Portuguese Time

This free online Portuguese language lesson is all about learning Portuguese time. By listening to the audio, and practicing the words and phrases aloud, you’ll quickly learn how to ask for the time and tell others what time it is.  

By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to set up a meeting, appointment, or date in Portuguese, and be sure that you will be on time in Brazil!

Pronouncing Portuguese Time

And you may get as an answer…

It is almost like in English, so you should learn your number well and the rest will come easily. The only detail is that the hours in Portuguese are “female nouns” so the numbers “one” and “two” will come in the female form:

And the time is always in plural, except, of course, for “one o’clock” which is “uma hora”.

Now you will learn when they ask you if you have an appointment. In Portuguese, there are several ways of saying this, depending on what kind of appointment that you have.

If you want to be vague and avoid questions about what kind of appointment you have, you can simply say:

But to be more specific, like you are going to a doctor’s appointment, then you say:

...or to meet with a friend:

In Portuguese, we can say “Marcar uma consulta” or “marcar um encontro / marcar uma reunião”, depending on what kind of meeting you are referring to. We use the verb “marcar” (to set up) for meetings and appointments.

Consulta is used for doctors’ appointments.

Encontro can be used to meet friends or go out on a romantic date.

Reunião is what you have at work, with your boss and colleagues in order to discuss work related issues.

Yes, I know, there are so many different ways of saying the same thing! But you must understand that for Portuguese speakers, “appointment” has different meanings, depending on the word you use. So, make sure you pay attention to which one you’d like to use so you won’t be misunderstood! You surely don’t want to go on a “date” with your doctor!

And you may want to know how to have someone repeat when your appointment is…

Pay attention to the stress put on the word “mesmo” to emphasize you want the person to repeat what has just been said:

Here's some useful Portuguese vocabulary relating to time…

NOTE: There is only one word for both watch and clock.

That’s it for today’s lesson. I hope you had fun!

Até a próxima!

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