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Pronunciation questions

Postby |-|[|= » 2011-09-28, 2:31

I have a few questions about Portuguese pronunciation.

How are dipthongs pronounced, and how about the nasal ones? (for the nasals
I just talk like I have a steoreotypical French accent, is that right?
How are closed vowels (ex. ê) pronounced?
Why are the pronunciations of some letters (like m) sometimes written as ng?
How can I get a Portuguese accent, because right now when I try to speak it, it sounds like I'm speaking Spanish.

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Re: Pronunciation questions

Postby Chekhov » 2011-09-28, 2:47

First of all, do you know IPA at all? And what kind of Portuguese?
I just talk like I have a steoreotypical French accent, is that right?
The Portguese nasal vowels aren't much like the French ones. Still, they work the same way.
Why are the pronunciations of some letters (like m) sometimes written as ng?
I'm afraid I don't know what you mean. Perhaps you mean the nasal vowels? They can sound like ng to an English speaker.
How can I get a Portuguese accent, because right now when I try to speak it, it sounds like I'm speaking Spanish.
Listen to Portuguese speakers and learn IPA. It helps a lot.
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Re: Pronunciation questions

Postby |-|[|= » 2011-09-28, 13:22

I know a little of IPA, and I'm learning the European Portuguese. When I said I try to talk with a stereotypical french accent, that's the best way for me to think about pronouncing nasal sounds. Nevermind about the m question. About nasal vowels, they are spelled phonetically like vowel sound then ng, but I guess that's to show that it's nasal.

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Re: Pronunciation questions

Postby Luís » 2011-09-28, 14:32

French nasal vowels

/ɑ̃/
/ɛ̃/
/ɔ̃/
/œ̃/

(European) Portuguese nasal vowels

/ɐ̃/
/ẽ/
/ĩ/
/õ/
/ũ/

+ nasal diphthongs

/ɐ̃j̃/
/õj̃/
/ũj̃/
/ɐ̃w̃/

It's not much of a problem if you substitute French /ɑ̃/, /ɛ̃/ and /ɔ̃/ for /ɐ̃/ /ẽ/ and /õ/, though. The important thing here is to distinguish nasal from oral vowels.
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Re: Pronunciation questions

Postby Chekhov » 2011-09-28, 14:48

I think I can answer your questions. Diphthongs are just pronounced like two vowels that blend into each other, eg. au is a + u (should sound roughly like English ow). Nasal diphthongs are just two nasal vowels.

Nasal vowels can be spelled with a trailing -n, -m or -ã, -õ.

Ê and Ô are pronounced /e, o/ in Portuguese.
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