Here is an accent reduction tip for Brazilian-Portuguese speakers who want to improve their spoken American English.
Be careful when you pronounce the letter P!
Brazilian-Portuguese speakers often pronounce the American English /p/ sound like a /b/ sound.
This can be confusing to American listeners because when you do that because:
pill sounds like bill
pull sounds like bull
poor sounds like boor
Peter sounds like beater
The /p/ and /b/ sounds are articulated almost the same way in spoken American English.
To make both sounds place your lips lightly together and then push the air out of your mouth in a short burst.
The difference is that /p/ is a voiceless sound and /b/ is a voiced sound.
When you make the /p/ sound you should not feel a vibration in your throat. When you make the /b/ sound you should feel a vibration in your throat.
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