A Páscoa


Easter is widely celebrated in Portugal as a time for the family to get together and enjoy an abundance of delicious food. Learn more about the history of the holiday and how it is observed today.


  • Happy Easter, my friends.
    I am used to learning every day, but today ’s question are so difficult, although it was all done right, I cheated, i got answer from Google.
    But its another learning way.
    Thanks you guys make learning became a happy thing.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! 🙂 You’re right, as long as you’re learning, it’s okay if you had to find the answer another way. In fact, sometimes things will stick in your memory more when you have to struggle to find the answer. We appreciate the feedback though. We want the quizzes to be challenging, but we’ll make sure to modify if they are consistently frustrating. We hope you had a good Easter!

  • I’m sorry to say I’m not impressed with this. Why is he speaking so slowly? It isn’t “Portuguese, as it is spoken” and the speeded up version just degenerates into rubbish. It doesn’t seem to be speeding it up so that it sounds like natural speech.
    I cannot see the point of this – surely people need to hear speech at normal speaking speed? No?
    Are all the shorties like this?

    • I’m sorry to disappoint you with this one. Many of our Shorties are recorded at full speed, some are recorded more like this, and most are somewhere in between. We try to include different speeds to support a wide variety of users who are at different levels. This way, the slower Shorties can act as a sort of bridge between what you learn in the Units and what you hear in real life. We really appreciate your feedback though, as we’re always working on striking the right balance. I’ll assign this one to the “Easier” level to help set it apart.

  • This is really helpful – I have been struggling with the listening and responding side of Portuguese so am really enjoying using the Shorties to improve on this area. I love that I can download the trancription and print off, and the vocab/expressions really help too 🙂 Nice one !

  • One question though – what is the mode & tense for ‘celebrado’? So far I thought it could be the Indicative present continuous as it is something that is happening all the time? if someone could clear that up, obrigada!

    • Hi Juliet 🙂 Celebrado is actually a past participle form which is part of what we call a passive voice structure, with the auxiliary verb ser (to be). When in doubt about the mode or tense, you can turn the passive voice into active voice. Here, you’d get: “para ser celebrado” -> “para celebrar”. Not much of a mode/tense, just the infinitive! Looking at the auxiliary verb in the passive voice, you also see that it’s in the infinitive.

  • Hi Molly. Thankyou for this short, I am relatively new to speaking Portuguese, and this speed of word is very helpful, regardless of what some others might think! I’m quite sure there are some more advanced shorties for those who have been practising longer!
    The vocabulary us very helpful as I often spend Easter in Portugal, and know it is an important festival for them.
    Thanks, Robert.

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