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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.

Arrival

May 12, 2022

✈️ Part 7: It’s time to prepare for landing! We say “adeus” to Teresa and Fernando (for now), and Rui and Joel discuss collecting your bags, finding customs and more, as you get ready to explore your new destination! • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & Rui Coimbra. • Special thanks to Célia, Miguel F., and […]

Mealtime

May 5, 2022

✈️ Part 6: Are you as excited as Teresa and Fernando are for mealtime? Back at headquarters, Rui and Joel will teach you about different aspects of an inflight meal, and how to ask for a coffee at the end. • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & Rui Coimbra. • Special thanks to Célia, Miguel F., […]

Cerveja Canadiana

Canadian Beer

May 3, 2022

Before leaving Canada, Joel and Rui spend the afternoon indulging in the strangest local craft beer flavours they could find. Should Portugal take notes and adopt some of these new flavours… or is it better to stick to the basics?

Takeoff

April 28, 2022

✈️ Part 5: Buckle your seatbelt and get ready to learn vocabulary about flight safety and takeoff! • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & Rui Coimbra. • Special thanks to Célia, Miguel F., and the whole team at TAP for their cooperation and collaboration! • In-plane footage filmed by Miguel Neves, with select stock footage provided […]

Boarding the Plane

April 21, 2022

✈️ Part 4: Find your seat, stow your bag, and learn the different parts of the plane cabin. • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & Rui Coimbra. • Special thanks to Célia, Miguel F., and the whole team at TAP for their cooperation and collaboration! • In-plane footage filmed by Miguel Neves, with select stock footage […]

The Boarding Gate

April 14, 2022

✈️ Part 3: Ready to go? Find your boarding gate and don’t forget your passport and boarding pass! • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & Rui Coimbra. • Special thanks to Célia, Miguel F., and the whole team at TAP for their cooperation and collaboration! • Includes stock footage provided by TAP. • Disclaimer: Characters are […]

At the Airport

April 7, 2022

✈️ Part 2: Whether you’re feeling lost like Teresa and Fernando, or you’re a savvy traveller, you’ll learn lots of new vocabulary to help you out the next time you check in for a flight to or from Portugal. • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & Rui Coimbra. • Special thanks to Célia, Miguel F., and […]

Planning Your Flight

March 31, 2022

✈️  Part 1 of our “Portuguese Air Travel” series Each new adventure has to start with a plan! Teresa and Fernando spontaneously decide to plan a trip. Back at headquarters, Rui and Joel introduce European Portuguese vocabulary to help you while booking your next flight to or from Portugal. • Features Mónica Vale de Gato & […]

The Verb “Dar” And Its Many Meanings

March 28, 2022

(Originally posted as video) Did you know the verb “dar” has at least 60 different meanings in Portuguese? 😱 The simplest translation is “to give”, but it also has many idiomatic meanings, which depend on the context. Today, Joel and Rui take a deep dive into “dar”, with some help from one of our Shorty […]

The Verb “Dar” And Its Many Meanings

March 28, 2022

Did you know the verb “dar” has at least 60 different meanings in Portuguese? 😱 The simplest translation is “to give”, but it also has many idiomatic meanings, which depend on the context. Today, Joel and Rui take a deep dive into “dar”, with some help from one of our Shorty episodes: Dar Uma Mãozinha. […]

How To Agree And Disagree In Portuguese

March 10, 2022

Today you’ll learn how to agree or disagree with someone in Portuguese. Or if you’re the type to avoid stirring up controversy, you can also just say, ‘I don’t know’! 😉 Stay tuned until the end for a short practice session, plus a quick tip from Rui about how to use movies to learn Portuguese. […]

How To Make Comments in Portuguese

March 3, 2022

Today you’ll learn 5 simple phrases you can use in a conversation to show you’re listening and to keep the conversation going. Even if you don’t have a lot to say just yet, this will make sure you sound interested and engaged. Que bom! Stay tuned until the end for a short practice session, plus […]

4 Ways To Say “OK” In Portuguese

February 24, 2022

There are many ways to say “OK” in Portuguese, or to respond positively in agreement. Sometimes you need just a simple Okay, Sure, All right… And other times you want to be more enthusiastic with a Good! or a Great! In this video we’ll teach you 4 options for how to say OK in Portuguese […]

3 Portuguese Verbs that Mean “To Understand” – Entender, Compreender, Perceber

February 17, 2022

In today’s video we’re going to introduce 3 Portuguese verbs that mean “to understand” in Portuguese: ENTENDER, COMPREENDER, and PERCEBER. You can use these verbs to check whether someone has understood you. We’ll teach you the informal and formal ways to ask this question with each verb, plus how to respond naturally “the Portuguese way”. […]

I Speak “A Little” Portuguese

January 27, 2022

This episode is the first in our series about basic Portuguese phrases for beginners. Speaking Portuguese can be overwhelming when you’re just getting started and haven’t learned much yet. But we don’t want that to stop you from practicing! Set expectations for your first conversations by letting the listener know how much Portuguese you speak. […]

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 […]