It is my third official day in Brazil and I am proud to say that I have picked up four solid phrases (okay, more like words) in Portuguese! Considering I had a foundation of essentially NOTHING with the language despite my initial grand plans of learning some prior to my departure (before I abandoned the effort because I was overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin) I am proud that I have picked up how to say the following:
Tudo bem?—Things are well?
Tudo bom—Things are good
Now, this may seem totally unimpressive to you so I took the liberty of googling words and phrases that I hope to learn and use in conversations with the Brazillian population totally out of context. They seem to be very useful in day to day life..
AH I HAVE DECIDED IT SHALL BE A GAME! Okay, I will write the translation in white, so guess what the word/ phrase means and just highlight it to see the answer..ready?
Bundudo…A person with a very large derriere
Puta merda…Holy shit
Cara de melão!…Melon face!
Cabeça de vento…Scatterbrained
Descascar um abaci…literally: to peel a pineapple meaning: to get stuff done
Tomar um cha de cadeira…literally: to take a chair and drink tea meaning: something taking so long, that you feel the ability to sit in a chair and have a cup of tea
Porque você não pode lava?…Why can’t you flush toilet paper?
Eu sou um Americano estúpido, eu não falo Português… I am a stupid American, I do not speak Portuguese
O que na terra eu estou comendo…What on earth am I eating?
Você vende jujubes?… Do you sell jelly beans?
Eu estou suando em bicas…I am sweating profusely
Privação do sono é divertido!…Sleep deprivation is fun!
Outra caipirinha, por favor!…Another caipirinha please!
Eu tenho sujeira dentro das minhas calças… I have dirt down my pants
I think I should create a booklet for travelers similar to myself, filled with this dynamic compilation of useful phrases (I really did say the dirt in my pants thing today). I will work on it, keep everyone updated! My first publication, without a doubt.
SIDENOTE: It also would have been helpful for me to know how to say, “Sorry for my weird toenail, I had surgery on it,” during our pedicures the other day..instead I said nothing and the lady was left to wonder how such a seemingly normal looking girl had a mutant toenail.