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Portuguese Lab

Rating 4.0

Freemium, with subscription starting at $35/month


The Portuguese Lab Academy has step-by-step online courses, beginner and intermediate podcasts, and YouTube videos to support you in learning European Portuguese. The Academy is a thorough, self-paced course that will teach you reading, listening, speaking and writing. There is a section dedicated to pronunciation, plus additional sections on vocabulary, listening comprehension, dialogues, verb conjugation, and A1-B2 content. The course uses a variety of mediums, such as articles, short stories, videos, and audio recordings to keep you engaged. Portuguese Lab is one of the few online courses that gives you in-depth previews of its contents. If you are already interested, the website will help you make an informed decision. Many of the free podcast episodes tell engaging stories and reenact interesting dialogues, but others are limited to lists of new vocabulary without much context or integration into something memorable. Nevertheless, it’s worth doing some digging to find the category of podcasts that works for you. The YouTube videos are essentially podcasts accompanied by a transcript, and some of them are samples from the Academy courses. If you want to learn practical European Portuguese that you can use in everyday communication, the Portuguese Lab has comprehensive tools to help you achieve your goal. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive, so you may want to check out Practice Portuguese as an equally high-quality alternative.

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