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50 Portuguese Words and 10 Phrases for Talking About Your Job


Work is a common subject of conversation, and knowing some Portuguese words and phrases in this area will be useful if you’re traveling to a Portuguese-speaking country. For the best results, you should practice with an expert tutor, who’ll make sure you’re up to speed with all the vocabulary and grammar. In this post, we look at 50 Portuguese words and 10 phrases to get you started.


Vocabulary

Below are 50 Portuguese words for talking about jobs and work.


Job

Trabalho, emprego


Boss

Chefe


Colleague

Colega de trabalho


Employee

Funcionário(a)


Company

Empresa


Freelancer

Trabalhador(a) autônomo(a) [BR], trabalhador(a) independente [EU/BR]

Note: the anglicism freelancer is also common.


Work

Trabalho


Career

Carreira


Day off

Dia de folga


Vacation

Férias


Accountant

Contador(a)


Architect

Arquiteto(a) [BR], arquitecto(a) [EU]


Baker

Padeiro(a)


Banker

Banqueiro(a)


Builder

Construtor(a)


Bus driver

Motorista de ônibus [BR], condutor de autocarro [EU]


Businessman/businesswoman

Empresário(a)


Butcher

Açougueiro(a)


Carpenter

Carpinteiro(a)


Cashier

Caixa


Chef

Chefe de cozinha

Note: recently, the anglicism chef has also become popular in Brazil.


Clerk

Escriturário(a)


Company director

Diretor(a) da empresa


Consultant

Consultor(a)


Counselor

Conselheiro(a)


Decorator

Decorador(a)


Dentist

Dentista


Designer

Designer [BR], planeador(a) [EU]


Doctor

Médico(a)


Electrician

Eletricista [BR], electricista [EU]


Engineer

Engenheiro(a)


Farmer

Agricultor(a)


Fireman

Bombeiro(a)


Flight attendant

Comissário(a) de bordo


Garbage collector

Coletor de lixo


Hairdresser

Cabelereiro(a)


Janitor

Zelador(a)


Journalist

Jornalista


Lawyer

Advogado(a)


Mail carrier

Carteiro(a)


Nurse

Enfermeiro(a)


Pharmacist

Farmacêutico(a)


Pilot

Piloto(a)


Plumber

Encanador(a) [BR], canalizador(a) [EU]


Police officer

Oficial de polícia


Politician

Político(a)


Scientist

Cientista


Student

Estudante


Translator

Tradutor(a)


Writer

Escritor(a)


Phrases

Now we’ll look at ten simple phrases using some of the above vocabulary.


I am a lawyer.

Eu sou um(a) advogado(a)


She is a plumber.

Ela é uma encanadora. [BR]

Ela é uma canalizadora. [EU]


I get on well with my boss.

Eu me dou bem com meu/minha chefe.


I like my job.

Eu gosto do meu emprego.


I work five days a week.

Eu trabalho cinco dias por semana.


Tomorrow is your day off.

Amanhã é seu dia de folga.


They get two vacations per year.

Eles tem duas férias por ano.


I work in an office.

Eu trabalho num escritório.


He works for a big company.

Ele trabalha para uma grande empresa.


I am a freelancer.

Eu sou um(a) freelancer.

OR

Eu sou um(a) trabalhador(a) autônomo(a). [BR]

Eu sou um(a) trabalhador(a) independente. [EU/BR]


Work with a Tutor

Now it’s time to practice these, and other Portuguese words and phrases related to jobs and work, with a tutor. Whatever your job, our tutors can adapt themselves to your schedule. Don’t delay—book a lesson today!

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