Brazilian beaches are famous worldwide and thanks to the tropical climate that covers most of the country, people can go to beaches all year long. But you cannot find English speakers at all beaches.
In fact, some of the most beautiful are quite isolated and with very few non-locals living in the area. So, how could you communicate with them and still have a great time? You just have to learn some vocabulary related to “praia” or beach in Portuguese.
Entao? Vamos a praia? So, let’s go to the beach?
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Let's get started with the word for Beach:
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When you want to go a beach you need to take a few items. What would you take? Your swimsuit?
Roupa de banho
Women in Brazil wear either:
One piece swimsuit
Men usually wear shorts or...
Calção de banho
Man's trunks or swimming shorts
You’d also want to take:
Um protetor solar
A sun block / sun screen
A sun umbrella
What do you see when you go to a beach?
Beaches are often windy, right?
You also need to be aware of certain safety conditions and know where O salva-vidas is:
bandeira laranja ou amarela
orange or yellow flag
Propria para nadar
Safe to swim
What about the sports you can do while at the beach?
to go diving
Prancha de surf
Luckily for many English speakers, Brazilians use many of the English terms for water sports:
To express what you want to do, all you have to do is put the verb “fazer” (to do/to go) in front of the activity, like this:
And so on…
That’s it for today’s lesson. Using this vocabulary will certainly help you enjoy your holiday on a nice beach anywhere in Brazil.
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