Brazilian Portuguese

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Introduction[edit]

The Portuguese language is the 6th most spoken in the world, with over 200,000,000 native speakers in Brazil alone. (Another estimated 11 million in Portugal.) It's a Category I language, meaning that it is relatively easy for a native English speaker to learn. How easy is it? And how hard does it get?

Things you'll find easy about learning Brazilian Portuguese:

  • Sentence structure is close to English
  • Very similar to Spanish vocabulary-wise
  • Phonetic (every word follows a pronunciation pattern)

The hard part?

  • Producing nasal sounds
  • Open and closed vowels (sounds intimidating but I'm sure you can master it in less than 30 minutes)
  • Complex conjugation system
  • The many verb tenses
But that's just a heads-up warning. Let's not worry about what's hard just yet. These lessons , we're going to start out easy and slowly work our way up in difficulty.
How does this course work? I will provide lessons organized in chapters. And coming soon, I will provide activities and vocabulary sheets available in PDF format for you to print and work on. (Because I don't know about you but I like holding my vocabulary sheets in my hand and being able to highlight the words I know that I know.)
What do you need? Your brain mostly. Maybe a little bit of motivation on the side. But motivation isn't necessarily needed to learn something. But it helps a lot.

And finally, this course isn't designed to be a chore! It's designed to be fun! Don't feel you have to drag yourself through bits you don't like or find boring. No one's looking if you skip a lesson. But at the same time, don't give up when it gets tough!

Contents[edit]

This section is currently under construction, so information on the contents page may differ from content in each lesson

1. Lesson One
  • Pronunciation
  • How to produce nasal sounds
2. Lesson Two
  • Theme: The Basics
  • Grammar: Articles and pronouns
  • Vocabulary: Greeting words
3. Lesson Three
  • Theme: Numbers, date and time
  • Vocabulary: Numbers, months, days of the week, seasons
4. Lesson Four
  • Theme: Family and friends
  • Grammar: Possessive adjectives
  • Vocabulary: Family and friends
5. Lesson Five
  • Theme: Food and drink
  • Vocabulary: Food and drink
6. Lesson Six
  • Theme: Questions
  • Vocabulary: Question words
7. Lesson Seven
  • Theme: An introduction to adjectives
  • Grammar: Gender of adjectives
  • Vocabulary: Adjectives
8. Lesson Eight
  • Theme: An introduction to regular verbs
  • Grammar: Conjugating regular verbs in the present tense
  • Vocabulary: Verbs
9. Lesson Nine
  • Theme: An introduction to irregular verbs
  • Grammar: Conjugating irregular verbs in the present tense
  • Vocabulary: Irregular verbs

WATCH THIS SPACE- Intermediate level lessons coming soon

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