with a taste
of the language!
Many of the staff in the supermarkets, handicraft
shops and tourist attractions speak English, a second language of
study for many Portuguese students. You will need some Portuguese
and good pointing skills at many of the smaller local vendors and
in rural areas. We recommend taking a dictionary and trying out
some basic Portuguese, for a rich and rewarding experience which
will put a smile on everyone's face (including your own). We have
made an effort to improve our Portuguese language skills over the
years and this has enriched our experiences in this great country.
Mind you, we still have a long way to go to be fluent.
Try out these simple tips to help you tune your ear to this wonderful
Letter "s": Pronounced
Letter "x": Pronounced
Letters "ão": Pronounced
"ow" or "cow" or "wow" or "now"
Letters "nhã": Pronounced
Letters "lha": Pronounced
You will find these words to be truly lifesaving in reading the
signage on businesses, at various attractions and in local establishments.
Familiarize yourself with these words to maximize your ability to
enjoy the Portuguese experience. Our favourite ways to enjoy a culture
are through the language, food, refreshments and music.
Bathroom: Casa de banho
Bathroom - Gentlemen: Senhores
Bathroom - Ladies: Senhoras
Good Afternoon: Boa tarde
Good Bye: Adeus
Good Morning: Bom dia
Good Night: Boa noite
Please: Se faz favor
Thank you: Obrigado (if you are a male); Obrigada (if you are a woman)
Town Centro: Centro de cidade
Practice these common questions to assist you with come basic conversation as you "get around".
I don't speak Portuguese: Não falo Português
I don't understand: Não compreendo
Where is.....?: Onde é.......?
How much does it cost?: Quanto custa?
Do you have a room available?: Tem um quarto disponível?
As you navigate your way around the isles in the supermarkets or
as you ponder your next meal at a local restaurant, getting to know
these words will maximize your chances of a successful meal. Most
restaurants in Lagos will have multilingual menus to cater to the
multitude of visiting foreigners.
Olive Oil: Azeite
Shopping Cart: Carro de compras
Water Non-carbonated: Água
Water Carbonated: Água
The multitude of fresh fish available at the local
fish markets, supermarkets and restaurants are all worth a try.
Fish are seasonal, so ask whether the fish you are selecting is
fresh or frozen. This list of fish should assist you from being
overwhelmed with the selection and is listed in Portuguese first. If you have a super keen interest in fish, see the two links below for further detail and multiple languages.
Besugo: Sea Bream
Camarão / Camarões:
Shrimp / Shrimps
of the Sea
Peixe Espada: Scabbard
Pargo: Red Snapper
Robalo: Bbass, sea bass
Fish in the European Community - In multiple languages
More Fish - A - Z
When you are wandering around an outdoor market bargaining
with the vendors or selecting from the supermarket shelves, let's
make sure that you end up with the fruits and vegetables you desire.
Green Beans: Feijões-verdes
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