Obrigado - how to express your gratitude in Portuguese

by João Rosa

I'm Portuguese, and in my culture it is very important to thank other people when they do something for you, even if they are just doing their job. I've seen how this sometimes baffles some foreigners - "Why are you thanking him, he's just doing his job!" - well, if you don't, you'll be considered rude and may expect a degradation of that person's service in the future.

There are many ways to say "thank you" in Portuguese, that vary in formality and degree of gratitude:

Notes on gender and number

The "o" ending is used by males when giving thanks, e.g. obrigado. Females use the "a" ending, e.g. obrigada. If you are saying thanks in the name of a group of males, a mixed sex group or a collective entity - like a corporation to a client: you use the "os" ending, e.g. obrigados. When you say thanks in the name a group of females, you use the "as" ending, e.g. obrigadas.

Notes on saying thank you in Brazil

by Marcelo Luiz

In Brazil we use:

Obrigados and obrigadas are not normally used in Brazil.


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