In this post, you'll learn how to pronounce the letter X in Brazilian Portuguese and we'll also have a look at the meaning of "x-burger".
like in the English word shop. Let's see some examples:
puxar (to pull)
👉 Whenever a word starts with an X, like in the word xícara, it will always have this sound, the [sh] sound.
👉 Whenever you see an X followed by a C, both of these letters will form also this sound, the [S] sound
It's really not worth trying and memorizing all these rules. What I recommend is that when you come across a word with an X in it, try and learn how it's pronounced. There are many tools you for that, like the Google Translate extension for Chrome, which after you click on a word it gives you the meaning and the pronunciation of the word, and there's also a free online pronunciation dictionary called Forvo.
If you've been to Brazil before you might have come across this option on restaurant menus. Now, for us to understand what an x-burger is, we need to look at how the letter X is actually called in Portuguese. The name of this letter is xis, which sounds a little bit like cheese, so when Brazilians want to order a cheeseburger they would normally pronounce it as [sheezburger], so the word 'cheese' has been replaced by the letter X.