Jon's Quick Guide to Brazilian Portuguese
For those of you who don't speak a word of Portuguese and are planning on
travelling to Brazil, here are some key words and phrases that I hope
will come in quite handy!
- if you're travelling to Portugal, the pronunciation of most of the
words will be quite different, it's like the difference between American
English and Queens English.
- I've tried to phonetically spell the words and phrases, so hopefully
it will be easier for Brazilians to understand what you're saying...
you'll still have a "gringo" accent, but it always helps to diminish it
as much as possible!
- if there is an "r" (single) in the middle of a word, it is only a
hard "r" (meaning, you roll it ONCE, so it kind of sounds like a soft
"d") if it is preceded by and followed by a vowel.
- words or phrases in parenthesis are optional
- letters in parenthesis refer to the FEMININE version, that is, for
all you woman out there, replace the last letter(s) with those is the
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