Are you coming to Brazil for the World Cup? We have made a list of useful questions to be asked in 15 different situations! Learning how to ask questions is a fundamental step in learning a new language. And you will also learn a bit more about the World Cup in Brazil. *The translations below are not always literal.


You are in Brazil and want to go to the stadium.

  • a) Como faço para ir ao estádio da Copa? (What do I do to go the World Cup Stadium?)
  • b) O que eu tenho que fazer para ir ao estádio da Copa? (What do I have to do to go the World Cup stadium?)
  • c) Como posso ir ao estádio da Copa? (How can I go to the World Cup stadium?)
  • d) Como faço para chegar ao estádio da Copa? (How do I get to the World Cup stadium?)
Info: In São Paulo it's possible to take the metro. The nearest station is called Corinthians Itaquera and it's less than a kilometer away from the stadium.


You want to know what time your national team plays.

  • a) Que horas é o jogo da Inglaterra? (What time is England's match?)
  • b) Qual é o horário do jogo da Espanha? (What is the time of Spain's match?)
  • c) Você sabe que horas é o jogo da Argentina? (Do you know what time is Argentina's match?)
Info: There are thirty two national teams competing in the World Cup in Brazil! And England's match against Italy is at seven at night, on June 14. To know what time it is, just ask: que horas são? Examples of answers: são nove horas (it´s nine o'clock). São dez e quinze (it's ten­fifteen). São onze e meia (it's eleven­thirty). Quinze para uma (a quarter to one). Vinte para as três (“twenty to seven”, literally).


You want to know how much is the daily rate at a hotel.

  • a) Quanto custa a diária neste hotel? (How much is the daily rate at this hotel?)
  • b) Quanto custa passar a noite neste hotel? (How much is it to spend the night at this hotel?)
Info: To know the price of something, just ask: “quanto custa isso?” (how much is this?), “quanto custa aquilo?” (how much is that?).


You want to know how long it takes to get somewhere.

  • a) Quanto tempo leva para chegar lá? (How long does it take to get there?)
  • b) Quanto dura a viagem até lá? (How long is the trip there?)
Info: “Quanto tempo vai demorar?” (“how much time will it take?”, literally) and “Quanto tempo até chegar lá?” (“how much time until we get there?”, literally) are alternatives. Other related questions are: “quanto tempo daqui até o hotel?” (how long is it from here to the hotel?) and “quanto tempo para chegar ao aeroporto?” (how long until we get to the airport?).


You want to know who is the coach of a national team.

  • a) Quem é o técnico do Brasil? (Who is Brazil's coach?)
  • b) Quem treina o time do Brasil? (Who coaches the Brazilian team?)
Info: His name is Luís Felipe Scolari, better known as Felipão. Speaking of football teams, the three main positions on the pitch are: defesa – ou zaga – (defense), meio­campo (midfield) and ataque (forward). O David Luís é um zagueiro – ou defensor (David Luis is a defender). O Iker Casillas é goleiro (Iker Casillas is a goalkeeper). O Lampard é meio­ campista (Lampard is a midfielder). E o Neymar é atacante (and Neymar is a striker).


You want to know who is the most important player in any team.

  • a) Quem é a principal estrela do time da Argentina? (Who is the main star in Argentina's team?)
  • b) Qual jogador é o mais importante do time da Argentina? (Who is the most important player in Argetina's team?)
Info: That's a very easy question. It's Lionel Messi. Other stars are the Cristiano Ronaldo, who is Portuguese, the Englishman Steven Gerrard, the Italian striker Balotelli and the Brazilian striker Neymar.


You want to know where the matches of your national team will be held.

  • a) Onde serão os jogos da Alemanha? (Where will Germany's matches be?)
  • b) Em que cidade a Alemanha vai jogar? (In what city will Germany play?)
Info: To know how to go somewhere, you need to know where (ONDE) it is. “Onde é a lanchonete?” (where is the diner?), “onde é o banheiro?” (where is the bathroom?).


You want to know what time breakfast stops being served (at the hotel).

  • a) Que horas termina o café da manhã? (What time is breakfast over?)
  • b) Quando acaba o serviço de café da manhã? (When is the breakfast service over?)
  • c) Que horas vocês param de servir o café da manhã? (What time do you stop serving breakfast?)
Info: Café da manhã is the first meal of the day. Then, there's almoço. And at night, jantar. A varitation of this question is: que horas se encerra o café da manhã? (What time is breakfast over?)


You want to know today's special at a restaurant.

  • a) O que vocês estão servindo hoje? (What are you serving today?)
  • b) Qual é o prato do dia? ((What is today's special?)
Info: At popular restaurants in São Paulo, Monday is the day of the Virado à Paulista, which comes with pork and fried banana. It's worth trying!


You want to know when you are going somewhere.

  • a) Quando vamos ao Brasil? (When are we going to Brazil?)
  • b) Que dia vamos ao Brasil? (What day are we going to Brazil?)
Info: Other examples of questions with QUANDO (when): Quando vamos viajar? (when are we travelling?) Quando é o voo? (when is the flight?) Quando começa a copa? (when does the World Cup start?) By the way, the World Cup starts on June, 12.


You want to ask the taxi driver to take you somewhere.

  • a) Gostaria de ir a este endereço, por favor. (I would like to go to this address, please.)
  • b) Você pode me levar a este endereço, por favor? (Can you take me to this address, please?)
Info: You can also use the imperative: “Me leve a este endereço, por favor” (take me to this address, please). And also: “Vamos a este endereço, por favor” (let's go to this address, please).


You want to know what is the capacity of a stadium.

  • a) Qual é a capacidade deste estádio? (What is the capacity of this stadium?)
  • b) Quantas pessoas cabem neste estádio? (How many people can be in this stadium?)
Info: The words QUANTOS and QUANTAS are used to know the quantity of countable things.For example: Quantos minutos faltam para o fim do jogo? (How many minutes to the end of the match?) Quantas cidades vão ter jogos da copa? (How many cities are going to have World Cup games?, literally). The answer to this question is twelve. Quantos habitantes tem a cidade de São Paulo? (How many inhabitants does São Paulo have?, literally).


You want to know if it is possible to go to the stadium just a little before the match.

  • a) Posso ir ao estádio um pouco antes da partida? (Can I go to the stadium a little before the match?)
  • b) É possível chegar ao estádio em pouco tempo depois de sair? (Is it possible to get to the stadium in a short time after leaving?)
Info: The answer is no. It is expected a great number of people around the stadiums on match days. It is advisable to leave a few hours in advance. The verb PODER (can) can be used in questions in the following way: Posso ir ao banheiro? (can I go to the bathroom?) Você pode me fazer um favor? (can you do me a favor?) Podemos sair mais cedo amanhã? (can I leave earlier tomorrow?)


You want to know why Brazilians make so much noise.

  • a) Por que os brasileiros são tão barulhentos? (Why are Brazilians so noisy?)
  • b) Qual é a razão para os brasileiros fazerem tanto barulho? (What is the reason for Brazilians to make so much noise?)
Info: POR QUE is used to know the reason for something. In this case, the reason is that Brazilians are just noisy. And because they love football!


You want to know which team will win the World Cup.

  • a) Que time vai ganhar a Copa do Mundo? (What time will win the World Cup?)
  • b) Quem vai ganhar a Copa do Mundo? (Who will win the World Cup?)