Doing his part to counteract the effects of climate change, Rui Sr. shares his innovative, never-before-seen method to stay cool while protecting the environment!
The idea of hanging several meters above the stage might sound scary, but that’s just another day at the office for Portuguese aerialist and acrobat, Jocka Carvalho! He discusses his passion for his art, performing around the world, and his love for returning to Lisbon at the end of a contract.
Two elegant friends bump into each other and can’t stop complimenting each other’s fabulous clothes.
Before we usher in the New Year, Avó Odete wants to wish you a (belated) Feliz Natal! Recorded on Christmas Eve, Rui’s grandmother reminisces about how she met her husband, and shares her latest crochet projects with her fans. You’ll also learn the names of several traditional sweets and other food served during the holidays.
Avó Odete is surprised and delighted to find out that she’s an Internet sensation! Rui reads her comments from all over the world, and she also shares her own words of love and appreciation to the Practice Portuguese community.
As a gift to us and all Practice Portuguese fans, our friend Wayne Wilson has turned this episode into a fully-animated cartoon.
With this newly-animated version of one of our early podcast episodes, we flash back to a time when Joel’s Portuguese skills were in their infancy! (Can you hear a difference?)
In this episode, Joel arrives to Lisbon and is faced with a challenging (and frustrating) taxi ride.
Joel goes to the Cinema and is faced with various decisions… Let’s see whether his Portuguese skills are up to the challenge!
Come along with Rui and Joel (and friends) on their journey walking the Caminho de Santiago, through Northern Portugal and Spain!
Total runtime: 1:51:29
Rui Sénior is back with an important message for all those who enjoy eating snails! Learn more about the important cause he’s standing up for, and find out how you can help…
In the peak of summer, fitness expert Rui Sénior takes a few minutes to show us how he stays in better shape than everyone else, even while on vacation… No excuses!
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:
Update: April 10, 2018 – As a gift to us and all Practice Portuguese fans, our friend Wayne Wilson has turned this episode into a fully-animated cartoon. The video is free for everyone to watch, plus our supporting Members get access to a special version with subtitles for improving comprehension.
Telephone and Internet service companies are notoriously painful to deal with, and Portugal is no exception! In this dialogue, a pushy representative from “VOZ” calls in an attempt to recapture a former client. Have you had the pleasure of dealing with one of these services in Portuguese yet?
Update: January 12, 2018 – As a gift to us and all Practice Portuguese fans, our friend Wayne Wilson has turned this episode into a fully-animated cartoon. The video is free for everyone to watch, plus our supporting Members get access to a special version with subtitles for improving comprehension.
Getting sick can cause pain and suffering, but it’s often not as bad as the hours spent in the waiting room of a hospital!
What better way to celebrate the season than with a bit of snow and -11°C temperatures? Check out the holiday hijinx we got up to while almost freezing to death in Toronto, Canada this month… and learn a bit of seasonal vocabulary at the same time!
Animator Wayne Wilson is back at it again, in this third episode of our Pizza Na Hora series (previously audio-only).
Márcio o Brasileiro calls in once again to everyone’s favourite Portuguese pizzeria, but this time to ask the owner for a job. Will they be able to overcome their cultural differences and work together? Watch to find out!
Avó Odete is back! She teaches us lots of new vocabulary while chatting, singing, and washing the dishes, (with Rui’s “help” 🙈). Rui even attempts to get her saying “asneiras” (bad words!) Watch now to see if he succeeds!
It’s tea time! But not like anything you’ve ever had before. Have you heard of kombucha? Find out what it is, how it’s made… and how to make a mess! Our special guest is our designated “kombuchista,” (who also happens to be Rui Sr., Rui’s Jr.’s pai).
In this video, Joel (o Canadiano) interviews Pedro, a personal trainer in Lisboa. When he saw which videos and website his Greek girlfriend was using to learn Portuguese, he immediately recognized Rui and Joel as members of the gym!
Instead of just taking a photo together, we decided it would be a bigger surprise for her to see her boyfriend pop up in her YouTube activity feed! So we recorded this interview to make it happen…
During the conversation, we discuss:
• Common challenges that make Portuguese difficult for non-natives to master
• Learning your partner’s language while in a relationship
• Specific grammar and pronunciation peculiarities in European Portuguese
Disclaimer: Since this interview is spontaneous and Joel is not a native speaker, he makes a few mistakes (eg. “Isto é” instead of “Este é” when introducing Pedro!) Members who see the subtitles / transcription will see the corrections, and hopefully learn from these common errors. But for those who just hear the audio or view the video without subtitles, just make sure to take Joel’s grammar with a grain of salt and focus more on Pedro! 🙂
No, we’re not getting into luggage sales… But since Rui spent many hours researching the best travel gear, leading up to his trip to Argentina, we decided to take advantage of his new-found knowledge to create this video, exploring new vocabulary surrounding travel, clothing, and more!
Note: We have no affiliation with and receive no compensation for any of the products mentioned in this video… (too bad!)
Wayne, the talented animator and good friend of Practice Portuguese, is back at it again with this reimagining of one of our podcast episodes, based on a famous Portuguese tale.
Have you ever been confused by the way Portuguese natives pronounce their sentences?
Even if you know the individual words, when used together they can sound completely unfamiliar. This is often because some written vowels mysteriously vanish when spoken.
Watch this short video now, because in the next few days we’ll launch a new lesson to help you master vowel pronunciation. You’ll learn why these vowel sounds disappear so you’ll understand European Portuguese better while making your own accent sound more native!
We are very excited to announce that Wayne Wilson, a good friend of Practice Portuguese is back at it again with another animated version of one of our favourite episodes.
Our other Pizza Na Hora episode with Márcio o Brasileiro is one of our most-watched videos, so we know you’ll love this one too!
In this video, we cover some of our favourite apps, practical learning tips, and discuss some of the mindset challenges our members run into when trying to learn the language. We also answer a question we hear over and over again: “How can I confirm the words I’m learning are used in Portugal and not […]