The miners alerted geological experts when the ship was discovered in the pit of a drained lagoon, and the gold was found six days into the excavation process among bones and navigational tools.
Professor Timothy Insoll, from Manchester University, who specialises in African archaeology, told the other items found including pottery could prove even more valuable than the gold coins.
Finally, Portuguese also uses dipthongs (two vowels stuck together) and even tripthongs (a gang of three, very fun).
For an example of the latter, try to say following (the tripthong is underlined): Vowels are very important for singers because that’s when they get to open their throats wide.
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The real question is: what makes Portuguese so perfect for music? Recall that a vowel is what happens when you’re pushing sound out of your throat, without blocking it with your tongue, teeth, lips, etc. To start, there are a lot of basic single-vowel sounds (“monophthongs”).
Compare what your open vocal tract can do, for example, when speaking Portuguese, to what happens when you’re employing its less-interesting cousin: And these basic single vowels are really just the beginning.