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00:18:36

Episódio 1 (2018, ANIMATED) – Fotografar Comida em Restaurantes / O Sono e o Álcool

Episode 1 (2018, ANIMATED) - Photographing food in restaurants / Sleep and Alcohol

August 3, 2018

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!

00:02:32

How to Pronounce the Letter X in Portuguese

July 10, 2018

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:

(A special thanks to our friend Wayne Wilson for not only writing and animating this video, but for also providing the voice of Sherlock! Please help us thank him below or in the YouTube comments!)

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:

00:12:54

Resolver Um Problema Ao Telefone (2018, ANIMATED!)

Solving a Problem on the Phone

April 10, 2018

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?

00:07:36

O Joel Vai Ao Hospital (2018, ANIMATED!)

Joel Goes to the Hospital (2018, ANIMATED!)

January 12, 2018

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.

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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!

00:10:33

Animated: Pizza Na Hora Está a Contratar!

Animated: Pizza on Time is Now Hiring!

August 11, 2017

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!

00:15:13

Aprender Português? Vejo-me Grego! (Video)

February 28, 2017

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! 🙂

00:19:00

Dicas Do Rui: Como Viajar Com Uma Mochila (Video)

Rui's Tips: How to Travel with a Backpack (Video)

February 25, 2017

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!)

00:06:00

A Lenda do Galo de Barcelos (Animated!)

The Legend of the Rooster of Barcelos (Animated!)

February 18, 2017

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.

You can find more of Wayne’s work on his YouTube channel. Please be sure to leave a comment to help us thank him for his countless hours of work. Obrigado Wayne!

00:02:38

Mystery of the Disappearing Sounds (in European Portuguese!)

October 5, 2016

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!

00:06:04

Encomendar uma Pizza ANIMATED!

Ordering a Pizza ANIMATED!

September 22, 2016

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!

You can find more of Wayne’s work on his YouTube channel. Please be sure to leave a comment to help us thank him for his countless hours of work.

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.

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.

00:08:39

A Lenda da Rainha Santa Isabel ANIMATED!

The Legend of the Queen Saint Elizabeth ANIMATED!

June 30, 2016

Wayne Wilson is back at it again with another beautifully animated version of one of our episodes! This is one of our favourites, especially because it features Rui’s parents lending their voice talent as the king and queen!

You can find more of Wayne’s work on his YouTube channel. Please be sure to leave a comment to help us thank him for his countless hours of work.

00:04:42

O Joel Vai Ao Supermercado (Animated!)

Joel Goes to the Supermarket (Animated!)

January 31, 2016

We are excited to share with you another fantastic animated video by Wayne Wilson, of one of our classic episodes.

A BIG thanks to Wayne for his countless hours of work in reimagining this Practice Portuguese episode. Find more of his work at https://www.youtube.com/user/Toyuki1

Please be sure to leave a comment to share your appreciation with Wayne!

00:14:54

Uma Família Portuguesa, Com Certeza!

A Portuguese Family, For Sure!

December 31, 2015

Na nossa casa, animação não falta! Neste vídeo, a avó Odete cria o caos ao tentar explicar o que é o Natal e o fim do ano. Consegues adivinhar as suas resoluções para 2016?

Like this special video-only episode? Tell us in the YouTube comments!

(Atenção: Nível de dificuldade = MÁXIMO)

• Because of the difficulty level and the nature of the episode, this will NOT appear in the Podcast feed or in iTunes as an audio-only episode.

Premium Members, make sure to log in to see the version with subtitles.

00:10:49

O Joel Inscreve-se Num Ginásio (Animated!)

Joel Signs Up at a Gym (Animated!)

November 10, 2015

Previously released as audio-only, this classic episode has been brought to life as a fully animated feature, by Wayne Wilson!

Original audio version, released March 29 2014.

A BIG thanks to Wayne for his countless hours of work in reimagining this Practice Portuguese episode.

Please be sure to leave a comment on the YouTube video to share your appreciation with Wayne! You can find more of his other work at https://www.youtube.com/user/Toyuki1

00:05:47

New Video Released! Pastéis de Belém ou de Nata? (2015 Video Version)

New Video Released! "Pastéis de Belém" or "Pastéis de Nata"? (2015 Video Version)

March 5, 2015

Previously released as audio only, this classic episode has been brought to life with beautiful visuals by animator (and friend of Practice Portuguese), Wayne Wilson! A BIG thanks to Wayne for his countless hours of work in reimagining this Practice Portuguese episode. Find more of his work at https://www.youtube.com/user/Toyuki1

Just like all of our other episodes, logged-in Members can access the version with Portuguese subtitles for a more effective learning experience.

00:05:38

Pizza na Hora, Márcio o Brasileiro (Animated!!)

Pizza on Time, Márcio the Brazilian

January 29, 2015

Previously released as audio-only, one of our all-time favourite episodes has been brought to life as a fully animated feature, by Wayne Wilson!

Watch European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese face off head-to-head in this very special animated episode.

Original audio version, released Nov 5 2013.

A BIG thanks to Wayne for his countless hours of work in reimagining this Practice Portuguese episode. Find more of his work at https://www.youtube.com/user/Toyuki1

A special Obrigado also goes out to the voice actors, Márcio (Brasileiro) and Luis (Português) for their talent contribution.

Be sure to leave a comment on YouTube to share your appreciate with Wayne!