Brazilian Portuguese

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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!


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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