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Learning Brazilian Portuguese 101 - A Christmas Theme

Updated on December 13, 2014

A Christmas Theme

Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

Consider today's Hub my Christmas present to all those linguistics Hubbers of the Brazilian Portuguese language. I love this time of year and I am grateful to be part of the Hub community. What better way of showing my gratitude than offering the "gift of language?" Merry Christmas!

As I said in my previous Hub Learning Brazilian Portuguese 101 - At the Restaurant, my goal is to teach the basics of word usage, sentence structure and pronunciation utilizing a theme based approach - without getting my Hubs to appear plagiarized or even spammy.

As in Learning Brazilian Portuguese 101's At the Restaurant, I will break down each word to give you its pronunciation and usage in the sentence so it gives you a good idea how the sentence is structured. In the videos I have prepared, you will see how those words are spoken... by a native Brazilian speaker.

Phrase Number 1

  • Feliz Natal! = Merry Christmas!

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Natal
Christmas
Noun
Feliz
Happy
Noun

Notes

You notice that the word Feliz is translated as happy instead of merry? You won't always get a word for word translation in the Portuguese language. This is why it is always best to think expressively when translating from Portuguese to English. To us English speakers, it's "merry", but to Brazilians it's "happy".

Phrase 1 Video

Phrase Number 2

  • Qual foi seu presente desse Natal? = What was your gift this year?

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Foi
Was
Verb
Presente
Present / Gift
Noun
Natal
Christmas
Noun

Phrase 2 Video

Phrase Number 3

  • O clima de Natal está em toda parte. = The spirit of Christmas is everywhere.

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Natal
Christmas
Noun
Está
Is
Verb

Notes

The word Está is conjugated from the verb to be. In Brazilian Portuguese, there exists two verbs for the verb to be. They are: estar, ser. Estar is the state of well being, example; I am fine. Ser comes from an object's characteristics, example; I am Daniel.

Think of the two like this:

  • Estar = A temporary state
  • Ser = A permanent state

Phrase 3 Video

Phrase Number 4

  • Vamos Colocar as Decorações na Ávore de Natal. = Let's decorate the tree.

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Colocar
To put
Verb
Decorações
Decorations
Noun
Ávore
Tree
Noun
Natal
Christmas
Noun

Phrase 4 Video

Phrase Number 5

  • Qual Seu Desejo desse Natal? = What did you wish for this Christmas?

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Desejo
Wish
Noun
Natal
Christmas
Noun

Phrase 5 Video

Phrase Number 6

  • Você já assistiu o Nutcracker desse ano? = Did you see the Nutcracker this year?

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Assistiu
Watched
Verb
Ano
Year
Noun

Phrase 6 Video

Phrase Number 7

  • Feliz Natal e Ano Novo! = Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Feliz
Happy
Adjective
Natal
Christmas
Noun
Novo
New
Adjective

Phrase 7 Video

Phrase Number 8

  • Como está seu Natal desse ano? = How's your Christmas this year?

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Está
Is
Verb
Natal
Christmas
Noun
Ano
Year
Noun

Phrase 8 Video

Phrase Number 9

  • Então, o que você ganhou desse Natal? = So, what did you get for Christmas?

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
O que
What
Pronoun
Você
You
Pronoun
Ganhou
Get / Earned
Verb
Natal
Christmas
Noun

Phrase 9 Video

Phrase Number 10

  • Eu ganhei uma passagem para Disney World desse ano. = I got a ticket to Disney World this year.

Break Down of Words

Portuguese
English
Word Type
Ano
Year
Noun

Phrase 10 Video

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