Learning Brazilian Portuguese
Hey, I am new to Brazilian Portuguese. If anyone here can be of help that would be cool!
keep on slogging. I studied portuguese here for a long time, at least an hour per day and up to four hours per day on weekends. I started trying to read Brazilian newspapers at some point. Specifically A folha de São Paulo. At first I was having to look up words in every sentence. Over time, I found that I could get through entire paragraphs without having to look up words. Within about six months of starting Portuguese on duolingo I could read entire articles without resorting to an on-line dictionary.
I still can't understand Brazilian movies without subtitles (either English or Portguese). Duolingo's strong suit isn't in teaching you oral comprehension. But if you stick with it you should be able to read it when you finish the course. I think that for conversational and listening skills, you'll just have to visit Brazil. I've never been there, but I do know that when I've visited Spanish, French, and German-speaking countries, I quickly got up to speed with the listening and speaking, so long as I prepared myself well in advance with the reading and writing portions.
I deeply admire anyone who's willing to learn Portuguese xD I'd say a good thing to do is right from the start watch movies, novelas, brazilian youtubers... anything, even if you don't understand what they're saying. The language is the same, but it may sound very different depending on the region it's spoken. There are a lot of different accents, regional slangs, etc.. so it's good to get used to them since the beginning :)
If you want to improve your conversation, I can help you on Instagram @joao.marcoss2 I am a native portuguese speaker ^^
I could help you. I'm native portuguese speaker and i'm learning english. We can help each other.
It also works. Buy a textbook with audio component so that you can listen to the european pronunciation. Buy a grammar book to know the differences between both. Read laudly all sentences with european pronunciation while exercising with Duo. Listen to the radio or travel to Portugal. We improved our language skills a lot by traveling to Portugal. Perhaps you know a colleague or someone else to talk with? The portuguese people are really very kind. They love it if someone uses their language. Keep it on.
I strongly recommend listening to a lot of spoken Portuguese from the very start. Even if you do not understand much, you pick up the melody and get used to the sound of the language. Brazilian films, series, podcasts (e.g. Carioca Connection), youtube channels, are perfect for that. Also, when you're quasi-comfortable with speaking, engage in conversations with native speakers at every opportunity. From my experience, Brazilians are very supportive, when it comes to practicing conversations.