40 Easy Words to Learn: Use Patterns to Your Benefit – with video

40 Easy Words to Learn: Use Patterns to Learn Portuguese

Take advantage of patterns to learn Portuguese easier. Below are 40 words that follow an easy pattern between English and Portuguese:

  • English ending in –ence ……………… audience
  • Portuguese ending in –ência ……… audiência

Watch out! There are tricky exceptions:

  • Difference = Diferença
  • Presence = Presença
  • Silence = Silêncio

To learn more about patterns between English and Portuguese, I recommend the book Brazilian Portuguese Vocabulary Builder, by Tom Means. In this book you will find 4,000 words that follow 24 word-ending patterns. It comes with a CD for listening practice.

The 40 words below are feminine nouns.

Check out my video to hear the pronunciation of 15 of these words (the ones in bold below). Pay special attention to the stressed syllable which is where the acento circunflexo (^) is.

English: -ence

Português: -ência

Abstinence

Abstinência

Adherence

Aderência

Adolescence

Adolescência

Ambivalence

Ambivalência

Audience

Audiência

Benevolence

Benevolência

Cadence

Cadência

Circumference

Circunferência

Coherence

Coerência

Coincidence

Coincidência

Competence

Competência

Complacence

Complacência

Condescendence

Condescendência

Conference

Conferência

Congruence

Congruência

Conscience

Consciência

Consequence

Consequência*

Consistence

Consistência

Convenience

Conveniência

Correspondence

Correspondência

Decadence

Decadência

Dependence

Dependência

Divergence

Divergência

Essence

Essência

Evidence

Evidência

Excellence

Excelência

Existence

Existência

Experience

Experiência

Incidence

Incidência

Influence

Influência

Innocence

Inocência

Insistence

Insistência

Intelligence

Inteligência

Irreverence

Irreverência

Negligence

Negligência

Neuroscience

Neurociência

Patience

Paciência

Preference

Preferência

Residence

Residência

Science

Ciência

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