Portuguese Spelled Like English

In Portuguese some of the easiest words for English speakers are Portuguese Words Spelled Like English.

The Portuguese words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really Portuguese words.

Some of the following Portuguese words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'internet' and 'T-shirt'. Some others have been borrowed from French 'rosé' or from Italian 'ópera' or from other languages by both English and Portuguese.

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

The easiest introduction to Portuguese pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Portuguese words spelled like English. By hearing how the Portuguese pronunciation differs 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 SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH

PORTUGUESE -- [SAY]

advertising -- [‘advertising’]

área -- [AH-ree-ah]

artificial -- [uhr-tee-fee-see-AHL]

auto -- [AHOO-taw]

Australia -- [ah-oo-STRAH-lee-ah]

banana -- [‘banana’]

band-aids -- [bahn-DAY-ee-jeez]

bar (place) -- [‘bar’]

bongô

café -- [‘café’]

Califórnia -- [‘Califórnia’]

Canadá -- [kah-nah-DAH]

canal

canapé -- [kuh-nuh-PEH]

casino -- [kuh-SEE-noo]

CDs -- [seh-DEHZ]

cereal -- [seh-ree-AHL]

China -- [SHEE-nah]

chocolate -- [shoo-koo-LAHT]

chocolates -- [shoo-koo-LAH-tehz]

cinema -- [see-NEH-mah]

circular

Coca Cola -- [‘Coca Cola’]

crepe -- [krehp]

deck

dental -- [dehn-TAHL]

digital -- [deh-zseh-TAHL]

duty-free

e-mail -- [ee-MEHL]

euro -- [EHOO-roo]

euros -- [EHOO-rooz]

favor -- [fuh-VAUR]

fax -- [fahks]

federal

folk

formal -- [for-MAHL]

formula -- [fawr-MOO-LUH]

fotos -- [FAW-tooz]

gás -- [gahz]

gay (homosexual’) -- [‘gay’]

granola -- [‘granola’]

homosexual -- [aw-maw-SEHK-soo-ahl]

hospital -- [aws-pee-TAHL]

hotel -- [aw-TEHL]

ibuprofen -- [EE-boo-PRAW-feng]

informal -- [een-for-MAHL]

internet -- [een-tehr-NEHT]

interior -- [eeng-teh-ree-AUR]

Jacuzzi -- [‘Jacuzzi’]

jazz -- [zsahz]

jeans -- [‘jeans’]

jet-ski -- [ZSEHT-‘ski’]

kiwi (fruit) -- [kee-WEE]

kosher -- [KAW-shehr]

local -- [loo-KAHL]

login

logoff -- [law-GAWF]

manicure -- [muh-nee-KOOR]

manual

marketing -- [‘marketing’]

me -- [meh]

mineral -- [mee-nee-RAL]

motor -- [moo-TAUR]

mousse -- [MOO-seh]

muscular -- [MOOS-koo-lahr]

natural -- [nuh-too-RAHL]

notebook (laptop) -- [noht-BOOK]

OK -- [‘OK’]

ópera -- [AW-peh-ruh]

pedicure

piano -- [‘piano’]

pimento -- [pee-MEHN-too]

PIN

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

pop (music) -- [pawp]

popular

postal -- [poo-STAHL]

principal

professor -- [proh-feh-SOHR]

protector -- [praw-teh-TAUR]

rádio -- [RAH-dee-oo]

rap (music) -- [rahp]

rosé -- [rau-ZEH]

rum -- [roong]

sauna -- [SAHOO-nuh]

shopping (mall) -- [SHOH-ping]

show -- [‘show’]

ski (boots) -- [‘ski’]

snorkling -- [‘snorkling’]

snowboard -- [sno-BAWRD]

sofá -- [soh-FAH]

solar -- [soo-LAHR]

speed

stop -- [sign]

super -- [‘super’]

surf -- [soorf]

táxi -- [TAHK-see]

taxis -- [TAHK-seez]

terminal -- [tehr-mee-NAHL]

trailer

trolley

T-shirt -- [‘T-shirt’]

TV -- [teh-VEH]

vagina -- [vuh-ZSEE-nuh]

vapor -- [vuh-PAUR]

via -- [VEE-ah]

vista -- [VEES-tah]

zero -- [ZEH-roo]

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USED IN PORTUGAL

(But Not In Brazil)

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

beige -- [BAY-zseh] (Portugal only)

bikini -- [bee-KEE-nee] (Portugal only)

shampoo -- [shuhm-POO] (Portugal only)

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

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USED IN BRAZIL

(But Not In Portugal)

camping -- [KUHM-peeng] (Brazil only)

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

diesel (Brazil only)

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

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

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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, see Portuguese Spelled Somewhat Like English for words similar to English, but spelled differently.



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