How to say Hello in Portuguese: Olá

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How to say Hello in Portuguese: Olá

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

To say Hello in Portuguese: Olá
Say it out loud: “oh lah

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Some more helpful words in our Portuguese Greetings category:

Fine, thank you – Muito Bem, Obrigado/a  (moo-ee too behm, oh bree gah doo/dah)
Good Afternoon – Boa Tarde  (boh ah tar jee)
Good Evening – Boa Noite  (boh ah no-ee cheh)
Good Morning – Bom Dia  (bohm jee ah)
Goodbye – Adeus  (ah deh-oos)
Hello – Olá  (oh lah)
How are you? – Tudo Bom?  (too doo bohm?)
Pleased to meet you – Muito Prazer  (moo-ee too prah zehr)

And here’s how to say Hello in other languages!

Arabic–Marhaban  (mar ha ban)
Chinese–Nǐhǎo  (Nee Hao)
Croatian–halo  (ha lō)
Czech–Ahoy  (UH hoy)
Finnish–Hei  (hay)
French–bonjour  (bohn zhourh)
German–guten tag  (goo ten tahg)
Italian–buongiorno  (boo ohn johr noh)
Japanese–Konnichiwa  (Con Nee Chi Wah)
Korean–Annyeonghaseyo?  (Ahn Nyoung Hah Se Yo?)
Polish–Cześć  (che'shch)
Portuguese–Olá  (oh lah)
Russian–Privet  (Pree vyet)
Spanish–hola  (oh la)
Swahili–hujambo  (hoo jahm bo)
Thai–Sawat Di Khrap/Kha  (sa wat dee krahp/KAH)
Turkish–merhaba  (mehr' uh bah)
Vietnamese–Chào  (Jow)

There are phrases that have more than one use like in the case of "Hello" (Olá). This phrase can be used to open up a conversation, for example ""Hello" (Olá), can I please speak to the hotel manager?". "Hello" (Olá) can also be used to greet someone, it's informal and best suited among friends, for example "Hello, where did you disappear to last night?" Get instant access to the Portuguese Language Set.

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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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