8 Foolproof Hacks to Learn Portuguese

If you’re just starting learning Portuguese, it can be somewhat difficult to know where to start from. There are many resources available, learning apps, online course, blogs, etc. That’s great, but at the same time it could be overwhelming.

With that in mind, we’ve decided to put together 8 ways that can really help you learning Portuguese faster and effectively:

1- Find subjects that interest you and make you excited

This may sound obvious, but many people don’t succeed in learning a second language because they approach it in the wrong way! By focusing on things you like, the learning process will become more enjoyable. Therefore you’ll memorize faster and learn in an easier and more fun way!

2- Start learning before you go to Brazil

Find the methods that works better for you and stick to it: private tutor, online classes with a native teacher, group classes, self-learning, etc.

3- Learn colloquial Portuguese

Colloquial Portuguese and academic Portuguese are quite different. Star by learning spoken Portuguese, which is much easier and more widely used in conversations.

4- Don’t be overwhelmed by the grammar 

Start focusing initially on these five important verbs: ser, estar, ter, querer e ir. You will use them all the time.

5- Learn some cognates

Cognates are words in English and Portuguese that share similar spelling, meaning, and pronunciation. There are many words in both Portuguese and English that have roots in the romance languages, and by learning these words, you can increase your Portuguese vocabulary faster! Create a list with the most common cognates and start studying them! Just beware of the false cognates.

6- Learn popular expressions, idioms and proverbs

They are fun, widely used in Brazil and will make you sound more like a native speaker. These posts will help you a lot on learning some of these popular expressions:

7- Study a little bit every day

Even if you only have 15 minutes a day, create the habit of studying and reviewing what you’ve already learned every day.

8- Immerse yourself 

This can’t be stressed enough. Watch videos, movies, surround yourself with native speakers, go to Brazilian events, listen To Brazilian music, take Portuguese classes and go to Brazil!

BRIC offers online tailored one-on-one Brazilian Portuguese classes with experienced native instructors. Classes are fun, customizable to your level and highly interactive. Sign up for a free trial class to see what BRIC is all about.