https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraCGO

Pronunciation "maçã" "massa"

How can I diference the pronunciation for those words. Obrigada

November 17, 2013

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulenrique

maçã: ma = "ma" in marvelous. then you stress the last syllable (çã), ç = /ss/, ã similar to U in under. (closed, nasal sound) (/mah - 'ssu/). massa: stress the first syllable (ma), then say /ssa/ with an open A too (/'mah - ssah/) (sidenote: ' shows the stressed syllable).

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraCGO

Thanks, good explanation

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saminman

Here's what I did to help learn nasal vowels: I tried to pronounce the word while holding my nose. If I was able to say the word, I knew I was doing it wrong and needed to nasalize more. You should be able to say "massa" with your nose held, but not "maça".

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rrot79

Ç and SS have the same sound. The stronger part of the word is different: "maÇÃ" and "MAssa". And "ã" has a different sound because of the "~" (sounds similar to the "u" in english). Well, it's difficult to explain it writing... :)

November 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pnehls

this is a good explanation. to simplify a bit.

Words that end in 'a' will put the emphasis on the second to last syllable, assuming no accents in the word

LEva aGOra meNIna obriGAda MAssa

because of the accent in "maçã", the emphasis is on the last syllable.

November 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraCGO

Obrigada pela resposta, ahora entiendo mejor.

November 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brave_Heart

The "~" accent make the syllabe tonic, it means the most strong of the word. I don´t know actually if the english grammar uses this definition; I´m explaining it in the brazilian form. Also, your sentence should be "Obrigada pela resposta, agora entendo melhor". Pay attention to not mix spanish with portuguese! ;)

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraCGO

Thanks a lot, and spangh because I did't know those words in portugese and my native lenguage is spanish.

November 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angmail

Do you remember these sentences? He cuts the bread ele corta o pão She cuts the apple ela corta a maçã I like pasta Eu gosto de massa

We can see it is not only the pronunciation but the meaning as well. The tilde in pão and the cedilla in maçã If we do not place the cedilla it will sound like 'k' in macaco. I have a monkey Tenho um macaco

November 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LauraCGO

Good examples, thanks.

November 19, 2013
Learn Portuguese in just 5 minutes a day. For free.