Portuguese Salutations

Socializing with Portuguese-speaking people will be a lot more fun when you know a few Portuguese salutations. Even if you’re still a beginner learner, these common Portuguese expressions will help you fit in and feel part of the conversation.  

This free lesson will show you how to welcome someone in Portuguese, wish them luck, or a safe journey. Maybe you want to congratulate someone, or even apologize – either way, this Portuguese language lesson is not to be missed.   

Listen carefully to the pronunciation and practice saying the phrases aloud until you’re ready to try them out in a Portuguese conversation for real!

Pronouncing Portuguese salutations

Tudo de bom!

All the best!

Boa sorte!

Good luck!

Parabéns!

Congratulations!

Bem-vindo! / Bem-vinda!

Welcome!

Feliz aniversário!

Happy birthday!

Boas férias!

Have a nice vacation!

Feliz Páscoa!

Happy Easter!

Feliz Natal!

Merry Christmas!

When someone is sick, you can say:

Melhoras para…

My best wishes (for recovery) to…

When someone passes away, you can use this phrase:

Sinto muito!

I'm sorry!

Meus pêsames

My condolences

If someone sneezes, you can say:

Saúde!

Bless you!

The following phrase is very common in Brazil during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays:

Boas Festas!

Good holidays!

Brazilians send their “hugs” to friends, relatives and acquaintances. What they mean by this is the same as when we say in English “Best wishes to…”:

Abraços para…

Best wishes to (LIT: Hugs to...)

If a Brazilian woman is wishing her best to another woman or close friends (even if they are male friends), she can say:

Beijos para…

My best wishes to... (LIT: My kisses to…)

Don’t be alarmed! It’s only a demonstration of friendship and that they care for you!

Cuide-se!

Take care! (formal)

Divirta-se!

Have fun!

Beijos e abraços!

Lots of love! (LIT: Kisses and hugs)

Faça uma boa viagem

Have a good trip!

Bom apetite!

Enjoyed meal!

Saúde!

Cheers! (only in Brazil)

Quebre a perna

Break a leg!

Bom trabalho!

Well done!

Adeus!

Good-bye! (formal)

Tchau!

Bye! (casual)

Feliz Ano Novo!

Happy New Year!

Let’s review how to apologize. The easiest way to apologize in Portuguese is to say…

Desculpe-me

Excuse me!

Or in a more casual way...

Desculpas!

Excuse me!

You could also say…

Sinto muito por isso!

I’m sorry for that!

A very polite, but less common way of apologizing in Portuguese is to say…

Perdoe-me!

Pardon me

If someone stepped on your toes and apologized you might want to say…

Sem problemas!

No worries!

And there you have it, another lesson in the bag! Congratulations!

Ate breve!

If you want more lessons on Portuguese salutations then I recommend that you check out the following:

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