How to say how do you say…? in Portuguese: Como Se Diz...?

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Como Se Diz…?

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

To say how do you say…? in Portuguese: Como Se Diz...?
Say it out loud: “ko mo see jeez…?

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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 how do you say…? in other languages!

Arabic–Kayf Akool?  (kayf A kool?)
Chinese–...Zěnme Shuō?  (...Dze Me Shwo?)
Croatian–kako se kaže?  (kah koe say kah zhay?)
Czech–jak to říkáte?  (yahk to zhee KAH tay?)
Finnish–miten sanotaan…?  (mi ten son oh taan)
French–Comment dit-on  (kuh mahn dee thahn)
German–wie sagt man…  (vee zahgt mahn…)
Italian–come si dice?  (koh meh say dee chay)
Japanese–…Ha Dou Iimasuka?  (…Wah Dough Ee Mass Kah?)
Korean–…Ga Mwoyeyo?  (…Ga Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Jak mówisz  (Yahk moo' veesh?)
Portuguese–Como Se Diz...?  (ko mo see jeez…?)
Russian–kak skazat'...?  (kak skah zaht…?)
Spanish–¿cómo se dice?  (coe moe say dee say?)
Swahili–jinsi ya kusema?  (jeen see ya koo say muh?)
Thai–… Phut Yang Ngai  (… POOT yahng ngai?)
Turkish–nasil denilir?  (nah seal din uh leer?)
Vietnamese–Bạn Nói Như Thế Nào …  (Ban Noy New Te Now)

When you require to ask how to pronounce a word from your language to the natives language, you can use the phrase ""how do you say…?" (Como Se Diz...?)" to ask this question. This phrase plus the word in mind you want to have interpreted is a complete asking sentence, e.g you may ask a native, "excuse me, "how do you say…?" (Como Se Diz...?) Good morning in your language?" 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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