Crazy in love with the bad guys: 5 untranslatable Portuguese words

Miranda Lee

Miranda Lee

Hi, I'm Miranda! I studied French and Spanish at university and have spent time working in both France and South America. I spent last summer road-tripping Europe on a vintage double decker bus, to meet and film native speakers all over the continent! My next big language challenge is to learn Mandarin.
Miranda Lee

Yes it has the beaches, sunny climate, and cultural afternoon nap, but there’s something slightly deeper lying within our stereotypes of Portugal. Wander its streets to hear the fado music play, and you’ll be in tune with a sense of melancholy and deep expression. We’ve chosen 5 truly unique and untranslatable Portuguese terms that show how strong the role is that emotions play within this culture – the difficulty of trying to translate them all perhaps reflects something on our own!!

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