10 Slang Brazilian Portuguese Phrases You Need To Know

If you’re studying Portuguese with BRIC, you have probably learned some popular and interesting idioms and cultural expressions, and may be familiar with some of these slang phrases already. Great! 🙂

But if you have no clue what it means to “swallow a frog” in Brazil, then you need to read this post that I wrote for BuzzFeed now, and take a note at these must know slang, if you want to sound like a native and “arrasar” next time you’re in Brazil!

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1. Brazilians don’t “get smashed” or “mess up” they “stick their foot in the jackfruit”

Brazilian Slang Phrases

ENFIAR O PÉ NA JACA

2. A Brazilian doesn’t say “sure thing” when accepting an invite. He says “It has taken long”

Brazilian Slang Phrases

DEMOROU

3. For Brazilians it’s not “Nobody should have to put up with this!” It’s “nobody deserves that”

For Brazilians it’s not “Nobody should have to put up with this!” It’s “nobody deserves that”

NINGUÉM MERECE

4. A Brazilian will never say “it’s not my cup of tea”. A genuine Brazilian will say: “It’s not my beach”

Top Slang Phrases in Brazil

NÃO É A MINHA PRAIA

5. Don’t expect to hear Brazilians say “a hard pill to swallow”. They will “swallow a frog” instead

How To Speak Brazilian Slang

ENGOLIR SAPO

6. When facing an embarrassing situation, a Brazilian feels as if he/she is wearing a “tight skirt”

SAIA JUSTA

7. Brazilians don’t “nail that important meeting” they “crush it” or “smash it down”

Brazilian Slang Phrases

8. If something is tough and difficult to deal with a Brazilian will say “it’s pulled”

Speak Portuguese Slang

TÁ PUXADO

9. Brazilians won’t tell you “It’s not going to happen”. They will tell you “it won’t roll”

Brazilian Phrases

NÃO VAI ROLAR

10. A Brazilian won’t write “Said No One Ever” on Twitter or Facebook. They will write “just that not”

Slang

SÓ QUE NÃO

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