"Água é alimento."

August 27, 2013


... huh? Alright duolingo, if you say so......

August 27, 2013

Would "water and food" água e alimento sound the same?

August 28, 2013

Hi Bethany.Special! No, the accented é sounds different from the e that means and.

Accented é -- sounds like the one she is saying at the normal speed, close to the a in the English words as, back, and lavender.
Normal e -- sounds like what she usually says at slow speed: like the "e" in Bend, Emma, Embarass, Exactly, . The accented ê sounds this way as well.

Describing sounds is always difficult, but I hope it helps! =]

September 3, 2013

Try with:

É sounds like bEll

E sounds like wAy (some regions of Brazil say it with the sound of "i", like in "mE")

September 6, 2013

Even better!

I've only heard it sound like "i" after "d" or "t", and at the end of words.

(que/qui, dente/denn-chi, chocolate/chocolah-chi, tiara/chi-ara, mendigo/men-gee-go). Is that what you mean? =]

September 6, 2013

Those are like that, but I'm talking about the word "E", like in "eu E você".

Sounds like "eu ee você"

September 6, 2013

Right! Yep, that's true. =)

September 7, 2013
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