Boost your Portuguese vocabulary in 3 steps

No amount of “hacking” and optimizing the process of learning Portuguese will get you to fluency without first constructing a foundation. And that foundation has to be made of the most-used words and phrases. This base of vocabulary is the most important ingredient in the recipe for language acquisition. Once this solid base has been acquired, all pathways to learning the language are open.

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The Locales – James interview

Great alt-travel blog, The Locales brilliantly leverages local guides and country experts to bring a fresh perspective to many travel destinations. Founder, Weston Moody has posted audio travle-guides and travel advice about subjects such as budget travel, kayaking in Angola, and visting remote areas of the Nepalese Himalayas. The Locales goal is to empower people…

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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 to get fluent in Portuguese? Looking back, so many of…

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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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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

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 difficult…

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Updates to the Learning Module

Everyone loves the Learning Module. Except of course, for those who don’t. Many people have been having a hard time with the answers so, we’ve been adding “hints” to the ones that are not very clear. Also, the requirement to pass is now 20 questions (down from 30!). All this week you should start to…

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INTENSIVO … está chegando.

The Intensivo is our new release and is *finally debugged and with literally tons of content. It’s going to be a teaching MONSTER. There are 100 lessons and full video for each. Feedback has been overwhelming so far and I want to thank the Beta testers and other guinea pigs that have been paying to…

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