Que tal is a nice little expression that you can use in so many different situations. What confuses learners of Portuguese is that the Spanish language has the same expression as a greeting. In Portuguese it is not a greeting. Learn how to use Que tal in this lesson. You will sound really good when talking to your friends.
Imagine this situation: Fátima and João are planning to go out for dinner tonight. Here is their dialogue:
JOÃO: O que você quer comer?
FÁTIMA: Que tal frutos do mar?
JOÃO: Tá ótimo. Te pego às 8.
JOÃO: What do you want to eat?
FÁTIMA: How about seafood?
JOÃO: Sounds great. I will pick you up at 8.
In Portuguese, Que tal…? =
- How about…?
- What do you think of…?
Watch this video lesson to learn how to pronounce the letter L when it is the last letter of the word or syllable, as in tal, Brasil, futebol, and carnaval. These little things make a positive difference in your Portuguese.
Additional Examples with Que tal
After dinner, João asks:
= How about catching a movie on Friday?
When Fátima was getting ready to meet João, she asked her sister:
- Que tal esse vestido? Estou bonita?
= How about this dress? Do I look pretty?
In the example above you can also translate Que tal as: What do you think of…?
Cristiana thinks her roommate is too bossy. One day during an argument she says:
- Que tal falar menos e ajudar mais?
= How about talking less and helping more?
Notice the Verb
Did you notice that in situations 1 and 3 the verb after que tal is in the infinitive? Keep that in mind.
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