HiFi From Brazil, joined Apr 2005, 192 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 915 times:
but I wouldn't really know how to show you what the correct pronounciation is. it's a nasal sound, where you pronounce something similar to the 'san' you are referring to, but you add an 'o' sound at the end..
ScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 902 times:
From Mr. Harlot trying to teach me Portuguese, I can almost guarantee you that you will never be able to say it properly unless you learn how very young. The way I would try to pronounce it is like "sow", as in a pig, but with the "ow" very nasal. Probably isn't quite right but it's the best I can do.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33525 posts, RR: 71
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 889 times:
Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 4): The way I would try to pronounce it is like "sow", as in a pig, but with the "ow" very nasal. Probably isn't quite right but it's the best I can do.
That's how I pronounce it. Portuguese nasilization is very difficult to pronounce, especially when the only difference between two words - like vovï¿½ and vovï¿½ (grandma and grandpa) is a simple matter of open/closed vowel sounds. Nasalization in some other languages - like Hindi - is fairly easy for an English speaker - just pronounce the letter "n" softly after the vowel (like "kursiyaa'n", which means chairs in Hindi). In Portuguese, it gets more complicated than that.