Getting sick while traveling is absolute no fun, but it happens. Learn how to say that you have a cold in Brazilian Portuguese.
The word for cold in Portuguese is gripe.
Gripe is a feminine noun: a gripe.
In Portuguese we have another word for a light cold, so some books translate gripe as a bad cold.
There are two ways for you to say that you have a cold.
- Estou com gripe. (I am with a cold)
- Tenho gripe. (I have a cold)
We also have the word GRIPADO/GRIPADA. It describes someone who has a cold. It is, for me, the most common way to say that ou have a cold in Brazil:
- Estou gripado./Estou gripada. (I have a cold)
- Eduardo está gripado. (Eduardo has a cold)
- Marta está gripada. (Marta has a cold)
The English language does not have the word gripado/gripada. Notice that the translation above is not literal. The literal translation would be something like “Eduardo is ‘coldy'”, just like you say hungry or sleepy.
To learn health vocabulary in Portuguese, including 16 health-related words and 17 useful phrases related to the most common illnesses and symptoms that may afflict travelers, visit this other Portuguese lesson.