Polite Portuguese words

Ready to be on your best behavior? After this free Rocket Portuguese lesson you’ll be able to say "thank you," "excuse me," "sorry," and use other polite Portuguese words and phrases with confidence. You’ll also know how to express your appreciation when someone is being helpful to you.

We want you to feel comfortable around native speakers right from the start, and a few courteous expressions can go a long way when you’re a beginner. We’ll show you the difference between formal and informal expressions, so you can be sure you’re using the right tone for the situation.

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Listen carefully to the audio and practice saying the polite Portuguese words aloud – you’ll have these mastered in no time! Just as in your native language, speaking to Portuguese-speaking people in a polite manner will win you friends and gain you respect, so it’s worth making the effort!

Pronouncing polite Portuguese words

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Com licença, por favor

Excuse me please (formal)

Licença, por favor

Excuse me please (casual)


Excuse me

Sinto muito


Sinto muito por isso

I'm sorry about that

Obrigado pela ajuda / Obrigada pela ajuda

Thanks for your help (formal)

Obrigado / Obrigada

Thanks a lot

Muito obrigado / Muito obrigada

Many thanks

De nada

You're welcome

Não há de que

Don't mention it

Você é muito gentil

You are very kind (formal)

Use all of the above phrases liberally, and you’ll find that people will appreciate your good manners.

That’s it for this lesson.

If you want more on Portuguese words then checkout these Portuguese travel words!

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