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What topics can I ask about here?

The Portuguese Language Stack Exchange is for linguists, teachers, students, and anyone interested in the Portuguese language, including regional or dialectal variants. Questions about the following topics are welcomed here:

  • Portuguese linguistics, orthography, or etymology
  • Usage, grammar, and pronunciation, including dialect differences
  • The meaning of a word or expression in context (if it is not clear from the dictionary definition)
  • Problems encountered by people learning Portuguese

But please don't ask any questions about these topics, which are outside of scope for this site:

  • Anything not directly related to the Portuguese language
  • How to improve your Portuguese
  • Questions that are primarily opinion-based
  • Questions with too many possible answers, or that would require an extremely long answer

Programming questions that you want to ask in Portuguese should be asked on the StackOverflow em Português site.

What about translations?

We are not a translation service, nor do we purport to be experts in languages other than Portuguese. Asking about the meaning of a difficult Portuguese sentence is fine. So is asking how to express an idea in idiomatic Portuguese. But please don't ask us to translate a text to or from another language.

What is the meaning of this word?

We do ask that you look up the meaning of words or expressions in a dictionary first. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, go ahead and ask, but do provide the context in which you found the word or expression, and tell us why you find the dictionary answer unsatisfactory.

Should I write in Portuguese or English?

Both languages are accepted. If you are learning Portuguese, we suggest that you learn by doing and ask in Portuguese, but there is no obligation. When answering a question, we encourage you to answer in the language of the question, if you are able. Don't worry about making a few mistakes: other community members can help with corrections if you are not as strong in that language.

Note that some contributors prefer to answer in Portuguese, so you may get replies in Portuguese. Posts made in only one language may be translated into the other one by community members for wider accessibility.

On the main site, all tags should be in Portuguese unless there is no Portuguese equivalent for a concept; then English is accepted. On the meta site, tags should normally be in English.

Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question.

If your question is not specifically on-topic for Portuguese Language Stack Exchange, it may be on topic for another Stack Exchange site. If no site currently exists that will accept your question, you may commit to or propose a new site at Area 51, the place where new Stack Exchange communities are democratically created.