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''o'' is the male form of the English word ''the'' and ''a'' is the female form of the word ''the'' Examples: O menino - The boy / A menina - The girl ''um'' is the male form of the English word ''a'' and ''uma'' is the female form of ''a'' Examples: Um menino - A boy / Uma menina - A girl. But ''um'' and ''uma'' are also used in Number form. One boy and One girl. - Um menino e Uma menina. Hope this helps.
It's very, very subtle, but it's possible. (Sometimes we may confuse ourselves if we don't say it clearly)
The difference lies on the "nasal u" in the word "um".
- O menino sounds like a "locked" and plain "u". You only start the nasal sound when you hit the "m" from menino.
- Um menino sounds like a deep "u" (like an "hmm"), you start the nasal sound right away, at the beginning of the sentence. This may result in a longer "m".
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"M" is nasal by itself. You can "hmmm" indefinitely until your breath is over.
Compared to "B", the exact same mouse movement, also with voice, but you cant "bhhh", you will explode if you try. (And there is "P", the voiceless one)
The same happens with "n" and "d" (and "t").
Both "m" and "n" will make their preceding vowels nasal.