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Portuguese Language Resources

Portuguese Language Resources

Best Portuguese Language Learning Resources

Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning the Portuguese language.

I frequently refer to them in many of the articles I write on this site because I know they’re fantastic and they’ve been crucial to my own learning.

Full transparency: From time to time I use affiliate links for paid products on this site which means I get a small commission for referrals. It doesn’t affect the price of anything but doing so has helped me continue to maintain and improve this site over the last 5 years as a helpful resource for language learners.

 

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Learn Portuguese With Podcasts

PortuguesePod101PortuguesePod101This is an excellent Portuguese course in the form of audio podcasts and downloadable lessons.

As well as podcast-style lessons, you’ll find videos, a vocabulary database and dictionary, grammar explanations and various other useful features.

Available in Brazilian Portuguese.

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Best Online Portuguese Audio Course

Rocket Languages

Rocket PortugueseThis is one of my favorite online courses which has some of the highest quality Portuguese dialogue material available.

Rocket Portuguese doesn’t follow a ‘cookie cutter’ approach like other well-known programs such as Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it has a tonne of excellent audio content for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.

Here’s a video I made recently showing the new edition’s features:

Available in Brazilian Portuguese.

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Best Mobile Apps To Learn Portuguese

MOSAlingua PortugueseMOSAlingua Portuguese: This app for Android and iPhone is a fantastic mobile tool to study Portuguese that includes over 3000 flashcards, excellent dialogues, progress tracking and more.

The best part is it’s only a couple of bucks (currently at €4.99).

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Learn To Speak Portuguese With Music

Rapid PortugueseRapid PortugueseThis is the most unique and effective Portuguese phrasebook alternative I’ve ever seen and one I frequently recommend on this site.

Based on solid research into memory and ‘stuck song syndrome’, Rapid Portuguese teaches you the language over the top of highly repetitive tunes that cause the phrases to ‘get stuck’ in your head. It’s surprisingly effective and is so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel like study at all.

Also available in Brazilian Portuguese.

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Portuguese Fluency Courses And Guides

Glossika PortugueseGlossika PortugueseThis is another very unique product that improves your fluency through a highly repetitive ‘listen and repeat’ approach.

It is, in my opinion, one of the the most useful tools I’ve seen for training Portuguese listening comprehension. Definitely not a conventional course but you’ll be amazed at how effective it is at improving your Portuguese fluency if you use it daily.

Available in Brazilian Portuguese.

 

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Inexpensive Portuguese Lessons Via Skype

italki

italki: Not too long ago it was really difficult or impossible to practice Portuguese without actually traveling to Portugal or Brazil.

Thankfully, tools like italki have made it possible to connect with native speakers from all over the world to practice or to take personalized lessons over Skype.

The great news is, Portuguese lessons over Skype through italki are incredibly cheap compared to most teachers in person. All the frustration of payments and scheduling is handled brilliantly by italki too which makes it very easy and stress free to arrange sessions.

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Other Free Tools To Help Your Portuguese

MemriseThis is an outstanding online vocabulary training tool that lets you select French ‘courses’ to study (or create one yourself). Many of the courses also include audio.

AnkiSRS: A highly versatile flashcard app.

Forvo: If there’s ever a French word or expression that you’ve seen written but don’t know how to pronounce, you can search for it here (or request it) and hear a native speaker pronounce it for you.

Duolingo Portuguese: Duolingo is a fun, free and effective way to study Portuguese grammar.

 

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