Virtually everyone in the main Algarve resorts and attractions speaks reasonable English, as well as French, Spanish and German. You will need a small amount of Portuguese to communicate well, except in the more rural areas. Verbs, as in every language, will prove difficult, but not so necessary.
The following `mini` vocabulary (in the Albufeira Guide), should be added by words you see (signs, menus, hotel). The key is understanding .. using words and phrases you need, or want, to know. Bem Vindo (bayngveendoo) .. welcome.
as it sounds .. fala eenglaysh ? (speak english ?) .. Irish eerlandaysh Scots shkoosaysh Welsh galaysh Dutch olandaysh German almowng
counting ... 0-10 .. zero, oong, doish, traysh, kwatro, seenk, saysh, saytch, oito, nov, dehsh 11-15 onze, dohz, trayz, katorz, keenz 16 (deeza)saysh .. etc ...., 20-90 veent, treenta, kwaraynta, seenkwaynta, sesaynta, setaynta, oitaynta, noovaynta
100 sayng 1000 meel 1 million meelyowing
conversions ..8 kilometres is 5 mile, kilo - 2.20 lbs. £100 = approx 115 euros
days ... Domingo (sunday) Segunda (monday), Tayrsa .., Kwarta .. , Keenta .., Seshta .. , Sabado (saturday). In shops or on TV .. Seg a Sex(sh) (Mon to Fri). today ohj .. now agora (or .. ja) week seemana tomorrow amanyang month maysh day after tomorrow depoeesh de amanyang yesterday ohntayng
food and drink .. water agua bread paowng fish paysh cod fish finger douradhino do bacalhau chicken frango cheese kwayjoo steak beef vegetables leegoomish fat gordo half may-a semi-skimmed maya-gordo more ma-ish best meelyoor dinner oh jantar like gooshta starter entrada breakfast peekaynoo almohsoo dessert sobraymaysas lunch almohsoo bill ? traga-me a kohntar
making phrases .. can I have ? pod armee ? can I (we) posso ? do you have tayng ? time kay oorash ayoo ? how much kwant weh? little pohkoo change troco thanks obrigada (female) obrigado (male) .. bo`djia (am), bo`targe (afternoon) bo`noit (evening). Ohla (hello) Shta bayng (you well ?) nao (no) seeng (yes) poor favoor (please) adayoosh (goodbye) say again podeea raypiteer ? write it ? pod eshkreevir eesoo ? help soccoorooh understand peersayboo sorry dishcoolp (see you ..) Later ! ateh logoo see you there (until then) ateh la very mweengtoo thank you very much mweengtoo obrigadoo
people .. man oomayng woman moolayr son filho daughter filha sister irma brother irmowng grand-daughter neta grandson neto my wife minha moolayr my husband meu mareedo daughter-in-law nora (son..) jaynroo name ? comoo say shama ? them oosh (m) ash (f) my name eu nomay girl rapareega boy rapaz
places .. near pertoo after depohish left a eeshkerda right a deerayeeto next proseemoo here akee there la straight on semprayngfraynt ahead ayngfraynt. where is ? ohnday shta ? ... Ohnday shta oo mooltibanco (cash machine ?)
weather ... rain shoova ... flood shayas ... sun sol .. wind vento .. cloud noovayng ... cloudy nooviado
Av.*C jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
Day 16 17 19 20 23 26 29 29 26 23 20 17
Night 8 9 10 12 14 17 19 19 18 15 12 10
Wet days 12 13 9 10 7 4 1 1 3 9 10 11
travel ... train comboyoo .. bus autocarroo driver condootor(a) car karoo ticket beelyayt seat lugar book seat ? posso reservar oong loogar ?
trading/shopping .. to buy comprar large granday small pequeno too big or small damaziadoo granday/pequeno... what qual ? price preco
Since most European languages come from Latin, many other words sound very similar in each .. so just say it ! You`ll also find some very familiar TV progs .. such as `the voice` or `X` (shish..) .. the price is right `o preco certo` and who wants to be a millionaire `quem quer ser o millionario ?`