Ser vs Estar in Portuguese: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

In Portuguese (as in Spanish) the verb “to be” is translated as two verbs: “ser” and “estar”. These very important verbs usually cause a lot of confusion among language learners, specially English speakers. It can be tricky to know when to use one or the other, but it’s crucial to learn the differences between them so that you can speak correctly and avoid any misunderstandings.

This Infographic shows the most common uses of both verbs, and will help you to finally understand which situations you should use “ser” or “estar”