Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Portuguese conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Portuguese“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishPortuguesePronunciation
(Audio)
(to) beser
(to) haveter
(to) do / (to) makefazer
can / (to) know how topoder
(to) know (how)saber
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withsaber
(to) understandcompreender
(to) speak / (to) talkfalar
(to) listen toouvir
(to) hearouvir
(to) seever
(to) feelsentir
(to) liveviver
(to) wantquerer
(to) needprecisar
(to) likegostar
(to) loveamar
(to) givedar
(to) taketomar
(to) playjogar
(to) laughrir
(to) comevir
(to) goir
(to) go (by…)distanciar
(to) writeescrever
(to) readler
(to) countcontar
(to) pronouncepronunciar
(to) spellsoletrar
(to) conjugateconjugar
(to) rememberlembrar
(to) forgetesquecer
(to) eatcomer
(to) trytentar
(to) useusar
(to) openabrir
(to) closefechar
(to) greet / (to) welcomecumprimentar
(to) begincomeçar
(to) endterminar
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