We humans – sometimes – like to keep it simple, so all languages have those ready-to-go expressions designed for specific situations. It saves us time and effort; besides it can protect us from misunderstandings or awkward moments. Below you’ll find some conversation starters and closings.
Listen to the example sentences here.
Scenario 1 – meeting friends.
Oi, tudo bem?
Hi, how are you? (Alternative: Oi, como vai? Hi, how is it going?)
Oi. Tudo. E você?
Hi, good. And you?
If you have friends in common or you know their family you can also add:
Como vai a família? How is the family going?
Como vai a Camila/o Carlos? How is Camila/Carlos going?
Scenario 2 – informal situations
Q. E aí?
A. E aí?
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the equivalent of what’s up. It’s a very informal expression and requires no answer, just repeat the same sentence back to them. It can also take this form, more suitable for older people or work environments:
Q. Tudo bem?
A. Tudo bem?
Scenario 3 – brief introductions at parties, offices or when you
need want to leave or talk to someone else.
Meu nome é Mark. Prazer. My name is Mark. Nice to meet you.
Bom te ver aqui. Good to see you here.
Bom te conhecer. Good to know you.
Desculpe, mas preciso ir. Sorry, but I have to go.
Obrigado (if you are male)/ Obrigada (if you are female) Thank you.
Até a próxima! ‘Till the next time!
A gente se fala. We keep in touch/Talk to you later.
For toasts: Saúde!
When someone sneezes: Saúde!
Informal thank you: valeu.
Informal sorry: foi mal.
Me too: eu também.
I agree: eu concordo.
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