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What is your favorite food?
Do you know to say it in Portuguese?
If you don’t, then this post is just for you.
Not that we think you aren’t good enough in Portuguese, but sometimes people need a little extra help to keep their language knowledge and boost their vocabulary in some other, not-so-bookish way.
We believe that you don’t want to write about some things that don’t concern food in Portuguese so we will be strict and get straight to the point.
In the following lines, we’ve provided you words and phrases about food in Portuguese, so no matter if you prepare yourself to visit some of the Portuguese speaking countries or you want to boost your vocabulary so that you can watch Portuguese movies on Netflix, these words are ideal for any Portuguese learner, even you.
And now, let’s get started.
Before you visit any of the Portuguese countries, we suggest you try their food first.
It is simple: first, you will know if that kind of food suits your stomach. It isn’t rare that people get sick from some food while others can eat it the whole day. And second of all, you can find the new taste and be prepared for when you go in the restaurants or bars to ask for a specific food.
In Brazil, for example, one of their popular food is ‘feijoada’ which is a dish with beans and different pig parts. Even though it is very delicious, you can’t know if that suits you, so maybe before you go there, you should find a place near your home to try it first.
Are you hungry?
Even if you aren’t prepared to be because we’ve come to the point where we finally start learning Portuguese food vocabulary!
In case you want to save it for later, make flashcards to memorize faster or simply to add to your vocabulary list of Portuguese phrases you need to know, we suggest you download the PDf file for free at the end of the post.
For a start, let’s take a peek at some meal words about food in general.
café da manhã — breakfast
almoço — lunch
jantar — dinner
sobremesa — dessert
lanche — snack
o prato principal- main dish
o acompanhamento- side dish
Do you know how to say ‘spoon’ in Portugues?
Or perhaps ‘table’?
Oh, there’s nothing to worry about because here, you can find some general food-related words.
And you will memorize them in no time.
comer- to eat
garfo - fork
Portuguese-speaking countries are known for their love for vegetables. Besides being very healthy, vegetables are an inevitable part of any dish.
Here are some vegetable words in Portuguese.
abacate — avocado
abóbora — pumpkin
alface — lettuce
alho — garlic
tomate — tomato
batata — potato
brócolis — broccoli
cebola — onion
cenoura — carrot
ervilha — peas
feijão — green beans
pepino — cucumber
Salada- green salad
salsinha — parsley
Who doesn’t like fruits?
We are sure that no person can say they don’t eat fruits. Or at least Portuguese language learners and people who like bright colors and amazing tastes.
abacaxi — pineapple
açaí — acai berry
caju — cashew
guaraná — guarana
laranja — orange
limão — lemon
maçã — apple
mamão — papaya
maracujá — passionfruit
melão — melon
morango — strawberry
pera — pear
tangerina, mexerica — tangerine
uvas — grapes
Thanks to the famous Brazilian dish called feijoada, which is made of different pg parts and beans, you can only say that the Portuguese kitchen is something very special and unique.
Having that in mind, you should learn words about meat and fish.
frango — chicken
bife — beef
cachorro quente — hot dog
carne de porco — pork
cordeiro — lamb
salsicha, linguiça — sausage
camarão — shrimp
peixe — fish
presunto — ham
Dairy products are something everyone likes. Maybe you don’t drink milk perhaps, but you surely enjoy eating cheese. Or you just are that type of person who can’t start a day without a glass of yogurt.
So, this is an ideal opportunity to learn some basic words of dairy products in Portuguese.
iogurte — yogurt
leite — milk
leite condensado — condensed milkt
manteiga — butter
queijo — cheese
batatas fritas- fries
cachorro-quente- hot dog
sopa - soup
And something very sweet, like a cherry on a delicious cake, for the last part.
Admit that you are already thinking about some delicious fice pudding or just a little cookie.
But get back here for a minute or two and learn some words for desserts.
biscoito — cookie
bolo — cake
brigadeiro — chocolate ball
chocolate — chocolate
flan, torta doce — flan
pudim — rice pudding
sorvete — ice cream
torta de bolacha — cookie cake
Do you have your favorite Portuguese drink? Or do you just drink water?
No matter if you have (or not) names of drinks are essential and an inevitable part of the food world, so let’s take a look at some of the common names of drinks in Portuguese.
água — water
beber- to drink
cerveja — beer
chimarrão — hot mate
refrigerante — soda
sumo de maçã- apple juice
tereré — cold mate
vinho — wine
Quero _____. — I would like _____
Tem um menu de sobremesa? — Can I see the dessert menu?
A conta, por favor. — Check, please!
One está o/a _____? — Where can I find the _____?
Quanta é _____? — How much does ______ cost?
Tem _____? — Do you have _____?
After these words and some basic phrases about food, you are ready to chit-chat with Portuguese tutors, prepare yourself for real situations or simply learn to enjoy amazing Portuguese tastes.
In the end, food is always a great way to make people closer.
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