"Você bebe leite."

Translation:You drink milk.

June 20, 2013

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I like seeing the similiarities between languages. Here, it's interesting to me that the Portugese 'milk' is spelt similarly to the French (lait) and sounds to me like the Spanish pronunciation (leche), as best I know it.


tl;dr We say either /laytch/ or /lay-tea/ Sadly, as a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, I must say the pronunciation here is slightly wrong. We don't pronunciate the last 'e' in 'leite'. Actually we never pronunciate the 'e' in the end of a word (only if it is 'ê' or 'é'). We will say /laytch/. Some regional accents pronunciate this last e, but when doing that, they DON'T pronunciate 't' as in 'catch' but as in 'tea'. Duolingo did a frankenstein word, pronunciating /lay-tchea/


and in romanian "lapte"


An interesting coincidence you should mention that! I've been working on Romanian a bit lately, using the English for Romanian speakers course. I hadn't known any of it back when I wrote the comment above. Using the course "backwards" actually works surprisingly well; certainly better than waiting until 2020 for the estimated release of the actual Romanian for English speakers course.


What does the ê accent do differently than a plain e in você?


It "kinda" emphasizes the sound, makes the syllable stronger (not stronger in the way of tonic syllable, just a stronger sound). Not much to be really different.


I think tu should be used instead of você, there's no way people are gonna learn the 2nd person of singular using você.


But in Brazil você is much morr used than tu. Then, você must be taught instead of tu.


hmmm, no... it doesn't matter if you use "tu" or "você". If it was "tu" in this sentence, the correct writing of the verb would be "tu bebeS leite". I think conjugation of "tu" is a bit more confusing.


Voce and tu. what is the difference?


Tu is more formal and archaic. The same is applied to vós.


Tu is more used in Portugal and south Brazil


In Brazil, the treatment pronoum "você" has become more used than "tu", although the correct second person is "tu". When you use "você", the verb changes to the third person, just like all treatment pronoums.


so if "você" changed to the third person (você bebe) how do I say "you drink" using "tu" ?


For "Você" you use grammar 3rd person rules but is the 2nd person in speech. "tu" is the grammar 2nd person and 2nd also in speech. You should conjugate "tu" using 2nd person grammar rules, so you drink is "tu bebes"


You know I love you in formal portuguese: Você sabe que eu a amo. If you use tu: Tu sabes que te amo. Informal portuguese mixes 2.nd and 3rd persons : Você sabe que te amo. At some places: Tu sabe que te amo./ Cê sabi qui ti amo/ Cê sabi qui amo ocê. ( Na língua padrão, adota-se o VOCÊ - na tv, na escola, nos jornais, revistas etc. - at the standard language, we use VOCÊ - tv, school, papers, magazines etc.)


I have the same question in all 4 languages i'm learning.


Você is the formal personal pronoum of tu like in spanish: Usted is the formal way to refer tu in french is vous and in german is "Sie" the formal way to refer "du"


I can not be 100% sure but it is most likely like German "Sie" & "Du". Sie - if the relationship is formal e.g. bank manager. Du - when you know the person very well e.g. your sister.


The pronunciation of the "t" in "leite" depends on the zone of Brazil you are. It have a lots of variants. In Rio, the "cariocas", pronunce the "t" like "shhh". Actually the firt syllabe , "lei" has a lots of variants. And this works to European Portuguese, too.


What is the difference between vocês and você? Can somebody tell me?


Você is singular - Mary, you drink milk.- Maria, você bebe .. Vocês is plural - Mary, John, you drink - ...vocês bebem...


i wrote voçe and Duolingo corrected it as it was wrong :/


Never use a ç before i and e! I am posting a mini lesson in the Basics discussion. =]


The accent is not supposed to be on the C, but the E. The correct accent is ^.


There is a definite questioning tone in the audio.

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