This pronunciation lesson you will learn how to pronounce the letter M in Brazilian Portuguese when it is at the end of a word or a syllable. I will also give you a very useful vocabulary tip with the words bem and bom.
This video lesson is a part of the Street Smart Brazil Portuguese Starter Kit. In this series we give you important Portuguese 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 two very common words that are not in the songs:
- Bem = well
- Bom = good
The trick here is that we do not close our lips to pronounce this M at the end of a word.
A Very Useful Vocabulary Tip
Memorize that bem = well and bom = good. I see fluent speakers of Portuguese using these words incorrectly. Let’s see a couple of examples. I can say:
- She sings well. = Ela canta bem.
- The concert was good. = O show foi bom.
The only situation in which we can use bem and bom interchangeably is in greetings. I can say:
- Tudo bem?
- Tudo bom?
Learn more! Visit this useful lesson: What does Tudo Bem mean? How to Greet Your Friends in Portuguese
Continuing with the letter M, from the song Ao Meu Redor:
- A garagem = garage
- O som = sound
From the song Águas de Março:
- O fim = the end
- Um = one; a
- O campo = camp
- O campo de futebol = soccer field
- O tombo = fall (noun from the verb to fall)
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, creative writing island, and Portuguese on Amazon.com.
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