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French and Portugese accent


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French Accent 

It’s actually a bit counterintuitive to try to do a French accent with an English accent! French speakers usually have a different pronunciation compared to English speakers. However, if you want to add some French flair to your English, here are some tips:

Focus on the vowels:

Short and to the point: French vowels are usually shorter and cleaner than English vowels. Avoid diphthongs (joining two vowels) and pronounce each vowel clearly.
A: similar to “a” in “father”.
E: Like the “e” in “bed”.
I: More than “er” “seen”.
O: can vary in “but” or “oh” in “jack”.
U: Press your lips together and make a tight “oo” sound.

Silent H: Do not pronounce the “h” at the beginning of words (eg “hotel” becomes “otel”).
Guttural R: The French “r” is a guttural, almost guttural sound.
 Imagine replacing the “r” in the back of your throat with a fat “h”.
Final T and D: These are often softened or silenced at the end of words.
Additional touches:

Conjunction: French joins words if they end with a vowel and the next word begins with a vowel. Practice combining sounds fluently.
Intonation: French is generally more vocal than English. Play a little, raising and lowering the pitch at the end of the phrase.
Here are some resources to help you practice:

Listen to French English accents – [YouTube search How to sound French when you speak English]
Practice individual sounds – [YouTube search How to Do a French Accent FAST ]
Remember this is an easy approach. Focus on having fun and don’t worry about perfect accent..

Portugese Accent

It is very difficult to get Portuguese with a touch of English. Portuguese is pronounced differently than English. However, you can focus on the elements that can create a unique English pronunciation.


Clear and isolated: Unlike English diphthongs (which combine vowels), Portuguese vowels are easy to pronounce.
A: It’s like the “a” in “father”, but sometimes it’s slightly nasal (eg with the “m” sound added).
E: May vary by batch. Open “e” as “bed” and close “e” as “goodbye”.
I: Same as “ee” in “see”.
O: Similar to the “oh” in “coat”.
U: Can be pronounced like the “oo” in “boot” or the “u” short for “put”.

Weak “Th”  Portuguese “th” (written as “s” or “ç”) is softer than English “th”. Consider whispering “th”.
A: Unlike the English “r”, the Portuguese “r” can be rolled towards the back of the tongue or made with a strong slang sound.
Final Consonants: Consonants at the end of words (especially “d”, “s”, and “z”) are weakened or slightly silent.
Stress and intonation:

Difference: Portuguese has less stress than English. Focus on listening to native speakers to understand.
 details: Portuguese is much easier than English. Don’t exaggerate the ups and downs of your voice.

Listen in Brazilian/Portuguese and English: search for “[YouTube search pt br English accent]” or “[YouTube search European Portuguese Portuguese English accent]” according to your preference.
Focus on specific sounds: For detailed pronunciation, watch videos like “[Search YouTube How to pronounce r in Portuguese]”.

This is for fun and experimentation. Don’t look for the perfect accent, it’s impossible.
 focus on clarity and pronunciation. English influences add a personal touch.
Keep practicing by following native speakers and writing your own.
Enjoy your journey to learn Portuguese in a unique way..

Deependra Yadav



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