The sound of the letter X in Portuguese

Today I talk about the complicated letter to someone learns Portuguese, the letter X. this letter don’t has rule in your pronunciation. The way to know the sound is you hear and you learn by heart.

1- X sounds S in English alike “safe”.

Máximo, próximo, excessão, excesso.

2- X sounds SH in English alike “shave”.

Caixa, lixo, luxúria.

3- x sounds X in English alike “Mexico”.

Táxi, tórax, saxofone.

4- X sounds Z alike “zenith”.

Exame, exorcismo, exercício, exótico.

The one way to now the pronunciation is you know each word and remember by heart. More information. See this link.

October 28, 2017


Thanks, very informative, but how different would the pronunciation be in European Portuguese. Similar or very different? Do you know?

October 29, 2017

The same rules concerning this letter (X) are applied to both variants.

October 29, 2017

That's good to hear, thanks very much :))

October 30, 2017
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