Sometimes, Brazilian Portuguese hurts so bad!
There are several ways to talk about being hurt, injured or wounded. The most confusing thing I get questions about is the difference between MACHUCAR and MAGOAR. These two are the most important, most used verbs to say to hurt.
MACHUCAR is used to talk about a physical injury.
Use MAGOAR to talk about emotional and psychological hurt.
When talking about other injuries you will run into the verbs FERIR, ALEIJAR and LESAR
But which to use and when? Let's look at some examples...
FERIR is mostly used equally for physical injuries, especially accidents.
*Be careful not confuse with furar or ferrar!
ALEIJAR is almost always a grave injury and translates as to maim, mutilate.
LESAR is used when talking about a specific body part that is injured.