My blog isn't always particularly helpful for other expats or future Brazil expats. I'm not always full of information, more antidotes and rantings. But that is going to change right now!
While sifting through the last of our boxes, the most obnoxious ones that we saved for last, I found some notes from my first private Portuguese teacher. When I was fresh of the boat and speaking nothing, my Mother-in-Law recommended that Mr. Rant hire one of her friends. We had about 3 classes until I fired her. Way to start off on the good side of the Mother-in-Law, huh? In my defense, she didn't show up to one of our 8am classes. When I cancelled last minute I had to pay but she could not show up and I didn't get my money back. I called bullshit on that one quickly, especially because that was during my child-free days where waking up at 8am was a big freaking deal!
Anyway, I found one of her lists that was actually quite helpful. Words to know in Portuguese when you know none. Here they are in no particular order:
Valeu a pena: Worth it
Já: already: (ie. You: Let's go! Me: Já?)
Ainda: Still (ie. I still have this paper. Ainda tenho...)
Rapaz: Young man
Ante de ontem: The day before yesterday
Em vez de: Instead of
Com Licença: excuse me (interrupt)
Desculpa: Sorry (ie. you did something wrong)
Um momentinho: Just a minute/ a moment
Pois Não: It's ok or Can I help you
Não Posso: I can't
Não foi nada: It was nothing
Venha comigo (pronounced ven comigo): Come with Me
Valeu: Thanks (Carioca slang)
I know some of you have more to add. This is a beginner's list but go ahead and get crazy!