In one of my lessons, my student told me he did not know where to start when memorising words. I told him that a good way to start is to have a list of Portuguese verbs, since knowing them helps a lot!
In fact, if you know the meaning of the verbs – even before you know how to conjugate them – this can help you understand conversations by context. Just give it a try and you will see!
Following these thoughts, I decided to compile a list of the most used Portuguese verbs. You will be able to find them in most interactions and if you know them, you know what people are telling you! =)
If this sounds like something you would like to do, search no more. Check the list below!
|Achar||To think/ To find sth|
|Andar||To walk/ To go/ To ride|
|Apresentar||To present/ To introduce|
|Chamar(-se)||To call/ be called|
|Chegar||To arrive/ To be enough|
|Conhecer||To meet/ To know|
|Conseguir||To be able to/ Can|
|Dizer||To say/ To tell|
|Encontrar||To meet/ To find|
|Entrar||To go in/ To enter|
|Falar||To talk/ To speak|
|Fazer||To do/ To make|
|Ficar||To stay/ To remain/ To become|
|Haver||There to be|
|Passar||To pass (by)|
|Pedir||To ask for/ To request|
|Perder||To loose/ To miss|
|Poder||To be allowed to/ May|
|Sair||To go out/ To leave|
|Tomar||To take/ To have|
|Ver||To see/ To watch|
|Voltar||To come back/ To return|
These 50 verbs should help you to eventually become an expert of European Portuguese. If you know them, you will at least be able to get conversations by context, I think. After knowing their meaning, all you have left to do is start to learn their conjugations.
Start by understanding how to build the Present tense and the Perfect and Imperfect tenses. After you have learnt the rules for the regular verbs, you should also try to tackle some of the irregular ones that are on this list. In some previous posts, you can find the conjugations of the following verbs: haver, dizer e fazer, ter e dar, ir e vir.
I hope that you enjoy studying all of them. Think of grammar like a game and you may find yourself liking it! I sure do (nerd alert!).
If you don’t know how to conjugate the verbs yet, make sure to check out my European Portuguese Master Course. You will learn all about this topic and much more.. 🙂
Your Task For Today:
How is your experience with the verbs and conjugations in Portuguese? Do you find it easy or difficult? Do you have a specific way of studying them that works for you?
Let us know all about it in the comments section below. Maybe your input can help someone else.
See you soon!