Soundalike and lookalike words are words that share the same root (ex: affect, effect, adopt, adapt). In linguistics, this class of words is called paronym. Paronymy is the relationship between words that are pronounced or written in a similar way but have different lexical meanings.
As in any foreign language, paronyms usually cause some confusion among learners. It’s important to learn them and know how they differ from each other. To make your learning process easier, we’ve put together an infographic with some of the most common paronyms in Portuguese. Check it out, so next time someone offers you a “bolo” you’ll know they’re referring to a cake and not a ball.