At this time of the year, whenever I ask friends and family in Brazil how things are going, they answer: “It’s an oven over here”. Yes, it is summer in Brazil. It certainly feels like you are in an oven.
In this video lesson, I will show you how to talk about hot weather like a Brazilian. Watch the video:
Tá um forno
Tá um forno = Literally: It is an oven. It means that it is really hot.
Did you notice that I wrote tá in italics? Tá is a short form for está. In spoken Brazilian Portuguese, we tend to drop the first syllable of the verb Estar. We also do that in personal, informal written communications such as Facebook and text messages.
You can use the expression Um forno in other verb tenses, not only in the present tense.
Let me show you examples using the phrase:
Luciana: Oi, mãe, como vão as coisas?
Odete: Tá um forno aqui! Você não tem ideia!
Luciana: Hi, mom, how’s everything?
Odete: It’s way too hot here! You have no idea!
Márcia: E aí, gostou de São Luís?
Cíntia: Amei. Mas tava um forno lá.
Márcia: So, how did you like São Luís?
Cíntia: I loved it. But it was too hot over there.
Anna: Como é o clima no Brasil em fevereiro?
Clara: É um forno! Se prepare!
Anna: How is the weather in Brazil in February?
Clara: It’s super hot! Brace yourself!
I have a different lesson in which I teach you how to say “I am melting” in Portuguese. I did not make a video for that lesson, so I am including the pronunciation of derretendo in this video.
Visit the original lesson to learn how to use the phrase “I am melting” in two different situations.
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