Vocé accepted for Você

I just realized (or rather my Brazilian wife pointed out to me) that I'd been incorrectly typing vocé rather than the correct spelling and accent você. The incorrect accent (vocé) appears to be accepted as 100% correct, but should probably not be.

December 29, 2012


"Vocé" is wrong. The correct way is "Você".

January 4, 2013

Yup, I asked a brazilian friend about the accents aswell because there doesn't seem to be much distinguishing between them in duolingo. I think they need to do the same as in German. It is pointed out as a spelling error but still given as correct.

January 7, 2013

You're right. Confusing, because it's actually taught in Duolingo as an acute, not as a circumflex. Duolingo should fix that. Big problem.

January 12, 2013

That is interesting. It usually tells me to notice I got the accent wrong on words, for instance I typed aguá instead of água. It still counted it as correct, but told me to check my accents. I haven't typed você with a different accent, but I would have thought that the program would have alerted you to an accent misstep.

January 11, 2013

True! That is exactly what it does, it just doesn't take a heart away, but like you said it tell's you your putting the wrong accent.

December 3, 2013

Hi ryanwsmith! I've noticed that Duolingo seems to accept any accent you put on the letter. It can detect whether you put an accent on, and it can detect if you forget to put an accent on the letter, but I don't think it can detect which accent you used. It also doesn't detect punctuation. If I'm right, if you're supposed to write "Você come, e ela não bebe" you could get away with "Vocë come e ela nào bebe!" (and get 100% correct). I think.

So please pay attention to the "correct answer" if you used an accent, to make sure you used the right one. Even if you got the answer right. =)

August 25, 2013

In a romance language you do not put a comma before "e".

December 17, 2013

True. It was just an example but thanks for making that clear! =)

April 30, 2014

It's not that it accepts it as correct, it just doesn't take a heart away from you, but it mentions that you spelled it wrong and to keep in mind the correct accent.

December 3, 2013

Shouldn't it be "voçê"?

December 13, 2013

Hey, S7D!

No, ç is never used before an e. Or an i. Here is a quick course:

A lot of us learn to memorize this little sequence (written phonetically for you):
KÁ - SSÉ - SSÍ - KÓ - KÚ

This is essential to understand "ç", so look at it again and say it out loud-- you'll understand this much better if you do! What the thing you hopefully just read out loud and kind of memorized does, is it shows you the natural state of the "c" sound. Here are words to show that:

Café -- Cerveja -- Cidade -- Cobra -- Cubo

As you might have noticed, without modifications, c+e and c+i have an SS sound, and the other ones have a K sound. So, In order to make the ones that have the K sound have an SS sound, we put a little sssnake at the bottom of the c. Because ce and ci already have the SS sound, you never use ç before an i or an e.... Never. Ever.

SO, an all-SS-sound row would look like this: ÇÁ -- CÉ -- CÍ -- ÇO -- ÇU

Examples: Cabeça -- Acerola -- Macio -- Braço -- Cupuaçu

Cabeça without the second ç (cabeca) would be pronounced "kabayka". There is a similar rule for the use of G, and whether you should add the U after it or not. ( GÁ - XJE - XJI - GÓ - GÚ ), but that is too much for one post. =)

Important: K only exists in names and foreign words, but not in the official alphabet.

Important: A word will NEVER begin with ç. If it sounds like Çapato, it starts with an S.

I made the snake thing up, although I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me that when I was learning to write. I hope this helps! =)

December 14, 2013

Wow... This is overwhelming...In a really good way! Thank you!

December 16, 2013

This was so great, thank you!

December 22, 2013

Thank you so much! Im learning on my own and it really helps to have people like you point things out like this that I may never have understood

December 23, 2013

Yeah, I got confused for a really long time about the incorrect "e" accent thinking it is the correct version. Let's try more accents!

January 1, 2013

what's more I once typed "voçé" by mistake and is was accepted as correct!

March 7, 2013

When I left off the accent, the system did complain. Is this fixed now, or is it a one-way error?

May 2, 2013

Same for me. Come on duolingo, get your act together.

May 8, 2013

accents are recognized in duolingo; however, in early stages, you can just leave them all off.

December 15, 2013

I believe this happens because not everyone will have a keyboard with those characters (i.e. ç ^ ~ and so forth).

January 9, 2014

Everyone can type those characters.

Firstly, because Duo has little buttons you can click with the required characters.

And secondly, because it is trivial to change your keyboard layout to US International.

January 14, 2014

''vocé'' is wrong, (é) sounds like the vowels in ''cAt'', ''fAt'',''bEd'' and ''rEd'', also and portuguese words like ''fé'', ''pé'', ''mulhEr'', ''mEl'', ''anEl''...

''você'' is the correct way, (ê) sounds like the vowels in ''the'', ''make(mêik)'', table(têibl), ''cEntral'', also portuguese words like ''ser'', ''ter'', ''lê'', cabElo, bêbê...

sorry my english, I am still learning.

December 6, 2013

I don't quite follow... cAt ≠ bEd and mAke ≠ cEntral

To my (Dutch) ears:

cAt = a~æ

bEd = ɛ

mAke = eɪ

cEntral = ɛ

January 14, 2014

I think she/he meant they sound like open vowels.

January 14, 2014
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