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]

36 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

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  21. Gabriel Santo says:

    Im a native portuguese speaker (Im brazillian) and I like to see that there are so many people trying to learn portuguese. Thats not a easy task since portuguese is more difficult than english, but with determination and desire everything is possible.
    So, I’d like to help you to achieve this goal. If u want, you can send me an email to ask me some questions about the portuguese language, expressions or even slangs. You can also talk to me via Skype to practice your hearing and learn the brazillian accent.

    Beleza então? Qualquer dúvida sobre qualquer coisa do português ou do Brasil só me enviar um email que eu terei o prazer de ajudar.

    Meu email/ my email: gvgesanto2@gmail.com
    OBS: Pra falar comigo via Skype só me mandar um email que depois agente conversa.
    To skype with me send me an email before.

  22. Mudar says:

    hey
    thanks a lot actually am now studying portuguese but it is very hard to start a talk with native people
    thanks

  23. sep says:

    It seems a bit odd to me that the verb beber is in the 270s and the verb desenvolver is in the 90s. It doesn’t seem right.

    • Lauren says:

      This list is based on a corpus of written documents, most of which are newspaper articles. So it will be skewed towards words found in written texts.

  24. Nardyello says:

    Hello, everyone.

    I know this post is a bit old, but it still comes up on the first page of Google when searching “most common words in Portuguese” — and that’s why I’m going to leave a post here. I’m sure it might help someone.

    I’m a native speaker in English and Portuguese. I had the luck of being educated in both countries as a child and today I can speak both with the correct accents. Both my parents are Brazilian so we spoke Portuguese at home and English at school and with friends. Today, I’m an English teacher here in Brazil and I’ve helped almost 200 people learn English (and you won’t believe it, but English and Portuguese have many similarities).

    Well, here is probably one of the most important tips you’ll ever find in your quest for “how to learn a language”:

    I’ll give you this tip through a true story that happened a few decades ago (with my own words):
    Long ago, there was a guy who tried to translate the language of a Native Indian tribe in order to help bring the Word of God to them (this is not a religious story; it’s just what happened). This man ventured into the jungle so that he could try to learn as much as he could about this language so that he could translate the Bible for them. In the first few months, he learned quite a few things and felt that he was going to be able to do this easily, since he had done it before with other languages.

    After 4 years, though, he wasn’t able to get past much of the basics and he still didn’t really understand the language at all. He got some basic stuff down, but there were so many words that were pronounced so similarly and that were used in different situations to mean different things depending on events and other variables. Nothing really made sense.

    Soon after those 4 years, he gave up and another missionary went there to try to get this done. He also had the same results in the beginning and, after more than 2 years, he saw himself going nowhere. After the third year, when he was about to give up, he received a message saying: “You cannot understand that which you are not a part of.” And it dawned on him that all this time he was there to translate the language – and that was all he did. He never tried to live the language. He never really got involved in the life of the tribe. He was a bystander – always on the sidelines watching the community go about their lives. That was certainly why he was only able to learn superficial things about the language. So he decided to be as one of the tribe. He dressed as them, went hunting with them, celebrated and mourned with them, taught the kids and accepted the teachings of the elders and soon, in less than a year, everything about the language started to fall into place. He started to understand that which he started to live.

    ***You cannot understand that which you are not a part of.***
    If you only try to learn it superficially, you’ll only get superficial results. Try to live the language. Change your cellphone, Facebook, computer, TV channels, Netflix, etc to Portuguese. Become friends with those who speak Portuguese. Read the books (this is how I perfected my Portuguese to the point where most people don’t believe I was born in USA; they think I’m Brazilian). Cook the meals. Watch the movies. Play the games. Tell the jokes. Live the culture. Start living it and you will see that it’ll all start to come together.

    If you don’t do that, you’ll always just be a foreigner who knows how to speak some of it… but not all of it like “us”.

    As a teacher, I’ve learned many other ways to learn languages at a rapid pace (used them to learn Japanese), but in the end, nothing beats self-discipline. Hey, make it a habit. Do it or die, kind of deal. Make a commitment to learn. Insist and persist. Brush up on the basics again and again. If the basics aren’t polished, you won’t understand the more complex things. The more contact you have with it, the more you’ll get used to it, the more natural it’ll become.

    There is a lot to say about language learning and Lauren has already done a great job in make this website with tons of information for all those who are interested in learning Portuguese. Take a look around and you’ll find more resources. If you need any additional help, feel free to contact me at nardyello.coutinho@gmail.com.

    Até mais!

    P.S. Lauren, parabéns pelo seu trabalho e continue se dedicando e aprendendo mais e mais a cada dia que passar. O sucesso é apenas para aqueles que se esforçam e se entregam a aquilo que realmente amam.
    Um abraço,
    Nardyello

    • Lauren says:

      Nardyello, muito obrigada pelas suas palavras de encorajamento! Concordo completamente com você que o chave é viver a língua todo dia — tornar-se um pouco obcecado. Por isso eu tento escrever sobre a cultura brasileira tanto como a própria língua. Obrigada por dar um pulo no meu blog!
      abraços,
      Lauren

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