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35 Portuguese Words for Talking About Studying


If you’re studying Portuguese, it’s highly probable that at some point you’ll want to talk in Portuguese about your studies. Beyond that, education in general is a useful topic for which to have some vocabulary, so in this post we’ll provide 35 Portuguese words and a few simple phrases for talking about studying. For closer guidance on this subject, book your online lesson with our expert tutors today.


Vocabulary

Look at these 35 Portuguese study-related words:


School

Escola, colégio


University

Universidade


College

Faculdade


Book

Livro


Class

Classe, aula


Classmate

Colega de classe


Classroom

Sala de aula


Course

Curso


Degree

Graduação


Desk

Carteira escolar


Diploma

Diploma


Exam

Exame


Faculty

Faculdade

Note that the Portuguese word for “faculty” is the same as the one for “college”; faculdade can refer both to college as a whole and to a specific faculty of a higher education institution.


Grade

Série


Homework

Dever de casa


(to) Learn

Aprender


Library

Biblioteca

Not to be confused with the Portuguese word livraria, which is something of a false cognate and usually refers to a bookstore.


Map

Mapa


Marker

Marcador


Pen

Caneta


Pencil

Lápis


Pencil sharpener

Apontador de lápis


Personal tutor

Professor particular


Quiz

Questionário, prova, teste


Scholarship

Bolsa de estudos


Student

Aluno, estudante


(to) Study

Estudar


Subject

Matéria escolar


Teacher

Professor


Test

Prova


Portuguese

Português


English

Inglês


Math

Matemática


Science

Ciência


History

História


Phrases

Now that we’ve seen the Portuguese words, we’ll take a quick look at how to use some of them in five simple phrases.


I’m learning Portuguese with a private tutor.

Estou aprendendo português com um professor particular.


I studied history at university.

Estudei história na universidade.


My favourite subject at school was math.

Minha matéria favorita na escola era matemática.

Note that the word escolar is dropped here, as it is redundant.


I have an important test next week.

Tenho uma prova importante na próxima semana.


I’m studying very hard for the exam.

Estou estudando muito para o exame.


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