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Speak Portuguese: Talking About the Weather


Talking about the weather is a good way of striking up a conversation wherever you are in the world, so when you learn how to speak Portuguese, it’s something you’d be wise to work on with a tutor. As well as enabling you to make small talk with greater ease, this will also have the benefit of developing your all-round Portuguese grammar skills, particularly basic verb conjugation and sentence construction.


Below is a list of vocabulary and basic sentences to help you get started. Most of this vocabulary is universal to both European and Brazilian Portuguese, so you can be confident when you speak Portuguese that you’ll be understood when talking about the weather, wherever you are. Where there’s a difference, words that are more common in Brazilian Portuguese are marked (BR) and words that are more common in European Portuguese are marked (EU).


The Weather

O tempo / O clima


Climate

Clima


Sun

Sol


Sunny

Ensolarado


Rain

Chuva


Snow

Neve


Hail

Granizo


Wind

Vento


Windy

Ventoso


Breeze

Brisa


Storm

Tempestade


Stormy

Tempestuoso


Thunder

Trovão


Lightning

Relâmpago


Weather forecast

Previsão do tempo


Hot

Quente


Cold

Frio


Cool

Fresco


Mild

Ameno (BR), Suave (PT)


Stuffy

Abafado


Cloudy

Nublado


Clear

Claro


Fog/Mist

Neblina


It was sunny yesterday.

Estava ensolarado ontem.


It rained yesterday.

Choveu ontem.


It snowed yesterday.

Nevou ontem.


It was windy yesterday.

Estava ventoso ontem.


There was a storm yesterday.

Houve uma tempestade ontem.


It was hot yesterday.

Estava quente ontem.


It’s sunny.

Está ensolarado.


What’s the weather forecast for today?

Qual é a previsão do tempo para hoje?


It’s going to be sunny.

Vai estar ensolarado.


It’s going to rain.

Vai chover.


It’s going to snow.

Vai nevar.


There’s going to be a storm.

Vai haver uma tempestade.


It’s going to be cold.

Vai estar frio.


Now It’s Time to Practice

The best way of making sure that all this vocabulary comes to mind when you have to speak Portuguese in a real-life situation is to practice. That way, the sentences and verb conjugations will flow naturally. The easiest way to ensure this happens is working on the vocabulary with a tutor, who will help ensure you’re not making any grammatical errors, and who will be able to teach you many words and phrases that are not on this list. Then, when you speak Portuguese you’ll be able to deploy that global staple of small talk: talking about the weather.

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