Tá Falado: Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish

Lesson 11: Pronunciation of Palatalization (alt), Cell Phones and Driving

Jan. 4, 2007

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In the previous lesson we learned all about palatalization, when words spelled with 'ti' sound like 'chee' and words with 'di' sound like 'jee.' This is pretty much true for people in live in the central regions of Brazil. However, in the far north and in the far south of Brazil, it is much less common. Today we introduce everyone to Alfredo Barros who is from Teresinha, Pernambuco. We'll all get a chance to hear his dialect, from a region where people don't have as much palatalization. It makes for a great comparison with the way that Valdo and Michelle talk.

Dialog

Portuguese
Valdo: Um dia desses minha tia, que já é de idade, veio me visitar aqui em Austin.
Michelle: Ela conversou contigo sobre a cidade? O que ela disse?
Valdo: Ela gostou, mas desde que chegou decidiu falar mal de quem usa celular no trânsito.
Michelle: Não acredito. Por que?
Valdo: É que ela perdeu os dentes num típico acidente de carro em que o motorista estava usando o celular enquanto dirigia.
Michelle: Que coisa triste! Eh, diante disso é até bom que no Brasil a gente seja proibido de usar o celular no volante. Você pode receber aquela multa!

Spanish
Valdo: Un día de estos mi tía, que ya es de edad, vino a visitarme aquí en Austin.
Michelle: ¿Ella conversó contigo sobre la ciudad? ¿Qué dijo ella?
Valdo: A ella le gustó, pero desde que llegó decidió hablar mal de los que usan el celular en el tráfico.
Michelle: No lo creo. ¿Por qué?
Valdo: Es que ella perdió los dientes en un típico accidente de carro en que el conductor estaba usando el celular mientras conducía.
Michelle: Qué cosa triste! A causa de esto, es bueno que en Brasil nosotros seamos prohibidos usar el celular en el volante. Usted puede recibir una multa!

English
Valdo: A few days ago my aunt, who is getting older, came to visit me here in Austin.
Michelle: Did she talk to you about the city? What did she say?
Valdo: She liked it, but ever since she arrived she has decided to talk bad about those who use their cell phone while driving.
Michelle: I can't believe that. Why?
Valdo: She lost her teeth in a typical car accident where the driver was using a cell phone while driving.
Michelle: How sad! Given that it's a good thing that in Brazil it's against the law to use a cell phone while driving. You could get a ticket!


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