When I first arrived in Brazil I did not know a word of Portuguese. As I spoke Spanish, I thought I would understand, but when I watched my first TV programme I almost cried with disappointment. The toughest was learning the nasal sound that comes with the “ão” words. This article brought back all those sad memories. I sympathise with you beginners. I do.
7 Portuguese words, 7 foreigners, and the challenge of pronouncing the unique sounds of the Portuguese language!
Source: 7 Portuguese Words You’ll Struggle To Pronounce (If You’re Not Brazilian) – Babbel.com
I recently downloaded a new app called HelloTalk to brush up on my Spanish and Italian and was pleasantly surprised (see this article for details).
It has some nifty features like talk-to-text, text-to-voice, translation and grammar correction. It´s basically an online community with native teachers, so you can start from scratch. You write your message and it appears in another language, so you can start recording what the message should look like and learn using trial and error. You can also use the call feature.
It just really helped me with the frustration of not knowing how to communicate. Great stuff.
Give it a try
Learn Portuguese – Portuguese Language – EasyPortuguese.
While translating and looking for information on the correct use of “à”, I found this interesting website.