How to say good / bad in Portuguese: Bom / Mau

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How to say good / bad in Portuguese: Bom / Mau

Learning Portuguese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say good / bad in Portuguese: Bom / Mau
Say it out loud: “bohm / mah-oo

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Some more helpful words in our Portuguese Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – O Banheiro  (oh bahn yeh roo)
come with me – Venha Comigo  (ven yaa kohm mee goo)
do you speak english? – Fala Inglês?  (Fah lah een gles?)
excellent – Ótimo  (oh chee moo)
excuse me – Desculpe  (jeh scoo pee)
excuse me (to get past) – Com Licença!  (kohm lee sen sa!)
good / bad – Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
how do you say…? – Como Se Diz...?  (ko mo see jeez…?)
how much is this? – Quanto Custa Isto?  (koo-an toe coos tah ees too?)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Posso?  (poh soo?)
maybe – Pode Ser  (po jee sehr)
no problem – Não Faz Mal  (nah-oo fah-eez ma-oo!)
please – Por Favor  (pohr fah vohr)
sorry – Perdão  (pehr dah-oo)
thank you – Muito Obrigado/a  (moo-ee too oh bree gah doo/dah)
thanks – Obrigado/a  (oh bree gah doo/dah)
what is that? – Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
where is… – Onde Fica...  (ohn jee fee kah…)
yes / no – Sim/Não  (seehm/na-oo)
you are welcome – De Nada  (jee nah dah)

And here’s how to say good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (Bom / Mau)? Get instant access to the Portuguese Language Set.

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Nathan Montgomery
Biography: Growing up in a family that was frequently on the move, styling myself the "little anthropologist" became my hobby at a very young age. Subsequent and extensive perusals of my father's collection of National Geographic magazines sealed my fate. After spending significant time in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and obtaining a BA focusing on old Iberian epics, I decided it was time to fill in the gaps on the other side of the world and moved to China. Four years and two languages later I received a fellowship for graduate research in Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, where I am currently.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana, USA

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