In this pronunciation lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letter L in Brazilian Portuguese when it is at the end of a word or a syllable.
This video lesson is a part of the Street Smart Brazil Portuguese Starter Kit. In this series we give you important pronunciation tips to improve your pronunciation whether you are just starting out with Portuguese or want to improve your language skills.
The examples I will use in the lesson come from the following Brazilian songs:
The video for this pronunciation lesson is below. Boa aula!
Let me start with three very common words. You can find these words in the song Levada Brasileira, by Daniela Mercury.
I will give you a tip: when I pronounce the final L of a word, I do not move my tong up. My tong does not touch the roof of my mouth as it does when I pronounce it in English.
For English speakers, the ending of “Brasil” sounds like the word “few” as in a few people. Or you may find another word whose sound will help you remember how to pronounce this final L correctly.
- Carnaval = carnival
English speakers may think of the word “now” or “vow”. What word in your language can help you remember the sound of the letter L at the end of a word in Brazilian Portuguese?
- O futebol = soccer
Check out out video lesson with Vocabulário de Futebol = Soccer Vocabulary!
Notice that when the L is at the end of a syllable, the rule is the same as for the end of a word.
- O papel = paper
- Fácil = easy
- Em volta = around, as in “people are around the table”
- Azul = blue
- Sul = south
I encourage you to learn with songs. For great tips and strategies to learn language using music and other media resources, check out Susanna Zaraysky’s book Language is Music. It is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese on Amazon.com.
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