Am I fluent in Portuguese yet?

What is fluency? What does it take to be fluent in Portuguese? When exactly will that happen? Boa pergunta. When I first came here I was obsessed with asking every single foreigner I came across in Brazil: So, how long it did it take you get fluent in Portuguese? Looking back, so many of the…

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How to be Happy Living in Brazil

As crazy as this may sound, settling down here in paraíso tropical really can turn into an unsurmountable challenge. For some, the initial euphoria of the first few years here gradually gives way to bitterness and a feeling of deception. How’s that? Let me tell you the story of the man that married the prettiest girl on…

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Using subtitles to learn Portuguese

I hear from so many people that are either (a) unable to wean themselves from using subtitles, or (b) not taking advantage of the power of subtitles. There is actually a specific way to use subtitles to learn Portuguese and it’s not that obvious. Using movies, tv shows and YouTube to teach you the language…

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Boost your Portuguese vocabulary in 3 steps

Vocab, vocab, vocab. Whatever technique is working for you in your quest to master the language, there is no getting around the fact that when it comes to Portuguese vocabulary, the more the better. Kindly ignore any learning program that says to just start talking with the bare minimum of vocabulary. Whether you prefer a…

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Comprehensible Input

Stephen Krashen presented his Theory of Second Language Acquisition back in the 1980′s. His work has been very influential and stood the test of time. It’s also heavily influenced our approach, the Semantica Method. Dr. Krashen, in his very popular little book Foreign Language Education the Easy Way says: “We acquire language in only one…

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Coming to Brazil? 5 Reasons You Need to Speak Portuguese

Are you planning on spending some time in Brazil? How’s your Portuguese? Brazil has a lot to offer travelers and foreigners who relocate here, but in order to take advantage of these opportunities you need to speak Portuguese. While Brazilians do their best to speak some English, it’s really difficult to spend more than a…

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Learning Portuguese: strategies

Notícias When it comes to learning Portuguese, you need to do it all. You can’t just study vocab, or practice sing-a-longs. Here’s what we recommend: Use flashcards to memorize core vocabulary. Watch video dialogs that are interesting and tell a story. Analyze what happened and what was said in the dialog. Practice pronouncing the most…

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The Social Language

Just as Brazilians love to talk and be social, they are equally enthusiastic about facebook, twitter, skype and all the rest. *just a year or two ago everyone had an Orkut account — now replaced almost completely by facebook. Some of our readers have been asking us to talk about the current vocabulary of média social….

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