Portuguese Spelled Like English Somewhat

Portuguese Words Spelled Like English Somewhat are similar to English, but spelled somewhat differently than English -- although easily recognizable as clearly related to English.

After Portuguese Spelled Like English, the next easiest for English speakers are these Portuguese Words Spelled Like English Somewhat.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

An easiest introduction to Portuguese pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Portuguese words spelled somewhat like English. By hearing how the Portuguese pronunciation is somewhat similar to and somewhat different from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Portuguese pronunciation system.

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Portuguese Words Spelled Somewhat Like English

PORTUGUESE -- ENGLISH -- [SAY PORTUGUESE]

acidente -- accident -- [‘accident’]

acesso -- access -- [uh-SEH-soo]

acompanhar -- accompany -- [uh-kaum-puh-NYAR]

adaptador -- adapter -- [uh-duhp-tuh-DAUR]

aérea -- air -- [ah-EHR-ee-uh]

aeroporto -- airport -- [uh-eh-rau-PAUR-too]

agência -- agency -- [ah-ZSEHN-see-uh]

alérgico -- allergic -- [uh-LEHR-gee-kuh]

alumínio -- aluminum -- [uh-loo-MEE-nee-oo]

apartamento -- apartment -- [uh-puhr-tuh-MEHN-too]

apetite -- appetite -- [uh-peh-TEE-teh]

apontamento -- appointment -- [uh-paun-tuh-MEHN-too]

artrite -- arthritis -- [uh-TREET]

autenticidade -- authenticity -- [aw-tehn-tee-see-DAHD]

autorizada -- authorized – [ahoo-too-ree-ZAH-thuh]

bagagems -- bags (luggage) -- [buh-GAH-zsengs]

banco -- bank -- [BUHN-koo]

basquetebol -- basketball -- [‘basketball’]

bicileta -- bicycle -- [bee-see-KLEH-tuh]

biquíni -- bikini -- [‘bikini’]

bissexual -- bisexual -- [bee-SEHK-soo-ahl]

botânico -- botanical -- [boo-TUH-nee-koo]

Brasil -- Brazil -- ['Brazil']

carro -- car -- [KAH-rroo]

cartão -- card -- [kuhr-TOHM]

cascata -- cascade -- [kuhz-KAH-tuh]

castelo -- castle -- [kuhz-TEH-loo]

catedral -- cathedral -- [‘cathedral’]

caverna -- cavern -- [kuh-VEHR-nuh]

centro -- center -- [SEHN-troo]

certificado -- certificate -- [sehr-tee-fee-KAH-thoo]

cidade -- city -- [see-DAHD]

clube -- club -- [‘club’]

código -- code -- [KAW-dee-goo]

comercial -- commercial -- [koo-mehr-see-AHL]

computador -- computer -- [kaum-poo-tuh-DAUR]

concerto -- concert -- [kaun-SEHR-too]

controle -- control -- [‘control’]

crédito -- credit -- [KREH-dee-too]

crystal -- cristal -- [‘crystal’]

custo -- cost -- [KOO-stuh]

dentista -- dentist -- [dehn-TEE-stuh]

desconto -- discount -- [ah dehs-KAUN-too]

detergente -- detergent -- [‘detergent’]

dia -- day -- [DEE-uh]

diarreia -- diarrhea -- [‘diarrhea’]

difícil -- difficult -- [dee-FEE-seel]

discoteca -- discotheque -- [deez-koo-TEH-kuh]

distância -- distance -- [dee-STUHN-see-uh]

distante -- distant -- [‘distant’]

dólares -- dollars -- [‘dollars’]

elevador -- elevator -- [‘elevator’]

estação -- station -- [ee-stuh-SOHM]

estranho -- strange -- [ee-STRUH-nyoo]

estudante -- student -- [ee-stoo-DUHNT]

estupendo -- stupendous -- [ee-stoo-PEHN-doo]

excelente -- excellent -- [‘excellent’]

excursão -- excursion -- [ee-skoor-SOHM]

familia -- family – [fuh-MEE-lyuh]

farmácia -- pharmacy -- [fuhr-MAH-see-uh]

febre -- fever -- [FEH-breh]

filé (Brazil) -- filet (steak) -- [‘filet’]

fone -- phone -- [‘phone’]

forma -- form -- [FAWR-muh]

filme -- film -- [FEEL-meh]

frigorífico -- refrigerator -- [free-goo-REE-fee-koo]

funciona -- function -- [foon-see-AW-nuh]

ginásio -- gym(nasium) -- [zsee-NAH-zee-oo]

golfe -- golf -- [‘golf’]

guia -- guide -- [GEE-uh]

heterossexual -- heterosexual -- [‘heterosexual’]

higiénico -- hygenic-- [ee-ZSEH-nee-koo]

hora -- hour -- [AW-ruh]

horrível -- horrible -- [aw-RREE-vehl]

identificação -- identification -- [ee-dehn-tee-fee-kuh-SOHM]

ilimitados -- unlimited -- [ee-lee-mee-TAH-thooz]

incluído -- included -- [een-kloo-EE-thoo]

infecção -- infection -- [eeng-feh-SOHM]

informações -- information -- [een-foor-muh-SOINGZ]

inglês -- English -- [eng-LEHZ]

inocente -- innocent -- [‘innocent’]

insectos -- insects -- [een-sehk-tooz]

interessante -- interesting -- [een-teh-reh-SUHNT]

intolerante -- intolerant -- [‘intolerant’]

iogurte -- yogurt -- [‘yogurt’]

jardim -- garden -- [zhuhr-DEENG]

lago -- lake -- [LAH-goo]

magnífico -- magnificant -- [mahg-NEE-fee-koo]

maionese -- mayonnaise -- [‘mayonnaise’]

manga -- mango -- [‘mango’]

mapa -- map -- [MAH-puh]

mensagem -- messages -- [mehn-SAH-zseng]

mercado -- market -- [mehr-KAH-doo]

meu -- my -- [mehoo]

milhagem -- mileage -- [mee-LYAH-zseng]

minha -- my – [MEE-nyuh]

modificar -- modify -- [moo-dee-fee-KAHR]

momento -- moment -- [moo-MEHN-too]

montanha -- mountain -- [maun-TAH-nyuh]

museu -- museum -- [moo-SEHOO]

não -- no -- [nohm]

noite -- night -- [noyt]

nome -- name – [NAU-mee]

número -- number -- [NOO-meh-roh]

Olá. -- Hello. -- [aw-LAH]

omelette -- omelet -- [‘omelet’]

palácio -- palace -- [puh-LAH-see-yoo]

papel -- paper -- [puh-PEHL]

parque -- park -- [PAHR-keh]

passaporte -- passport -- [pah-suh-PAWRT]

pediatra -- pediatrician -- [pee-dee-AH-truh]

permitidas -- permitted -- [pehr-mee-TEE-thuhs]

pico -- peak -- [PEE-koo]

plataforma -- platform (train) -- [plah-tuh-FAWR-muh]

por -- per -- [poor]

porco -- pork -- [PAUR-koo]

português -- Portuguese -- [‘Portuguese’]

preço -- price -- [PREH-soo]

problema -- problem -- [proo-BLEH-muh]

protestante -- protestant -- [‘protestant’]

qualificada -- qualified -- [KWAH-lee-fee-KAH-thuh]

quilo -- kilo -- [‘kilo’]

quilómetro -- kilometer -- [kee-LAW-meh-troo]

raquete -- racket -- [‘racket’]

reação -- reaction -- [rree-ah-SOHM]

receber -- receive -- [reh-seh-BEHR]

recibo -- receipt -- [reh-SEE-boo]

recomendar -- recommend -- [reh-kaw-mehn-DAHR]

repeat -- repetir -- [reh-peh-TEER]

repelente -- repellent -- [‘repellent’]

reservar -- reserved -- [reh-zehr-VAHR]

restaurante -- restaurant -- [‘restaurant’]

rio -- river -- [RREE-oo]

romântico -- romantic -- [roo-MUHN-tee-koo]

ruínas -- ruins -- [roo-EEN-uhz]

salada -- salad -- [suh-LAH-duh]

sanduíche -- sandwich -- [‘sandwich’]

serviço -- service -- [sehr-VEE-soo]

sinagoga -- synagogue -- [seen-uh-GAW-guh]

sopa -- soup -- [SAU-puh]

suéter (Brazil) -- sweater -- [‘sweater’]

supermercado -- supermarket -- [soo-pehr-mehr-KAH-thoo]

taxa -- tax -- [TAH-shuh]

telefone -- telephone -- [tehl-FAWN]

toalha -- towel -- [too-AH-lyuh]

tradicional -- traditional -- [truh-dee-see-oo-NAHL]

transacção -- transaction – [truhn-suh-SOHM]

um/a -- one -- [oong]

urgente -- urgent -- [oor-ZSEHNT]

vale -- valley -- [vahl]

vegetais -- vegetables -- [veh-zseh-TEYEZ]

vermute -- vermouth -- [‘vermouth’]

vinagre -- vinegar -- [‘vinegar’]

vinho -- wine -- [VEE-nyoo]

visita -- visit -- [vee-ZEE-tah]

voleibol -- volleyball -- [‘volleyball’]

yogurte -- yogurt -- [‘yogurt’]

zona -- zone -- [ZAU-nuh]

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BRAZIL ONLY

Alô. (on phone) (Brazil) -- Hello. -- [ah-law-OO]

correspondência (Brazil) -- correspondence (mail) -- [kaw-rrehs-paun-DEHN-see-uh]

ônibus (Brazil) -- bus -- [AW-nee-boos]

plataforma (Brazil) -- platform (train) -- [plah-tuh-FAWR-muh]

tênis (Brazil) -- tennis -- [‘tennis’]

trem (Brazil) -- train -- [treng]

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PORTUGAL ONLY

bebê (Portugal) -- baby -- [‘baby’]

bife (Portugal) -- beef (steak) -- [‘beef’]

compreendo (Portugal) -- comprehend (understand) -- [kaum-pree-ehn-doo]

registro (Portugal) -- registration (check-in) -- [reh-ZSEE-stroo]

ténis (Portugal) -- tennis -- [‘tennis’]

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FOR A GREATER CHALLENGE

For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Portuguese Phrases where some of these same Portuguese words appear in phrases similar to English.

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Portuguese Phrases where some of these same Portuguese words appear in phrases similar to English.



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