Most Recommended Portuguese Resources
Semantica is not only one of the best resources for studying Portuguese, but also one of the most fun resources I’ve found for any language. It teaches Portuguese in a way that’s closer to a tv series than a typical course. These excellent videos take you to the streets of Brazil. While they may be a bit challenging for absolute beginners, higher level students will enjoy these. Review.
If you’re looking for a tutor, whether that’s from Brazil or Portugal, you’ll be able to find one on italki. This platform makes it easy to book classes directly from the tutor. Because of this, there are hundreds to choose from with vastly different teaching styles. This large number of teachers makes scheduling classes very flexible and is more affordable than you may expect. Review.
PortuguesePod101 primarily offers audio lessons in the style of podcasts. With the basic plan starting at only $8 per month, it’s also one of the most affordable options around. Lessons cover a wide range of topics, mainly focusing on grammar and vocabulary. The lessons start out using a lot of English at lower levels while slowly cutting it out as you move up higher. Review.
In the past, Pimsleur’s courses were so expensive that I could never recommend them. But, since adding an affordable subscription plan, I’ve become a fan. Lessons focus on the oral language – listening and speaking while ignoring grammar. The lessons require you to pay attention and participate by speaking out loud, often. Few courses will get you speaking as quickly as Pimsleur. Review.
While Duolingo is the most well-known language learning course, it’s not my favorite. Lingodeer is much newer, lesser-known, but I’ve found it to be quite a bit better. Lingodeer has better-structured lessons that teach more useful language. They start from the absolute beginning but you can test out of sections to pass through them more quickly. It’s no longer completely free but a subscription is quite affordable. Review.
LingQ is an app which I think has a lot of room for improvement, nonetheless, it’s probably the best option for those who want more Portuguese reading practice. There’s lots of content, much of which is added by users, across various difficulty levels. Because the content comes from all sorts of places, the topics can vary signficantly with much of it being pretty interesting. Review.
Like Duolingo, Memrise is an extremely popular, and free, language learning resource. They have lots of different courses, some added by Memrise, and others created by users. The method of teaching is through spaced repetition flashcards, with the frequency of cards showing up depending on how well you’ve learned them. It’s best for learning vocabulary though there are other courses as well. Review.
BrazilPod, created by the University of Texas at Austin, is an excellent resource that’s completely free. They have several different projects with different contents and formats. Their Lingua De Gente project has hundreds of lessons at the Beginner, Elementary, and Intermediate levels. Conversa Brasileira is a series of video clips with Brazilians talking about different topics.
Speechling is both an incredibly useful app and website that allows you to get serious help on improving your speaking skills. The value it provides relative to the cost is almost unmatched and the amount of feedback you are able to get with the Unlimited Plan definitely makes it worth it. Even the free version proves to be rather robust allowing you to easily practice mimicking native speakers. Overall an amazing resource to help improve your pronunciation in Portuguese. Review.
Tandem is a language exchange app created to connect learners from around the world. You can teach someone the language you speak and they’ll help you learn the language you’d like to learn. It comes with lots of useful features (as well as a large, active user base) to make connecting with other users easy and facilitate language practice. There’s also a tutoring service offered in the app for those who are interested. Review
Babbel is a well-known online language-learning platform with over 1 million active users. It’s available on the web, for iOS, and for Android. Its goal is to get learners to a conversational level as quickly as possible through the use of a variety of exercises and spaced repetition for review. The courses are well put together and relatively inexpensive compared to other resources that exist. Overall a decent resource for those looking to learn Portuguese. Review.
Clozemaster makes it easier to learn languages in context. You’ll study Portuguese by reading sentences and completing lots of fill in the blank questions. You can do so either by typing or choosing the correct multiple choice option. This method will help you study vocabulary within the context of tons of sentences. They also make things a bit more fun by awarding points for your answers. It has an old-school video game feel to it. Review.