Beginning 71: Small talk VIIII – Supermarket Line

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Sometimes we feel pressed and want to get out of the supermarket as quickly as possible. Other days we are OK with slowing down the pace a little bit. In today’s lesson somebody is nice enough to let another go first in the checkout line. No doubt that someday the good deed will be paid back, and somebody will let you in line as well. And at least we’ll have enough Portuguese to thank them appropriately if this happens in Brazil.

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 A: Olha, tem outra fila que abriu, vai você primeiro.
Hey, another line just opened up, you go ahead first.
  B: Obrigada, mas é só isso que você tem?
Thanks, but is this all you have?
  A: Só isso, mas eu não estou com pressa não, pode ir.
Just this, but I’m not in a hurry, go ahead.
  B: Nossa, muito obrigada, tenha um bom dia.
Wow, thanks a lot, have a nice day.


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  1. Madhuri

    Hi Orlando,
    could we say ‘vai a senhora/o senhor primeiro’ (to address an older lady/man)?

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Hey Madhuri,
      I’d probably simply say, “pode passar” or if you want to use “A senhora”, try “A senhora pode passar…”