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PREFACE,

The following pages are chiefly designed to assist individuals who may be desirous of acquiring the Portuguese Language as usually spoken in Ceylon.

The words used in this country are alone adopted; while their pronunciation is expressed as exactly as possible, by the parent alphabet. The orthography, however, seldom varies from that of the best Portuguese Dictionaries.

As the Sciences are little known, scientific terms in Ceylon Portuguese have but a limited range. Most of the inflective terminations, also, which abound in the parent tongue, are disused in this. Expressive particles, however, supply their place; and their loss is not to be deplored, as the primary words are elegantly long.

Many individuals, it may be observed, from inattention to the true orthography, are accustomed to write Portuguese in the Dutch alphabet, The language in so unsuitable a garb, is sufficient to awaken the suspicion and contempt of a stran. ger, and has probably given birth to the appelation of “ Corrupt Portuguese!” and without close : and candid examination, he would, in all probability, as soon suppose it the Otaheitan language in the Roman character, as recognize the features of a legitimate descendent of the Latin.

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