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European Portuguese!

A Nossa Missão:

(Our Mission)

Provide European Portuguese learners with easy access to study materials that are high-quality, contextual ...and definitely not chato!

Free Podcast

Premium Podcast

The Learning Studio

Who We Are

Free Podcast

Many language learners spend months building up their confidence by studying with textbooks or expensive software. But once they arrive to the country, their confidence is shattered when they can’t understand a word of what’s spoken.

Listening to our Free Audio Podcast is a great way to expose yourself to the language as it's spoken in Portugal.

You’ll learn the local expressions, slang (”calão”), and even discover local culture. (Pastéis de Belém, anyone?)

Use our episodes to supplement a course you’re working through, or as an entertaining way to retain vocabulary. Some listeners even use it to transition from Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish or Italian.

We try to mix up the level of difficulty – If you're a beginner, try an Artigo episode. Or to go beyond the basics, go for a Diálogo. No matter what, keep an open mind; you’ll be amazed by how much you will learn through this kind of immersion!


Premium Podcast

Our Premium Podcast features let you dive in deeper and get more out of each episode:
  • Follow along with the synchronized transcription or download as PDF
  • Master European Portuguese pronunciation by focussing on key phrases with our "Speak" feature.
  • Learn Vocabulary and Expressions.
  • Take the Quiz to make sure you retain everything you've learned!


The Learning Studio


"How can I get started with European Portuguese?"

That's the most common question we've been hearing since we launched in 2012. And now, after years of development, we finally have an answer!

In short, the Learning Studio is an online portal of interactive quizzes to help you master the basics of European Portuguese's vocabulary and grammar.

Step by step, you'll be able to learn the language as it's spoken in Lisbon, Porto and other areas of Portugal (...instead of just settling for Brazilian study materials!)


Who We Are


Practice Portuguese would not be possible without the contribution and support of:

Ana: Obrigado por estares sempre disponível para nos ajudar com os quizzes etc., e apoiar os nossos objectivos!

Special Guests: Rui Sr., Luís ("Pizza na Hora"), Márcio, Miguel C., – Obrigado por não nos terem processado depois de os termos incluído no nosso podcast!

Premium Members / Supporters: Without you, this project would not exist. Whether you have been with us since the very beginning or you’re about to sign up today, it’s you who keep our mission alive. Obrigadíssimo e um grande abraço!

– Joel e Rui

Avó Odete

Rui's Grandma!

Rui’s avó will take your Portuguese comprehension skills to their limit! Featured in many of our episodes, Avó Odette has become a fan favourite and an example of how Portuguese is spoken in its rawest form, full of idiomatic expressions and vocabulary you won’t find in textbooks!

Rui Coimbra

Co-Founder / Podcast Host & Producer / Content Director

Born in Lisbon, Rui studied medicine and biotechnology before finding his dream job working for a Portuguese airline, traveling throughout Europe, Brazil, North America and beyond. During his travels, Rui realized how hard it was for his “estrangeiro” (foreigner) friends to learn Portuguese as spoken in Portugal, since study materials and Portuguese media are not universally available. Also having lived and worked with Brazilians throughout his career, he has always had a fascination for exploring the differences between the Brazilian and European dialects. Rui’s passion for his own language and desire to help others achieve fluency is his inspiration as the podcast host and cofounder of Practice Portuguese.

Joel Rendall

Co-Founder / Creative & Technical Director / Micro-manager!

Proudly born and raised in Ontario, Canada, I've been living in Lisbon, Portugal since September 2012.

After studying jazz performance (drums) in Toronto, I performed for a few years in a jazz trio on cruise ships, travelling throughout North, Central and South America, as well as Europe.

I had spent many hours studying Portuguese independently at the A1/A2 levels. Upon arriving to Lisbon, I took a 4-month B1 course. Like others in our community, I found it frustrating that most study materials were mostly for Brazilian Portuguese. European Portuguese is a beautiful language that deserves to be made easily accessible by learners worldwide... and so Practice Portuguese was born!

As well as a musician, I spent a decade as a freelance web designer, building sites for businesses, individuals, and other organizations. But since 2016, with the support of our members, I've finally been able to dedicate myself full-time to Practice Portuguese and haven't looked back!

Elza a Cadela


Elza usually works behind the scenes, although she occasionally makes herself heard in the background of some episodes! She also makes sure no one stays working for more than 4 hours or so in a row, without taking a break for fresh air.