How do you say something like, I'd like to go with you sometime or ask, Can we play with you guys?
In Portuguese there are several key verbs that make it easy and clear that you'd like to do something - to participate.
Portuguese invitational verbs
participar: to participate
poder: to be able to, can
gostar: to like, enjoy
adorar: to adore, love
querer: to want
Imagine you are on the beach. There's a volleyball game and you'd like to join in. There's a break in the action so you make your move. You gain the attention of one of the players but what do you say?
PODER is the perfect verb here since you're making a friendly request: Can I play?
But what if you wanted to be a little more formal, not quite so direct? You could say,
*This sounds a bit off in English, right? In Portuguese it does_not 😉 GOSTAR makes it clear you are expressing that you would like to go with them. The verb is in it's conditional form because you're saying this is something you would like to do.
And they answer: Você quer participar?
You: Adoraria! (I would love to!)
You're in a hotel and you overhear someone saying that they'll be hiring a boat out to some island paradise in the afternoon. You want in, so you say...
They answer: Você quer ir também?
You: Eu posso?
They confirm: Pode!
Now let's invite someone: