Welcome to Tá Falado!
Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish
Thanks for finding us. Our podcasts are designed to help those who are learning Portuguese, especially if you have a previous background in Spanish. First, you find 24 pronunciation podcasts that are built around dialogs illustrating specific sound differences. You can also download pdf transcripts and participate in a discussion blog for clarification of questions.
Next, there are 20 grammar podcasts that focus on grammatical differences between Spanish and Portuguese. All of the lessons are also built around some cultural aspect that makes Brazil so awesome.
Finally, there are a two additional supplemental lessons that review the vowel and consonant sounds of Portuguese.
Our team is lead by Prof. Orlando R. Kelm, who hosts the podcast lessons. He is joined by Valdo Oliveira (from Feira de Santana, Bahia) and Michelle Schreiner Lima (from Limeira, São Paulo). They perform the dialogs and add the expert comments to the podcast. Our team is rounded out by José Luis Montiel (from Maracaibo, Venezuela) and he adds the Spanish language voice for comparison with the Portuguese.
Try it out, and join our Brazilpod community. There are no registration fees or restrictions, just great chances to learn more Portuguese.
Random Podcast Example:
Lesson 5: Stressed and Unstressed /a/, Self-Checkout at the Supermarket
There is a tendency for almost every vowel in unstressed syllables in English to turn into what is called a "schwa." It is the sound like "uh". Listen, for example the "e" in "delivery." When learning Spanish, one of the great challenges is to stop saying "uh." It's nada not naduh! However, in Portuguese, Brazilians also pronounce unstressed /a/ as a schwa. You see, all this time you thought you had bad Spanish and you really just have good Portuguese. As to the cultural situation in this lesson, both Michelle and Valdo had to get used to the self-checkout lines at the supermarket.
Download (right-click): tafalado_05.mp3 (MP3, 9:30, 6.52 MB)