Sounds X and CH in Português Brasileiro Posted by Ester on Sep 21, 2015 in Learning, Spelling, Vocabulary
Tudo joia, gente? (How are things, everyone?)
Last Monday we focused on the sounds S e R em Português, there are two other sounds which are also very important in Português: X e CH.
- The sound X could be a difficult one for a non-native since there are four different ways of pronouncing it and no specific rules to help out.
- The most frequent sound for the letter X in Português is the sound SH in English:
Mexer (there are many translations to this word, the most common are: move; stir; wiggle; disturb)[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/mexer.mp3″]
- Sometimes the X will sound as an S does in English:
- Another sound for the letter X would be a Z sound in English and this sound tends to occur when there is a E + X + vowel:
- Last but not least, sometimes the X will sound the same as in English.
- The sound CH is an easy one in comparison since it only has one way of pronouncing it. It will always sound as a SH does in English, the same as the first X sound mentioned above does.
Chorar (to cry)[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/chorar.mp3″]
Achar (to find)[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/achar.mp3″]
- Some words in Português will sound the same (or almost the same), but have different spellings and have different meanings. For example:
Cheque (check) and Xeque (check in chess)[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/cheque.mp3″]
Eu usei um cheque para pagar pelas roupas. (I used a check to pay for the clothes)[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/cheque2d.mp3″]
Geraldo é bom no xadrez, ele me deu um xeque na terceira jogada. (Geraldo is good in chess, he gave me a check on the third round).[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/xeque2.mp3″]
Tacha (tack) and taxa (tax)[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/taxa.mp3″]
Eu preciso de uma tacha para pregar o aviso no quadro de avisos. (I need a tack to put the warning on the notice board).[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/tacha2.mp3″]
O governo disse que vai diminuir as taxas para compra de carros. (The government said they will lower the taxes for buying cars).[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/taxa2.mp3″]
Rocha (rock) and[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/rocha.mp3″]
A matéria preferida de Marina é Geografia, ela gosta de estudar rochas. (Marina’s favourite subject is Geography, she likes studying the rocks).[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/rochas2.mp3″]
Acho que vou comprar aquela blusa roxa. (I think I’m going to buy that purple shirt).[audio:https://blogs.transparent.com/portuguese/files/2015/09/roxa2.mp3″]
Now that you know all the sounds for X and CH we will be checking out some other letters next week. See you then!
Até semana que vem!
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