This is our third post in the futebolês series: Portuguese lessons about Brazilian colloquial expressions that come from soccer vocabulary. Learn how to use the expression Pendurar as chuteiras. The expression can also show up in the singular: Pendurar a chuteira.
- Chuteira = soccer shoes
- Pendurar = to hang, to suspend
–> Neymar’s official chuteiras in 2014
The literall 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.
Below 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 – with video
- Learn Colloquial Portuguese: Vestir a camisa – Expressions from Soccer – Portuguese lesson
- Learn Colloquial Portuguese: Pisar na bola – Expressions from Soccer – Portuguese lesson
- Learn Colloquial Portuguese: Entrar de Sola – Expressions from Soccer – Portuguese lesson
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