The 1000 most common verbs in Portuguese

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Below are the top 1000 verbs in the online Corpus do Português, a database of Portuguese texts hosted by Brigham Young University. To generate this list I searched only 20th century sources, representing about 20 million words in total from academic, news media, literature, and oral sources from both Portugal and Brazil. The corpus is biased towards written sources, so this does not necessarily reflect the abundance of these verbs in actual speech.

Lists like these are called frequency lists, and they are a great way to focus your vocabulary learning on the most useful words that you are likely to encounter over and over again. Beginners will get off to a great start by learning the first 50. Intermediate learners should know 100-400 verbs. Advanced students should know at least 500. Note that I don’t recommend studying vocabulary lists totally out of context; see Some general tips on vocabulary learning. These lists are mainly useful for finding ‘low hanging fruit’ – those unfamiliar words near the top of the list that you don’t know but probably should.

You can learn how to generate your own customized lists on my page, Generating frequency lists for study. You may also be interested in A Frequency Dictionary of Portuguese, which contains similar lists of the top 5,000 words, grouped thematically and by part of speech, with definitions given for every word. I also recommend 501 Portuguese Verbs, which gives definitions, example sentences, and complete conjugations for 501 of the most common verbs.

With that said, here they are, ranked by frequency from most common to least common:

  1. ser
  2. ter
  3. estar
  4. poder
  5. fazer
  6. ir
  7. haver
  8. dizer
  9. dar
  10. ver
  11. saber
  12. querer
  13. ficar
  14. dever
  15. passar
  16. vir
  17. chegar
  18. falar
  19. deixar
  20. encontrar
  21. levar
  22. começar
  23. partir
  24. pensar
  25. parecer
  26. apresentar
  27. olhar
  28. tornar
  29. sair
  30. voltar
  31. conseguir
  32. achar
  33. existir
  34. sentir
  35. entrar
  36. chamar
  37. conhecer
  38. considerar
  39. pôr
  40. continuar
  41. viver
  42. ouvir
  43. tomar
  44. acabar
  45. receber
  46. perder
  47. andar
  48. trabalhar
  49. criar
  50. pedir
  51. [seguir]
  52. [contar]
  53. [acontecer]
  54. [afirmar]
  55. [tratar]
  56. [esperar]
  57. [gostar]
  58. [usar]
  59. [manter]
  60. [realizar]
  61. [abrir]
  62. [escrever]
  63. [permitir]
  64. [ocorrer]
  65. [mostrar]
  66. [lembrar]
  67. [trazer]
  68. [procurar]
  69. [morrer]
  70. [tentar]
  71. [formar]
  72. [aparecer]
  73. [incluir]
  74. [cair]
  75. [correr]
  76. [ganhar]
  77. [surgir]
  78. [nascer]
  79. [pagar]
  80. [representar]
  81. [entender]
  82. [produzir]
  83. [ler]
  84. [precisar]
  85. [perguntar]
  86. [constituir]
  87. [colocar]
  88. [possuir]
  89. [servir]
  90. [tirar]
  91. [responder]
  92. [obter]
  93. [desenvolver]
  94. [explicar]
  95. [descobrir]
  96. [acreditar]
  97. [levantar]
  98. [mandar]
  99. [estudar]
  100. [atingir]
  101. [sofrer]
  102. [parar]
  103. [bater]
  104. [decidir]
  105. [referir]
  106. [fechar]
  107. [aumentar]
  108. [acompanhar]
  109. [defender]
  110. [lançar]
  111. [mudar]
  112. [resolver]
  113. [participar]
  114. [subir]
  115. [utilizar]
  116. [provocar]
  117. [compreender]
  118. [estabelecer]
  119. [pretender]
  120. [iniciar]
  121. [perceber]
  122. [garantir]
  123. [comer]
  124. [vender]
  125. [observar]
  126. [comprar]
  127. [aceitar]
  128. [resultar]
  129. [reconhecer]
  130. [sentar]
  131. [marcar]
  132. [construir]
  133. [crescer]
  134. [publicar]
  135. [ajudar]
  136. [assumir]
  137. [revelar]
  138. [prever]
  139. [ocupar]
  140. [oferecer]
  141. [dirigir]
  142. [esquecer]
  143. [tocar]
  144. [envolver]
  145. [matar]
  146. [fugir]
  147. [indicar]
  148. [valer]
  149. [terminar]
  150. [jogar]
  151. [conter]
  152. [definir]
  153. [rir]
  154. [escolher]
  155. [destacar]
  156. [reunir]
  157. [descer]
  158. [dormir]
  159. [causar]
  160. [evitar]
  161. [determinar]
  162. [anunciar]
  163. [exigir]
  164. [transformar]
  165. [vencer]
  166. [faltar]
  167. [entregar]
  168. [casar]
  169. [pegar]
  170. [eleger]
  171. [julgar]
  172. [permanecer]
  173. [apontar]
  174. [virar]
  175. [concluir]
  176. [significar]
  177. [depender]
  178. [repetir]
  179. [abandonar]
  180. [obrigar]
  181. [preparar]
  182. [aplicar]
  183. [reduzir]
  184. [pertencer]
  185. [funcionar]
  186. [retirar]
  187. [meter]
  188. [verificar]
  189. [estender]
  190. [acrescentar]
  191. [desejar]
  192. [dividir]
  193. [buscar]
  194. [cumprir]
  195. [aproximar]
  196. [sorrir]
  197. [imaginar]
  198. [discutir]
  199. [apoiar]
  200. [gerar]
  201. [cantar]
  202. [afastar]
  203. [admitir]
  204. [fixar]
  205. [dispor]
  206. [chorar]
  207. [erguer]
  208. [preferir]
  209. [aproveitar]
  210. [gritar]
  211. [promover]
  212. [integrar]
  213. [atravessar]
  214. [alcançar]
  215. [propor]
  216. [informar]
  217. [atribuir]
  218. []
  219. [aprender]
  220. [deitar]
  221. [cortar]
  222. [enviar]
  223. [morar]
  224. [acusar]
  225. [impedir]
  226. [desaparecer]
  227. [avançar]
  228. [custar]
  229. [amar]
  230. [interessar]
  231. [exercer]
  232. [dedicar]
  233. [assistir]
  234. [cobrir]
  235. [compor]
  236. [conduzir]
  237. [consistir]
  238. [substituir]
  239. [descrever]
  240. [analisar]
  241. [confirmar]
  242. [completar]
  243. [regressar]
  244. [bastar]
  245. [prometer]
  246. [adquirir]
  247. [baixar]
  248. [conversar]
  249. [demonstrar]
  250. [contribuir]
  251. [corresponder]
  252. [importar]
  253. [identificar]
  254. [jantar]
  255. [pesar]
  256. [prestar]
  257. [apanhar]
  258. [ligar]
  259. [atirar]
  260. [caracterizar]
  261. [enfrentar]
  262. [declarar]
  263. [notar]
  264. [citar]
  265. [alimentar]
  266. [fornecer]
  267. [guardar]
  268. [conquistar]
  269. [caber]
  270. [beber]
  271. [designar]
  272. [juntar]
  273. [esconder]
  274. [variar]
  275. [decorrer]
  276. [salvar]
  277. [adoptar]
  278. [controlar]
  279. [actuar]
  280. [atender]
  281. [introduzir]
  282. [cuidar]
  283. [durar]
  284. [dominar]
  285. [adiantar]
  286. [recordar]
  287. [visitar]
  288. [calar]
  289. [comentar]
  290. [melhorar]
  291. [fundar]
  292. [convidar]
  293. [proteger]
  294. [acordar]
  295. [puxar]
  296. [instalar]
  297. [viajar]
  298. [limitar]
  299. [encher]
  300. [merecer]
  301. [assegurar]
  302. [crer]
  303. [caminhar]
  304. [conceder]
  305. [suceder]
  306. [separar]
  307. [votar]
  308. [unir]
  309. [negar]
  310. [avaliar]
  311. [recusar]
  312. [sugerir]
  313. [costumar]
  314. [alterar]
  315. [preocupar]
  316. [mover]
  317. [justificar]
  318. [impor]
  319. [diminuir]
  320. [atacar]
  321. [lutar]
  322. [insistir]
  323. [divulgar]
  324. [concordar]
  325. [recolher]
  326. [respeitar]
  327. [praticar]
  328. [reflectir]
  329. [disputar]
  330. [deter]
  331. [transmitir]
  332. [carregar]
  333. [arrastar]
  334. [arranjar]
  335. [temer]
  336. [trocar]
  337. [destruir]
  338. [recuperar]
  339. [restar]
  340. [ensinar]
  341. [comparar]
  342. [quebrar]
  343. [calcular]
  344. [ameaçar]
  345. [afectar]
  346. [libertar]
  347. [visar]
  348. [manifestar]
  349. [amanhecer]
  350. [atrair]
  351. [registar]
  352. [voar]
  353. [prosseguir]
  354. [demorar]
  355. [ultrapassar]
  356. [criticar]
  357. [saltar]
  358. [gastar]
  359. [reparar]
  360. [soltar]
  361. [executar]
  362. [limpar]
  363. [invadir]
  364. [montar]
  365. [assinar]
  366. [aprovar]
  367. [investir]
  368. [influenciar]
  369. [apertar]
  370. [sustentar]
  371. [inventar]
  372. [distinguir]
  373. [opor]
  374. [escapar]
  375. [resistir]
  376. [cometer]
  377. [agir]
  378. [registrar]
  379. [pintar]
  380. [medir]
  381. [interromper]
  382. [organizar]
  383. [escutar]
  384. [empregar]
  385. [distribuir]
  386. [espalhar]
  387. [emitir]
  388. [basear]
  389. [operar]
  390. [supor]
  391. [arrancar]
  392. [provar]
  393. [ferir]
  394. [estimar]
  395. [romper]
  396. [derivar]
  397. [ceder]
  398. [percorrer]
  399. [roubar]
  400. [comandar]
  401. [reclamar]
  402. [cobrar]
  403. [deslocar]
  404. [negociar]
  405. [transportar]
  406. [explorar]
  407. [brincar]
  408. [convencer]
  409. [concentrar]
  410. [botar]
  411. [reagir]
  412. [salientar]
  413. [facilitar]
  414. [interpretar]
  415. [reforçar]
  416. [desempenhar]
  417. [implicar]
  418. [recorrer]
  419. [expor]
  420. [esclarecer]
  421. [prender]
  422. [vestir]
  423. [mexer]
  424. [gravar]
  425. [denunciar]
  426. [aguardar]
  427. [retomar]
  428. [efectuar]
  429. [encarar]
  430. [sonhar]
  431. [avisar]
  432. [dançar]
  433. [apurar]
  434. [encerrar]
  435. [originar]
  436. [surpreender]
  437. [errar]
  438. [acumular]
  439. [satisfazer]
  440. [tender]
  441. [necessitar]
  442. [despertar]
  443. [traduzir]
  444. [largar]
  445. [comunicar]
  446. [exclamar]
  447. [investigar]
  448. [segurar]
  449. [agarrar]
  450. [ordenar]
  451. [ignorar]
  452. [governar]
  453. [experimentar]
  454. [suportar]
  455. [desenhar]
  456. [condenar]
  457. [inspirar]
  458. [optar]
  459. [confessar]
  460. [colher]
  461. [constar]
  462. [admirar]
  463. [prejudicar]
  464. [sacudir]
  465. [murmurar]
  466. [armar]
  467. [dobrar]
  468. [derrubar]
  469. [acender]
  470. [circular]
  471. [apagar]
  472. [proceder]
  473. [requerer]
  474. [combater]
  475. [eliminar]
  476. [colaborar]
  477. [residir]
  478. [solicitar]
  479. [conservar]
  480. [alegar]
  481. [proibir]
  482. [encaminhar]
  483. [elevar]
  484. [modificar]
  485. [combinar]
  486. [classificar]
  487. [exibir]
  488. [conferir]
  489. [contemplar]
  490. [beneficiar]
  491. [queimar]
  492. [sobreviver]
  493. [adaptar]
  494. [situar]
  495. [projectar]
  496. [rejeitar]
  497. [tremer]
  498. [lavar]
  499. [frequentar]
  500. [convocar]
  501. [acertar]
  502. [misturar]
  503. [despedir]
  504. [superar]
  505. [cultivar]
  506. [agitar]
  507. [rever]
  508. [orientar]
  509. [animar]
  510. [demitir]
  511. [assentar]
  512. [possibilitar]
  513. [proporcionar]
  514. [inaugurar]
  515. [beijar]
  516. [autorizar]
  517. [desfazer]
  518. [converter]
  519. [consumir]
  520. [estimular]
  521. [desistir]
  522. [descansar]
  523. [passear]
  524. [confiar]
  525. [adormecer]
  526. [ressaltar]
  527. [destinar]
  528. [retornar]
  529. [conceber]
  530. [apreciar]
  531. [argumentar]
  532. [recuar]
  533. [confundir]
  534. [forçar]
  535. [respirar]
  536. [submeter]
  537. [localizar]
  538. [absorver]
  539. [presidir]
  540. [abranger]
  541. [abordar]
  542. [habitar]
  543. [obedecer]
  544. [adorar]
  545. [enganar]
  546. [desviar]
  547. [competir]
  548. [rodear]
  549. [regular]
  550. [iluminar]
  551. [brilhar]
  552. [comprometer]
  553. [relatar]
  554. [fabricar]
  555. [abalar]
  556. [pregar]
  557. [empurrar]
  558. [ampliar]
  559. [recomendar]
  560. [antecipar]
  561. [cruzar]
  562. [perseguir]
  563. [lamentar]
  564. [falecer]
  565. [assustar]
  566. [estrear]
  567. [intervir]
  568. [apostar]
  569. [financiar]
  570. [disparar]
  571. [mergulhar]
  572. [incorporar]
  573. [concorrer]
  574. [desconfiar]
  575. [corrigir]
  576. [prolongar]
  577. [render]
  578. [protestar]
  579. [sumir]
  580. [indagar]
  581. [travar]
  582. [cheirar]
  583. [gozar]
  584. [fumar]
  585. [sobrar]
  586. [rolar]
  587. [queixar]
  588. [excluir]
  589. [expulsar]
  590. [enterrar]
  591. [comemorar]
  592. [liderar]
  593. [agradar]
  594. [girar]
  595. [aderir]
  596. [treinar]
  597. [desculpar]
  598. [rezar]
  599. [sujeitar]
  600. [reservar]
  601. [examinar]
  602. [rodar]
  603. [chover]
  604. [celebrar]
  605. [perdoar]
  606. [preencher]
  607. [evoluir]
  608. [arriscar]
  609. [desconhecer]
  610. [inserir]
  611. [emprestar]
  612. [elaborar]
  613. [suspender]
  614. [relacionar]
  615. [acelerar]
  616. [alargar]
  617. [arrumar]
  618. [somar]
  619. [constatar]
  620. [depositar]
  621. [administrar]
  622. [espreitar]
  623. [extrair]
  624. [ocultar]
  625. [espantar]
  626. [fingir]
  627. [agradecer]
  628. [associar]
  629. [exprimir]
  630. [preservar]
  631. [tecer]
  632. [tardar]
  633. [apressar]
  634. [encolher]
  635. [acentuar]
  636. [sublinhar]
  637. [falhar]
  638. [rasgar]
  639. [pronunciar]
  640. [adivinhar]
  641. [aguentar]
  642. [processar]
  643. [contrariar]
  644. [divertir]
  645. [incomodar]
  646. [resumir]
  647. [instituir]
  648. [arder]
  649. [consultar]
  650. [doer]
  651. [derrotar]
  652. [encarregar]
  653. [formular]
  654. [adiar]
  655. [violar]
  656. [cercar]
  657. [calhar]
  658. [cessar]
  659. [dispensar]
  660. [comprovar]
  661. [concretizar]
  662. [convir]
  663. [favorecer]
  664. [plantar]
  665. [penetrar]
  666. [reproduzir]
  667. [jurar]
  668. [estremecer]
  669. [ilustrar]
  670. [hesitar]
  671. [seleccionar]
  672. [duvidar]
  673. [enrolar]
  674. [partilhar]
  675. [renovar]
  676. [traçar]
  677. [planejar]
  678. [ingressar]
  679. [ousar]
  680. [detectar]
  681. [torcer]
  682. [assinalar]
  683. [editar]
  684. [devolver]
  685. [movimentar]
  686. [lidar]
  687. [aquecer]
  688. [irritar]
  689. [transferir]
  690. [questionar]
  691. [motivar]
  692. [coordenar]
  693. [agravar]
  694. [firmar]
  695. [acudir]
  696. [auxiliar]
  697. [expressar]
  698. [enfiar]
  699. [esgotar]
  700. [guiar]
  701. [captar]
  702. [aconselhar]
  703. [nomear]
  704. [soar]
  705. [disfarçar]
  706. [depor]
  707. [defrontar]
  708. [encostar]
  709. [abraçar]
  710. [pousar]
  711. [escorrer]
  712. [debater]
  713. [desencadear]
  714. [herdar]
  715. [explodir]
  716. [fitar]
  717. [acolher]
  718. [contestar]
  719. [morder]
  720. [poupar]
  721. [gemer]
  722. [apelar]
  723. [renunciar]
  724. [reter]
  725. [proclamar]
  726. [consolidar]
  727. [esmagar]
  728. [recomeçar]
  729. [articular]
  730. [abrigar]
  731. [suspirar]
  732. [testar]
  733. [comparecer]
  734. [interrogar]
  735. [perturbar]
  736. [caçar]
  737. [distrair]
  738. [ajustar]
  739. [vibrar]
  740. [pisar]
  741. [coincidir]
  742. [provir]
  743. [soprar]
  744. [almoçar]
  745. [incidir]
  746. [culminar]
  747. [oscilar]
  748. [fartar]
  749. [enxergar]
  750. [conviver]
  751. [abater]
  752. [impressionar]
  753. [punir]
  754. [rebentar]
  755. [telefonar]
  756. [rondar]
  757. [dificultar]
  758. [figurar]
  759. [ascender]
  760. [engolir]
  761. [livrar]
  762. [alertar]
  763. [contrair]
  764. [implantar]
  765. [imitar]
  766. [expandir]
  767. [pender]
  768. [mentir]
  769. [decretar]
  770. [aliviar]
  771. [secar]
  772. [filmar]
  773. [estalar]
  774. [comportar]
  775. [valorizar]
  776. [suspeitar]
  777. [prevenir]
  778. [deslizar]
  779. [dissolver]
  780. [induzir]
  781. [inclinar]
  782. [berrar]
  783. [abanar]
  784. [emergir]
  785. [esfregar]
  786. [enriquecer]
  787. [compensar]
  788. [pressionar]
  789. [encomendar]
  790. [desafiar]
  791. [isolar]
  792. [tapar]
  793. [avistar]
  794. [anular]
  795. [gerir]
  796. [reinar]
  797. [recear]
  798. [revestir]
  799. [brigar]
  800. [pular]
  801. [englobar]
  802. [persistir]
  803. [interferir]
  804. [noticiar]
  805. [acarretar]
  806. [semear]
  807. [reivindicar]
  808. [candidatar]
  809. [tombar]
  810. [exportar]
  811. [escalar]
  812. [ofender]
  813. [afundar]
  814. [armazenar]
  815. [deparar]
  816. [odiar]
  817. [incentivar]
  818. [multiplicar]
  819. [embarcar]
  820. [elogiar]
  821. [marchar]
  822. [sufocar]
  823. [desprezar]
  824. [diferir]
  825. [complicar]
  826. [arrepender]
  827. [atrapalhar]
  828. [alongar]
  829. [rematar]
  830. [contactar]
  831. [dotar]
  832. [flutuar]
  833. [remeter]
  834. [evidenciar]
  835. [estranhar]
  836. [agrupar]
  837. [desembarcar]
  838. [reger]
  839. [resmungar]
  840. [detestar]
  841. [homenagear]
  842. [proferir]
  843. [fundir]
  844. [picar]
  845. [restringir]
  846. [teimar]
  847. [especificar]
  848. [reafirmar]
  849. [substantivar]
  850. [doar]
  851. [aprofundar]
  852. [denominar]
  853. [ferver]
  854. [pairar]
  855. [acenar]
  856. [centrar]
  857. [aborrecer]
  858. [enfatizar]
  859. [empenhar]
  860. [assemelhar]
  861. [chefiar]
  862. [equivaler]
  863. [navegar]
  864. [leccionar]
  865. [precipitar]
  866. [estragar]
  867. [cansar]
  868. [improvisar]
  869. [varrer]
  870. [dispersar]
  871. [refugiar]
  872. [retratar]
  873. [velar]
  874. [fiar]
  875. [cumprimentar]
  876. [contratar]
  877. [advertir]
  878. [devorar]
  879. [apetecer]
  880. [reprimir]
  881. [replicar]
  882. [ranger]
  883. [mobilizar]
  884. [culpar]
  885. [capturar]
  886. [enxugar]
  887. [mencionar]
  888. [predominar]
  889. [frisar]
  890. [curvar]
  891. [alugar]
  892. [agredir]
  893. [atrever]
  894. [baptizar]
  895. [ponderar]
  896. [narrar]
  897. [namorar]
  898. [banhar]
  899. [actualizar]
  900. [desabafar]
  901. [curar]
  902. [restaurar]
  903. [roçar]
  904. [remover]
  905. [espiar]
  906. [arrecadar]
  907. [vingar]
  908. [bradar]
  909. [desligar]
  910. [repousar]
  911. [liberar]
  912. [reformar]
  913. [pesquisar]
  914. [evocar]
  915. [torturar]
  916. [findar]
  917. [fluir]
  918. [decorar]
  919. [jazer]
  920. [responsabilizar]
  921. [desmentir]
  922. [chocar]
  923. [consentir]
  924. [debruçar]
  925. [disciplinar]
  926. [moer]
  927. [parir]
  928. [ensaiar]
  929. [atar]
  930. [accionar]
  931. [preceder]
  932. [pressentir]
  933. [acalmar]
  934. [atrasar]
  935. [colar]
  936. [furar]
  937. [extinguir]
  938. [vigiar]
  939. [meditar]
  940. [envelhecer]
  941. [edificar]
  942. [rebater]
  943. [resgatar]
  944. [alastrar]
  945. [vagar]
  946. [realçar]
  947. [cascar]
  948. [copiar]
  949. [exceder]
  950. [esforçar]
  951. [escorregar]
  952. [empreender]
  953. [anteceder]
  954. [clamar]
  955. [intensificar]
  956. [irar]
  957. [suar]
  958. [descartar]
  959. [fortalecer]
  960. [nadar]
  961. [ostentar]
  962. [roer]
  963. [desenrolar]
  964. [diferenciar]
  965. [cancelar]
  966. [balançar]
  967. [apaixonar]
  968. [consagrar]
  969. [saudar]
  970. [trair]
  971. [soluçar]
  972. [fiscalizar]
  973. [finalizar]
  974. [pescar]
  975. [invocar]
  976. [sequestrar]
  977. [derramar]
  978. [emigrar]
  979. [suscitar]
  980. [inverter]
  981. [imprimir]
  982. [habituar]
  983. [implementar]
  984. [licenciar]
  985. [reaparecer]
  986. [prevalecer]
  987. [relembrar]
  988. [empatar]
  989. [balbuciar]
  990. [cerrar]
  991. [afogar]
  992. [restabelecer]
  993. [viabilizar]
  994. [conformar]
  995. [ditar]
  996. [fotografar]
  997. [estacionar]
  998. [coçar]
  999. [disponibilizar]
  1000. [florescer]

31 Responses to The 1000 most common verbs in Portuguese

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  3. Jeff says:

    Thanks so much for all of your great posts. I have been living in Brazil for one year now and I am still have a tough time conversing. Do you have any other resources for slang or that will HELP me really feel more comfortable speaking? I have already completed the Foreign Service Institute Language Course, Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone. Thanks so much. Feel free to email me back at: jcoinc@gmail.com

    • Lauren says:

      Hey Jeff, two suggestions. Have you seen the pages on slang and regionalisms over at Portuguese blog? Check it out:
      http://portugueseblog.org/category/learn-brazilian-portuguese/slang/

      Also, it sounds like you have a good grasp of the language but need more practice actively listening to actual Brazilian speech…thick accents, unusual expressions, clipped words, etc. all make it quite difficult. I suggest you try the Semantica Series 2 videos, Clica Brasil, or Conversation Brasileira. All of these feature Brazilians conversing more or less naturally, but they are short videos that you can listen to over and over until you understand everything.

      Also, what if you and your wife picked one day a week and only spoke in Portuguese? I bet you’d get better incredibly quickly.

    • Cristina says:

      Hi Jeff,

      How’s Brazil? which city are you in? I am going to brasilia next year, I am quite nervous.

      Bests,

      Cristina

      • Nate says:

        Cristina,
        I travelled alone to Brasilia and Anapolis, Goias and lived there for about a month with friends for my first time ever out of the US. I had an unbelievable time, and the folks there are friendlier than here in my opinion. It was great. They’ll appreciate you making an effort to speak the language.
        Boa sorte,
        Nate

    • Lukas Cech says:

      Hey Jeff,

      I´m posting this as a future reference for others, rather than to help you, as it´s been almost a year now, don´t think you need help with your problem.

      But there´s an obvious answer – get out, talk to people. Ask them to explain slang to you. You studied more than enough courses, watched videos and god knows why, but that isn´t how to learn a language. You know how you learn a language? Live in the country, listen and speak it. Support it with some grammar book and you´re there.

      Don´t stay in, watching more videos of more portugues. You´re better off out there, talking, without worrying too much about how correct your language is. It´s going to correct itself over time.

      Thanks for the 1000 verbs Lauren!
      Lukas

  4. Jeff says:

    Thank you for this useful post. I have been living in Brazil for one year now, and I am still having a tough time speaking and learning the language. My spouse is Brazilian, but we always converse in English, so maybe this is part of the reason. Do you have any other resources you can offer for practice with Slang (which are free)? I have already completed the Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, and Foreign Service Institute language programs.
    You can reach me at: jcoinc at gmail

    Thanks

    • Brian Drury says:

      Hey Jeff,

      I am a native English speaker who has attained fluency in Spanish and in 7 months I am a strong conversationalist in studying Portuguese. I strongly attribute this to using Busuu.com, not because of the structured language learning material (which you would get with Rosetta Stone or more formal courses) but because this site puts you in touch with native speakers all over the world. I skype frequently with a friend from Brazil I met using this site and this has helped me to not only learn the accent but also the slang and less formal words you probably wouldn’t find in a more formal, rigid course.

      Hope this helps!

      - Brian

    • Debra says:

      Hi Jeff,
      I also am now living in Brazil. My husband is Brazilian and also speaks English to me in the house. I have lived here 4 months and am struggling. I speak worse than a two year old. Any advice you have that may be helpful?
      Debra

  5. That’s what i’ve been looking for!

  6. I live in Haiti, over here we speak French and Creol but i always wished to speak portugues but i was running out of verbs and eventually when i discovered this website that was to me something marvelous that i ever found….Muito obrigado!!!

  7. Monica V says:

    This is exactly what I was after, thank you very much for posting it! I’m an ESL teacher learning Portuguese, and it’s great to find as many resources online for learning Portuguese as there are for learning English (well, almost!).

    Muito obrigada!

    Monica

  8. mario says:

    thank you!!!
    eu estou muito obrigado
    muchas gracias

  9. Mike says:

    Same issue here. How is tornar more common than voltar? Good idea but something has gone wrong i think.

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  13. Charlie says:

    Do you have the same list with English translations? Thanks!

  14. Amin de Somalia says:

    I really love to learn Portuguese, thanks for those verbs

    eu so aprendo o portugues pra ti

    es o melhor de todos tempos

    cr7

  15. Slow Learner says:

    349 amanhã

    is not a verb

  16. Mimi Ward says:

    I spent about 10 years in Brazil, beginning about 1950 and returning to the USA in 1960. During that time, I was completely immersed in the language and culture of Brazil. I lived and went to school in Campinas, São José do Rio Prêto and spent a year or so in Niterói. I was also able to travel extensively to the interior and visited several Northern cities, notably Recife and Salvador. It has been 50+ years since I have spoken Portuguese on a regular basis and I was astonished at the fact that there were only a few (13) verbs on the list that I did not know. This is why I believe that “immersion” is the absolute best way to learn a new language. Here I am, an old lady, still in love with meu amado brasil, and having saudade to go there again. Talvez um dia…. Thank you for this wonderful page!

  17. MizzBusby says:

    What happened to number 218?
    Thanks for the list, I’m basing my studies on it!

  18. philip says:

    How I wish the verbs had English translation.

  19. I’m a 71 year old retired man foreign languages student.
    I believe I have a good knowledge of English because I can hold a conversation face a face with no problem.
    Of course we have to consider the fact that to master a foreign language out of the country where it is spoken is not an easy task.
    Anyway it is a challenge we do like to face.
    If you are interested in exchanging ideas both in English and Portuguese just e-mail me carlos326@oi.com.br because at least we can start a good and respectful friendship.
    My God bless the world surrounded with so much violence.
    carlos araújo

  20. Muhammad Khayam says:

    I think will more better if you write translation in front of these 1000 verbs will be more easy for us. Thanks

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