Past Tense

Portuguese Lesson 14 (Past Tense & Colors)

Duration: 30 mins

This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Portuguese. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. 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 past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, 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 past 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.

Past Tense in Portuguese

Past Portuguese Audio
I saw youEu vi-te
I wrote with a penEu escrevi com uma caneta
You loved applesTu adoras-te maçãs
You gave moneyTu deste dinheiro
You played tennisTu jogaste ténis
He read (past tense) a bookEle leu um livro
He understood meEle compreendeu-me
She had a catEla teve um gato
She knew my friendEla conhecia o meu amigo
We wanted to learnNós quisemos aprender
We thought Spanish is easyNós achámos o espanhol fácil
You (plural) worked hereVocês trabalharam aqui
You (plural) spoke FrenchVocês falaram francês
They drove a carEles conduziram um carro
They smiledEles sorriram


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List of Colors in Portuguese

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Portuguese

Colors Portuguese Audio
Dark colorCor escura
Light colorCor clara
RedVermelho(a) / encarnado(a)


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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

English Portuguese Audio
Black is his favorite colorO preto é a sua cor favorita
I have black hairTenho o cabelo preto
Red is not his favorite colorO vermelho / encarnado não é a sua cor favorita
She drives a yellow carEla conduz um carro amarelo
The sky is blueO céu é azul
Your cat is whiteO(A) seu(sua) / teu(tua) / vosso(vossa) gato(a) é branco(a).
I enjoyed myself very muchDiverti-me muito
I agree with youConcordo contigo
Are you sure?Tens a certeza?
Be careful!Tem cuidado!
Would you like to go for a walk?Queres ir dar um passeio?

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Portuguese about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Portuguese Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Portuguese homepage.