How to say excuse me (to get past) in Portuguese: Com Licença!

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How to say excuse me (to get past) in Portuguese: Com Licença!

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

To say excuse me (to get past) in Portuguese: Com Licença!
Say it out loud: “kohm lee sen sa!

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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 excuse me (to get past) in other languages!

Arabic–Al Mahzera  (al mah ze ra)
Chinese–Qǐng Ràng Yīxià  (Ching Rang Ee Shya)
Croatian–oprostite  (oh pro stee tay)
Czech–Dovolíte?  (do vo LEE teh?)
Finnish–anteeksi  (an teh ex ih)
French–Pardon  (pahr dohn)
German–entschuldigung  (in shool dee gung)
Italian–permesso  (pair meh so)
Japanese–Sumimasen  (Soo Mee Mah Senn)
Korean–Jamsimanyo.  (Jam Shi Man Yo.)
Polish–przepraszam  (pshe pra' sham)
Portuguese–Com Licença!  (kohm lee sen sa!)
Russian–prostite  (prah stee tye)
Spanish–perdón  (pear dōn)
Swahili–nipishe  (nee pee sheh)
Thai–Kho Thot  (kaw TOAT)
Turkish–lütfen  (loot fahn)
Vietnamese–Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)

When away on tour especially away in a native land you will encounter situations where you will need to get to a place but due to overcrowded streets or roads this may not happen without bumping into people's shoulders. The use of a courtesy word such as "excuse me (to get past)" (Com Licença!) will come in handy to avoid appearing rude to the native residents. 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.
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