Elementary 26: Turn Right At The Third Door

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Let’s hope that section18 row 25 has good seats for whatever performance Daniela in our dialog is attending. And let’s also hope that they can follow the instructions to find those seats. In today’s lesson we learn the Portuguese phrases that you’ll need to get from one place to another.

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Dialogue
Discussion
 A: Com licença, como se chega a sessão 18, fila 25?
Excuse me, how do you get to section 18, row 25?
  B: A sessão 18, vai em frente e vira à direita, na terceira porta.
Section 18, go straight and turn right at the third door.
  A: Tá, aquela porta vermelha ao lado das bebidas?
OK, that red door next to the drinks?
  B: É, essa mesmo.
Yes, that’s it.
  A: Obrigada, é permitido entrar com essas garrafas?
Thanks, can you go in with these bottles?
  B: Sim senhora, não tem problema, pode entrar.
Yes ma’am, no problem, you can go in.

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  1. Thad Kawecki

    Prof Kelm,
    The commentary on the dialogue suggests that the passive voice is not common in everyday conversation. Is this true, and could you expand on this a bit, please?
    Thanks,
    Thad

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Sure, in our dialog we heard “é permitido…?” (Is it permitted to enter…). However, notice that in English we can get by with lots of passive voice (Portuguese was spoken, the sandwiches were eaten, the doors were opened, the car was stolen, the friends were taken…). Brazilians seem to prefer less passive voice, (eles falaram português, eles comeram o sanduiche, eles abriram as portas, o cara roubou o carro, eles levaram os amigos).
      Even in our dialog, a phrase like “é permitido entrar com bebidas” could just as easily have been said with the active voice, something like, “Dá pra entrar aqui com bebidas?” Basically I suggest, when in doubt, go with the active voice and whatever you come up with will sound better than if you had formed the sentence with the passive voice. Hope that helps, Orlando

      1. Thad Kawecki

        Thanks for the clarification.