Learn European Portuguese for Free

Want to learn European Portuguese for free? Even if you’re on a limited budget, there are plenty of ways to start learning the language. Here’s our guide to the best free European Portuguese resources! 🇵🇹

Free European Portuguese Audio & Video

The audio and video for all of our episodes are completely free! (Most transcripts are also available exclusively to Practice Portuguese members.)

This is an excellent way to hear the way Portuguese is spoken in Portugal. You can get quality listening practice, even when you’re far away, with our three episode types:

1. Shorties

Shorties are 1-3 minute dialogues and articles recorded by native European Portuguese speakers. There are episodes for all levels:

They cover a wide variety of topics for a wide variety of language-learners: whether you’re planning a trip to Portugal, living in Portugal, or just interested in Portuguese history and culture. Below are a few popular categories to explore:

2. Free European Portuguese Podcast

Our free podcast is available at PracticePortuguese.com or via Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Some Podcast episodes are longer versions of the Shorties. In others, Rui and Joel have unscripted conversations in a combination of European Portuguese and English, while giving tons of helpful tips and instruction. One series of episodes focuses on how to make your pronunciation sound more native, while others take deep-dives into grammar or vocabulary. Here are a few of our favourites:

3. Free European Portuguese Videos

The videos range from animated shorts, to instructional lectures about Portuguese language topics, to casual, lighthearted live footage of friends and family members. (Rui’s grandmother,  Avó Odete, was shocked to discover she had fans all over the world!)

There’s even a full-length travel documentary featuring Rui & Joel walking the Caminho de Santiago.

Many of the videos are more geared toward intermediate to advanced users. That said, beginners enjoy them too when they don’t mind being fully immersed and filling in the gaps! It’s a challenge, but the visual component gives you context for what you’re hearing. Here are a few of our favourite free videos:

Free European Portuguese Grammar and Special Topic Guides

A.K.A. “Learning Notes“! These audio/written guides explain complicated topics in a thorough, yet simplified, way. They are integrated throughout the Practice Portuguese Units (available to members), but they are unlocked individually so that both members and non-members can start learning European Portuguese for free. Here are some of our most popular Learning Notes:

 Motivation and Learning Strategies

As you’re learning, it’s inevitable that you’ll run into challenges and feel your motivation start to slip. In those moments, sometimes it helps to step back and think about how you’re learning.

The Practice Portuguese blog includes a number of free guides to help you plan and strategize the most efficient, effective, and relevant study plans for learning European Portuguese. For example:

Looking for More?

Try our search page to explore the entire library of content! If we don’t have what you’re looking for, let us know! We’re always open to suggestions to help learners of European Portuguese improve their skills. 😊

For 15€ (less than the cost of ONE in-person class) per month, you can also get unlimited access to:

  • 100+ units on topics ranging from expressions to adjectives to buying a home
  • 700+ lessons with activities to practice your speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • 300+ European Portuguese dialogues and articles with synchronized Portuguese/English transcripts (try a sample episode)
  • Spaced repetition flashcards for vocabulary/phrase review
  • Interactive verb conjugation module
  • Integrated, easy-to-follow grammar and special topic guides
  • Downloadable audio and pdfs to practice on the go
  • 1000+ video clips of real native speakers
  • Pronunciation analysis tool
  • Progress tracking and quizzes
  • Full members forum access
  • New content added multiple times per week

Of course, if you decide to become a member and realize it’s not a good fit, you can cancel any time! Sign up now or read more here:

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