In Portuguese, there are 12 sounds of vowels, a quantity much smaller than in English.
|saco||(eu) seco||seco||mico||(eu) soco||o soco||
The correspondent sounds in English are as it follows:
a – father
Ɛ – America
e – bait
i – bee
ɔ – awesome
o – boat
u – goose
Furthermore, in Portuguese there are five nasal vowels. Do not worry too much if you cannot pronounce them correctly at the first try. It takes a while to learn how to make the sound flow through your nostrils.
The nasal sound usually happens when the vowels are followed by M or N. It can also happen when A or O are together with TIL (ã, õ).
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