language frames. (Learn how to do it with our Portuguese Lessons.


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