WORD OF THE DAY!

WORD OF THE DAY

Carrinho = Little car

If you literally translate carrinho it means little car, but it also has several other meanings as well. Carrinho can mean: cart, shopping cart, stroller, and of course little car. One day I was complaining to my husband about all these different meanings and he said, “Context baby, context.”

click here for pronunciation http://pt.forvo.com/word/carrinho/

WORD OF THE DAY!

WORD OF THE DAY

Funcionário = Employee

We have a remote to our gate that we use to take our puppy out and one day it stopped working. So I went to the doorman and tried to explain that the remote was not working or functioning properly. I couldn’t remember the word for “functioning” in portuguese (funcionamento). So I threw in the word funcionário which actually means employee in portuguese, needless to say the doorman did not understand what I was talking about.

WORD OF THE DAY!

WORD OF THE DAY

Chato (male)/Chata (Female) (Shah-too)= Stubborn, Annoying, Boring

My husband taught me the word chato and it explained that it means boring or annoying. For example, you can say; you are being a chato. Now every time he is being annoying I say to him, “Chato!” One day he said, “I don’t like this, you using my own language against me.

Phrase of the Day!

PHRASE OF THE DAY

Negócio da China = Business in China

Negócio da China means “What a bargain” or “Excellent deal.” I learned this expression in Portuguese class yesterday and it is interesting to me. I guess Brazilians feel China makes cheap goods as well?

Word of the Day.

WORD OF THE DAY

Rúcula = Arugula

Before moving to São Paulo, my husband and I went to Búzios for my Birthday. We went out for a nice dinner and my husband asked for a menu in English for me. One of the entrées read “Potatoes, Tomatoes, Onions, and Rockets.” When we looked at the Portuguese menu my husband said, “Oh that’s arugula.”

Click here for pronunciation http://www.forvo.com/word/r%C3%BAcula/