Learn Portuguese with the News

Whether you’re into magazines, short stories or you’ve got a nose for the latest happenings from around the world, you know that the written word is essential on your path to fluency.

Online Portuguese news sites add a whole new element to your learning experience. They often take a multimedia stance, meaning you can get plenty of reading and listening practice too.

For now, let’s zoom in on how to make those daily Portuguese headlines work with your current skills and learning goals.


Online Articles to Add to Your News Feed

Online news articles tend to be written with a general audience in mind, making them ideal for learners across all levels

You can expect the language to be quite clear-cut and concise as well as mostly formal in tone, though some colloquialism might be used on occasion.

1. Folha de São Paulo Folha de São Paulo icon

Type of Portuguese: Brazilian

This is one of Brazil’s major daily newspapers. The publication focuses on social and political issues from São Paulo and beyond—both the site and print edition have a nationwide readership.

2. O GloboO Globo icon

Type of Portuguese: Brazilian

This one is part of Grupo Globo, Brazil’s largest media conglomerate and the largest broadcaster in Latin America. O Globo’s coverage is centered around Rio de Janeiro, though it also focuses on domestic and international politics at large.

3. Diário de NotíciasDiário de Notícias icon

Type of Portuguese: European

This news source primarily focuses on daily news from Portugal, with topics ranging from politics and current affairs to sports and literature. The newspaper itself has been in print since the 1860s.

Radio Broadcasts to Put on Your Auditory Radar

Budding news junkies wanting to practice their Portuguese listening skills should definitely tune into some online radio bulletins.

The language isn’t too different from newspapers, though it might be more conversational by nature. As such, the pace might sound a little fast to the untrained ear—meaning this might be a better option for an intermediate to advanced learner.

4. Central Brasileira de Notícias (CBN)Central Brasileira de Notícias (CBN) icon

Type of Portuguese: Brazilian

CBN is a radio station that covers everything from sports to politics. Either click the Escute Ao Vivo button to start listening, or look at the menu to find different programs, news bulletins and podcasts across various categories.

5. Jovem Pan NewsJovem Pan icon

Type of Portuguese: Brazilian

Jovem Pan is a major radio broadcaster in Brazil that has several news, music and sports stations across the country. Select from any of the various city stations listed on its website to listen to its live journalism transmissions. If you’re into newsy podcasts, Jovem Pan does that too.

6. RTP Notícias RTP Notícias icon

Type of Portuguese: European

This is one of Portugal’s leading news broadcasters. Browse through the website for a bit of news reading or click on the news update clips on the right-hand side of the homepage. These are updated almost every hour and are 10-15 minutes long.

7. TSF Rádio Notícias TSF Rádio Notícias icon

Type of Portuguese: European

This is another major newscast from our Lusophone friends. Again, either spend some time scanning the headlines and articles or simply click Ouvir Em Direto to listen to the live bulletins.

TV Newscasts for a Little Visual and Aural Stimulation 

If radio proves a bit much, TV will likely provide a healthy middle ground. For the most part, anyone from beginner to advanced can tap into this kind of content. 

Language in this kind of media is likely to veer towards the colloquial side mostly when a news story is interviewing an everyday person. Plus, there’s a visual element that can help tremendously. 

8. TV BrasilTV Brasil icon

Type of Portuguese: Brazilian

TV Brasil is a government-owned TV channel that features the latest news commentary, sports updates and economic insights from Brazil and the world. Click on any article to watch its respective video.

9. G1G1 Portal de Notícias da Globo icon

Type of Portuguese: Brazilian

G1 is a news site that allows you to view news clips from the latest bulletins that aired on Rede Globo, Brazil’s largest TV network. The website interface is quite intuitive and the homepage includes articles, video clips and podcast episodes.

10. Jornal de Notícias Jornal de Notícias icon

Type of Portuguese: European

This news website is owned by the same company as TSF Rádio. You can also go to JN Direto to find news stories summarized in 60 seconds and other short news videos organized by theme. Some news highlights don’t have commentary though so you’ll have to read the text!

11. TVI Notícias TVI Notícias icon

Type of Portuguese: European

This is another major Portuguese broadcaster. You can look through a series of clearly labeled videos and online articles to select a topic of interest.

Check out this post for more ways to watch Portuguese TV online for free

Learning Portuguese with News: A Quick Starter Guide

It’s always good to have a solid strategy when you’re adding new study resources into the mix. When learning with news, there’s one keyword that you need to think about: commitment.

You need to be able to naturally fit your headline scanning, news reading and bulletin-watching into your schedule. That’s the best way to make the experience resonate with your learning needs.

How can you do this, you ask? It’s actually quite simple.

Reinforce current knowledge

For starters, think about your current strengths and your existing knowledge about the Lusophone world. Do you know much about Brazilian or Portuguese politics and current events?

If not, it might be better to focus on Portuguese coverage of international news to begin with. That way, you’ll have something familiar to tide you over, which in itself can be a good way to check up on whether or not you’ve understood the content you’re reading.

Find topics that interest you

If international news is not quite your thing, you could try focusing your attention on the latest sports updates—both Brazil and Portugal will give soccer fans plenty of content to play with—or other alternatives like entertainment and movie news.

Make it a habit

Now, let’s get back to that commitment thing we talked about. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to commit to more than you can handle. At the early stages, I’d recommend that you make a habit of reading one full article a day—this is a manageable goal to stick to and it will give you more time to analyze the content you’ve been presented with.

Then, as you get more confident, start ramping up your readership by increasing your article intake to two a day, three and so forth. Further along, you can start adding more localized articles into your reading list.

Go social

If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, make sure to keep an eye on your chosen media outlets’ social media channels. You could, for instance, like their Facebook pages or follow them on Twitter or Instagram. 

Find something that’s your level

How can you be sure you’re choosing a clip appropriate for your level? For the most part, you can’t. You’ll just have to watch and see how many words you understand—if more than five words in a few minutes are new to you, then you may want to watch an easier video.

You can also use an immersion program that’s organized by level. On FluentU, for example, you can organize content by difficulty.

FluentU takes authentic videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

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Interactive subtitles linked to a contextual dictionary also help, so even when there’s colloquial language in use, you can see an accurate definition. 


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We hope our recommendations will help you learn a bit more about the Portuguese-speaking world, immerse you in the latest news headlines and lead you into fluency.

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