Talking about cooking is a great way of improving your Portuguese language skills. While you’ll obviously learn Portuguese words and phrases related to the kitchen, you’ll also start picking up how to structure simple sentences and begin the process of absorbing Portuguese grammar so that you can start to think in Portuguese.
If cooking is a favorite hobby of yours, book a tutoring session focused on the subject, as this is a great way to develop your skills. For some basic vocabulary to start with, here are 30 Portuguese words you’ll hear in the kitchen.
Twenty simple Portuguese words describing kitchen objects.
Escorredor de macarrão
Chopping board/cutting board
Tábua de cortar
Ten Portuguese words describing actions related to cooking.
There is no single word in Portuguese for the important task of folding, a crucial stage of many dessert recipes. The translation above means “to mix delicately,” but there are various ways of describing the task.
Cozinhar no vapor
As with all Portuguese verbs, in addition to learning the infinitive forms, it’ll be helpful to learn some conjugations. In particular, the present tense is useful when giving instructions, for example, frite os ovos, por favor (fry the eggs, please). Adjective forms can also be useful, such as ovos fritos (fried eggs).
Practice With Your TutorThe Portuguese words in this post give you a starting point. However, turning them into sentences and learning how to respond to questions and instructions is something that’s best done with another person—especially if that person’s an expert tutor with native-level Portuguese. To really develop your skills, you need to practice in a tutoring session. The more you practice, the sooner you’ll be talking about food and cooking with total confidence.