A Sardinha

The Sardine

The sardine is a very important fish for Portuguese people and is highly consumed during the Popular Saints’ Festivals. Learn more about the economic and social impact of the sardine and the tasty meals that can be prepared with it.

  • Great to have these new ‘shorties’. Curious to understand some of the pronunciation. Sounds like a ‘ch’ sound at the beginning of ‘Santos’ … but not ‘Santo’ !? And again at the start of ‘celebrações’, ‘shele… Any reason?

    • Great question! The author and reader, Kena, has family from São Tomé and Angola in Africa. However, in this case, this pronunciation curiosity seems to have more to do with the words before:

      …Festa dos Santos: The s from “dos” sounds like “sh”, because it’s at the end of a word. Then, it leads right into the first “s” in “Santos”, which makes those two words sound a bit like “dooshantos”. However, If it were said more slowly, you would hear those two “s”‘s articulated separately as you’d expect: “doosh Santoosh”

      Same situation with “…maiores celebrações”. If spoken slowly, you’d hear those 2 distinct “sh” + “c” sounds.

  • I don’t eat fish, but i appreciate the bigger historical context you put it in to explain the fish eating traditions in Portugal. Well written text!!

    • Olá, Glenn. This is the current spelling of the word in European Portuguese, after a relatively recent spelling reform (made effective in the past decade). But in the past, it was indeed written with a double C 🙂 Some people pronounce it with a double C, even to this day, including the speaker in this shorty. That might also be the reason for your comment.

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