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Pronunciation Problems in BrazilThe purpose of this paper is to discuss some of the common difficulties native speakers of brazilian Portuguese have when learning to correctly speak english. First, a bit of context: Portuguese is a Romance language, coming from the same roots as french, italian and spanish. It is the sixth most commonly spoken language in the world, and has many different dialects. (Medeiros, 2006). It should be noted that Portuguese is almost entirely a phonetic language. Being that english is not a particularly phonetic language, the challenge of spelling and saying unfamiliar words is one of the first and most basic challenges learners will face. This discussion will focus on different vowel sounds, word patterns, consonantal differences, nasality, rhythm, word stress and tone. While experts disagree on the exact number of sounds in each language (between 20 and 27 vowel and diphthong sounds in english and 7 to 14 in Portuguese), it is undisputed that english has significantly more vowel sounds than Portuguese does (Bond, 2001, Schulz, 2008). The brazilian ear tends to have difficulty discerning the subtle differences between some