Brazilian Portuguese

Português Brasileiro, why I didn’t start learning sooner is beyond me.  My first encounter with Brazilian Portuguese came in the form of Bossanova music. I learned through singing and picked up a lot quickly. Quando a vida te der limões, faça uma caipirinha. 


  1. Ba Ba Dum  – interactive flashcards available for several languages.
  2. BBC Languages – Portuguese – this is for European Portuguese but thought I’d include it anyway. Although it is no longer being updated, it’s still a good resource.
  3. Easy Languages – “Learn language from the streets!” They have other languages available. It’s one of my favorite YouTube channels.
  4. Free Language – Portuguese – free language resource library with other languages available.
  5. IELanguages – Portuguese – free language resource library with other languages available.
  6. Linguanaut: Learn Portuguese – another free language resource with other languages available.
  7. Live Lingua – Portuguese – I discovered this one kind of late. They have other languages available is probably one of the most comprehensive online language learning libraries I’ve seen to date.
  8. Learn Portuguese with Portuguese Pod 101FREE content on YouTube; paid subscription for their web and apps. I LOVE THIS! Rather than wander aimlessly through YouTube, you can learn Brazilian Portuguese! They often have live feeds, which are awesome and mobile apps for both iOS and Android devices. Make sure to check out their site also and sign up for the word of the day email to get your vocabulary skills up.
  9. Pimsleur – language immersion course. A bit pricey, but well worth it!
  10. Priberam Dictionary – monolingual dictionary. Perfect for immersion!
  11. Pronunciator – check your local library to see if they have this available. My local library replaced Mango Languages with this software. Pretty decent. FREE
  12. Street Smart BrazilFREE content; paid lessons and translation. I follow them on Facebook and I find that I learn so much about Brazilian culture, customs, and etiquette. On their site, they have a Portuguese Starter Kit to get you going.
  13. Tá Falado: Brazilian Portuguese Pronunciation for Speakers of Spanish PodcastFREE – 46 lessons in all provided to you by the University of Austin.


  1. Beelinguapp: Learn Languages with Audiobooks free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS and Android, I love this app. You can read and listen to books in two languages.
  2. Duolingo – FREE. I know many folks who don’t like Duolingo, but it has its upsides. It’s easy to start, just download the app or head over to their site and start learning. I especially love chatting with the bots and trying to earn more lingots (in video game speak, cash, coins, and rubies) to unlock more culture lessons. Get the TinyCards (iOS/Android) app to create your flashcards too! Available for iOS and Android.
  3. Polly Lingual – free with in-app purchases. This used to be called Tudo Bem and now is part of a language suite where you can learn other languages also. I have this on my AppleTV as well as on my iPhone for easy access and learning on the go. If you want to unlock all 13 languages, you’ll need to get the Polly Passport. The annual fee is $9.99. I love this subscription because I can also access it on other devices. It’s also one of the cheaper options out there. One thing to note is that you can also hire a Polly Ambassador who are live video tutors.  Their rates and experience are listed clearly.
  4. Mango Languages – subscription required; $19.99/month or FREE with any participating library. I used to get this for free from my local library, and one day they suddenly stopped supporting it. It’s similar to Duolingo, but it focuses more on visual and audio. The monthly subscription is $19.99, but you’ll have over 70 languages at your fingertips. I love that in between lessons, it will give you culture tips. You can access Mango Languages via web and download lessons through the app (iOS and Android) on to your phone or tablet.
  5. Speak and Translate by Apalon Apps free with in-app purchases. Available for iOS only.


  1. Cortina Method Conversational Brazilian Portuguese: The Easy Method
  2. Colloquial Portuguese of Brazil: The Complete Course for Beginners by Routledge
  3. Conversational Portuguese in 7 Days by Hilary Fleming and Iza Moneiro Rainbow
  4. Dirty Portuguese: Everyday Slang from “What’s Up?” to “F*%# Off!” (Dirty Everyday Slang) by Alice Rose, Nati Vale, and Pedro A. Cabral
  5. In-Flight Portuguese: Learn Before You Land by Living Language
  6. Teach Yourself Brazilian Portuguese (old version)
  7. Teach Yourself: Get Started in Portuguese (newer version)

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