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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Portuguese language pronunciations in popflock.com resource articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to popflock.com resource articles, see {{IPA-pt}}, {{IPAc-pt}} and popflock.com Resource: Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

Distinction is made between the two major standards of the language--Portugal (European Portuguese, EP; broadly the standard also used in Africa and Asia) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese, BP). Neither variant is preferred at Wikipedia, except in cases where a local pronunciation is clearly more relevant, such as a place in Brazil or an individual from Portugal.

National variant differences should be noted with discretion. When there are differing dialectal Brazilian Portuguese pronunciations, the one closest to European Portuguese should generally be preferred, as this guide is intended to help native speakers of other languages.

See Portuguese phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Portuguese.

Consonants
IPA Examples English approximation
Portugal
EP
Brazil
BP
b b beiço, âmbar, sob about
? cabeça, sobre[1]
BP: about
ð d cedo, idade[1] EP: other
BP: today
d dedo, lenda today
d? digo, ande, balde[2] EP: today
BP: jig
f fado, café face
? ? gato, signo, bingo, guerra again
? fogo, figueira[1] EP: between ago and ahold
BP: again
k cor, dica, quente, kiwi scan
l l lua, alô lot
w mal[3] EP: toll
BP: tow
? lhe, velho[4] million
m mês, somo might
n não, sono not
? nhoque, sonho canyon
p pó, sopa, apto spouse
? ? rio, carro, enrascado,[5][6] lingerie French rouge
? r, porto, por favor[5][6][7] EP: latter (GA)
BP: French rouge
? frio, caro, por acaso[6][7] latter (GA)
s s saco, isso, braço, máximo sack
? escola, as portas, dez, texto[8] EP: sheep
BP: sack
? chave, achar, xarope, baixo, sushi sheep
t? t? tchau, atchim chip
t tipo, ritmo, ponte[2] EP: stand
BP: chip
t tempo, átomo stand
v vela, livro vest
? ? já, gente pleasure
z rasgo, os meus[8] EP: pleasure
BP: zebra
z casa, os amigos, doze, existir zebra
 
Semivowels[9]
IPA Examples English approximation
Portugal
EP
Brazil
BP
j saia, pais you, boy
w frequente, quão, mau, Cauã quick, glow
Stressed vowels
IPA Examples English approximation
Portugal
EP
Brazil
BP
a a alzheimer, Jaime,[10] dá, lámen, àquele father
? falámos, falamos,[11] andaime[10] EP: father
BP: purse (RP)
? falamos, câmera, bug purse (RP)
e abelha, venho, jeito[12] EP: purse (RP)
BP: they
e meto, sê they
? prémio, prêmio EP: set
BP: they
? meta, sé, Émerson,[13] cafezinho set
i si, dia, país, suíço, rainha,[14] diesel see
? ? formosa, formosos, avó, somente off
o Antônio, António EP: off
BP: row (GA)
o avô, formoso, alô row (GA)
u rua, lúcido, saúde boot
Unstressed vowels
? ? taça, manhã[15] about
a maior, aquele, da EP: about
BP: grandma
a Camões, caveira grandma
? e incrível, segmento[13] EP: access
BP: survey
? semáforo EP: emission
BP: survey
i jure, pequeno,[16] se EP: emission
BP: happy
i júri, meandro, e, doe[17] happy
? o hospital[13] EP: royale
BP: arrow (GA)
u sortudo EP: outlook
BP:  arrow (GA)
u evacuar, boneco,[16] vi-o, voo, frio[17], os outlook
 
Suprasegmentals
Stress and syllabification
IPA Examples Explanation
Portugal
EP
Brazil
BP
' João [?u'w] (EP, BP) lexical stress
? Vila-Chã [?vil?'] (EP, BP) secondary stress
. Rio ['?i.u] (EP, BP) syllable break
Diacritics
Chã ['] (EP, BP)[18] nasal vowel
devoiced vowel
Other representations
( ) Douro ['do(w)?u] (EP, BP) optional sound

Notes

  1. ^ a b c In northern and central Portugal, /b/, /d/, and /?/ are lenited to fricatives of the same place of articulation (, , and , respectively) in all places except after a pause, a nasal vowel, or (for /d/) /l/, when they are stops [b, d, ?], not dissimilar from English b, d, g (Mateus & d'Andrade 2000:11). Most often, it occurs only in southern and insular Portugal and in Brazil in some unstressed syllables, generally in relaxed speech, but that is by no means universal.
  2. ^ a b In most varieties of Brazilian Portuguese, /d, t/ are palatalized and affricated to post-alveolar before high front vowels /i, ?/ except for certain dialects of Northeast Region, Brazil, such as Central northeastern Portuguese /d, t/ are more often pronounced as alveolar or dental before high front vowels (/i, ?/). Furthermore, the full palatalization of /d, t/ in all positions before /i, ?/ (including in most loanwords) is truly complete only in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
  3. ^ Final /l/ is velarized in European Portuguese and along the Brazilian-Uruguayan border.
  4. ^ /?/ has merged with in some dialects of Brazilian Portuguese, such as the Caipira dialect.
  5. ^ a b The rhotic consonant represented as /?/ has considerable variation across different variants, being pronounced as , , , , , etc. See also Guttural R in Portuguese.
  6. ^ a b c The rhotic consonants /?/ ⟨r⟩ and /?/ ⟨rr⟩ contrast only between vowels. Otherwise, they are in complementary distribution as ⟨r⟩, with /?/ occurring word-initially, after ⟨l⟩, ⟨n⟩, and ⟨s⟩ and in compounds; /?/ is found elsewhere.
  7. ^ a b The realization of syllable-final ⟨r⟩ varies by dialect but is generally pronounced as an alveolar tap in European Portuguese and some Brazilian dialects (e.g. Rio Grande do Sul state and São Paulo city), as a coronal approximant ( or ) in various other Brazilian dialects, and as a guttural R in all others (such as the city of Rio de Janeiro and almost all the Northeast). In some Brazilian Portuguese dialects, word-final ⟨r⟩ may also be completely elided in infinitives; e.g. ficar [fi'ka] (no ⟨r⟩ is pronounced as a tap [?] only if it is followed by a vowel sound in the same phrase or prosodic unit: ficar ao léu [fi'ka? aw 'l?w]). That is very similar to the linking R used in some accents of English, such as Received Pronunciation or Australian English.
  8. ^ a b Mostly in Brazil, the fricatives /s/ and /z/ are not palatalized between syllables or coda positions, but there is a strong palatalization of them in some dialects, such as fluminense, northern, recifense, soteropolitan and florianopolitan (coda /s/ merges with /?/ and /z/ merges with /?/). In the carioca dialect (southern coast of the state Rio de Janeiro, including all of Greater Rio de Janeiro, coda sibilants are almost always palatalized ([?, ?]), but in most dialects of the northeast region of Brazil, palatalization of fricatives occurs only before stop or affricate consonants (/d, t, d?, t?/), such in as the word texto ['te?tu].
  9. ^ Intervocalic glides are ambisyllabic, they are part of previous falling diphthongs and they are geminated to next syllable onset. Examples of such pronunciations are goiaba [?oj'jab?] and Cauã for [kaw'w].
  10. ^ a b Most Brazilian dialects have closed ⟨a⟩ for stressed sequences ⟨ai⟩ before /m/ and /n/. In many dialects it is also nasalized. Many speakers of those dialects, including broadcast media, use open ⟨a⟩ for some words like Jaime and Roraima.
  11. ^ First-person plural past tense in European Portuguese has open ⟨a⟩, and present tense has closed ⟨a⟩. Both conjugated with closed ⟨a⟩ in Brazilian Portuguese
  12. ^ In the dialect of Lisbon, /e/ merges with /?/ when it comes before palatal sounds.
  13. ^ a b c The "northern dialects" (restricted to North and Northeast Brazil) do not follow the Standard Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation in terms of unstressed vocalism. The standard pronunciations of those vowels are always closed /e, o/, as in "perereca" [pe?e'k?] and "horário" [o'?a?ju], but in those dialects, they are open vowels /?, ?/, and the those words are pronounced [p'k?] and [?'?a?ju]. That is also true to but to a lesser extent for most speakers from the state of Rio de Janeiro and from the Federal District, as local dialects are also greatly affected by vowel harmony, and the same is true for many speakers from Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Goiás, and Espírito Santo. In many cases, the distinction between /?, e/ and /?, o/ are unclear, with a tendency for neutralization to [e?, o?] (that happens in almost all of Brazil). Brazilian Portuguese /?, õ/ can also vary between close-mid, mid, and open-mid positions, depending on the dialect, thr speaker, and the word.
  14. ^ There is no diphthong before palatal consonant, so hiatuses are not indicated before /?/ (e.g. rainha /?a'i/).
  15. ^ In Brazilian Portuguese, pre-stressed close ⟨a⟩ is obligatory only before /?/ and has a tendency to be raised before other nasal consonants. In many dialects, nasalization is obligatory also before /?/, Leo Wetzels proposes such nasalized dialects have phonemic palatal gemination (e.g. canhoto /ka?'?otu/ [k'?otu]). See Consoantes palatais como geminadas fonológicas no Português Brasileiro*
  16. ^ a b In words such as "perigo" [p?'?i?u] and "boneco" [b?'n?ku], for example, vowels ⟨e, o⟩ pre-stressed syllables may be pronounced, respectively, as [?, ?] in some varieties of Brazilian Portuguese, instead of [i, u].
  17. ^ a b Some of the post-stressed high vowels in hiatuses, as in frio ('cold') and rio ('river'), may vary between a reduced vowel ['f?i.u] and a glide ['f?iw], exceptions are verbal conjugations, forming pairs like eu rio ['ew '?i.u] (I laugh) and ele riu ['el? '?iw] (he laughed).
  18. ^ Nasal vowels in Portuguese are //, /?/, /?/, /õ/ and /?/

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