top ten portuguese words i love

We are excited to link up with Top Ten Tuesdays, hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

I’m so excited to share my top 10 Portuguese words I love with you all! My family comes from the Azores, and some of these words will be food related, but I hope you enjoy learning them. When I last visited Porto, I was amazed by how many dishes from my childhood were being made 🍃. If you ever visit Portugal, make sure you taste some of these wonderful foods!

I tried to do the pronunciation as best as I could for these haha. And although I speak Portuguese, it is rusty and needs to be improved!

1. As Queijadas (de leite)

Pronunciation: Kay-sha-das

The word “Queijada” makes me SO incredibly hungry. And that is because I am reminded of these creamy milk tarts my mother used to make when I was growing up. I love them so much and with some adaptations I can make these at home.

2. (Um) Guardanapo

Pronunciation: Gwer-de-nah-pu

It literally just means napkin haha. But I love saying it!

3. (Uma) Biblioteca

Pronunciation: Bib-lee-oh-tek-uh

Can you guess?

A library!

4. (Uma) Formiga

Pronunciation: For-mee-guh

An ant! I love how this one sounds!

5. (Um) Golfinho

Pronunciation: this one’s a bit hard for me to type, so I’ll link google translate!

A dolphin!

6. (As) Batatas

Pronunciation: Bah-tah-tas

The potatoes!

I absolutely love potatoes. Roasted, fried, in soup. You name it!

7. Puxar

Pronunciation: Pu-shar

This is actually the verb “to pull”! Very useful to learn this one quickly.

8. Saudade

Pronunciation: best to hear this one.

This is a very complex word. Saudade is a very deep feeling of melancholy/sadness/nostalgia.

9. (O) Gato / (A) Gata

Pronunciation: Gah-to; Gah-tah

Cat! Olivia’s request 😸

10. (Um) Beija-Flor

Pronunciation: Bay-jah-flor


QOTD: How do you like to eat batatas?
Let us know!

36 thoughts on “top ten portuguese words i love

  1. Thank you so much for sharing these words! I speak Spanish (not fluently anymore) and I understood a lot of these words before you gave their translation. I love reading Portuguese and Italian because of how closely related they are to Spanish and French. I just never know how to pronounce them in Portuguese or Italian so this was really helpful. 😀

    Were you born in Portugal and moved to Canada when you were young? Or have you always lived in Canada and one of your family members was born in Portugal and emigrated?
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    1. Yes! I love French and Spanish as well! Spanish I understand better via conversation than I do French, but writing-wise I can write French much better than Spanish. Very cool you speak Spanish!

      The generations before me on both sides of my family are all Portuguese, from one of the Azorean islands. A lot of my family are still on the island. I’m hoping to move to Portugal in the future!
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  2. I’m like you, I like potatoes any way and every way. I did get to visit Portugal a few years ago -Lisbon. It was very steep walking and also quite beautiful 😍 Fun post!

    1. That’s so cool that you say that! Because the accent from my family in the islands is the micaelense dialect. A lot of similar vowel sounds to French with some differences from the mainland. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. This is so delightful! My brother and his family lived for several years in Brazil, and they came away with a working knowledge of Portuguese. I’m happy you know it, and thank you for sharing it with us.

  4. oooh i love this post! portugese is such a beautiful language! my second language is arabic and it’s super interesting because due to ancient trade routes, there are a lot of similar words for things that were traded between the arabs and the portugese and spaniards. for instance, we (arabs) say “al-btata” for “potatoes” too (we also say “soocar” for “sugar,” “bantaloon” for “pants,” “qamis” for “shirt,” and “urz” for “rice,” among others)—it’s always fascinating to see the similarities! thanks for the awesome lesson!
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