Useful everyday phrases to know when visiting Mozambique

It is a good idea to get accustomed with common words and phrases as well as the local culture and customs of Mozambique. The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese though English is also spoken.


Here are some common words and phrases in Portuguese:

Hello – Hola

Goodbye – Até logo

Good morning – Bom dia

Good afternoon – Boa tarde

Good evening – Boa noite
Thank you – obrigado
How are you? – Como esta?
What’s your name? – Como te chamas?
How much does it cost? – Quanto custa?
Milk – leite

Bread – pao

Beer – cerveja

Wine – vinho
Toilets – casa da banho

I am lost – Eu estou perdido

Keep in mind these local customs whilst visiting the country:

  • Handshaking is the common form of greetings between males.

  • Woman usually cover their thighs as this is seemed as a private part of the body.

  • Punctuality is not strictly expected in social situations but this depends on the individual.

  • It is rude to visit someone and not stay for a tea and a snack.

  • It is impolite to refuse food if offered.

  • It is illegal to take pictures of government buildings and to drive on the beach.

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