Learn 12 ways to say You are Welcome in Portuguese.
You may be wondering: Why do I need 12 ways to say it?
Because Brazilians will use all these different ways, and you want to understand it when people say that you are welcome.
I will also give you pronunciation tips along the lesson.
I want even more advanced speakers to leave this lesson with something new that they have learned.
The 12 ways to say You are Welcome that I will show you today are what we say in response to Thank you (obrigado/obrigada).
At the end of the lesson, I will show you how to say You are Welcome when you want to welcome guests to your home of office.
If you are not sure whether you should say Obrigada or Obrigado when you say Thank you in Portuguese, visit my lesson on how to say Thank you in Portuguese. In the lesson, I explain why you have to say either Obrigado or Obrigada. When you understand why, you will never wonder about it again.
In that lesson I also show you how we usually say the words Obrigado/Obrigada in spoken Brazilian Portuguese.
12 Ways to Say You are Welcome in Brazil in Response to Obrigado/Obrigada
1. De nada
De nada literally translates to “of nothing”. Think about it this way: We are saying we didn’t do anything much and there is nothing to thank us for.
2. Por nada
This is similar to the previous expression. Literally it translates to “for nothing”.
We like to make things short in Portuguese 🙂
4. Não há de quê
Here we are also saying that there is no reason or need to thanks us.
5. Não tem de quê
This is another another version of Não há de quê.
6. Não foi nada
Não foi nada literally translates to “It was nothing”. Yet another way to say there is no need to thank us.
Imagina is a command conjugation (Imperative) of the verb Imaginar (to imagine). You are telling the person: Imagine. It’s just another way to say there is nothing to worry about.
This is a bit more formal. Not super formal, but I don’t see young people saying that anymore. It is like saying “I am at your disposal”. However, we word it differently by using a command conjugation conjugation of the verb Dispor.
9. Às ordens
It means: I am at your disposal.
10. Não seja por isso
This is another way to say: You don’t need to thank me for this.
This one is very informal. I would not recommend using it at work or in a formal occasion. With that said, Falou is a great little word and it also works as Bye and as Thank you.
Same as Falou: this is an informal way to say you are welcome in Portuguese. It also works as Bye and as Thank you.
How to Say You are Welcome in Brazil to welcome guests
Here is what you say when want to welcome friends to your home.
- If your guest is male: Seja bem-vindo.
- If you guest is female: Seja bem-vinda.
- If they are a group with mixed genders: Sejam bem-vindos.
- If they are a group of women: Sejam bem-vindas.
You can drop the verb (seja) and just say the Bem-vindo part.
What is Seja?
Seja and Sejam are command (imperative) conjugations of the verb Ser.
The Imperative is what you need every time you give tips, instructions or advice. For example: Call me. Do me a favor. Come here. To say these sentences, you need to conjugate the verb in the imperative.
I have a Portuguese lesson that explains in detail the Imperative conjugations. You will be able to download a handout of the lesson with practice exercises. Make sure you check it out!
To use your new vocabulary correctly you need lots of practice. There’s only so much that apps, books, and videos can do for your Portuguese. You need to have real conversations with real people in order to take your fluency to the next level.
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