Here is another commonly used Brazilian idiom that comes from soccer: Pendurar as chuteiras. This Brazilian Portuguese colloquial expression can also show up in the singular: Pendurar a chuteira.
If you speak Portuguese and have immersed yourself in the Brazilian culture, you already know that we use a lot of soccer vocabulary in everyday life. This is why it is important for you to learn these Brazilian colloquial expressions that come from soccer, so you can speak like we Brazilians do.
Colloquial Portuguese: Pendurar as chuteiras
- Chuteira = soccer shoes
- Pendurar = to hang, to suspend
The literal translation from Portuguese to English is: to hang your soccer shoes. What it means is: to retire your shoes from use.
In colloquial Portuguese, pendurar as chuteiras = to retire.
The verb to retire in Portuguese is aposentar-se, which is a reflexive verb.
The video below will show you the pronunciation of pendurar as chuteiras. Below the video are three examples using both the colloquial expression pendurar a chuteira and the verb aposentar-se.
Gustavo: Esta é minha última semana de trabalho. Finalmente vou pendurar as chuteiras. (Or: Finalmente vou me aposentar.)
Gustavo: This is my last week of work. I’m finally going to retire.
Carla: Hoje é a festa de despedida do meu chefe. Ele está pendurando a chuteira. (Or: Ele está se aposentando.)
Carla: Today is my boss’ farewell party. He is retiring.
Silvana: Quando os seus pais penduraram as chuteiras? (Or: Quando os seus pais se aposentaram?)
Fernanda: Há uns 3 anos.
Silvana: When did your parents retire?
Fernanda: About 3 years ago.
Other Portuguese Lessons from Our Soccer Series:
- Soccer Vocabulary in Portuguese
- Colloquial Portuguese: Vestir a camisa
- Learn Colloquial Portuguese: Pisar na bola
- Colloquial Portuguese: Entrar de Sola
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