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HERE IS THE LIST OF 25 ENGLISH VOCABULARY WORDS FROM PORTUGUESE
Açaí – a berry made into a smoothie and sometimes other products, trendy with health nuts.
Banana – is actually from African origins, but made it’s way into English via South America (same in Spanish).
Caipirinha – the national drink. Really popular in the US now.
Capoeira – a martial art made popular in Brazil and exported to the US and worldwide.
Cashew – a kind of nut.
Coconut – actually a fruit, not a nut.
Creole – mix of cultures, usually European and Black, in the Americas.
Dodo – unclear origins, but some say it is from the Portuguese doido, meaning crazy. It’s a kind of bird, and if you call someone a “dodo,” it means they’re not very smart, maybe a bit crazy.
Feijoada – national Brazilian dish with black beans and pork.
Farofa – toasted cassava that you put on feijoada.
Flamingo – funny looking pink bird that lives in tropical climates, like Florida.
Guarana – seed that gives natural caffeine.
Lambada – a type of song and dance.
Launch – in English “to launch” means to put a boat in water, or in a broader sense to begin a project. Lancha in Portuguese is a type of small to medium-size powerboat.
Lingo – in English “lingo” means jargon, dialect or foreign language, which comes from the Portuguese lingua, meaning language.
Mango – a fruit that comes from the Portuguese / Spanish manga.
Manioc – a kind of starch vegetable like a potato that comes from the Portuguese mandioca.
Mosquito – that annoying bug that drinks your blood and gives you an itchy bump.
Negro – meaning person of African ancestry, really should not be used in English as now it is considered inappropriate.
Piranha – fish with sharp teeth.
Potato – from batata in Portuguese.
Samba – a kind of dance from Brazil.
Savvy – in English, means person who knows, originating from the Portuguese / Spanish saber “to know.”
Tapioca – a kind of flour or pearl made from manioc / cassava.
Zombie – a fictional character, a person who has died and is still walking, from the Portuguese/Congolese Zumbi. The origins of this word and how it got into English are kind of unclear, but it’s said that an English poet brought it into English with a history he wrote about Brazil.
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