How Do People Speak in Rio de Janeiro?
The biggest tourist hot spot in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, has its own slang and almost overall dialect. Living in São Paulo and being around the Paulistanês “language” all the time, to me it’s quite refreshing to go to Rio and listening to Carioquês and its malandro nature.
Cariocas (the Portuguese word for people from Rio) speak with a certain coolness in their accent. They “shhh” their s’s and elongate their vowels, and their r’s are like a raspy English “H” sound. So wanna learn some carioquês for when you finally make that trip down to Rio? Below is some vocab, and the order goes: carioquês, português, English:
Mermão, “meu irmão”/”amigo”, bro, brah, friend.
Média, uma xícara de café com leite, cup of coffee w/ Milk
Goiabar, “viajar”, “vagar”, daydream
Quentinha, “marmita”, a meal to go
Irado, “legal”, cool
Maluco, “sujeito”, “indivíduo”, Person
Coé, “Qual é?”, ”Como vai?”, Sup?
Pista, “Balada/Boate”, Nightclub
Parada, Acontecimentos, Tarefas, Happenings, something that needs to be done
Mané, “Otário”, Idiot
Sangue, “Gente boa”, Someone who’s cool
Tu, “Você”, You
Caô, “mentira”, a lie
Bolado (Boladão), “Triste”, Upset
Bonde, ônibus, galera, bus or crowd of people
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