Tip 45. Dust, people and octopuses: Three confusing words in Portuguese

When two languages are similar, like Portuguese and Spanish, it’s often the little things that make a big difference. Here are three words that Spanish speakers often get wrong when relying on Portuñol.

English Spanish Portuguese
people pueblo povo
dust polvo
octopus pulpo polvo


English: How can you sell this octopus covered in dust?
Spanish: ¿Cómo puedes vender este pulpo lleno de polvo?
Portuguese: Como é que você quer vender esse polvo cheio de ?