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Semantica Portuguese

Learn Portuguese with videos of real-life situations.

Our video MINI-SERIES will teach you Brazilian Portuguese step-by-step. After each episode we break it down, present the grammar rules, and show you how to pronounce the hardest words. Then, we quiz you on what you just learned.

There is no better way to learn Brazilian Portuguese.


We've created the first true online Portuguese course that will really teach you the language, not just help you memorize a few phrases. If you're looking for a free portuguese course, or just want to pick up some vocabulary, I recommend duolingo for that.

The best way to learn Portuguese online is with video, not audio.

I'm James. I've been teaching Portuguese to foreigners here for 9 years and here's what I've learned: Video stimulates your brain in a way that audio alone cannot. The Semantica Method uses video dialogs of real-life situations. It’s designed for fast comprehension and long-term retention. These are Portuguese classes online, and they will get you out of the beginner category and talking to the natives as quickly as humanly possible.


You can download all of the video dialogs and keep them!

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  • Wow, I love the new Semantica series. Now I see why you call it "Intensivo". It is pretty intense.  

    This will keep me busy for months.
    Keep up the good work!! Sammy Derzie
  • Que bom! At last this is the best!!I tried Rosetta but had to return it because it was boring and too slow moving. Semantica is entertaining and easy to follow. You don't lose focus because it's like watching a movie broken down into small clips. They teach you real life scenarios as opposed to learning phrases here and there that have no use in real life. I just wish they would hurry up and come out with more.
    Julio C. Andrade
  • Gostei muito! I think your company is part of the "new wave" of language learning concepts such as the up and coming "Fluenz". What I like about your program is that it is an "enjoyable experience" as opposed to a "learning lesson". It puts you "there". James Best
  • Very impressed - after doing Pimsleur I am needing to get access to more real-life scenarios and listen to conversations. This is great! Mairi
  • I listened to series 1 a hundred times, and really got it.
    Then I tried series 2, listened to that one hundred times, and got that.
    I'll take part3 as soon as it's available!! SamTheHammer (youtube name)
  • Wow! Finally something much more fun to watch and learn. Does anyone know where the rest of the series can be found? I need this for my staff -- and of course myself. Was hard to find on iTunes but well worth it. This is very well done and not "canned" like so many others. I travel to Brazil often and after using this DVD it was a whole lot easier to figure out the language and people skills!
  • Great Language course
    Of all the Brazilian Portuguese Podcasts available on iTunes this was the best so far! What is good about this podcast is the VIDEO! I lived in Brazil two years and the video is realistic and greatly enhances the learning experience. Umjeito
  • You guys are awesome. This is very well produced and not too easy. I am truly growing using Semantica. Not to mention your actors are easy on the eyes. Keith
  • Semantica DVD #1 was fantastic ! Great job, you guys are well on the way to cornering the market in Portuguese language instruction. Nobody else comes close to the quality and enjoyability of this amazing DVD Hamilcar King
  • Your series of videos are truly helping me.  Each short video is outstanding in quality; they are refined and polished.  Sometime ago, in the 1980's, there was a TV show in Japan called "Yan and the Japanese People".   It was designed to help native English speakers living in Japan to better communicate in Japanese and understand the culture.  Similar to your Series 1, the show taught by means of a story of an American, called Yan, who was new to the country.  Your videos are accomplishing for Brazilian Portuguese learners what that old show did for learners of Japanese.  Well, at least it is for me!  In fact, I think your videos are superior in several ways. Damon Young
  • I find that this program totally engaging, and my comprehension curve is climbing quite incredibly; really, congratulations for a really fine and affordable tool and especially the varied and practical exposure to aspects of actual life and situations (as opposed to the deadly "Lisa gets up at 8 a.m. and has breakfast" type of language course staples most systems feature). Thomas Petruso
  • Love the Semantica stuff…I have it all. Have all the other courses available as well, i.e. Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, etc. but enjoy the down to earth lessons with Semantica. Jesseallen
  • I just wanted to write that this first lesson was great! I’m through lesson 24 on the beginner and thought I’d check these out to see what’s waiting for me when I’m done with those. The breakdown was wonderful – and I love the grammar/vocab animations at the top. Really great job!!! Emily
  • I can’t contain my enthusiasm for these lessons. They are so much fun and such a nice change of pace from RosettaStone. billcy
  • Gostei muito os videos novos. The HD format is so clear and gives the feel of really being in Brazil. I loved Series 1 and now finally we have Series 2. The stories are all interesting and if I listen hard I can understand quite a bit of them the first time. It is quite fast and there are a lot of new words. Great, because I need to learn more! I’ve been to Brazil twice for several weeks each time and can’t wait to go back again.

    Thanks for making these videos! Steve Hale
  • Estou assistindo a lição sobre o Central de Atendimento. Nossa, MUITO UTIL! Um aspeto da língua muito difícil é conseguire falar e entender português no telefone.

    This series is great! Vocês estão de parabéns. Elena
  • I cant wait for this i love the series you’ve done so far, it so useful to learn this way, you guys are doing an amazing job! btw who sings that version of ‘mas que nada’ at the end of the first “eu vou” video? Thanks! Riley1805
  • …the grammar topics have really helped me
    in a way that no teacher or grammar book has done before. Obrigada, Diana
  • just wanna say great program, went to Rio recently and the semantica web program helped me a lot! Jae Hun
  • Great! I Absolutely love it. My old girlfriend is a Carioca and she thinks this is the best tool she has seen. Wayne Burgess
  • I love these sessions! It’s awesome to see people speak Portuguese and then get the “breakdown”! I can’t believe how much more I’m picking up now than when I started. Thanks for a great program, and all your hard work. Pamela
  • Without even knowing you and your staff you seem like your hearts are really into it and you truly care.
    For me the program was/is a great refresher and motivator to start to learn more. C. J. Eccher
  • Language opens new doors of opportunity, and I owe it to Semantica. Sam Derzie
  • There is no other system that would have allowed me to learn all these tenses, as I just don’t have the capacity to memorize…but your system of the pronunciation videos, the telenovela part and the breakdowns, really holds a person’s interest. Weird thing is, I never watch telenovelas either in English or Portuguese. I wish you success! Ramona
  • Until I found Semantica Portuguese, I used the traditional rinse-and-repeat way of learning.  Semantica completely kicked in the door with professional HD video, native speakers at speed, and amazing onsite locations with real life dialog. Mike Morgan
  • Hi James! I used the Semantica video for the third time teaching at Alma College. The course was super intensive. We had 14 students--six of which were native Spanish speakers. This time, I had them watch the video outside of class and I taught "straight up" grammar for the first 10-15 hours (3-5 hours per day of class for 3.5 weeks). At the end, they had learned more than what I teach in an entire year sequence during a normal semester of Spanish. It was great! Mary Ellen Brines
  • Acabou!!!!

    this was an incredible course guys. Great great job! I learned so much. My listening skills from nothing, to understanding a big portion of the conversations. I hope you guys keep adding to the library of videos. I plan on reviewing every single video once more… Bruno
  • Obrigada James, after going over the videos again and again, it starts to make sense. It’s a whole new ballgame trying to figure out the masculine & femine nouns. The practice modules are extremely helpful also! I’m really enjoying this program, it’s made learning Portuguese fun! Tammy
  • I have learned far more with your course than I ever did with my language teacher! it is perfectly paced for me as Portuguese is my third romance language! Muito obrigada Semantica! I would love to know the names of the actors for Paul and Raquel, if you could please tell me - they are great! :) Samantha
  • I really enjoyed the course and got quite involved with the characters in the lessons. By the time I finished I really felt I was moving up to the next stage of language learning, far beyond any level I’ve reached in any language before. Bryan Woodward
  • I love your format and multiple ways you teach (the pronunciation videos, videos with subtitles, breakdowns, grammar videos, mini tests) all great and well structured. Keep up the good work. Tari T.
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