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Lucas Boa tarde Maria. Good Afternoon Maria.
Maria Boa tarde Lucas. Good Afternoon Lucas.
Lucas Como estás? How are you?
Maria Estou bem, obrigado. I'm well, thanks.
E tu? And you?
Lucas Bem, também. Also well.
O que estás a fazer? What are you doing?
Maria Estou a ler um livro. I'm reading a book.
E tu? And you?
Lucas Estou a ir para o trabalho. I'm going to work.

Grammar Notes

Bom dia is the greeting used in the morning. 

Boa tarde is the greeting used in the afternoon.

Estou... is a verb meaning [I am ...], and it can be used to express one's current state or to express that one is currently doing some action.

Using Estou... to express one's current state:

  • Estou bem.
    I'm well.

Using Estou... to express that one is currently doing some action:

  • Estou a ler um livro.
    I'm reading a book.
  • Estou a ir para o trabalho.
    I'm going to work.