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"Nós comemos massa."

Translation:We eat pasta.

January 24, 2013



how can i hear the difference between massa and maca?


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


Massa = mah - sah
Maçã = mah - sun


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


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


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.


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"...


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


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


Massa - MAS sah first syllable stressed, final a open.

Maçã - ma SUH second syllable stressed, final a closed and nasal


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


I wrote eat and it accepted it.


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


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.


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

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