"Nós comemos massa."

Translation:We eat pasta.

January 24, 2013



how can i hear the difference between massa and maca?

March 24, 2013


in massa, the first a is stressed, in maçã it is the second and it also sounds more nasal

March 24, 2013


Massa = mah - sah
Maçã = mah - sun

September 21, 2014


There are 3 different words: "massa" = "mass"; "maca" = "litter", and "maçã" = "apple".

March 24, 2013


I don't find much difference in pronouncing 'maçã ' and ' massa ' .

May 25, 2013


From isontheway´s post: ¨in massa, the first a is stressed, in maçã it is the second and it also sounds more nasal¨

June 6, 2013


Can anyone explain the difference between "massa" and "macarrão," which is the word I originally learned for "pasta?" Duolingo accepted both.

October 10, 2013


I think this is a regional difference. In Portugal I would talk about "massa" as both what we call pasta in English and what we call dough or any sort of amorphous thing (like wet cement). I have not heard "macarrão" as pasta but I would not be surprised if that is a Brazilian term from Italian immigrants bringing over macaroni. Sidebar: One of the things that I have learned is that English is really strange. Yes there is variance but especially in the US regional dialects are more quaint than problematic. Even after several years I still have some problems understanding some of the Brazilian and European accents.

October 10, 2013


Macarrão is the common word for the ingredient... massa is common for the food... but that is not a rule... the ingredient for lasagna is "massa para lasanha"... many people call spaghetti "macarrão"...

September 13, 2014


The translation could also be 'We eat pasta' (in present tense)

January 24, 2013


I wrote eat and it accepted it.

March 5, 2013


Or "We eat dough." More sensible than soime sentences I've seen here! :)

February 10, 2013


Would pasta also be pasta in Portuguese? I'm pretty sure I've heard some native speakers also call it pasta when speaking in Portuguese. I thought massa meant dough.

February 25, 2014


No... we don't use "pasta" for food... but there are many products and restaurants that use the Italian word in their names...

September 13, 2014
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