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How To: Pronounce consonants in Brazilian Portuguese

In this tutorial, we learn how to pronounce consonants in Brazilian Portuguese. "S" has several pronunciations and sounds the same as English when it's used at the beginning of a word. Using "s" between two vowels makes it sound like a "v". At the very end of a word, it either sounds like an "s" or "sh" sound. Sometimes words with "s" come before other sounds, if the "s" at the end of the word comes before a voiceless consonant, it's going to have an "s" sound. Using these tips and hearing th...

How To: Use vowels and diphthongs in Brazilian Portuguese

In this tutorial, we learn how to use vowels and diphthongs in Brazilian Portuguese. When first learning this language, you will want to become comfortable with different words and syllables. When you learn these, you will be able to better learn how to say different vowels and pauses in words. There are some words that have two consecutive vowels in them. Examples of these are: cadeira, saudade, joia, gloria, agua, sueca, and more. Not all of these words are diphthongs. You will need to lear...

How To: Use romantic phrases in Brazilian Portuguese

In this tutorial, we learn how to use romantic phrases in Brazilian Portuguese. These are common phrases that anyone can learn, and can help you in everyday Brazilian Portuguese speech. When you are wanting to compliment someone or tell them something romantic, you can say a number of different things. The word "lu" is another word for love, so you could use this my saying "mi lu, linda" which would be "my love, Linda". To say "you are very pretty/cute" you would say "voce e muito linda". To ...

How To: Understand verb conjugations in Brazilian Portuguese

In this video, we learn how to understand verb conjugations in Brazilian Portuguese. Learning how and why verbs change tenses is very important when you learn to speak this language. Verb tenses and changes tell what state the verb is in to help you better understand it in a conversation. When saying "ar" this will be the ending of a word that reflects what tense you are using. To replace, you can also use "er" and "ir". This will also tell who the subject of the sentence is. This will change...

How To: Pronounce consonants in Brazilian Portuguese

In this tutorial, we learn how to pronounce consonants in Brazilian Portuguese. When you are learning how to speak Brazilian Portuguese but are a native English speaker, it's going to be easiest to learn if you slowly speak the different consonants. If you learn how the new language relates to English, you will be able to easily speak them without too much difficulty. Learn different words that have the consonants in them, so you can hear the difference between different words and how the let...

How To: Use the IR power verbs in Brazilian Portuguese

In this video, we learn how to use Power Verbs in Brazilian Portuguese: "IR". When you are using power verbs, you will often use "ir" to help with conjugations. For example, when you are saying "I go/ am going" you would say "eu vou" or if you say "you (do something)/are going" you would say "voce vai". The "ir" will change depending on who you are talking about in your sentence. You will also need to change the end of the power verb that you are using so you can properly use it in a sentence...

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