Como Falam os Nossos Membros?

How Do Our Members Speak?

Today, the tables have turned, because YOU, (our listeners) are the main voices of this special episode! European Portuguese learners from around the world bravely submitted recordings of themselves reading our featured Shorty, “Um Encontro“.

We listen to each one, while suggesting subtle improvements for perfecting their pronunciation, including some challenging vowel sounds, and rules of the letter “S”, and more.

A BIG “thank you” to everyone who bravely submitted their recordings. Let us know if you enjoy this and we’ll do more of this in future episodes!
(Learn more about the pronunciation of the letter “S” here: The Letters “S” and “C”)

  • Boa noite ! Rui e Joel
    Your comments on my recording were very helpful .

    I really rate your language program !
    Thank you so very much
    Kind regards

  • Olá, bom dia.
    This is ótimo. Really a nice way of learning pronunciation and the melody of the language.
    Thanks a lot. Yes, I really want more of such lessons.
    Anne Marte

  • Muito interesante e instrutivo. Parabéns para quem fazerem gravações. Foram muito boa. Eu não tivesse coragem.
    Eu teria muito sorte a falar tão bem a ser entendido por gente portugueses. Há quarenta cinco anos, eu aprendei português por a prima vez no Brasil. (Por um ano, fui Professor Visitante de Geologia no U. São Paulo.) Infelizmente tenho esquecido quase todo, antes de eu encontrei o ano passado . Mas, a pronúncia brasileiro de “s”, “o”, e ultima “e” na palavras como “hoje” “grande”, “cidade”, etc. parece ser “hard wired” no meo cérebro.
    Muito obrigado por a sua ajuda – Jay

  • Fantastic podcast, thanks so much fellas!
    It’s really great to be exploring pronunciation at such a detailed level, and the section about cadence was really useful.
    There’s a quote somewhere that “feedback is the breakfast of champions”. It’s certainly true in this case; you guys pointed out a couple of things I wasn’t even aware I was doing.
    Thanks again and best wishes to all the other learners out there!

    • Hello! We don’t currently have an app, but you can use the website on your computer, phone, or tablet. To take the lessons, first login to your account. Then go to “Learn” in the menu at the top of the page and click on “Units”.

  • These podcasts where you critique pronunciation are great! And more than any other teaching source online, I think you guys do the best job of explaining the intricacies of European Portuguese pronunciation. For a beginner like me, this is extremely important, because as a trained interpreter and a comparative linguist, my ears pick up on things, but you guys really explain the how’s and why’s.

    I like how you explain the pronunciation of “o” when it’s not the penultimate (second to last) stress. Perhaps it’s more particular to Lisbon, where I now live, but I find that the farther away it is from the stressed syllable, the more it tends to be swallowed when speaking at a normal pace. As is the way it is dropped at the end of a word or in plurals ending in “-os”.

    I also appreciated your explanation of how the unstressed “e” gets dropped when preceded by a “d”, as in dezasseis, or dezanove. When I first heard these words, it was like I had to learn how to count all over again! And I have often remind myself of this.

    Probably the hardest thing for me to get used to is when “a” is open or closed. Just like you mentioned, it took me a while to realize that the “a” in “vamos” is not open. I think it’s because there is a tendency to treat a stressed “a” as an open vowel, and an unstressed “a” more closed. But that’s not the case. It seems that “a” is open in most (or at least many) words beginning in “al”, especially if they’re of Moorish origin, regardless of whether or not they are stressed, like “Alcântara”. But aside from that, I’m not sure if there are any rules which might help. Any suggestions or guidance from you guys would be very welcome.

    In the meantime, keep up the great work!

    • Thanks for that detailed analysis 🙂 Regarding the letter A, we talked about it on our forum some time ago, and you can check my comments over there: A vowel pronunciation question . Maybe not as detailed as you would like (I am no linguist!), but hopefully, it’ll help.

  • Excellent. Thank you. I have been struggling with the pronunciation of bem for some time, not knowing how to say it correctly and now you have explained it really well

  • Hi,
    Do you have a plan to create more podcast with constructive criticism of pronunciation :)? It is great to hear an analysis about almost every separate sound and humorous comments.
    Greetings to Rui&Joel.

    • Thank you! Yes, Rui and Joel do plan to do more of these and I will pass along your feedback. So glad you’re enjoying this format! In the meantime, if you want more pronunciation practice, we have a unit here that could help: Minimal Pairs

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