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Seasons of the Year

The seasons of the year are called as estações do ano paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio the seasons of the year in Portuguese.
Their names have Latin origins, which by now you may have noticed is very common in Portuguese. (Don’t you wish you had paid more attention to Latin in school? 😜 ) Just like English, the seasons of the year are not capitalized in Portuguese.
primavera paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio spring
verão paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio summer
outono paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio autumn
inverno paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio winter

Each season can be broken into months, days, and hours.

Duration of the seasons in Portuguese

  • primavera: 20 de março - 21 de junho paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio March 20 - June 21
  • verão: 21 de junho - 23 de setembro paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio June 21 - September 23
  • outono: 23 de setembro - 21 de dezembro paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio September 23 - December 21
  • inverno: 21 de dezembro - 20 de março paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio December 21 - March 20

Em fevereiro, ainda é inverno. paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio In February, it is still winter.
Agosto é um mês de verão. paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio August is a summer month.
O outono começa na quinta-feira. paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio Autumn starts on Thursday.
Each season has its own holidays or important dates.

Comments

  • Practice English??? Seems I need to learn my own language. I’m English and until reading this section have always thought seasons were proper nouns and therefore capitalized! Every day’s a school day……

    • Haha, it really seems like they SHOULD be capitalized, doesn’t it? I’m sure many people make the same mistake, in both languages. 🙂

  • Could you explain when to use ‘o’ and when to use ‘do’ with regards seasons? For example ‘o inverno e’ depois do outono’ (and how do I find the portuguese symbols on my laptop keyboard if not in word lol??!!!)

    • “O” stands for the definite article “the” and “do” is actually a contraction – it’s what you get when you combine the preposition “de” with “o”. So the choice doesn’t really relate to the seasons; it’s just that you use “do” whenever there is a preposition required (which is sometimes a tricky thing to determine!).

      In English, we would say “after autumn”, but in Portuguese you can’t just say “depois outono”. The preposition “de” is required after “depois”, just as the “o” is required before “outono”. Then “depois de o outono” becomes “depois do outono”.

      You’ll learn about this in greater detail when you get to the Prepositions units, but you can read more about “de” in particular in this learning note: The Preposition “De”

      As for the Portuguese symbols, we have a guide here that tells you the keyboard shortcuts for each accent mark depending on which type of device you’re using: Typing Portuguese Accents

      I hope that helps!

  • To me, the ‘A’ in the fast version of “A era” sounds like “ei era” instead of the “ɐ” I usually hear (and also hear in the slow version of “ɐ era.”) Does the pronunciation of ‘A’ change when it’s before a word starting with ‘E’? Does it change any other times?

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