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Here you'll find the 3-part video series we launched to build buzz, back when we transformed the site into a fully interactive learning platform. We produced these 3 videos to be evergreen and in-depth, so you could refer back to them multiple times throughout your learning journey, taking something different away from them upon each viewing. Luckily, the positive feedback reflects the many hours of hard work we put into these, so we hope you'll get lots out of them too!
00:28:50

5000 Portuguese Words You Already Know

September 17, 2016

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you can look a Portuguese word you’ve never seen before, but still understand what it means?

Or if you have already had a Portuguese conversation, you may have even successfully guessed a word you had never previously studied, just by changing the ending of an English word.

When words are similar in multiple languages, they’re called cognates. Despite the dry-sounding name, they are very powerful and can be used to add thousands of Portuguese words to your vocabulary.

00:39:45

Open & Closed Vowels in European Portuguese

September 18, 2016

Many learners find European Portuguese natives much more difficult to understand than Brazilians – mainly because when spoken, it sounds much more closed.

In some cases, there are even vowel sounds that are barely audible! (Make sure you already saw the Mystery of the Disappearing Sounds as an entertaining 2-minute introduction!)

In this 2nd of our 3 video lessons in this special series, we explore what we consider the most challenging aspect of European Portuguese comprehension: Open, medium and closed vowel sounds.

By mastering this lesson, you’ll not only better understand what European Portuguese natives are saying, but you’ll make your own accent sound a lot more authentic when you’re speaking Portuguese.

Important: We designed this video to be an ultimate resource that you can return to many times, regardless of your current level… so don’t expect to understand and master every single pronunciation rule after just viewing it the first time! Watch it all the way through the first time just to get the general idea, then return to the content in multiple study sessions, pausing and rewinding as necessary.