Portugal is increasingly recognized as one of the top destinations for expats, retirees, and digital nomads. The country, and especially its capital of Lisbon, are increasingly popular with tourists. Down in South America, the beaches and parties of Brazil continue to draw nearly two million tourists each year.

Are you planning a trip to a Portuguese-speaking country? Or perhaps you’ve had a passionate fling in Rio and want to keep the fire burning? No matter the reason for wanting to learn the beautiful Portuguese language, Live Lingua is your key to success.

How about Portuguese curse words? The quick and dirty phrases that you hear native speakers throwing around? We can help you there to. Let’s get to it!

How to curse in Portuguese: The basics

Bastard: Cabrão

Fuck: Foda-se

To Fuck: Foder

Fuck Off/Go Fuck Yourself: vai para o caralho/ vai-te foder

Shit: Merda/Porra

Piece of Shit: Monte De Merda

Bitch: Puta

Asshole: olho do cu

How to curse in Portuguese: Visual elements make a huge difference

A quick YouTube search for Portuguese curse words brings up a number of video results for both pronunciation and written forms of bad Portuguese words. It is important to remember that viewing and reviewing the words will make you more likely to remember them.

This video on how to curse in Italian breaks it down quite well:

How to curse in Portuguese: Use cue cards

Cue cards are a great technique to use for general language learning. Add swear words, and the process gets that much more enjoyable. Adding visual cues to the bad Italian words can help you learn them faster. Use white flashcards to memorize your vocabulary words.

Write the curse words on a cue card, with the English translation on the back side. This is a fun game to practice with friends. The cue cards also make a great and hilarious surprise to leave on a friend’s car dashboard or slip into their laptop when they aren’t looking.

How often do Portuguese swear?

Portuguese speakers, in Portugal as well as Brazil, swear about as often as native speakers of most other languages. It’s been said that learning to swear is incredibly beneficial in interactions with native speakers – this is generally true, but be careful not to cause offense or use the words inappropriately.

How To Curse In Portuguese: Putting It All Together

While studying Portuguese curse words, go over each term, repeating it out loud. If you don’t remember what the vocabulary means, look on the back of your cue card to see the English translation. Review the pronunciation by watching the YouTube video, clicking on the pronunciation in Google Translate or listening to online audio clips. After a few repetitions, while looking through the cards, you’ll remember the vocabulary through both the audio and visual associations. Continue repeating the vocabulary out loud until you memorize it.

Why not take it a step further and learn some more Portuguese? It’s a beautiful, unique language. Our native Portuguese speakers offer Portuguese lessons online to get you speaking Italian regularly. Have a free lesson on us!

As we noted earlier repetition is key to success. Use your key cards, practice with a friend, or better yet – do some Skyping with a fluent Portuguese speaker. You two can swear at each other like one of you just punched the other’s son square in the face. Bet you never thought learning a new language could be so much fun!

The moral of the story is to just do it. Learn the words. Use the words. Then, expand your Portuguese vocabulary to cover basic daily interactions and conversations. Practice every day and we promise – you’ll see some fucking results.

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