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Hi everyone.
Welcome to The Ultimate Portuguese Pronunciation Guide.
In this lesson, you'll learn 10 Portuguese consonant sounds.
Nearly half of these consonant sounds are identical to the ones in English.
So if you know English, they should already be familiar to you.
Are you ready?
Then let's get started!
The first consonant is...
"n
nata - sour cream
ano - year
também - also"
It's identical to the N in the word 'nice'.
n, n (slowly)
n, n (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"p
peito - chest
topo - top, summit
pipoca - popcorn"
It's identical to the P in the word 'spat'. Similar to the K sound from the previous lesson, this is also an unaspirated P sound, meaning there shouldn't be a burst of air as you pronounce this sound.
p, p (slowly)
p, p (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"s
saco - bag
isso - this
sussurrar - to whisper"
It's identical to the S in the word 'see'.
s, s (slowly)
s, s (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"x
xarope - syrup
baixo - low
roxo - purple"
It's identical to the 'sh' sound in the word 'sheep'.
x, x (slowly)
x, x (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"t
tempo - time
átomo - atom
tatuagem - tattoo"
It's identical to the T sound in the word 'stand'. This is also an unaspirated sound.
t, t (slowly)
t, t (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"tch
tchau - bye
atchim - sneeze sound
tinta - paint"
It's identical to the 'ch' sound in the word 'chair'.
tch, tch (slowly)
tch, tch (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"u
quando - when
guarda - guard
aguardar - to wait"
It's identical to the W in the word 'way'.
u, u (slowly)
u, u (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"i
maio - May
saia - skirt
raio - ray, lightning
"
It's identical to the Y in the word 'you'.
i, i (slowly)
i, i (slowly)
The next consonant is...
"z
zona - zone
azul - blue
casa - house"
It's identical to the Z in the word 'zebra'.
z, z (slowly)
z, z (slowly)
The final consonant for this lesson is...
"j
já - already
gente - people, folks
argila - clay"
It's identical to the G sound in the word 'rouge'.
j, j (slowly)
j, j (slowly)
Well done! You just learned another 10 Portuguese consonants.
Are there more familiar sounds than you expected? Let us know if you have questions in the comments.
In the next lesson, you'll learn 3 consonant sounds that are unfamiliar to English speakers.
See you in the next Ultimate Portuguese Pronunciation Guide lesson!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Are there more familiar sounds than you expected? Let us know if you have questions in the comments.

PortuguesePod101.com
Sunday at 9:26 pm
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Hi Daggy,


Thank you for your message.


The [My Flashcards] tool is an excelent way to help you memorize new vocabulary!


In this lesson, you can add any entries from the [Vocabulary] section to it by selecting them and clicking on [Add to Flashcard Deck]. Then, you can access the feature here:

https://www.portuguesepod101.com/learningcenter/flashcards/flashcards


Keep up practicing and in case of any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

Team PortuguesePod101.com

Daggy
Friday at 3:51 am
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Do you recommend adding all the unknown words to flashcards?

PortuguesePod101.com
Sunday at 6:53 pm
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Olá Adel,


Thank you for posting.


"Isso" means "that" and you can check out some examples in the [Vocabulary] section. "isto", on the other hand, means "this", for example:

"Isto não é bom."/"This isn’t good."


Hope it helps! Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

Team PortuguesePod101.com

Adel
Thursday at 12:46 am
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Is the word isso in português it has tow meaning that and this?

PortuguesePod101.comVerified
Tuesday at 3:21 am
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Hi Zhuldyzay,


Thank you for posting.


The lesson focuses on giving examples of sounds that are familiar to you in English. Therefore, the sound example for the "m" in "também" was N in the word 'nice', so that you can catch up the pronunciation easily :)


In case of any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

Team PortuguesePod101.com

Zhuldyzay
Friday at 12:53 am
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Hello


I have one question

According to the lesson in the word "taMbéM", in the first and in the second case "M" has to have a sound "N". I do not understand why


Regards

Portuguesepod101.com   
Monday at 6:25 pm
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Olá Ram,


Thanks for posting!


We're glad you liked the lesson! If you have any doubts, please let us know:wink:


Cristiane

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Ram
Friday at 9:55 pm
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hello,

Very good, Thank you

Olá,

Muito bom obrigado