Beginning 33: Nothing For Me?

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Everyone is passing out the gifts, and it looks like João didn’t get anything. Well, how sad is that! Even if we don’t have anything to make him feel better, at least we can come out of this lesson with new ways in Portuguese to talk about it.

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 A: E essa é para você, e essa é para ele.
And this is for you, and this is for him.
  B: E pra mim?
And for me?
  A: Ah desculpa João, acabou, já não tem mais nada.
Oh, I’m sorry João, it’s all gone, there are no more.
  B: Droga, e agora?
Bummer, now what?


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  1. Bill Dressler

    Why say ‘essa’ instead of ‘esse?’ We are talking about gifts or ‘presentes,’ which is masculino, right? I’m confused.

    1. Orlando Kelm

      You know, we actually have no evidence in the dialog as to what the “essa” refers to. If, for example, she is giving “balas” (candies) then it’s easy to make the association with something feminine. It sounds like you making the association to the word “presente” but that present may actually be something that is feminine.

  2. CC

    Question about how to pronounce João (and São in SP, and maybe just são) – is it supposed to sound like there’s an “n” at the end? It’s sounds like there’s a strong, unmistakable “n” when Orlando says it, but not Daniela.

    1. Orlando Kelm

      As to pronunciation of João, São and ão in general. Think of the word “sound” in English, but eliminate the “D” that leaves you with “soun” Now, try saying “soun” without every really making the “n.” That is, the tip of your tongue never really reaches and presses against your alveolar ridge. In other words, there really isn’t an unmistakable “n” but almost!!! Good luck.