Hello Portuguese speakers.
Here I have some tips for you. Before I just wanted to remind you that I’m from Brasil so, this is Brazilian Portuguese, but I think there’s not much distinction on the European Portuguese.
1) Portuguese is a very nasal language.
So you should make the nasal sounds really good. They always appear when there’s a vowel before m or n: [a,e,i,o,u] + [m,n] = nasal vowel. You’ll also see them when there’s a ão, ões, ãos or nh. One tip to check if you are doing it right is to hold your nose (as if you’re going to hold your breath or jump into a pool). If the sound is the same, the you’re not doing it so good. If it’s different, then you’re doing it in the right way… That’s because nasal sounds are made in the nose. (Nasal comes from nose!).
2) Portuguese has many idioms, proverbs and slangs.
So it’s a good idea to learn them. But don’t just try to memorize them. Look at several examples of usage and create as many sentences as you can. If you use them in the wrong situation, then you’ll get people misunderstood. If they don’t know you’re not a learner, they might say to you things like “Quê que cê tá falano?”, “Ahhm?”, etc.
3) We love to cut words when speaking.
You’ll almost never hear someone saying something like: “O quê voçê está dizendo?” 99% of the time you hear “Quê qui cê tá dizeno?” Here are some clues for you sound like a native when speaking:[collapse id=”collapse_96″]
[citem title=”Don’t say the ‘r’ after an infinitive” id=”citem_68″ parent=”collapse_96″] comer = cumê, encantar = êncãntá, vestir = vêsti, etc.[/citem] [citem title=”Say just the article in the plural and cut the ‘s’ of the plural:” id=”citem_7″ parent=”collapse_96″]os macacos = us macácu, as canetas = as canêta, etc.[/citem] [citem title=”Say the gerund ‘ndo’ like ‘nu’:” id=”citem_11″ parent=”collapse_96″]comendo = cũménu, dançando = d ãnçãnu, etc.[/citem] [/collapse]
Now I just would remind you all that this 3rd tip is useful only for street spoken Portuguese. If you are at work or in a formal situation, hãhã, no need to cut any letters here.
I hope these tips help you! If you’ve got any doubts or comments, I’m all ears!