Pronunciation "maçã" "massa"
How can I diference the pronunciation for those words. Obrigada
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).
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".
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... :)
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! ;)
Thanks a lot, and spangh because I did't know those words in portugese and my native lenguage is spanish.
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