Familiarize yourself with accent marks used in Portuguese because they will help you pronounce words correctly.
|´ acute||the pronunciation is open as in café (coffee), avó (grandmother).|
|^ circumflex||the pronunciation is closed as in você (you), avô (grandfather).|
|` grave||a contraction of the preposition a and the definite article a = à (to).|
|~ tilde||a nasal sound as in mão (hand).|
Remark: Two dots ( .. ) will not be used anymore according to the new writing rules (effective from January 2009).