Tip 36. Remembering Brazil

If you want to talk about your memories, use the word lembrar in Portuguese (equivalent to recordar and acordarse in Spanish).

Example:
English: I remember that street!
Spanish: ¡Me acuerdo de aquella calle!
Portuguese: Eu lembro daquela rua!

Sound Brazilian! If you buy a souvenir (a recuerdo in Spanish) you are buying a lembrança.

Don’t be fooled! The word acordar in Portuguese means “to wake up”, NOT “to remember.”

Example:
English: I woke up late today.
Spanish: Me desperté tarde hoy.
Portuguese: Eu acordei tarde hoje.