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BP Pronunciation

Brazil-Portuguese Pronunciation

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ch pronounced like the ch in machine or the sh in shoot
lh pronounced similar to the lli in million
nh pronounced like the ni in onion; also similar to the Spanish ñ as in señor
qu before a or o pronounced like the qu in quota
qu before e or i pronounced like the c in capitol
rr pronounced like the h in heat — e.g. "marrom" (brown) pronounced mah-hone
ss pronounced like the ss in missing
te pronounced either like the ch in chafe or the chee in cheese
ti pronounced like the chee in cheese
ai pronounced like the ie in pie
ão pronounced like the own in town but nasalized
au pronounced like the ow in cow or the ou in ouch
ei pronounced like the ay in day
eu pronounced ay-oo like the ay in hay + the oo in boot
ia pronounced ee-ah like the ee in beet + the a in father
ie pronounced like the e in yes
io pronounced ee-oh like the ee in meet + the o in boat
iu pronounced ee-oo like the ee in feet + the oo in boot
oi pronounced "closed" like the oy in toy
ou pronounced like the ow in slow
ua pronounced like the oo-ah in watch minus the w sound
ue pronounced oo-eh like the oo in boot + the ay in pay
ui pronounced oo-ee like the oo in foot + the ee in beet
uo pronounced like the uo in quote
b pronounced much like English
c before an e or i — pronounced like the s in safe
c before an a, o or u — pronounced like the c in coin or cat
ç before an a, o or u — pronounced like the s in several
d pronounced like English except before i or e where it is pronounced like the dj in judge
g before an a, o or u — pronounced like the hard g in got
g before an e or i — pronounced like the soft g sound in pleasure
h silent except when followed by an n where it creates the nasal sound similar to the Spanish ñ as in señor
j pronounced like the dj sound in measure
k pronounced like the k in kite
l pronounced like English except it tends to nasalize the vowel preceeding it — when following an a or i as the last letter of a word it takes on a w sound
m pronounced like English except it tends to nasalize the vowel preceeding it — when the last letter of a word pronounced without closing the lips at the end — like an n
n pronounced like English except it tends to nasalize the vowel preceeding it
r as the first letter of a word – pronounced like a nasalized h in heat––––inside a word – pronounced much like English––––at the end a word – pronounced somewhat gutterally
s between vowels pronounced like the z sound in rose, otherwise liike the s in satisfaction
t pronounced like English except when follwed by an e or (especially) an i when it is pronounced like the chee in cheese 
v pronounced like English
w Brazilians tend to pronounce like a v, for example, Walter becomes Valter
x variously pronounced like the sh in shed (e.g. xuxa = shoe-sha), the s in seen or the x in taxi
y pronounced like the y in yell or the ee sound in funny — mainly in words of foreign origin — alone = ipsilon
z pronounced like the z in zero
a pronounced like the a in father
e variously pronounced either like the ay in say or the e in bet
i pronounced like the ee in meet
o pronounced like the o in vote
u pronounced like the oo in boot
Created by: brassgeko on 2010-05-21



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