How to Say Happy Father’s Day in Portuguese


Here’s how to say Happy Father’s Day in Portuguese:

Feliz Dia do Pai

Feh-LEESS GEE-ah doh pie

Just as with Happy Father’s Day in Spanish, you will find that many people use the plural form, which is Feliz dia dos pais.

To pronounce, just add an “ess” sound.

Portugal celebrates Father’s Day on March 19, the same day its Iberian Peninsula neighbor Spain does. But Brazil observes the day on the second Sunday in August. (Italy honors dads on March 19, too; learn how to say Happy Father’s Day in Italian here.)

Now you know how to say Happy Father’s Day in Portuguese.

French for Mister


THE French for Mister is Monsieur.

It is pronounced, roughly, muh-SYER.

You would use it as you would mister, in English, as a title of respect and courtesy. It is also equivalent to Sir.

In English, mister is always abbreviated Mr. (It looks strange and just plain wrong spelled out, doesn’t it?) And in French, monsieur can also abbreviated – to M.

To address more than one gentleman, you would need to use the plural – Messieurs. Messieurs is pronounced, roughly, may-SYER. (In French the final “s” is silent in most cases, but is pronounced when the word following begins with a vowel or an “h,” which is also silent in French. This is called liaison.)

The word monsieur is derived from the Middle French words for “my lord” – mon sieur. Middle French was spoken from approximately 1340 to 1611.

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Now you know the French for Mister.

Dictionary in Spanish – A Must-Have When Learning Spanish


SO you have decided to learn Spanish. Great choice! Spanish is spoken widely and if you live in places like New York, South Florida, Texas or California, being able to communicate in Spanish gives you an edge when it comes to business or getting a job. One thing you will definitely need and make a lot of use of is a dictionary in Spanish.

In fact, it is so essential, I suggest getting two Spanish dictionaries!

You will want one you that is portable, small enough to tuck into a purse or briefcase or back pocket even. Here are some great choices for Spanish dictionaries and reference books.

Spanish dictionary

Then you will want a substantial, authoritative dictionary in Spanish for home. Here are some good choices for a larger desk dictionary in Spanish.

Another must-have is a verb book. My favorite is 501 Spanish Verbs: with CD-ROM (Barron’s Foreign Language Guides).

And in case you are wondering – since you probably don’t have a Spanish dictionary yet – the word for dictionary in Spanish is diccionario, pronounced deek-syo-nah-ree-oh.

Please in Italian


THE word for please in Italian is per favore. It is pronounced pair fah-voh-ray

In Italy, you may hear another word for “please” – prego. But it’s a different please. Let’s say you’re opening a door and, being a gentleman, you want the lovely lady right behind you to pass through first. You would say prego and in that context it means, “please, go ahead.”

Prego – pronounced preh-goh – is an Italian word that serves many purposes. It can, depending on the situation, also be used to mean “you’re welcome,” for instance. When walking into an Italian shop, its keeper will commonly ask prego, meaning “can I help you?”

However, as a beginner in the language, it is best to use per favore when making a request.

Now you know the word for please in Italian.