Brazilian Portuguese For Dummies
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If you’re talking to an authority figure or you want to show respect to an elder, be sure to use the formal title when addressing him or her in Portuguese:

  • o senhor (ooh seen-yoh) (Sir; literally, the gentleman)

  • a senhora (ah-seen-yoh-rah) (Ma’am; literally, the lady)

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Karen Jacobson-Sive is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. She worked as a journalist in Brazil for many years before re-locating to New York where she taught language classes. She is the author of the previous editions of Portuguese For Dummies.

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