How do you pronounce "Feliz Ano Novo"? | Pronunciation Tips
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In this lesson, you will learn to perfectly pronounce the phrases "Boas Festas" (Happy Holidays), "Feliz Natal" (Merry Christmas) and "Feliz Ano Novo" (Happy New Year).
Boas Festas! (Happy Holidays!)
Remember to always pronounce the two vowels of the word “boas” (good). Even if you speak quickly, it’s important to pronounce the two vowels: bo-as.
The stress of each word is in the first syllable, in the letter O in “boas,” and in the letter E in “festas”: Boas Festas. The beginning of the word is strong, and the end is weak: BO-as FES-tas.
The letter S is always pronounced in Portuguese. Therefore, remember to pronounce all the S: BoaS FestaS!
Feliz Natal! (Merry Christmas!)
The letter Z at the end of words "feliz" is pronounced like an S: "FeliS"
Unlike the phrase "Boas Festas" in the phrase "Feliz Natal," the stress of each word is in the last syllable, in the letter I in “feliz” and in the last A in “natal”: Feliz Natal. The beginning of the word is weak, and the end is strong: Fe-LIZ Na-TAL.
The letter L at the end of syllables is pronounced as W in Brazilian Portuguese. There is no pronunciation of L: "Nataw".
Feliz Ano Novo! (Happy New Year!)
Remember I said the letter Z is pronounced as an S at the end of words?However, if the next word starts with a vowel, we link the two words, in which case the letter Z must be pronounced like Z: FeliZ_Ano Novo!
In the word “ano” (year), the letter A is slightly nasal. Usually, vowels followed by the letters N or M are nasalized in Portuguese: Ãno.
The letter O at the end of the word is weak and sounds like a soft U. This only happens when the letter O has no graphic accent and is found in unstressed (weak) syllables. This happens in the two words "anu novu".
Note that the word “novo” (new) has two letters “Os”. The first O is in a stressed (strong) syllable. Hence, it is pronounced strongly: novo.
The second O is in a weak syllable at the end of the word. For that reason, it is pronounced as a soft U: "novu".
That's it, everybody!
Now it's homework time! Your homework is to practice the phrases out loud several times: "Boas Festas" (Happy Holidays), "Feliz Natal" (Merry Christmas) and "Feliz Ano Novo" (Happy New Year).
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