In English we greet with “hi” for friends and “hello” in formal situations.
In Portuguese, there’s no diference. They always speak the some word to anyone in formal or informal situation.
The word to say for “Hi” and “Hello” is “Olá“.
Only for your friends in Brazil you also can say “Oi” – “What’s up“.
In Portugal and other Portuguese speaking countries use “olá” for everybody and any occasion.
Useful – Portuguese Speaking Countries:
– Brazilian Portuguese only in Brazil (close 200 million).
– European Portuguese: Portugal, Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Principe islands, Guiné Bissau, Angola, Mozambique and Timor Lorossae. All together close to 60 million.
Now let’s play the audio file and learn how to say “hi”, Hello” and “What’s up” in Portuguese Brazilan and European.
– Olá! (Hello!, Hi!) – Oi! (What’s up)Olá Oi
– Olá! (Hi!, Hello!, What’s up!)Olá
– Very formal case.
– Olá! Como está o Senhor?
– Olá! Como está a senhora?Olá portuguese european very formal
Just for curiosity and in a very rare formal situation, in Portugal they use to say for a man:
– Olá! Como está o senhor? Literal translation – Hello! How is the Mister?
For a lady /madam:
– Olá! Como está a senhora? Literal translation – Hello! How is the Madam?
As foreign, you better forget about this formality.
– Other usual greetings and questions in European and Brazilian pronounce with translation and audio speaking.
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