Portuguese 2 For Travel

Asking “Where is…? questions in Portuguese…

Yellow Tram in Lisbon, Portugal

If you’ve already learned and practiced Portuguese 1 For Travel , you’ll be ready to tackle the next 12 essentials.
These are words and phrases that’ll help you ask “Where …” questions – if you’re looking for the bathroom, a pharmacy, a bus stop, or the subway or railway station, a bank or an ATM.
You may also want to know if the person you’re talking with speaks French, Spanish, Italian, German, or English – maybe one of the other languages you speak.

The Next 12 Portuguese Phrases: Where is…?

Learn and Practice Tips

  • Click the black arrow to hear the Portuguese speaker.
  • Click the red dot once to record yourself, click the black square to stop recording.
  • When you click the black arrow again, you’ll hear the native speaker and then yourself.
  • Do it several times until you sound like the Portuguese speaker.
  • Then “Choose a Study Mode” and test yourself with one of the Quizlet games! (You may need to adjust your Options with top right icon .)

Getting Around Lisbon

Note that Lisbon has an excellent transport system for getting around the city. Figuring out what to take to get where can be part of the fun and adventure of visiting an interesting city like Lisbon.
The Metropolitan (subway, or “Metro”) has 5 lines, one of which takes you to and from the Airport).
A system of trams (“bondes”, called “eléctricos” in Portugal) covers a large area of the city. These historical yellow trams are popular with tourists and navigate through the narrow and often steep streets.
Lisbon also has a large and efficient network of buses (“ônibus”, called “autocarros”) used mostly by locals.
Trains (“trens”, called “comboios”) connect the metropolitan area and Lisbon, and take you to other destinations in the country.
If you are staying only a few days at Lisbon, you may want to use one of the many “Tuc-Tucs” – we used an E-Tuc recently – for a sightseeing tour.
We also found that Uber taxis are quite inexpensive and can be called quite easily to wherever you are – if you have a smart phone.

“Where”-Questions Answered…

Asking “Where”- questions in Portuguese may let the person you are asking assume that you speak Portuguese.
The result will often be an answer and a stream of words you’ll probably not understand.
It would therefore be good to know some basic directional words and phrases in Portuguese – left, right, straight ahead, etc.
You’ll find the next 13 phrases in Portuguese 3 For Travel.

Author: Peter Rettig

Peter F. Rettig's interest in languages began while working in Switzerland, where he became fluent in French. In his third career, he started GamesforLanguage.com and - as a language lover and traveler later in life - Lingo-Late with his wife, Ulrike.

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