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I'm learning Portuguese! Any tips?
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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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Dec 12, 2008

Ok, allow me to explain: I was born in Santos, Brazil and lived there until I was three. Brazilian Portuguese was the first language I spoke (despite the fact that I'm actually Norwegian), but it didn't take long until I forgot it Of course I remember tiny bits and pieces and I understand a lot, but in all honesty, I wouldn't be able to converse.

Now, I have started dating a Brazilian girl and I want to use this opportunity to learn the language again. She's going to Brazil for a few months and I want to surprise her when she comes back. Obviously, I know I can't learn everything in those months, but with my background and history, I have a feeling that I can learn a lot.

I'm looking for a good Brazilian newspaper, which isn't too complex, so I can read an article every morning. Any tips? I also appreciate any advice on learning the language. Webradio, software, other resources, etc...

Thank you all in advance (Obrigado!)

Marius


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Fernando Guimaraes  Identity Verified
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Try: Dec 12, 2008

www.estadao.com.br
www.folha.com.br
www.jn.pt

There are Assimil cd´s that i used to learn a little Dutch, I think they have also Portuguese.
It gives several text with audio with every day situations, I found it good.

Bons estudos.


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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Dec 12, 2008

Fernando Guimaraes wrote:

www.estadao.com.br
www.folha.com.br
www.jn.pt

There are Assimil cd´s that i used to learn a little Dutch, I think they have also Portuguese.
It gives several text with audio with every day situations, I found it good.

Bons estudos.


Thanks! I'll have a look at these


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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Careful about variant - Online TV Dec 12, 2008

Marius,

First of all, be very careful about the Portuguese variant you learn. As Portugal is closer, the risk exists. According to what a Scandinavian (a Norwegian, who lived in Sweden most of his life) boss I had, learning European Portuguese to go to Brazil is close to learning Swedish to go to Norway. Some info at http://www.proz.com/translation-articles/articles/1675/

I don't think reading will help your communication as much as watching TV. You may get some free online channels at http://www.tvgratis.tv . Of course, content will not be sooo interesting, maybe Amauri Jr.'s channel (interviews) will be the most endurable there. If you get Brazilian cable TV where you are, give it a shot. At least you'll tune your ear to the sound, so whatever is left from your infancy may come out. According to a physician'it's all there, all your brain has to do is to find where.

Boa sorte!


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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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Good advice Dec 12, 2008

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

Marius,

First of all, be very careful about the Portuguese variant you learn. As Portugal is closer, the risk exists. According to what a Scandinavian (a Norwegian, who lived in Sweden most of his life) boss I had, learning European Portuguese to go to Brazil is close to learning Swedish to go to Norway. Some info at http://www.proz.com/translation-articles/articles/1675/

I don't think reading will help your communication as much as watching TV. You may get some free online channels at http://www.tvgratis.tv . Of course, content will not be sooo interesting, maybe Amauri Jr.'s channel (interviews) will be the most endurable there. If you get Brazilian cable TV where you are, give it a shot. At least you'll tune your ear to the sound, so whatever is left from your infancy may come out. According to a physician'it's all there, all your brain has to do is to find where.

Boa sorte!


Thanks for the advice! I have also been told that a language is truly never forgotten and that's why I'm so eager to learn it. I think I can also get a hold of some Brazilian Portuguese movies. I'll definitely give that a try!


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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Is this a method? Dec 12, 2008

MariusJacobsen wrote:
I think I can also get a hold of some Brazilian Portuguese movies. I'll definitely give that a try!


My wife is an ESL teacher, while I am a translator. Our (unwritten!) agreement is that she doesn't translate, and I don't teach English. So I'm guessing here.

If you find Brazilian movies (or soap operas?) subtitled, thanks to DVD resources, one idea might be to warch each of them once with the subs on, initially as language "crutches" for you, and maybe a couple of days later watch it again with the subs off, to see if you can still understand what is said. As you already know what it's all about, the words/phrases with their meanings should seep in.

YouTube has some stuff too.


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Paul Dixon  Identity Verified
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TV suggestions Dec 12, 2008

TV Globo and TV Record, two of Brazil's main TV stations, have international channels which shall be a help for you to learn Portuguese, if you can get them where you are.

The sites are:

tvglobointernacional.globo.com

www.recordinternacional.com

Globo is a good all-round station, the news programmes and soap operas are particularly good. You may even be able to get the last chapters of "A Favorita", the latest craze here. On the news side, try "Jornal Nacional", the country's most influential news programme, and "Fantástico", a variety show. Remember that Brazil is GMT - 3, so "Bom Dia Brasil" (Good Morning Brazil) could be aired in the afternoon or even at night, depending on your time zone.

Can't say much about Record, as I don't watch them that much, but they also have good news programmes.

Desejo bastante sucesso no seu aprendizado da língua portuguesa.

PAUL


[Edited at 2008-12-12 12:00 GMT]


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
Brazil
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I was in a similar situation Dec 12, 2008

I learned Portuguese when I spent two years in Porto Alegre and Curitiba back in the late 60s, but forgot it (or so it seemed) when I returned to the USA. Nearly two decades later, as a music journalist, I got the chance to interview the singer Djavan (by telephone), who didn't speak any English. I was so eager to do this assignment that I just grabbed anything I could to get my Portuguese up to snuff. I found the most helpful thing for me was to read anything in Brazilian Portuguese out loud, so I did a lot of that, and the interview actually went very well, thanks to Djavan's kind patience!

So, I would do that, and also the suggestions about Brazilian movies and TV are very good.


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MariusJacobsen  Identity Verified
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Brazilian Portuguese DVDs? Dec 12, 2008


and also the suggestions about Brazilian movies and TV are very good.


Thanks! Does anyone know where (or if) I can get my hands on some Brazilian Portuguese DVDs with English subtitles? Is there a site similar to Amazon or Play.com where I might be able to order them?

I'm talking about current DVDs like Batman, Superbad, I am legend, etc...


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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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DVDs Dec 12, 2008

MariusJacobsen wrote:
Does anyone know where (or if) I can get my hands on some Brazilian Portuguese DVDs with English subtitles? Is there a site similar to Amazon or Play.com where I might be able to order them?

I'm talking about current DVDs like Batman, Superbad, I am legend, etc...


Marius...try www.submarino.com.br
They ship DVDs overseas and you can pay with a credit card. I have bought lots of stuff from them and they have been reliable. They have Batman.


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José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
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DVDs with region codes Dec 12, 2008

Amy Duncan wrote:
Marius...try www.submarino.com.br
They ship DVDs overseas and you can pay with a credit card. I have bought lots of stuff from them and they have been reliable. They have Batman.


However first make sure that your equipment can play Region 4 DVDs, or that you can unlock it to do so.


See http://www.videohelp.com/glossary?R#Region%20Coding


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