What is it?
They are groups of vowels and semivowels with no intermediate consonants. It is important to recognize them in order to correctly divide words into syllables and pronounce them correctly.
When to use
When you’re pronouncing words with two or more vowels.
A ditongo happens when two vowels are in the same syllable.
A hiato happens when two vowels are in the same word but different syllables.
A tritongo happens when three vowels are together in a word. It’s not as common as ditongos and hiatos.
How is it different from English? WIP
In Portuguese, the sounds of each vowel is more clear and separate than in English, especially when ditongo and hiato happens.
Let’s practice with repetition:
Repeat the words below after me:
- mãe mother (ditongo)
- poesia poetry (hiato)
- Uruguai Uruguay (tritongo)
- pai father (ditongo)
- juiz judge (hiato)
- averiguar to check (tritongo)
- áudio audio (ditongo)
- raiz root (hiato)
- iguais equal (tritongo)
- peixe fish (ditongo)
- saída exit (hiato)
- uruguaio Uruguayan (tritongo)