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Co-founder Joel Rendall was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. As part of a jazz trio, he spent many years performing on cruise ships, until 2012 when he settled down in Lisbon and began his own journey as a European Portuguese language learner. Combining this first-hand experience with his background in web design, he quickly found a passion for making the language accessible to learners worldwide.

2021 Holiday Party!

December 25, 2021

Despite Clara breaking half of our decorations, Rui and Joel manage to celebrate the holidays with the help of our members, who share with us their favourite holiday decorations. As you’d expect from us, there are lots of surprises throughout, (and you’ll learn lots of Portuguese without even realizing it!) Obrigado to everyone who generously […]

Prémios e Roubos (Video Podcast)

Awards And Thefts

December 15, 2021

Are Rui and Joel still alive?! After many busy months, we’re back to talk about everything that we’ve been up to, and what’s next for Practice Portuguese in 2022. Help us with our holiday episode! Send us your video recording, showing us your favourite or most interesting holiday decorations: https://www.practiceportuguese.com/recording/?t=natal2021 (Deadline is Sunday at noon, […]

Passo a Passo 2 – A Rota Vicentina

Step By Step 2: The Rota Vicentina

September 15, 2021

Years after walking the Caminho de Santiago in our first “Passo a Passo” film, your favourite Portuguese / Canadian pilgrims are back at it again, this time to walk the beautiful Rota Vicentina! To spare you from the foot blisters, Rui and Joel do the hard work for you, trekking through challenging sand dunes all […]

Rui and Joel Crash the “Pandilha” Live Show

September 9, 2021

We recently had the pleasure of participating in the online liveshow, “Pandilha”, where we discussed how Practice Portuguese got started. You can watch the full interview (with English subtitles available). We’d love to have you learn European Portuguese with us, so remember to visit our website to learn more! Thanks to the wonderful hosts Mónica […]

Que Dia É Hoje?

What Day Is Today?

May 5, 2021

Happy World Day of the Portuguese Language! 📚 In 2009, the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries defined May 5 as the World Day of the Portuguese Language, and on 2019 the date was recognized by Unesco. The first celebration took place in 2020. Portuguese is the official language in 9 countries and in Macau 🇲🇴: […]

Despedidas e Parcerias

Farewells And Partnerships

March 30, 2021

2021 has already been off to a busy start! Rui & Joel update you on everything that’s going on, (all in Portuguese): • Rui & Joel get COVID swabs jammed up their noses… for TV • Rui quits something and joins something else within the same week (Huh?) • Our mobile app is on the […]

Despedidas e Parcerias

Farewells And Partnerships

March 29, 2021

(Video version available on our website and YT/FB/IGTV) 2021 has already been off to a busy start! Rui & Joel update you on everything that’s going on, (all in Portuguese): • Rui & Joel get COVID swabs jammed up their noses… for TV • Rui quits something and joins something else within the same week […]

The 2020 Holiday Party

December 24, 2020

We wrap up 2020 with the spotlight on our members from all over the world, as they describe their favourite traditional holiday foods and drinks. You’ll also get to meet more of the Practice Portuguese team (with an appearance from Avó Odete), while our set (and post-rum-cider Joel) start falling apart. A huge “obrigado” to all […]

Consonant Sounds and the European Portuguese Alphabet

December 3, 2020

Mastering the consonant sounds are essential to understanding and speaking European Portuguese. While many sounds are similar in English, there are a handful that are extra challenging to learn and pronounce, including “s”, “r”, “lh”, “x” and “z”. Check out the complete reference guide with audio examples here! Chapters: 00:00 Intro          […]

Já Somos YouTubers!

We're YouTubers Now!

November 5, 2020

(NEW: Video and audio-only versions available) Have you been to the dentist lately? In this first-ever video podcast, we feature one of our latest Shorties and discuss useful vocabulary all about… teeth! While recording, we’re interrupted by some personal text messages that we reveal and deconstruct for your learning pleasure!

Os Tons do Português

Shades of Portuguese

October 6, 2020

We all have moments where we need some colourful language to express ourselves. (No, we’re not talking about swear words, that’s for another episode). Today we go through the whole colour spectrum while featuring the Shorty, “Um Lindo Bebé“. Do you know how to say your favourite colour in Portuguese?