Portugal Communication


Public telephone is The cheapest way of making a call. The telephone card is available from post offices, newsagents, supermarkets and kiosks. Portugal Telecom, the national operator, issues its own cards for national and international use.

For mobile, you can buy a local SIM card, though this depends on the model and service provider – Vodafone has shops all over Portugal.


Portuguese is the official language of Portugal. As one of the world's major languages, Portuguese ranks 6th according to number of native speakers. It is also the official language in Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor and Macau.

English is spoken in many tourist areas. School offer English class, and American and British films and television shows are also exposed with the original English soundtrack and Portuguese subtitles. Thus most younger people would have at least a basic grasp of English. Speaking slowly and sticking to simple phrases will improve your chances of being understood.

Here are some basic phrases for you:

Olá. / Hello.

Como está?/ How are you?

Prazer. / Pleased to meet you.

Bom dia. / Good Morning.

Boa tarde. / Good Afternoon.

Boa noite. / Good Evening.

Adeus. / Goodbye.

Até já. / See you soon.

Sim. / Yes.

Não. / No.

(Muito) Obrigado. / Thank you (very much).

Não há de quê. / You're welcome.

Com licença. / Excuse me.

O senhor fala português?/ Do you speak Portuguese? (formal)

Você fala inglês?/ Do you speak English? (informal)

(Não) Compreendo. / (Não) Entendo. / I (don't) understand.

Pode me ajudar?/ Can you help me?

Onde está / Onde estão. . . ?/ Where is . . . / Where are . . . ?

Há / Havia. . . / There is / are. . . / There was / were. . .


Internet cafés are available in most towns and resorts. There also are some free municipal internet places (called Espaços Internet; locations on wespacosinternet. pt) . You can also find a PC to use in libraries, youth centres, hostels and many hotels. Wireless is accessible in bars, shopping malls, town squares and other public “hot spots”.