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Here are some ways I’ve found convenient and easygoing for learning, or enhancing your understanding of that second or third language you are trying to speak.


I don’t get anything in return for suggesting these sources. I found these sources very good and well organized, and have helped me in learning Portuguese, however, there might be other sources that better fit your specific needs.


The references mentioned in this post are specific to Brazilian Portuguese.


Listening to podcasts that teach the language:

BrazilianPodClass – a free podcast for those who want to learn Brazilian Portuguese.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/learn-portuguese-brazilianpodclass/id261185732

web: http://www.brazilianpodclass.com/blog/about/

Ta Falado – podcasts designed to help those who are learning Portuguese, especially if you have a previous background in Spanish.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ta-falado-brazilian-portuguese/id206150220

web: http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/tafalado/index.php

Listening to music and simultaneously reading the corresponding song lyrics:

Águas de Março

web: http://www.songlyrics.com/regina-elis/guas-de-maro-lyrics/

I’m pointing you to that web page as an example but, your iPod or iPhone are extraordinary media players for this specific way of learning a language; you can load the song and its lyrics into your iPod and display lyrics on screen while listening to the song.

Listening to live Radio broadcasts in that language about a topic you like:

Download the free or paid version of this live world radio app to your iPod or iPhone. After installing the app, run it and browse by country or language to find a station you like, and then tap play to listen to live native speakers.

TuneIn Radio http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio/id418987775?mt=8

TuneIn Radio Pro http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio-pro/id319295332?mt=8

For example, CBN a radio que toca noticia is a good news radio broadcast in Rio de Janeiro.

Listening to Podcasts in that language about a topic or personality you like:

Cafe Brasil a podcast by Luciano Pires.

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cafe-brasil-podcast/id191182582

web: http://www.lucianopires.com.br/cafebrasil/podcast/

Watching videos in that language about a topic or personality you like:

Money

Roda Viva – Eike Batista
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpkr8baOVaU

Chess

Rádio Xadrez!
http://www.vidaemminiatura.com/

 

There might be better learning methods but I have found these ways of learning easy, convenient and entertaining.

 

Good luck.

 

Questo, que lotro, salud!

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This photo is another one of my master pieces and no, it is not in Rio de Janeiro, it is Fort Lauderdale. We can start training ourselves for the heat though, by visiting Florida before we fly to Rio de Janeiro Brasil in 2016.

Come Back

Come Back - Ft Lauderdale

Rio de Janeiro is the host city for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and it becomes an excellent opportunity to visit and do so many things there. Just taking photos will be a huge delight for any photographer. Of course it would be wise if we tried some learning of the Portuguese language before taking off, so that we can enjoy and meet with no barriers the warm people of Rio.

There are two excellent places for English or Spanish speakers that wish to learn the Portuguese language without paying for the lessons.

The first one is Tá Falado from the University of Texas at Austin. They introduce you to the different topics in a very easy way through short conversations, so that you understand meaning and pronunciation. They also touch on some cultural differences between the U.S. and Brasil so that we know what to do when we are in Rio (basically relax, dance, and party). To subscribe to Tá Falado podcast click here to open it in iTunes.

The second one teaches Portuguese Brasileiro for English speakers, BrazilianPodClass. This one is also clear and easy to follow with short stories, conversations, and vocabulary pronunciation try outs. Open it in iTunes if you want to subscribe to BrazilianPodClass podcast.

Hope you find these podcasts and the learning experience helpful. We have plenty of time to be well prepared for the 2016 Olympic games. See you there.

Questo que lotro…, salud!

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