March 24, 2013
Hello there, I am about about to challenge myself and learn a language for the first time. The language I have chosen is Brazilian Portuguese, as I adore the culture of Brazil after visiting the country last year. The only problem is where to start. I would prefer to use a book as im a keen reader and find that I work better with one. Could any of you list some good language book series or certain books that are good? I would prefer one with some dialogues so I can have a example of whats going on.
Thankyou for your time
May 11, 2013
i started about 3 years ago, more or less, just because i had a lot of brazilian friends online and i was curious. i met them on a website that my friend showed me(sharedtalk). the site is for everybody around the world to come together and learn languages. there are a lot of brazilians on there trying to learn english(and of course other languages as well). thats a good place to find people to talk to.
another site is busuu. you can even get the brazilian portuguese busuu ap on your phone. it goes through matching words to pictures(vocabulary), comprehension(dialogue), writing, and speaking. at the end you get a test and graduate to the next lesson. people rate your work when you finish and correct any errors, as well. i loved this site to get a start on things. there are small grammer lessons in there too. once you get to a certain point they ask for money for the grammar lessons(among other things), but the basic lessons are still there.
the most important thing here is to find someone(or more than one person) to speak with who preferably speaks english to help you. there are a lot of brazilians out there interested in helping others learn portuguese. books are great and everything, but there is a vast amount of information on the internet. i found that the books i picked up for portuguese weren't too great.
Boa sorte! Good luck!
Native: English Learning: Brazilian Portuguese Knows some: German
February 29, 2012
I just started dabbling in Portuguese today. I'm having a lot of fun with it so far by using the Duolingo course. I was introduced to that site today on Benny's blog post on free learning materials.
I bought a Living Language Brazilian Portuguese course some time ago but haven't really used it. It doesn't seem to be well-received on amazon, so beware.
I also have a phrasebook, Berlitz self-teacher and an old version of TYS. If you get any materials, make sure it has an audio component or a really good phonetic description because Portuguese has a tricky pronunciation.
May 14, 2013
I started learning Brazilian Portuguese a few months ago, and the book that I've used the most is Teach Yourself Brazilian Portuguese. This series has books in many languages.
Experienced Language Hacker
July 9, 2011
I think the Living Language program for Portuguese (or any language for that matter) are great helps. They include a text book, a dictionary and a listening CD program. Check it out.
August 21, 2012
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