Pronunciation of 'M' in Portuguse
Hello again! Last week i have been looking more and more to find how to pronounce Portuguese words and letters and i found a great difficulty in how to pronounce M in Portuguese at the end of a word.
I can't understand if it should be pronounce like an english N or M.
For example is UM pronounced with the M sounding like M in the word Mouse or like N in the word Night? Or maybe the sound i am supposed to make is something between these two letters?
Thank you again in Adance :D
We don't pronounce either the "n" or "m" sound.
We just nasalize the previous vowel.
So, "um" it's just the vowel "u" nasalized.
In some cases, as in the word "bem", we add an extra vowel "i" in its pronunciation.
So, "bem" is pronounce "beim" (kind of b-ain't in English, without the "t" of course). We nasalize the "e" and "i" without pronouncing the "m" at the end.
I'm pretty sure this only happens in the junction of "e" with "m/n" (the extra "i" sound).
Was I clear?
I think the best way to get these sounds is by watching some videos, maybe. It's very hard to relate the sounds to the English language. I was thinking of some examples, and I came up with one that can help... I guess!
In English, we have the word SING, and if we took the letter G out, it will sound very similar to SIM (the Portuguese word for YES), even though we're talking about different letters.
I hope I've helped somehow, and If I came with more examples, I'll post here again ;)
I too think NG is the best approximation. Just don't overdo it: there shouldn't be a noticeable "Guh" at the end (ending with "Muh" or "Nuh" would sound wrong too)
RilkerBH explained it pretty well, but I just wanted to say that it's similar to the French "n" at the end of words. If you have trouble making the sounds, you can include the "m" sound, because while it won't sound like what most people talk like, you will still be understood.
Find the "m " in Portuguese just before the letters " p" and " b" . Example : ( dove ) and (field) ... At the end of the words " m" can be pronounced with the very 'n ' , but in Portuguese , instead of putting and find the "n " at the end of words, you will place and usually finds the "M" Example : . . ( Man ) and ( good) Hope this helps !!