Portuguese Pronounced Like English

Portuguese Pronounced Like English provides the easiest introduction to the pronunciation of Portuguese words.

The very easiest Portuguese Pronunciations are Portuguese words spelled like English and also pronounced like English.

These are also the very easiest Portuguese words to take with you when you travel to Portugal or Brazil.

Some of the following Portuguese words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like ‘computer’. Some others have been borrowed by both English and Portuguese from other languages, like ‘café’ from French.

In the following pronunciation guide, Portuguese words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: bar -- [‘bar’].

To keep Portuguese pronunciation easiest, Portuguese words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to English if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that Portuguese people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in English. You may merely sound like you have a ‘English accent’ in Portuguese.

Later you can listen to how Portuguese people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically Portuguese. For example, the letter –i- in Portuguese is always pronounced ‘-ee-’ [but in English it is often pronounced [‘-ih-’].


Portuguese Words Spelled And Pronounced Like English:


advertising -- [‘advertising’]

banana -- [‘banana’]

bar (place) -- [‘bar’]

café -- [‘café’]

Califórnia -- [‘Califórnia’]

Coca Cola -- [‘Coca Cola’]

gay (homosexual’) -- [‘gay’]

granola -- [‘granola’]

Jacuzzi -- [‘Jacuzzi’]

jeans -- [‘jeans’]

marketing -- [‘marketing’]

OK -- [‘OK’]

piano -- [‘piano’]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

show -- [‘show’]

ski (boots) -- [‘ski’]

snorkling -- [‘snorkling’]

super -- [‘super’]

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]


USED IN PORTUGAL (But Not In Brazil)

babysitter -- [‘babysitter’] (Portugal only)

sweatshirt -- [‘sweatshirt’] (Portugal only)


USED IN BRAZIL (But Not In Portugal)

check in -- [‘check in’] (Brazil only)

fast food -- [‘fast food’] (Brazil only)

playground -- [‘playground’] (Brazil only)



Portuguese words pronounced like English but spelled differently are more pronunciations that you already know from English that apply to Portuguese.

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