February 16


Pronunciation Tips Audio Files

By Gordon Gaffney

February 16, 2018

In my 2016 book Eliminate the 63 Most Common Mistakes Portuguese Speakers Make in English which you can read about here and buy here for €6.99, I have a couple of units showing the most important pronunciation issues for Portuguese speakers.  You can read a sample of this book here and the example audio files are below:

Unit 48 pronunciation of ordinal numbers in English [first, second, third, etc] for dates.

Unit 62 correct pronunciation of office and practice

Unit 63 pronunciation of -ed endings

In 2020 I converted this eBook to a 4-hour video course, I also added 40% more content. This video course “Eliminate the Mistakes Portuguese Speakers Make in English” costs just €29.99/69.99R$ and is on sale on Udemy. I recommend you buy the course because of this extra content, but some people prefer the original eBook!

You can read more and watch free videos here

Most Brazilians have good pronunciation and in general there isn’t a problem but people do get worried about it.  The examples below come from my notes in classes so they are genuine examples of errors that people that speak Portuguese make.

If you are striving for proficiency or are concerned about your pronunciation then these examples are worth practicing, however the most important ones are the 3 units above.

So here are some audio files to help you:



that dark street is danger

that dark street is dangerous



telephone signal

debt pronounced incorrectly

debt pronounced correctly

doubt pronounced incorrectly

doubt pronounced correctly

plumbing pronounced incorrectly

plumbing pronounced correctly

muscle pronounced incorrectly

muscle pronounced correctly

civil engineer course

civil engineering course

Gordon Gaffney

About the author

Gordon is The Irish English Teacher, creator of this blog and many products to help all students learning English as a second language, but with a focus on Portuguese speakers.

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    1. Hi Geraldo.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Everything is fine when I try it on Google Chrome and Firefox, you need to click on the left side of each audio to play them. Unfortunately, this button isn’t visible, it is just to the left of the “00:00” timer.



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