"sao"= Sword Art Online; "sou" is used with "Eu" only, and means "I am"; "são" (with the tilde) is used with "eles/elas" and "vocês" and means respectively "They are" and "You are".
the 'e' and the 'é' sound exactly the same when you hover over them but the accent indicates it would sound different. Is that right that they sound the same?
Correct, "e" and "é" have different sounds and different meanings. "E" means "and" and sounds like the "e" in "pet". "É" means "is" and sound like the "a" in "care". Hope it helps!
Don't you mean the other way around? "E" meaning "and" sounds like the "ee" in "pee". And "é" meaning "is" sounds like the "e" in "pet". At least here in São Paulo, that's the way "e" and "é" are pronounced!
Hi Ker, excuse me but you are totally wrong, it never sounds like that. "e" sounds like ee in seed, "é" like e in pet. I am a native Portuguese speaker, I am sure of what I say.
I hope to have helped you.
thank you! the minor differences in vowel sounds in port are very difficult for me. what is the correct pronunciation of the "e" in "você" ?
I don't understand something: sometimes men is "homen" and other times it's "homem". What's the difference?
Homem = man (singular), homens = men (plural). O homem = the man, os homens = the men.
I'm trying to get the smoothness down in saying this sentence. The fast speech play back sounds like the vowels are all crammed together. Any tips to speak smoothly without sounding like a robot who pronounces every syllable?
Seconding this question. I'm genuinely curious how this phrase would actually sound when spoken by someone who is not a robot.
Post this sentence on forvo, and you'll have soon the answer. (you'll have to cut the sentence in 2 parts, because it seems too long).
I was wondering the same for "Ele é um homem", and I posted this, and some natives recorded it for me :-p :http://pt.forvo.com/word/ele_%C3%A9_um_homem./
Hi Patsson77, these are different forms of the same verb, the verb "to be". "Sou" is used with the first person singular "eu", in the Present: Eu sou (I am). "É", is used with the third person singular "ele" or "ela": Ele é. Hope it helps!