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What do I read the money, please ? For instance, in English we say $ 12.05 (twelve dollars and five cents), but in Portuguese e.g. this same value we say: R$ 12, 05 (doze reais e cinco centavos) - cents = centavos. My question is: what to read it in English? Should I say: R$ 12,05 = "twelve reais and five centavos" ? or R$ 12,05 = "twelve reais and five cents" (if the latter is the correct form, why do I have to mix reais with cents and not "centavos"?)

Thanks,
Gabi
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What How do I read the money, please ? For instance, in English we say $ 12.05 (twelve dollars and five cents), but in Portuguese e.g. this same value we say: R$ 12, 05 (doze reais e cinco centavos) - cents = centavos. My question is: whathow to read it in English? Should I say: R$ 12,05 = "twelve reais and five centavos" ? or R$ 12,05 = "twelve reais and five cents" (if the latter is the correct form, why do I have to mix reais with cents and not "centavos"?)
If they are 'centavos', say 'centavos'.
ie R$ 12,05 = "twelve reais and five centavos"

Clive
reais is the (non-English) plural of real. I'd say

twelve reals and five centavos.

And I'd probably pronounce that ree - ALZ. (ALZ either as in pals or as in falls)

CJ
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Hi Clive,

Thank you so much for the answer. By the way "reais" is pronounced like

"rêáis,", but I suppose that in English it won't be correct to use the Portuguese pronunciation of the currency, will it? Your friend CalifJim said he'd probably pronounce it as "reealz" (the ending as in pals/falls).

Gabi

Thanks, CalifJim. I suppose you'd mean "twelve reais and five centavos", wouldn't you?

Concerning the pronunciation of reais in English, you gave your personal opinion or we may say that "reealz" is the correct way to say it in your language?

Best wishes,
Gabi
Hi,

By the way "reais" is pronounced like

"rêáis,", but I suppose that in English it won't be correct to use the Portuguese pronunciation of the currency, will it? Your friend CalifJim said he'd probably pronounce it as "reealz" (the ending as in pals/falls).

I wouldn't worry about it too much, because I don't think you would say a sentence like this in English to someone who did not already have some knowledge about Portuguese currency and its names.

Clive

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All right. So, in this case I'd say: reealz.

Thank you,
Gabi
Listen to this recommendation by Miriam-Webster.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/real%5B5%5D

I have my doubts as to whether people would really pronounce these as recommended here.

CJ
Hi CalifJim

I listened to the pronunciation following the link and I agree with you. That's strange and nothing similar to the pronunciation in Portuguese. I found one in: yourdictionary.com that I suppose it is the way American people would say the currency of my country.

Best wishes,
Gabi
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