Brazilian Portuguese: Vowel Sounds

Written by: Daniel

Hi, everyone! My name is Daniel, I am originally from Brazil. When I was 16, I moved to China for four and a half years. I have an AA in Economics from the US and a B.A. in Accounting from a university in Brazil. I love to teach, especially kids because I love to see how they develop. I’ve taught Mathematics, Physics, Portuguese and English for the past 13 years and I love a new challenge. I am great at playing video games and use games in my lessons to help students enjoy learning even more! I love to see my students applying their knowledge outside the classroom in real-life situations. I can’t wait to meet you and to share my culture and language, Portuguese, with you!

Hey there, language explorer! Ready to dive into the world of Brazilian Portuguese? If you’re keen on mastering this vibrant language, let’s start with something crucial: nailing those vowel sounds. Trust me, it’s gonna make a world of difference when you’re chatting with the locals or belting out Brazilian tunes. So, grab your cup of coffee (or caipirinha), and let’s get started on this vowel adventure:

Get to Know Your Vowels:

Brazilian Portuguese has a bunch of vowels – thirteen to be exact. They come in all shapes and sizes, from ‘a’ to ‘u’ and everything in between. Take some time to familiarize yourself with each one and their funky symbols. It’s like learning the ABCs all over again, but way more fun!


Nose or No Nose?

Here’s the scoop – Brazilian Portuguese loves its nasal vowels. So, while you’re practicing, pay attention to when your nose gets in on the action. If there’s a squiggly line on top of the letter (like ã or õ), you’re diving into nasal territory. Embrace the nasal vibes, and you’ll sound like a true Brazilian pro.


Give ‘Em Some Lip:

Vowel pronunciation is all about those mouth movements. Play around with how you shape your lips and tongue to make each sound just right. It’s like a little dance party for your mouth – so loosen up and get grooving!


Don’t Stress, Just Reduce:

In Brazilian Portuguese, unstressed vowels like taking a chill pill. They might sound a bit shy or muffled compared to their stressed counterparts. So, when in doubt, keep it cool and let those vowels relax a bit.


Use Your Tools:

There are tons of cool resources out there to help you conquer those vowel sounds. From online tutorials to handy pronunciation guides, take advantage of whatever floats your boat. And don’t forget to flex those phonetic muscles – IPA symbols are your new best friends.


Dive into the Culture:

Want to really get the hang of those vowels? Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture! Listen to Brazilian music, watch movies, or binge-watch Brazilian soap operas. The more you soak up the language in its natural habitat, the better you’ll get at those vowel sounds.

Practice Makes Perfect:

Like with anything worth mastering, practice is key. Try saying those vowels out loud – in the shower, during your morning commute, or even while cooking dinner. Record yourself, compare with native speakers, and don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. You’ll be a pro in no time!

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