False friends: oi

July 27, 2007 | By More

The moment you set foot on Brazil people will greet you with the word oi! Do not panic, they are not trying to attract your attention because they are angry. Oi! means simply hi!

If you want to render the English oi! into Portuguese, go for something like ei!

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  1. That’s good to know! 🙂

    Brandon Watts
    Criteo Evangelist

  2. Aaron says:

    Very good to know! I plan on making the trip to Sao Paulo this winter in NYC – your summer 🙂 Looks like this site will be one of my many references before I go.

    I found your site on the Blogger’s Choice Awards where it’s up for Best Travel Blog. I’m glad I did! I gave you a vote.

  3. Tony says:

    Thanks for your comments and your vote, Aaron. In case you read Spanish, I’ve just started a blog on São Paulo: Blog de São Paulo – might be helpful for your forthcoming trip as well. I’d love to have a version in English too but as I have no financial support this is as far as I can go for the time being.