Miguel talks about his experiences at work with João and shares his professional ambitions.
A customer’s quest for the perfect dress ends dramatically after the sales assistant gives her some bad news.
A taxi driver tries to help a confused passenger return to a place he remembers visiting previously.
Hugo wants to surprise his wife with the perfect gift. With the help of a knowledgeable jeweller, he takes his time to make a decision.
Hugo’s son Tiago wonders how the world was before his time, causing his father to take a trip down memory lane.
An unconventional political candidate uses his campaign ad to manage voter expectations.
A Philosophy assignment forces Maria, João and Pedro to reflect on some of society’s big issues.
João helps Miguel determine his odds of ever getting rich without having to work for it.
Tiago makes his father’s life difficult as he gets ready for school in the morning. Hugo finally finds a way of motivating him to cooperate.
A young man gets an unexpected reality check, after trying to pretend to be someone he’s not.
Dona Ana is flustered after an eventful bus ride, and shares the events with Sr. Alberto.
A fun night out almost ends before it even begins, when Marco and Diogo have a hard time finding their way to the club.
A Portuguese couple sets out to explore the beauty of their own country, with the help of a travel agency.
After an unexpected workplace tragedy, employees gather to mourn the loss of a very important team member.
Two friends get together for a conversation and run into some “false friends” (false cognates), leading to nice teaching moment!
This holiday season, a Practice Portuguese TV reporter takes to the streets to hear directly from Portuguese natives about their family Christmas traditions… until a particularly talkative woman steals the show!
In a special TV report about Christmas, Fernando, Sara and Bruno take the spotlight, after Fernando is invited to talk about his family’s holiday traditions.
With the holiday season approaching, Rui and Joel announce a special early gift for members of Practice Portuguese! Listen and find out exactly what is on “the Way”… Updated December 1, 2018: It’s launched!
Welcome to our documentary of Rui and Joel’s (and friends) journey walking the Caminho de Santiago!
Salvador and Mariana (– no, Adriana! –) visit a hair salon to freshen up their looks, but quickly find themselves in a hairy situation! In this episode, you’ll learn lots of new vocabulary and expressions that should come in handy the next time you find yourself going under the scissors…
Today we revisit Diálogo 29 to discuss some of the vocabulary and expressions surrounding the Portuguese housing market. There’s also an extra listening challenge waiting for you in the second half, so stick around!
In this episode, we explore the Portuguese apartment rental market with James, a young adult of Portuguese descent looking for a new place. To find some leads, he recruits the help of his friend, Luís. However, Luís happens to be going through a bit of drama with his ex-girlfriend, so let’s see if he’s able […]
Talk about a callback… This video is a brand new animated version of our very first podcast episode, from way back in 2013!
By comparing the audio of this episode to our newer ones, you’ll hopefully notice not only a massive evolution in not only our production quality and comfort on the mic, but also in Joel’s Portuguese. He had been learning Portuguese for about a year when this was recorded.
It’s very humbling (especially for Joel) to go this far back into the archives, but Wayne’s fantastic animating talent has made it a lot of fun. Enjoy!
Compared to some other languages, Portuguese pronunciation is relatively consistent, once you learn and follow the basic rules. A huge exception to this idea lies the letter X, which is one of the most challenging sounds – even for more intermediate learners.
That’s because this letter makes a several different sounds, and it varies unpredictably… for the most part. To get started, let’s see what Sherlock has to say on the topic:
As you saw in the video, there are 5 different ways to pronounce X in European Portuguese. But when you see a new word that contains this letter, how will you know which of the 5 pronunciations to use?
The only way to be fully sure is to memorize the individual words. But to hopefully give you a head start, let’s explore some of X’s common pronunciation patterns: