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Portuguese Pronouns: A Comprehensive Guide for Learners

Eu te conheço? (Do I know you?) Você me conhece? (Do you know me?) Do you know your Portuguese pronouns? You will by the time you’ve finished reading this post. We all know how important pronouns are in a sentence. …

How to Master Portuguese Verb Conjugation in 4 Simple Steps

For English speakers, just the thought of conjugating verbs in Portuguese can be nerve-wracking. There’s just so much to learn, right? More tenses, more irregular verbs, more rules to follow. Don’t ever let that discourage you. Everyone needs to start …

How to Speak Portuguese in 4 Simple Steps

Spoken by millions of people around the world—including folks in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe—this Romance language is bound to captivate all those who learn it. Yes, I’m talking about Portuguese! Wouldn’t it be great …

The Simple Guide to Portuguese Numbers and How to Use Them

Picture this: you’ve just arrived in a Portuguese speaking country. As you exit the airport and get into a cab, your driver asks for your hotel’s address—can you tell him the street number? Let’s fast forward a bit. You’ve …

How to Improve Your Portuguese Speaking Skills in 8 Steps

Maybe you’re tired of people mishearing what you say. Perhaps you’re fed up with repeating yourself over and over again. Or maybe you don’t have enough confidence to even speak up in the first place. Whatever is motivating you to …

Essential Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: 8 Rules to Remember

Fluency and grammar go hand-in-hand. There really is no way around it: To speak correctly, you have to know the rules of the language. If you’ve chosen to study Brazilian Portuguese, specifically, the list of rules you’ll need to learn …

Perfect Your Portuguese Word Order Skills in 4 Steps

Portuguese learn you do to want? Sorry, I mean: Do you want to learn Portuguese?  Wow! Placing words into their correct spots in a sentence makes a world of a difference, doesn’t it? If you were studying, say, Japanese, …

The Ultimate Guide to Learning Portuguese with News

This just in: Practicing Portuguese just got much easier. We all know the value of reading in language acquisition. Whether you’re into magazines, short stories or you’ve got a nose for the latest happenings from around the world, you …

Authentic Brazilian Portuguese Listening in 11 Podcasts

Podcasts have come a long way. Initially, they were just a niche thing that only a few people listened to. Now, they’re on everyone’s radar. Loud and clear. Now, there are podcasts on just about every single topic or issue.…

7 Top Portuguese MOOCs for Coursing Through the Language

Let’s look back at when the World Wide Web was in its nascent stages. Its creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, had this incredible vision. He imagined that the internet would be a place where people could share information without any …

16 Brazilian Bloggers All Portuguese Learners Should Follow

Want to enter the mind of a native Portuguese speaker? No mad scientist or crazy brain-swap-operation needed. All you need is an internet connection and access to the best Brazilian bloggers spilling their thoughts on the web. No matter what …

Perk Your Ears Up for 8 of the Very Best Portuguese Audiobooks

What’s usually in your headphones? Probably your favorite tunes, or maybe a the latest episode of that podcast you love? Whatever you listen to, chances are your headphones are mostly playing audio in your native language, right? Then it’s …

A Step-by-step Guide to Teaching Yourself Portuguese

You know those crazy infomercials that try to make perfectly normal tasks look insanely difficult? Maybe they’ll show someone spilling food all over the kitchen to sell you a Shamwow! or an unnecessarily fancy bowl. Or someone getting crushed in …

8 Great Translator Apps for All Portuguese Learners

“Was it something I said?” You might ask yourself that when the conversation suddenly stops and everyone seems to be looking at you. It may have been a simple enough misunderstanding or a false friend—like trying to push a …

8 Easy Portuguese-language Books and Where to Find More

Bookworms, rejoice! Reading materials for Portuguese learners are ample and diverse. They come in different forms and they’re all over the place. Not only will they put your linguistic knowledge to the test, they’ll also capture your imagination. We’ve …

Kid at Heart? Learn Portuguese with 7 Cartoon TV Shows

It’s Saturday morning and you’re a kid again. You’ve got a bowl of your favorite cereal and cartoons on the TV. You don’t realize it, but you’re not just relaxing in your pajamas. You’re also learning a language—picking up …

Learn Portuguese with Videos on 8 Cool Channels and Playlists

If you haven’t tapped into YouTube’s educational treasures, you don’t know what you’re missing. You can be a newbie who’s just starting to learn Portuguese or an advanced learner with years of experience, but either way, you can definitely find …

25+ of the Very Best Online Tools for Learning Portuguese

Practice makes perfect, right? That’s more true than ever when it comes to learning Portuguese. Luckily, the internet has gifted us with many opportunities to thrive. Think about your real-life experiences: Making a connection with native Portuguese speakers, who …