Cutting Off Syllables in Portuguese Posted by Rachel on Jun 24, 2012 in Learning
In spoken Portuguese, there are certain words that you will often hear cut off. While it’s important to learn and understand how words are spelled, it’s also good to know how words are treated in spoken form. Let’s take a look at some of these instances.
estar (to be) – Conjugations of estar are frequently cut off in spoken Portuguese. The eu, você/ele, and sometimes nós and vocês/eles conjugations are more often than not cut off in the present tense. The first and second person present tense conjugations are the most commonly cut off.
Spoken: Tô cansada. [Eu estou cansada] I’m tired.
Spoken: Você tá com frio? [Você está com frio?] Are you cold?
Spoken: Tamos juntos! [Estamos juntos!] We’re in it together!
Spoken: Tão querendo ir embora. [Estão querendo ir embora] They want to leave.
então (so, then) – The phrase “tão tá” (Ok then) cuts off both então and está.
–Temos que começar agora. We have to start now.
–Tão tá. Ok then.
obrigado – You’ll sometimes hear people cut off the first ‘o’ in obrigado or obrigada, so that it sounds like ‘brigado or ‘brigada.
para – You’ll often hear people cut off the first ‘a’ in para (for). It sometimes gets reduced to prá, and other times gets combined with the next article.
Prá que? [Para que] What for?
Vou pro bar. [Vou para o bar.] I’m going to the bar.
você – Occasionally, you’ll hear people cut off the “vo” in você, which is especially common in Minas Gerais.
Cê vai hoje à noite? [Você vai hoje à noite?] Are you going tonight?
Can you think of any other examples?
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