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Family in Portuguese

Family is very important to the people in Portuguese-speaking countries and chances are that anyone you meet will have many sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins. These larger families are very welcoming and if you ever meet someone’s family in Portuguese, it’s important to know not only what their names are but also the relation.

With this lesson under your belt, you’ll be a master at identifying who is o primo, o avô, and o irmã of your new friend. Or perhaps you’re traveling with your family – whoever you meet will want to know who everyone is so it’s important to be able to talk about your own family as well!

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Pronouncing family in Portuguese

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pai

father

mãe

mother

irmão

brother

irmã

sister

avô

grandfather

avó

grandmother

marido / esposo

husband

esposa

wife

filho

son

filha

daughter

tio

uncle

tia

aunt

sobrinho

nephew

sobrinha

niece

primo / prima

cousin (male / female)

That’s it for this lesson on family members. You’ll be prepared for meeting a family of any size with this vocabulary.

To practice your new words on family, try making a family tree of your family and labeling it in Portuguese! Then share it with your relatives!

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