Portuguese Alphabet

This page contains a table including the following: Portuguese alphabet, letters which help you pronounce the words in a given language, you will also learn about the different consonants and vowels. Make sure to check our Learn Portuguese page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.

Portuguese Alphabet


    

Letter Examples
 
Aa also á, as in the word “ask”, never as in the word “able”, also (ã, â as “aa”)
Bb same as in English.
Cc like “s” before “i” or “e”, otherwise like "k” in Creole. Ç always as “s”
Dd same as in English, sometimes “dg”
Ee as in “elevated”, also (é, ê) are pronounced almost the same way.
Ff same as in English
Gg like the "s" in “pleasure”, before “i” or “e”, otherwise like the "g" in "God".
Hh silent most of the time.
Ii after vowels as “w”, elsewhere as in the word “ink”.
Jj as the “s” of “pleasure”.
Kk same as in English
Ll like “w” after vowels, as “l” otherwise.
Mm same as in English
Nn same as in English
Oo same as in English “Old”, also ( ó, ô, õ) are pronounced almost the same way.
Pp same as in English
QUqu as in “kw”
Rr as “r” after consonants (except n) and before a vowel or at the end of a word if the next word begins with a vowel, [kh] elsewhere.
Ss between vowels as “z”, and as “s” elsewhere.
Tt same as in English not as sharp, sometimes as (tsh)
Uu as in the “ultra”, never as in the word “up” or “university”
Vv same as in English
Ww as in English, sometimes as “v”
Xx same as in English, (sh) at the beginning of the word and before a consonant.
Yy same as in English although rare.
Zz same as in English. At the end of words it sounds as “s” in pleasure.
   
Lh sounds like (ya)
Nh sounds like (nya), in some places like (ya)



I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Portuguese alphabet, consonants and vowels. Try to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. Make sure to check our Learn Portuguese page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.