How to Say Hello in Portuguese

Some Portuguese speakers live in Brazil.

Portugal and Brazil are two major countries that speak Portuguese. Portuguese is similar to Spanish in that they’re both romance languages. However, the Portuguese alphabet has only 23 letters while the Spanish alphabet has 28. Some words in Spanish are spelled the same as in Portuguese but are pronounced differently. The Portuguese language is also influenced by French, another romance language. Saying “hello” in Portuguese is similar to saying it in Spanish.

The word for "hello" in Portuguese is “olá.” It’s pronounced “oh-lah.”

Practice saying the word “oh-lah.”

Practice the word until you can say it without looking at the pronunciation.

Keep practicing until you can say “olá” without looking at the word.

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.