Como digo em inglês: eu duvido (áudio)

By Ana | Podcast Inglês Online

Dec 22
Como digo em inglês eu duvido (áudio)

Hello, all!

Aqui vem mais um podcast, dessa vez falando sobre a palavra DOUBT. Ouça e veja como dizer coisas assim:

  • Eu tenho uma dúvida.
  • Quando você não tiver certeza…
  • Sem sombra de dúvida.


Hi, this is Ana Luiza with a new episode of inglesonline podcast. To read the transcription of this podcast, go to and look up the post Como digo em inglês: eu duvido, posted on December 21st 2009.

Today I’m going to talk about the word doubt, d o u b t, and a few common ways to use this word. The inspiration came from… You guessed it, Twitter. What can I say? I love Twitter.

So this word, doubt, came up last week when I gave my twitter followers this tip: when you’re in class, don’t raise your hand and say ‘I have a doubt’. One thing you can say is I have a question. It’s easy to think that ‘I have a doubt’ would be the correct thing to say. Because… after all, in Portuguese we say Eu tenho uma dúvida. But doubt isn’t used that way. If you say that in class, people will probably understand you, but it will sound strange.

And the reason for that is that in English, the word doubt has to do with uncertainty, indecision, or disbelief – disbelief is the state of not believing something. The word doubt does not have to do directly with not understanding something, which is usually the reason why we ask a question.

So you raise your hand, and you say I have a question. Or you could say I would like to ask a question.

So, for example, you can say “I doubt it” when someone tells you that something is going to happen, and you don’t believe it. Someone tells you Brazil is going to win the next World Cup – you could say I doubt it. That means you don’t believe it. You have serious doubts about Brazil’s ability to win the next Cup. So you say I doubt it.

Or someone may ask you, “Are you going to that birthday party on Saturday?” And you say, “Oh, I doubt it. I have an exam on Monday and I have so much work to do, I have to study, so I doubt that I’ll be able to go to the party”. In this case you really don’t believe that you’ll be able to go to the party, right… You really think that it will not be possible. So you say, I doubt it.

So here’s a very common expression with the word doubt. I’m gonna give you an example with this expression: Let’s say you’re in a museum and you see a wonderful painting and you say, This is, without a doubt, the most wonderful painting I have ever seen. Without a doubt… it’s like, sem sombra de dúvida in Portuguese. So, without a doubt that is the most wonderful painting I have ever seen. People also say without doubt. I, myself, prefer without a doubt.

So here’s another common expression. I’ll give you an example. Let’s say someone is giving you instructions on how to take the subway, and this person tells you: always consult your subway map first before you take the subway to go somewhere. And, when in doubt, ask someone for help.

So, “when in doubt” here means, when you’re still not sure, if you have consulted the subway map but that wasn’t enough, you’re still not confident which train you should take… when in doubt, ask someone to help you. In Portuguese that would be something like, se você ainda não tiver certeza.

So leave a comment and tell us, where could you use the expression Without a doubt in your life? Do people around you believe something while you have serious doubts about it? This is Ana Luiza of . See you next time.


P.S. When in doubt também representa o nosso “Na dúvida…”


Key expressions:

  • I have a question
  • I doubt it
  • have serious doubts about
  • without a doubt
  • when in doubt


You guessed it = acho que você já sabe, você adivinhou

does not have to do with = não tem a ver com

I have ever seen = que eu já vi na vida


Estou esperando as respostas de vocês! What is it that you believe without a doubt?

Bruno 12/07/2015

This podcast is, without a doubt, very important to us learning English correctly. Very good Ana Luiza. Keep doing that!

Caroline 23/01/2013

Hi Ana! I have a question.

Na frase “… I doubt that I will be able to go to the party…” poderia ser usado “available to go” ou mesmo “can go” ao invés de “be able to go”?

Francisco Sant'Anna 13/05/2012

Hi Ana!

..but Ana… I have a question hahaha… Ok. ok. I have a doubt I just joke if you, however if some day I am going to a country his language is English I will have a lot of doubt this podcast it’s so much important in the begining we have to know how to ask because we have so much things to learn about the English.

Thanks Ana!

Francisco Sant’Anna your dedicate student.

    Francisco Sant'Anna 13/05/2012

    Ana I have another doubt how do I can put my picture by side my comments?

    Beside you have a beatiful voice congratulations!

      Ana 13/05/2012

      Hi Francisco,
      You have to create a profile here
      and then use the same email when filling out the comment form…

Alana 19/03/2012

Hi Ana! I need to put out “a rusty” in my english, mainly on listening and speaking. I stopped in Intermediate level. Today, I decided to start my english studies with your podcasts. I’m shy, but I read that you like to see comments… So, I’ll try to write you frequently. Thank you for help us! Have a nice week!

    Ana 19/03/2012

    hehe… Thanks for the comment, Alana. Yes, I’ve recently sent out a post asking for more comments!
    Enjoy the podcasts, and hope to see you around!

Roberto 17/03/2012

Wow! Though the old date of the post, I think it amazing! This post was very nice. I liked the velocity which was talked on the mp3 audio. Without doubt, in these manner, I will learn to hear in english language.

ps: corrections are welcome :)

Juliana ; - ) 28/12/2011

Hi Ana!

This website and your podcasts are the best I’ve ever seen…without a doubt!


Marilia 05/07/2011

I’ve just married less than 2 weeks ago and
I went to Maceió, Alagoas on my honeymoon trip… Alagoas coast is without a doubt the most beautiful one in Brazil.

Ana Luiza 25/04/2011

Felipe – awesome!!! (fantástico!!!)
Parabéns de verdade – vc se aplicou no Curso e o resultado, é claro, veio smile

Felipe 23/04/2011

the first time I listened this podcast was one year ago and I didn’t understand very much because I was beggining to study English (I did the Internet English Course from Inglês Online, by the way)

but now I can understand the whole podcast,
without a doubt the Course from Inglês Online is much better that any English school

thanks a lot Ana
God bless you

juliana 03/09/2010

como eu digo em inglês:
eu trabalho no banco Ouro Branco.

thiago 02/09/2010

Huauu! these podcats are wonderful! without a doubt I’ve never seem something like this before!1
Thank you!! (sorry for my mistakes:))

Felipe 26/08/2010

eitaaaa, é mesmo, que gafe! hauhauha

então seria Dúvida e Cconfiança (ou Certeza)?

Ana Luiza 25/08/2010

Everyone – obrigada por comentar.

Felipe – acho q o nome da música é Doubt and Trust.

Felipe 20/08/2010

Tem uma música que gosto que se chama “Doubt Trust”, Qual seria o significado mais correto?

Aline Gabriele 14/02/2010

Without a doubt, I’m loving all the lessons!

It’s great!
Now, I learned about “doubt”.

cristina 26/01/2010

I’m enjoying a lot all these tips online.
WITHOUT DOUBT,I’m surprise with this site.
I’m certainly learning a lot,
thank you

Vitor 21/01/2010

I enjoy my life, without a doubt.

Ana Luiza 19/01/2010

Thank you Luiz. Enjoy and yes, tell your friends smile Thanks!

Luiz Carlos 15/01/2010

I am so glad to see all your effort in helping us ! WITHOUT A DOUBT, you are doing the best on line job that I have ever seen. I am going to say my friend about this amazing site!

Ana Luiza 12/01/2010

Hi Leonardo, thanks and enjoy!

Leonardo 11/01/2010

Without a doubt, this website is amazing!! It’s the better website for Brazilian Students, that i’ve ever seen!

Ana Luiza 10/01/2010

Su – PS is an abbreviation of Post Script.

Lé – se vc perguntar isso, vai estar perguntando se alguém duvida do que vc está falando. Diga “Any questions?”

Rafael, Zu and Josimar – thank you! Josimar, I remember that. That is a great example…

Zu 09/01/2010

This is, without a doubt, the most perfect pronunciation I ever heard !

Josimar Machado. 07/01/2010

I really really loved this post. and your way of speaking really help us out to learn and to get our listening better. Thanks,and you’re a great teacher WITHOUT A DOUBT smile By the way, there’s a post that you explain the expression “twice as … as” with a video of Friends and Monica says “without a doubt” lol anyway, thanks. And without a doubt, i’m not going to have serious doubts about it smile

Rafael 06/01/2010

I liked it..
I have been studying a lot and the better form to learn, is keep trying…
Thanks for explanation Maria Luiza..


I have a question.  Isn`t it correct to say “any doubt?”, when you`re explaning something?

Su 02/01/2010

I´ve already learned about the meaning of “P.S”, but I forgot it. So, I have a question:
What does “P.S” mean?
(OBS= observação; P.S= ?)

Ana Luiza 02/01/2010

Hi Eunice, thanks and enjoy….

Eunice 02/01/2010

Without a doubt this is the best website to a Brazilian to learn English.Ana Luiza’s tips are very useful.

Arnold 29/12/2009

Thanks, Ana. Merry Chistmas to you too. Have a superb 2010!

Ana Luiza 28/12/2009

Great Armando, listening is the best thing you can do as far as improving fluency.

Lissane, I wish you the same…

Lissane 27/12/2009

Great mrs Ana,i liked so much.Merry cristmas for you and for all your parents, see you next year.

armando: 26/12/2009

liked a lot, and I take my tape Listen, listen.

Ana Luiza 26/12/2009

Franco: thank you… Have a great 2010!

camilla: que bom! Eu tento falar bem claramente mesmo.

camilla 26/12/2009

adorei a explicação. O inglês falado por ela é bem claro, o que facilita o aprendizado. Parabéns !

Without a dout i’ll improve my English at 2010. This was an excelent podcast, great job =)

Ana Luiza 24/12/2009

Hello people, Merry Christmas to you all! Sure Arnold!

carlos 23/12/2009

Gostei. Feliz Natal a todos!

Evandro 23/12/2009

I always sad “I have a doubt”. This false friends…. rs
Thanks to your explanation and Merry Christmas to you and your family

Arnaldo Silva 23/12/2009

You can call me “Arnold” if you prefer, lol. Some people call me that.

Ana Luiza 23/12/2009

Arnaldo, Angela and Arandir, thank you and I’m so glad you’re enjoying the podcast.

Arandir 23/12/2009

There’s no doubt you’re a fantastic professor and that’s why you have helped me a lot with your English tips.

angela carneiro 22/12/2009

Thanks a lot Ana Luiza. You are terrific!

Arnaldo Silva 22/12/2009

Thank you so much for your explanations, Ana Luiza. You’re doing a great job. I (still) don’t have a flow English, unfortunately (I’m better at Spanish, lol). But I’ve already improved a lot with this website. You are very well-intentioned with the tips you post here and I admire that, Ana, they’re very helpful. Thanks a lot! See you. Best wishes.

Ana Luiza 22/12/2009

Cristiano, thank you and I wish you the same. See you soon!

Hi Nanda! Twitter’s the best. Enjoy…

    Ricky 15/12/2016

    Querida Annbhla,Veaeo agradecer a vossa ajudar preciosa e célere nesta situação. Como sempre têm sido fantásticos sempre que vos solicito ajuda!Muito, muito OBRIGADA à AGIR e um bem haja especial para ti, Anabela!

    12aઉપરોકત વિષય ઉપરાંત એક નવા વિષય ઉપર પણ મારાં વિચારો મૂકયા છે.જે વિષય છે શું મંદિરમાં ઈશ્વર હોય શકે ?

Nanda Botelho 22/12/2009

It’s so funny the diference of english to portuguese… It’s the same to drive a car in the oposite side of the street.

I liked very much this podcast and all things that you post!

Bye! Ah! I love twitter too!

Cristiano 22/12/2009

Without a doubt you´re a great English teacher. Thanks very much! I´ve learned a lot with your tips. I hope you and all your family have a wonderful x-mas and a happy new year. God bless you. Take care! See you next time.

Ana Luiza 22/12/2009

‘no doubt’ é muito comum. Exemplos:

There was no traffic in SP yesterday, no doubt because it was a holiday.

There’s no doubt we’re going to win the game.

‘no doubt’ é usado como parte de sentença ou frase. Sozinho…. hmm. Só se a pessoa estiver com preguiça de falar tudo.

Ana Luiza 22/12/2009

Great Henrique smile
Ira, me too, there’s no doubt about it…
ana, good for you!

Osvaldo Junior ;-) 22/12/2009

And… if I just say “No doubt”, like “No comments”, “No problem”, “No signal”. It’s correct?
Desculpe pelos erros de inglês aqui, se tiver.

ana flávia 22/12/2009

Well, I believe in God without doubt!!

Iramaia 22/12/2009

Without doubt, I’m going to spend Xmas with my family. Well, Santa is not coming, I doubt it. smile

Merry Xmas!

Henrique 22/12/2009

Great, no more doubts wink

Ana Luiza 22/12/2009

Oi Arnaldo, legal!

Vc poderia usar a palavra undoubtedly (advérbio) por exemplo. Ou dizer There’s absolutely no doubt that… ou mesmo Without doubt…

Arnaldo Silva 22/12/2009

Não restam dúvidas, a explicação foi muito clara! Thanks.

P.S.: By the way, how can I can “não restam dúvidas” in English?

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