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11 Easy Ways to Say Thank You in Brazilian Portuguese By a Native

Saying Thank You in Brazilian Portuguese can be very easy. Just say obrigada/obrigado, and you’re good to go. Still, in this article, you’ll find more ways to thank someone in Portuguese (with pronunciation).

Back in school, I was a grammar enthusiast and would love to annoyingly point out other classmates’ mistakes on the blackboard.

That’s why I wrote many articles to help the international community expand their vocabulary–not because I’m annoying, but because I love Portuguese.

Besides, my international friends often ask me, “How do you say thank you in Portuguese?” Well, dear friends and readers, here’s how!

Note: Portuguese is a two-gendered language, so many words don’t have a gender-neutral version. If you identify yourself as a woman, you say the words below ending in -a, and if you identify yourself as a man, you say the words below ending in -o.

In recent years, gender-neutral individuals have used the letter -x instead of -a or -o (e.g., obrigadx); however, this is not a correct grammar rule. Still, I promise to update this article if the Portuguese language rules change in the future.

11 Ways To Say Thank You In Brazilian Portuguese

There are 11 ways to say thank you in Portuguese, but each has a few variations. We will start by talking about obrigada/o.

Text Obrigada, which means thank you in Brazilian Portuguese

Obrigada OR obrigado – Portuguese for Thank You

  • Pronunciation: ôh-bree-gah-dah, -doh

If you’re wondering what the most basic way to say thank you in Brazilian Portuguese is, here’s the answer.

Obrigada/obrigado is by far the most common way to say thank you in Brazil.

You can use it in any situation or occasion, no matter how formal or informal they are.

Also, the reason why you need to use the correct word depending on your gender is because it is an adjective, and it literally means obliged.

In casual speech, obrigada/obrigado are often shortened to a simple ‘brigada or ‘brigado, respectively.

In short, obrigado means thank you, and you can say it in response to Parabéns, which means Happy Birthday in Portuguese! But please, don’t use it as an answer to Eu te amo, I Love You in Portuguese, lol.

Muito obrigada/o!

(Thank you very much!)

Obrigada/o pela ajuda/atenção! (ajuda and atenção are feminine nouns, so the preposition should also be feminine: you say pela.)

(Thank you for the help/attention!)

Obrigada/o pelo presente! (presente is a masculine noun, so the preposition should also be masculine: you say pelo.)

(Thank you for the gift!)

Obrigadão! – augmentative is also very common

(Thanks a lot!)

Valeu – Portuguese for Thanks

  • Pronunciation: vah-lay-oo

If you’re wondering how to say thanks in Portuguese in informal situations, like in a conversation with a friend, you can say valeu.

Both females and males can use this colloquial alternative, so don’t be afraid to say it. You can even use it when buying something on the streets of Brazil, on the beach, or asking for directions from someone young.

So, if you wanna say thanks in Brazilian Portuguese, say valeu. You can’t go wrong with it.

Valeu pela dica!

(Thanks for the tip!)

Valeu pela carona!

(Thanks for the lift!)

Valeu pela ajuda!

(Thanks for the help!)

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Grata OR grato – Portuguese for Grateful

  • Pronunciation: grah-tah, -too

Unlike valeu, grata/grato is a considerably formal way to say you’re grateful in Portuguese.

This expression of gratitude is mainly used in writing business communication. Still, it can also be used when talking to older people, for example, if you want to show more respect.

Grata/o pela atenção!

(I’m grateful for the attention!)

Grata/o por tudo!

(I’m grateful for everything!)

Agradecida OR agradecido – Portuguese for Thankful

  • Pronunciation: ah-grah-day-see-dah, -doh

If you’re wondering how to say thank you in Portuguese and want to use a different word than obrigada/obrigado, you can say agradecida/agradecido.

It’s the past participle of the verb to thank, but it also means to be grateful.

Unlike grata/grato, this expression of gratitude is mainly used in casual speech.


(Thank you!)

Muito agradecida/o!

(I’m very grateful!)

Phrases to express gratitude in Brazilian Portuguese

É muito gentil da sua parte / É muita gentileza sua.

(It’s very kind of you.)

Muitíssimo obrigada/o. 

(Thank you so so much.)


(Diminutive form of thank you in Brazil.)

Não tenho nem como agradecer. 

(I can’t even thank you.)

Deus lhe pague. 

(May God pay you back.)


(Hipster way to say ‘gratitude.’)


(Text slang for Thank you.)

Wrapping Up On How To Say Thank You In Brazilian Portuguese

Portuguese can be a challenging language, but with some practice, you can definitely say basic things to native speakers, like thank you!

With the messages above, you can now thank friends, bartenders, someone giving you directions, or anyone in their own language.

Tchau! Beijos!

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