5 expressions you must learn before coming to Bahia!

Atualizado: 10 de out. de 2019

If you want to learn Brazilian Portuguese like a native, you’ll definitely want to add these words and phrases to your vocabulary list


A Yorubá word used in Candomblé religion that means life force, divine power, essence of being or existence, but also has a similar meaning to “amen.” Also used as colloquial expression in Bahia to greetor express goodvibes, agreement, well-being and describes a genre of music.


The word massa means “awesome”. You might hear someone exclaim Que Massa! (That’s Awesome!) when they hear that you are coming to learn Brazilian Portuguese at Diálogo.

It is generally used by Brazilians to describe something cool they’ve encountered recently.


Oxente (pronounced “oh-SHEN-chi”), is an exclamatory expression that has no direct translation in English, although the meaning some times depends on the situation, it is generally used to express surprise or disbelief about something like how English speakers might exclaim “what?!” at some news they just heard. It is considered regional slang that is only used in the Northeast of Brazil. For example, a conversation using this expression might go:

Maria: Where are you going in the next vacation?

João: I'm going to São Paulo and I'm going to take Portuguese classes there.

Maria: Oxente!!! João, if you are going to Brazil the best place to learn Brazilian Portuguese is Diálogo Language School located in SALVADOR!!!!