Present Tense

Portuguese Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Portuguese. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Portuguese Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Portuguese, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Portuguese

Present Portuguese Audio
I see youEu vejo-te
I write with a penEu escrevo com uma caneta
You love applesTu adoras maçãs
You give moneyTu dás dinheiro
You play tennisTu jogas ténis
He reads a bookEle lê um livro
He understands meEle compreende-me
She has a catEla tem um gato
She knows my friendEla conhece o meu amigo
We want to learnNós queremos aprender
We think Spanish is easyNós achamos o espanhol fácil
You (plural) work hereVocês trabalham aqui
You (plural) speak FrenchVocês falam francês
They drive a carEles conduzem um carro
They smileEles sorriem


If you have any questions, please contact me If you simply want to ask a question, please Portuguese contact form on the header above.

Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Portuguese

Headachedor de cabeça
Heart attackataque cardíaco
Help meajude-me / ajuda-me
Stomach achedor de estômago
Strokeacidente vascular cerebral


Our goal is to make this website the best in the world and 100% free. If you donate to us, we will put the donated money into improving the site even more by adding content and services. You are kindly welcome to do so here: Donate. If you cannot donate, please tell your friends about the site.

Daily Conversation in Portuguese

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Portuguese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Portuguese

Are you okay?está bem?estás bem?
Call a doctor!Chame / Chama um médico!
Call the ambulance!chame a ambulância!chama a ambulância!
Call the police!chame a polícia!chama a polícia!
Calm down!Acalma-te! / Acalme-se!
I feel sickSinto-me doente
It hurts hereDói-me aqui.
It's urgent!É urgente!
Stop!Para! / Pare!
Where is the closest pharmacy?onde fica a farmácia mais próxima?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Estás muito bonita.
You have a beautiful nameTens um nome bonito.
This is my wifeEsta é a minha mulher.
This is my husbandEste é o meu marido

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Portuguese about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Portuguese Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Portuguese homepage.