HOW TO LEARN PORTUGUESE
In my opinion, the best way to learn Brazilian Portuguese (or any language) is to expand your vocabulary by gradually memorizing lists of related words. This technique will help orient your mind to making connections between words in a certain category or taxonomy, which will facilitate your retrieval of the newly learned words later on when you need them.
So, here’s a list of Portuguese cleaning vocabulary. If you have ever been to Brazil, you will know that Brazilians (Brazilian women, really) for the most part keep their homes spotless. So this list will definitely come in handy!
to clean the house - limpar / arrumar a casa
clean – limpo/a
cleaning - faxina
cleaning lady - faixineira / empregada
to recycle – reciclar
to clean – limpar
to wash – lavar
to sweep – varrer
to empty – esvaziar
to make the bed – fazer a cama
to put away, take away – tirar
to vacuum – aspirar
to mop – esfregar
10. to polish – dar brilho a, polir
to scrub – esfregar
to wash – lavar
to dry – secar
to wipe – limpar
to change – trocar
to take out – tirar
like steel wool – bombril
the trash can – a lixeira
the oven cleaner - o limpador de forno
the rubber gloves – as luvas de borracha
the rag – o pano
the broom – a vassoura
the dustpan – a pá de lixo
the trash bag - o saco de lixo
the vacuum cleaner - o aspirador (de pó)
the wet mop – o esfregão molhado
the dust mop – o espanador de poeira
the furniture polish – a graxa para os móveis
the scrub brush – a escova
the bucket – o balde
the dish towel – o pano de prato
the cleanser – o limpador
the sponge – a esponja
soap - sabão or sabonete (gentler)
PORTUGUESE CLEANING PHRASES
Vamos limpar o nosso apartamento. Let’s clean our apartment.
Pode pegar a vassoura? Can you grab the broom?
Irei buscar o aspirador. I’ll look for the vacuum cleaner.
Temos que esfregar o chão da cozinha. We have to mop the kitchen floor.
Lave os vidros, por favor. Wash the windows, please.
Vou lavar a louça. I’m going to do the dishes.
Até que em fim, tudo está limpinho! Finally, everything is nice and clean!