How to say yes / no in Portuguese: Sim/Não

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How to say yes / no in Portuguese: Sim/Não

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

To say yes / no in Portuguese: Sim/Não
Say it out loud: “seehm/na-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 yes / no in other languages!

Arabic–Na'am / La  (na ham / la)
Chinese–Shì Búshì / Bùshì  (Shr / Boo Shr)
Croatian–da / ne  (dah / nay)
Czech–Ano / ne  (AH no / nay)
Finnish–kyllä / ei  (kil lah / ay)
French–Oui / non  (wee / no)
German–ja / nein  (yah / nine)
Italian–sì / no  (see / no)
Japanese–Hai / Iie  (Hai / Ee-Eh)
Korean–Ne / Aniyo  (Ne / Ah Nee Yo.)
Polish–tak / nie  (tak / nyeah)
Portuguese–Sim/Não  (seehm/na-oo)
Russian–Da / net  (Dah / nyet)
Spanish–sí / no  (see / no)
Swahili–ndio / la  (n dee' oh / lah)
Thai–Chai/Mai Chai  (CHAI / MAI CHAI)
Turkish–evet / hayir  (eh vet / hi year)
Vietnamese–Có / Không  (Caw / Kom)

We are all aware that "yes / no" (Sim/Não) comes in handy almost at every turn or situation and that is why learning how to say it in Portuguese is important. Get instant access to the Portuguese Language Set and quickly catch up on all other phrases.

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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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