It is very easy to say thank you in Portuguese correctly. Yet, I see so much confusion around this topic.
The fact the many Brazilians do not remember this very simple rule and use it incorrectly certainly does not help Portuguese learners.
Today you will understand why you need to say Obrigado or Obrigada. This understanding will make it super easy to always remember the correct way for you to say thank you in Portuguese.
It really is easy to say thank you in Portuguese:
- Men say Obrigado
- Women say Obrigada
Why is that?
The first thing to have in mind is that in Portuguese adjectives vary in gender to agree with the noun they are modifying. For example:
- casa nova (new house)
- carro novo (new car)
Obrigado comes from “I feel obliged”. That is, when someone does me a favor, I feel grateful and obliged to that person.
Therefore, the word Obrigado or Obrigada will vary in gender to agree with who is feeling obliged.
This is a simple and easy rule to memorize. Guys always say Obrigado. Girls always say Obrigada.
This is also one of those rules that people don’t know about or forget. I can assure you that you will hear Brazilian women saying “Obrigado”. They should not. And now you know why 🙂
In spoken Portuguese, we tend to drop the first “o”. So you might hear Brazilians saying “brigado” or “brigada“.
That’s fine in informal conversations, but you should not write it this way.
Now make sure that when you say thank you in Portuguese, you say it right. Watch my lesson:
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- Learn 12 ways to say You Are Welcome in Portuguese, so you can respond like a Brazilian when someone thanks you in Brazil
Obrigada for reading my Portuguese lesson 🙂
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