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    Posted: 03/April/2020 at 11:16
I've decided I'm going to use the lockdown as an opportunity to improve my existing (limited) knowledge of the Portuguese language. Does anyone have any online resources they would recommend?
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Sounds a great idea - its about time I learnt Portuguese (6 and half years living here)
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 I'm sure there are others. I used it to learn a bit of German.
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Originally posted by sunseeker2010 sunseeker2010 wrote:

I've decided I'm going to use the lockdown as an opportunity to improve my existing (limited) knowledge of the Portuguese language. Does anyone have any online resources they would recommend?


Great idea 👍

Jock's suggestion Duolingo only seems to offer Brazilian Portuguese (but I may use the app to see how much school days French I can remember!)

Any other suggestions for Portugal Portuguese apps?

Thanks xx
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The Michel Thomas CDs are very good for understanding the rules of the language. I would now like to expand on what I have learned, but there aren't as many resources online for learning Portuguese as there are for learning French, German and Spanish etc.
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There is a very `basic`course on my site www.albufeiraguide.yolasite.com/language.php

I recommend Babbel ...
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I , like Sunseeker, reckoned that I would use spare time to learn Portuguese. I have picked up words and phrases over the years but would like to have a better knowledge of the language.  I have gone with Duolingo.  
My understanding is that most of the language is understood in Portugal but there are a few words, for example, Pineapple in Portugal is ananas , whereas in Brazil is abacaxi - totally different word.
I would like to ask if the Brazilian portuguese, which is the only option on Duolingo is understood well in Portugal?

Also, Pyrman, is there a cost for the Babbel that you recommended, and is it Portuguese rather than Brazilian portuguese?
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"I would like to ask if the Brazilian portuguese, which is the only option on Duolingo is understood well in Portugal?"

It is, to the extent that the Brazilian made endless and tedious equivalents of British 'soap operas' are broadcast without sub titles. My neighbour is from Brazil, as are many of his friends here.

It is a problem for those wishing to learn that almost all dictionaries and learning media default to Brazilian, which is of course spoken by very many more people than 'classic' Portuguese. There are significant differences in pronunciation between the two 'versions' of the language.


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