Signs in Portuguese

You can avoid potential embarrassment and frustration if you understand these important signs in Portuguese. The Rocket Portuguese team wants to ensure you never walk into the wrong restroom, light up in a no-smoking area, or have your vehicle towed from a no-parking spot!

Most of the time you’ll probably only need to recognize the written Portuguese word or phrase, but we’ve included audio so you can listen to the Portuguese pronunciation. This way you’ll be able to find out if something is open or closed, or more importantly, on sale!

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Pronouncing signs in Portuguese

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Damas / Senhoras / Mulheres


Cavalheiros / Senhores / Homens










Proibido estacionar

No parking

When you buy food in a supermarket and don’t intend to eat it straight away it might pay to check the ‘best before date’ to avoid nasty surprises…

Melhor consumir antes da data

The best before date

Melhor consumir até…

Best before…

Public smoking is legally banned in all states of Brazil. So it might be helpful to learn what área para fumantes means.

área para fumantes

The smoking area

área para não-fumantes

The non-smoking area

Proibido fumar

No smoking!

Sometimes you will see big bright colored signs in nearly every store window. There must be a sale on…


Sale (clothing)

Preço reduzido

Reduced price

You will see in many cities, especially in big towns, that stores use the English word “off” to indicate that the products at these places are on sale. But if you are the kind of tourist that likes to visit less touristy places, then learning the word promoção can be of use too.


The bargain

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

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