Accent Marks

The accent marks in Portuguese help with the correct pronunciation of words. They indicate to the reader where to put the emphasis on the word, or even if a vowel is more “open” or “closed.” Become familiar with these special diacritic marks of the language.

Marks

Name in English

Name in Portuguese

á, é, í, ó, ú

acute

acento agudo

ê, ô

circumflex

acento circunflexo

à

grave

acento grave

ã, õ

tilde

til

ü

dieresis

trema

It is important to remember that accent marks are not immediately intuitive to the second-language learner. When learning Portuguese, give yourself a while to learn where to include these accents. However, as you read more and more materials in Portuguese, keep track of the accents and where they usually go on the word. Familiarity with the written word will boost your confidence and spelling accuracy in Portuguese!

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