Virtually everyone in the main Algarve resorts and attractions speaks reasonable English, as well as French, Spanish  and German. You will need a only a little Portuguese to communicate politely, except in the more rural areas, where there is little English. Verbs in almost every language will prove difficult, but not that necessary. The following `mini` vocabulary (in the Albufeira Guide) can be augmented by what you observe (signs, menus, hotel). The key is understanding ..  using words and phrases you need, or want, to know. Bem Vindo (bayngveendoo) .. welcome.

     as sounds ..

counting ... 

conversions .. 

days ... 

food and drink ..  

making phrases .

people ..  

places .. 

 travel ...

trading/shopping ..

weather ..


fala eenglaysh ? (english ?) .. Irish eerlandaysh Scots shkoosaysh Welsh galaysh Dutch olandaysh German almowng

0-10 .. zero, oong, doish, traysh, kwatro, seenk, saysh, saytch, oito, nov, dehsh 

11-15 onze, dohz, trayz, katorz, keenz 16 (deeza)saysh .. etc  ...., 

20-90 veent, treenta, kwaraynta, seenkwaynta, sesaynta, setaynta, oitaynta, noovaynta  100 sayng 1000 meel 1 million meelyowing 

8 km to 5 miles .....  kilo is 2.20 lbs ....... £100 is approx 115 euros 

Domingo (sunday) Segunda (monday), Tayrsa .., Kwarta .. , Keenta .., Seshta .. , Sabado (saturday). In shops or on TV .. Seg a Sex(sh) (Mon to Fri). today ohj .. now agora (or .. ja)  week seemana tomorrow amanyang month maysh day after tomorrow depoeesh de amanyang yesterday ohntayng 

water agua bread paowng fish paysh cod fish finger douradhino do bacalhau  chicken frango cheese kwayjoo steak beef vegetables leegoomish fat gordo half may-a semi-skimmed maya-gordo more maish best meelyoor dinner oh jantar   like gooshta starter entrada breakfast peekaynoo almohsoo   dessert   sobraymaysas lunch almohsoo bill ? traga-me a kohntar 

can I ? pod armee ? can I (we) posso ? do you have tayng ? time kay oorash ayoo ? how much kwant weh? little pohkoo change troco   thanks obrigada (female) obrigado (male) .. bo`djia (am), bo`targe (afternoon) bo`noit (evening). Ohla (hello) Shta bayng (you well ?) nao (no) seeng (yes) poor favoor (please) adayoosh (goodbye)  say again podeea raypiteer ? write it ? pod eshkreevir eesoo ? 

help soccoorooh understand peersayboo sorry dishcoolp (see you ..) Later ! ateh logoo see you then) ateh la  very mweengtoo  ta much mweengtoo obrigadoo

them oosh (m) ash (f)  my name eu nomay  girl rapareega boy rapaz man oomayng   woman moolayr  my wife minha moolayr  son filho  my husband meu mareedo   daughter filha  sister irma  brother  irmowng  grand-daughter neta grandson neto   daughter-in-law nora (son..) jaynroo  your name ? comoo say shama ? 

near pertoo  after depohish left eeshkerda right adeerayeeto next proseemoo here akee   there la straight on semprayngfraynt ahead ayngfraynt. 

where is ? ohnday shta ? ... Ohnday shta oo mooltibanco (.. cash machine ?)

 train  comboyoo .. bus autocarroo driver condootor(a)   car karoo ticket beelyayt  seat lugar  book seat ?  posso reservar oong loogar ?

 to buy comprar what qual ?  price preco  large granday  small pequeno too big or small  damaziadoo granday/pequeno... 

rain shoova ... flood shayas ... sea mar .. wave  onda.. sun  sol .. wind vento .. cloud noovayng ... cloudy nooviado ..    

Most European languages are from Latin, many words similar  .. so just say it ! You`ll also find some very familiar TV progs .. such as `the voice` or `X` (shish..) .. the price is right `o preco certo` and  who wants to be a millionaire `quem quer ser o millionario ?`

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