I am often asked:
- “What exactly does tudo bem”mean?”
It is no surprise that this is a popular question. Your Brazilian friends likely greet you with “tudo bem?” on a daily basis. Let’s see what exactly tudo bem means and how you can answer the “tudo bem?” question.
Tudo = everything, all
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Bem = well
It is an adverb.
Therefore, the literal translation is:
- Tudo bem? = Everything well?
This is one of the most common ways to greet people in Brazil. You simply ask: Tudo bem? It is our equivalent to, “How are you?” and works both in person and over the phone.
How about Tudo bom?
You will also hear the variation: Tudo bom?
Bom = good; it’s an adjective.
The literal translation is:
- Tudo bom? = Everything good?
You can use bem and bom interchangeably in this specific greeting, but keep in mind that they are not the same thing and will not be used interchangeably in other situations. Bem = well. Bom = good.
How to reply to Tudo bem?
The most common way to answer is to simply say: Tudo.
You can also say: Tudo bem.
And you can be nice and ask back: E você? = And you?
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