WHAT IS THE PORTUGUESE PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Portuguese pronunciation bundle is a set of the essential Anki flashcards to learn Portuguese pronunciation, according to the Brazilian Portuguese accent. It is made for Portuguese learners at the beginners level who would like to learn and memorize Portuguese pronunciation within 1-2 months. Even intermediate and advanced Portuguese learners will find this useful, especially if you still have Portuguese pronunciation problems. With this digital flashcard bundle, you’ll learn the Portuguese alphabet, Portuguese IPA pronunciation and Portuguese minimal pairs.
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WHY SHOULD I LEARN PORTUGUESE PRONUNCIATION?
Sounds of Portuguese are the Foundations of the Language
If we breakdown the Portuguese language and examine what makes up a language, we can see that Portuguese conversations are made up of sentences. Then, each sentence is made up of words. But each Portuguese word is made up of unique Portuguese sounds. These sounds are the foundations of the Brazilian Portuguese language.
The sounds of Brazilian Portuguese are different to your native language. The way we would pronounce letters from the alphabet for example, are also different in English compared to French. In order to begin learning Portuguese and the sounds of Portuguese, we need to learn Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation.
Learn Portuguese Pronunciation to Avoid Permanent Errors in Speaking
If you speak with terrible Portuguese pronunciation to a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker, they may not understand you, even though your Portuguese vocab and grammar are perfect. We want to make sure that you get the foundations of Portuguese handled right from the beginning because it might be very difficult to change your accent later on.
Language experts call this phenomenon “fossilization”. It’s when language learners make permanent errors in the way they speak a foreign language because they constantly use language features of their native language. If you skip learning pronunciation, you’ll most likely create bad habits, which can prevent you from being able to communicate in Brazilian Portuguese.
Self-correction and Boost of Confidence
If you have terrible pronunciation, then you’re more likely to face situations where you are misunderstood and confused. When this happens, you might feel embarrassed and frustrated because you’re unable to communicate properly and this hinders your ability to learn Brazilian Portuguese.
It would be impossible to have a Portuguese tutor follow you everywhere and correct your pronunciation in all situations. So we recommend that the best solution to your poor pronunciation is to improve your ability to self-correct yourself. In this way, you will be able to catch yourself making pronunciation mistakes, and then correct yourself before miscommunication occurs. The Portuguese Pronunciation Flashcards Bundle helps you remember all of the important sounds of Portuguese so that you can self-correct your pronunciation in any situation.
When you improve your Portuguese pronunciation, you also get the added bonus of improving your confidence and motivation to learn Brazilian Portuguese, and research studies have shown this to be true. By self-correcting your own pronunciation difficulties, it will help improve your listening comprehension and give you confidence to speak in Portuguese. Your Portuguese pronunciation can enhance your fluency and native speakers will understand you better.
HOW DO I LEARN PORTUGUESE PRONUNCIATION?
Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation can be broken down into 3 parts: Portuguese alphabet, Portuguese IPA and Portuguese minimal pairs. All 3 parts will help to improve your Portuguese pronunciation in different but essential ways.
1. Portuguese Alphabet
In order to improve your pronunciation, the Portuguese alphabet is the first step because the alphabet is used to write out Portuguese words and represent Portuguese sounds. Native Brazilian Portuguese speakers use this alphabet to write words and sentences, so it makes sense when learning Portuguese to start with the Portuguese alphabet.
Although Portuguese letters mostly look the same as the English alphabet, the Portuguese name of the letter and its use in Portuguese words will be different. Again, we want to familiarize ourselves with the Portuguese sounds in order to avoid “fossilization” from occurring and affecting your speech.
By learning the Portuguese alphabet, you’ll also expose yourself to some words that start with those letters. This can help you associate how those letters sound in actual Brazilian Portuguese words.
2. Portuguese IPA
The Portuguese IPA (Portuguese International Phonetic Alphabet) is a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The IPA is useful because the IPA of a word tells you how to pronounce it correctly in Brazilian Portuguese in a standardized way.
The regular Portuguese alphabet is different from the Portuguese IPA. Take the example of the Portuguese word “baixo” ( IPA: [baɪʃʊ] ), which means “short”. If you read this Portuguese word as it’s spelled in regular Portuguese letters, then you may not pronounce it correctly.
As a native English speaker, you may pronounce it as “bayk-so”, but that is incorrect and a Portuguese speaker will be totally confused. You’ll feel embarrassed and not get your point across. But, if you read the IPA of “baixo”, you’ll find it spelled like this ” [baɪʃʊ] “.
By learning the Portuguese IPA you’ll be able to pronounce sounds in Portuguese from the written IPA. In time, you’ll be able to see the IPA symbols and know how the word should be pronounced correctly.
3. Portuguese Minimal Pairs
Minimal pairs are 2 words that seem very similar when you hear them, except for just 1 sound. In Brazilian Portuguese, there are minimal pairs such as “olhava” and “oleava”, which mean “I looked” and “oiled” respectively.
These subtle differences in sound can make all the difference when you are trying to understand or speak Brazilian Portuguese.
Learning the Portuguese minimal pairs can improve your pronunciation skills as well as your listening comprehension. This is proven by academic research.
Ann Bradlow from Cornell University and colleagues did academic research that found that minimal pair training results in improved pronunciation. Language learners of English improved their ability to discriminate between the /r/ and /l/ sounds to around 82 percent accuracy from 65 percent from a training period of 15-22 hours over 3 weeks.
In a recent study published in 2020, academic researchers from UCAM University did minimal pair testing in Spain. The researchers studied 52 language learners, focused on minimal pair words that compared sounds like /æ/ , /ɑː/ , /ʌ/ , and /ə/, as well as comparing the /s/ and /z/ sounds. They concluded that minimal pair training fostered substantial improvements in the learners’ perception and production of the target sounds.
Portuguese minimal pairs are important as there is strong academic evidence that shows that it can improve your Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation. Also, if you can distinguish between the different Portuguese sounds, you’ll be able to understand Brazilian Portuguese native speakers better and you’ll enunciate words clearer.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PORTUGUESE PRONUNCIATION BUNDLE?
The Anki Portuguese pronunciation flashcards bundle includes all 3 digital flashcard decks for Anki you’ll need to learn Portuguese pronunciation. The 3 flashcard decks included are:
Learn the Portuguese alphabet with pictures and audio. Get familiar with the sounds & letters of the Portuguese language.
Learn the fundamentals in Portuguese pronunciation using the Portuguese IPA Anki flashcards.
Learn the most common Portuguese minimal pairs to improve your Portuguese pronunciation.
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