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

Pronunciation question (n followed by h)

In some words, the nh sounds like ny: minha = meen yah sobrinha = so breen yah

But in other words it sounds like the h is silent: vinho = vee noh tenho = ten oh

There's no set standard for the nh pronunciation?

March 24, 2013

7 Comments


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

It is only one. Nh sounds a little similar to ñ in spanish (except in companhia). It is a robot problem

March 24, 2013

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

Okay, so just to clarify: vinho is pronounced veen-yoh, and tenho is pronounced ten-yoh?

March 24, 2013

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

Complicated.... in english we dont have this sound. Try spelling the word singner, but i dont think that will help u a lot. Put the back of your tongue on the top of your mouth, and the front of your tongue down your teeth.. complicated.... u from korea? I think the best is explaning orally....

March 24, 2013

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

I know this might sound kind of lame, but if you watch japanese anime, they sometimes like to make this "nya" sound, to be cute, you know? That is what the Portuguese "nh" (minus the a at the end of course) has always sounded to me, and I've never been told I'm pronouncing it wrongly by native speakers, so I figured it worked. So when I was first picking up the language, I would see "tenho" as "ten-yo", so if you ask me, I think that is probably accurate.

March 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erudis
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It's not exactly like "ny", because with "ny" the tip of your tongue still touches the roof of the mouth. With "nh" it's the back or the whole of your tongue that touches it. The tongue is placed more like a G than an N.

March 27, 2013

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

That is correct.

March 25, 2013

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

Hello,

This video has various examples, and should help you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vn3WkRf1jI

March 24, 2013
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