Words in Portuguese that are similar to English ones

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Words in Portuguese that are similar to English ones

Portuguese and English have words that mean the same thing and look similar as well. This is because these words came from the same languages (for example Latin, Greek or French).

Examples
Visão Vision
Informação Information
Confuso Confused
Baptismo Baptism
Artigo Article
Capital Capital
Total Total
Mapa Map
Problema Problem
História History
Some English words come from Portuguese, for example tank (tanque), cacao (cacau), marmalade (marmelada from ”marmelo” = quince), caramel, molasses, mosquito, cobra, breeze (brisa), albino, coconut, zebra, pagoda, Mandarin, buccaneer, fetish, tapioca and commando.

The Portuguese word “parentes” is similar to the English word “parents”, but it means “relatives”, while the Portuguese word to mean “parents” is “pais”.

Examples of usual phrases
Olá! Hello!
Oi! Hi!
Tudo bem? Everything ok?
Tudo bem, obrigado. Everything is fine, thanks.
Como vai passando? / Como vais passando? How are you doing?
Você fala português? Do you speak Portuguese?
Eu falo português. I speak Portuguese.
Eu não falo português. I do not speak Portuguese.
Tenho de ir, adeus! I must go, goodbye!
Até logo! See you later!
Tchau! Bye!
O que está/estás a fazer? What are you doing?
Eu tenho 18 anos. I’m 18 years old

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