Pedro e João à Refeição

Pedro e João at Mealtime

It’s time to eat! Pedro discovers the culinary preferences of his friend João.


  • So far so good. Just reviewing the basics right now. I like the way the audio is used with everything that we do. My ear has a hard time deciphering spoken Portuguese and I really like the short conversations after each section.

    • i especially like that the people are speaking with things going on around them. One was near a waterfall. Another with birds singing in the background. Another spoke in a room that echoed a bit.

  • Os pequenos dialogos depois cada unita são muitos bons para praticar o que nos acabamos aprender !

  • esses diálogos curto são bom para aprender entender português de europa. os diálogos longo são difícil demais para mim.

      • infelizmente agora eu vejo algumas erros em meo comentário. “diálogos curto” deve ser “diálogos curtos” e “‘longo”deve ser “longos”. Então, muito obrigado.

    • Linda, we usually use “gosto de” to speak in general terms (e.g., “gosto de manga” = “I like mango”), and then use “gosto do” or “gosto da” to talk about one specific item (e.g. “gosto da manga” = “I like this mango [that I’m eating now]”). Think of this more as a rule of thumb.

      In this dialogue, for example, when Pedro asks “Não gostas de pão com queijo?”, he’s using “de” to give it a more general sense. When João answers “não gosto do queijo” and “gosto do pão”, he means to say that he doesn’t like that particular cheese, but he likes that particular bread. We’ll try to make this distinction clearer in the English translation 🙂

  • I know the difference between, & correct usage of definite/ indefinite articles, but I keep getting certain phrases in this lesson incorrect. It is almost impossible for me to distinguish between the pronunciation of “a caneta” & “uma caneta” when we have to write down what we hear. This is my 8th foreign language & I think I’ve developed a good ear. Is it just my inexperience with Portuguese at this point, or is this an issue for everyone? I know there are a lot of elisions, dropped vowels etc in native spoken Portuguese, and I’ll have to get used to it over time, but I find it quite disheartening to struggle so much with something easy in class at this early stage. I had exactly the same issue distinguishing between “o homem” & “um homem” in one of the first lessons too.

    • Oh, trust me, it’s not just you, don’t be discouraged. European Portuguese pronunciation is really difficult to process. In fact, we even covered that exact issue with “o homem” vs. “um homem” on an Instagram post:

      Our Instagram page has lots of extra educational posts/vids like that, so keep an eye on it 🙂

  • I love these dialogues….really helps me to begin to think in Portuguese and not simply translate each phrase into English. Love it!

  • As I find reading easy, I try to listen to the dialogue without reading the transcription first. I check out the transcription when I listen second time for anything I can’t understand. Such a helpful exercise.

  • Mauve you should find a way to give the meanings of the new words used in the questions of the quizzes. For instance, O que (what) ….
    Other than that, all is well for me !

  • Hi, I do several languages as well but like you, I o find Portuguese a bit (?) of a struggle when listening to it. Then again, in the past I had the same with French!

  • Simply the best! I shall be 80 in April. I enjoy languages and have studied French, Italian, Spanish and German. The way you have put this Portuguese learning programme together with the excellent use of the technology is tremendously good. It makes learning a language a pleasure. Thank you!

    • Thanks for your support, David! That’s so nice of you to say and we’re glad it’s going well for you! 🙂

  • Thank you for the wonderful exercise. I’ve tried to learn German in the past but it got so tedious with all that grammarr influx right in the beginning of the lessons. The way you add new words in a subtle way not only helps build my vocabulary but also helps me understand the rules of grammar with ease. Rather than imposing, you help us learn through observation and that is brilliant! muito obrigada!!!

  • Your explanations are clear and easy to understand. Thank you for supporting us to figure out the intricacies of the language. So helpful!

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