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Rocket Languages uses a wide variety of methods to help students converse in beginning to intermediate Portuguese and has more than 140 hours of language and culture lessons. Because of its many positive customer reviews and affordable pricing backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee, Rocket Languages is our top pick for Portuguese lessons.

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Transparent Language offers Portuguese instruction through an online subscription or a 35-lesson audio course delivered via MP3 download (Windows or Mac). Overall, Transparent gives learners less formal direction within the structure of their lessons than we found with other programs, so Transparent Language is a great fit for students who feel comfortable charting their own course through their studies of Portuguese.

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When you think of language instruction outside of a traditional classroom, you probably think of Rosetta Stone. Their Portuguese language lessons are comprehensive and use audio, video, and written lessons to help learners of all types. Regular pricing can be expensive, but Rosetta Stone frequently offers discounts to make their programs more affordable.

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Innovative Language's PortuguesePod101 uses a variety of approaches - audio, video, and written - to teach Brazilian Portuguese and culture, including a selection of content across several fluency levels. The user interface can be confusing, and some customers may be put off by the extreme emphasis on the "limited offer" sales pitch. We recommend trying the 7-day free trial before committing to a paid membership.

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Living Language makes use of today's modern tools - tablets, MP3 players, and so on - to put Brazilian Portuguese language lessons at arm's reach. They also have print and audio instruction for students who prefer a more traditional approach. Unfortunately, Living Language does not offer their most comprehensive program, Platinum, to Portuguese language learners at this time, and there is no return policy on any of their packages.

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Pimsleur is a well-established provider of language instruction, best known for its 30-minute audio lessons. If you are an auditory learner - in other words, you learn best by hearing - Pimsleur is a terrific, albeit expensive, method for learning Portuguese. Or, if you prefer a more balanced, visual means of studying a new language, be sure to look at Pimsleur's DVD version that also provides Portuguese reading lessons, flashcards, and other features in addition to the audio instruction.

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Pronounced "link", LingQ teaches Portuguese by making use of Portuguese texts and native speaker "helpers", who work with students to give them more native-quality speaking and reading ability. We feel that LingQ's point-based, pay-per-use system for making those connections leaves students unsure of how much it will actually cost to learn Portuguese, and the somewhat random collection of lessons may be confusing for new users.

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Strokes International Portuguese targets beginning and intermediate language learners according to the EU-Standards A1 to B2. Strokes International has few positive reviews, several errors on the website, and zero return policy, placing them in last place among providers of Portuguese lessons.

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Portuguese Lessons

Why study Portuguese? With more than 200 million native speakers worldwide - primarily in Brazil and Portugal, as well as several African nations, and over one million native speakers in the United States - Portuguese is the sixth most common language and one of the least studied. Learning Portuguese can be an excellent way to boost your ability to get a job, to do business, or to speak the language as you travel to some of the most popular destinations on the planet.

A significant advantage of fluency in Portuguese is that it allows you to easily acquire many other Romance languages, such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, and even Romanian. Many people who speak Portuguese can understand those other languages without too much effort, so while it may seem that Portuguese isn't used in many places, you may find that your language knowledge serves you well in a number of countries that you might not have considered.

And, the beauty of the cultures where Portuguese is spoken is reason enough to learn the language. From reading the works of Nobel prizewinner Jose Saramago in their original tongue, to dancing samba like they do it during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, knowing Portuguese is a window into a richness of language, lifestyle, music and more that is unrivaled by any other language. What could be more fun - or romantic - than being able to sing along with "The Girl from Ipanema" in Portuguese?

When choosing a Portuguese language program, you should have your language goals in mind. If your primary focus is to master conversational language - perhaps you'll be visiting São Paolo for a month, or making a stop in Lisbon as you tour Europe - you may not need to place much emphasis on understanding written Portuguese, and an audio-focused approach might be a great fit.

On the other hand, if you expect to use the language in a more formal setting or to use it regularly for business, it may be more important to master reading and writing in Portuguese as well as fluency in speech. Make sure to choose a program that will give you that comprehensive exposure to the language. No matter what your goals are, the most well-rounded Portuguese lessons use a variety of strategies to help learners, from flashcards and images to audio lessons and pronunciation practice.

What should you look for as you compare Portuguese language programs? There are several factors to consider, including the following:

  • Instructional Methods. Are the lessons presented in a way that feels like a good fit for your personal learning style? Many companies offer a trial lesson or free sample so that you can give it a try before committing to the program.
  • Skill Level. Does the program have an option for your level - beginning, intermediate, or advanced? Will your purchase include access to all of the levels available in the program, or will you have to pay for further access later as you progress?
  • Value. How effective is the program? Have other customers been successful with learning Portuguese? has reviewed and ranked the best Portuguese lessons available today. We hope these reviews help you learn Portuguese quickly and easily!

Portuguese Lessons In The News

Learn about Portuguese immigrant Laurinda Andrade's life "between spaces" at UMass Dartmouth

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at UMass Dartmouth will host a presentation by Dr. Celia Martins Cordeiro, "Intersectional Feminism: Laurinda Andrade's Social and Cultural Mobilities ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:55:00 GMT

Daphne Bramham: Canada should learn from, but not copy, Portugal's drug policy

Since 2001, the Portuguese government has been taking measures to treat ... There are no longer open drug markets and, no longer, open drug use. Portugal has plenty of lessons for Canada. To start, Ca...

Published:  Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:58:00 GMT

Daphne Bramham: Harm reduction promotes path to recovery for Portuguese drug users

In a weeklong series from Portugal, Vancouver Sun columnist Daphne Bramham looks at the lessons to be learned from the country's radical approach to addiction treatment. LISBON, Portugal - F ...

Published:  Thu, 13 Sep 2018 08:49:00 GMT

Hoffenheim will learn lessons from Shakhtar draw, insists Nagelsmann

"We expected such a tough game. I had heard that many people didn't believe in Hoffenheim but this team have showed they are capable of playing aggressive and attacking football," the Portuguese said. ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:34:00 GMT

Rio Ferdinand: What Paul Pogba can learn from Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United years

Pogba has operated in virtually every possible midfield role during two full seasons under the Portuguese boss ... "So Paul Pogba can look at that as something to learn from there as well. What do I r...

Published:  Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:04:00 GMT

Tactically naive Leicester City must learns lessons from Bournemouth

Puel first worked with the Portuguese player when he was a winger and converted ... but his focus must be on the negatives. Those lessons must be learned.

Published:  Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:00:00 GMT

Cumberland teen takes Portuguese pride to international stage

As a second-generation Portuguese-American, Pattison noted she is proud to have ... "That was something I needed to learn in a short amount of time," she explained, noting that recent radio and televi...

Published:  Wed, 19 Sep 2018 21:53:00 GMT

Manchester United player Paul Pogba can learn from Cristiano Ronaldo

Rumours linking the Portuguese with a Bernabeu switch had been cranking up ever since he refused to commit his future to United after the Champions League final in 2008. "I don't promise nothing, I do...

Published:  Sat, 08 Sep 2018 04:03:00 GMT

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