Accent Marks

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 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).