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    How would you say "dad" as opposed to "father"? And "daddy?"

    How about "mom" and "mommy"?

    And what are some typical terms of endearment a father & mother would use towards their son or daughter? Would "menina" be one of them (for a female, of course), perhaps less common???

    An older adult toward a young adult or older kid?

    Wondering if these things vary so much by region or background/ethnicity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRS
    How would you say "dad" as opposed to "father"? And "daddy?"

    How about "mom" and "mommy"?

    And what are some typical terms of endearment a father & mother would use towards their son or daughter? Would "menina" be one of them (for a female, of course), perhaps less common???

    An older adult toward a young adult or older kid?

    Wondering if these things vary so much by region or background/ethnicity?

    KRS
    I will only translate it to european portuguese - Portugal

    "dad" and "father"- in Portugal they mean the same: "pai".
    "daddy"- "papá"

    "mom" - Mãe
    "mommy" - mamã

    "menina" means "girl". And yes sometimes a father and a mother can use that term to refer to their "daughter". But generally it is used to talk "about" the girl, in the third person. For instance: "Vais tu levar a menina à escola ou vou eu?" - Will you take the girl to school or should i go instead? It´s also very usual to call her "miúda", which also means "girl".
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    Default Re: typical terms of endearment in brazil

    Quote Originally Posted by KRS View Post
    How would you say "dad" as opposed to "father"? And "daddy?"

    How about "mom" and "mommy"?

    And what are some typical terms of endearment a father & mother would use towards their son or daughter? Would "menina" be one of them (for a female, of course), perhaps less common???

    An older adult toward a young adult or older kid?

    Wondering if these things vary so much by region or background/ethnicity?

    KRS
    "dad" --> papá

    "father" --> pai

    "daddy?" --> paizinho

    "mom" --> mamã

    "mommy" --> mãezinha

    "menina" --> girl

    You could say something like "pequenino" --> little boy or "pequenina" --> little girl of course it all depends on the context :S if you want something more specific just ask...

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