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[updated] It. Is. Finished! (Completed Portuguese Tree) - With Tips & Links

It was a long journey, but totally worth it. I just completed the Portuguese tree in Gold.

The way I did it was: I would do a minimum of 3 lessons a day (30xp), but typically I'd be doing 50xp & often 100xp+, not moving on to a new lesson until all previous ones were gold. I also watched a lot of portuguese videos, podcasts, radio, & even dubbed Disney channel shows.

Let me tell you guys-- stick with duolingo. It won't make you fluent, but it'll keep you working everyday, and give you some structure. The way I recommend you work through a tree is 30xp minimum every day, & then watch/listen/read some Portuguese media everyday, and speak it as much as you can (I didn't really do this since I'm shy about speaking & I don't mind absorbing knowledge right now & then later speaking). Don't start a new lesson until all previous are gold. Study the culture, geography, etc to really excite you about it. Brazil is such a beautiful country full of beautiful people (both inward and a lot of outward haha ;)), food, & nature. You can do it, it's all about consistency; build the habit, & get excited about it. There will be days you don't want to keep going. Honestly, those were few for me, but when I had them I would do at least something (1 lesson, translate 1 sentence).

Right now I want to read through a Portuguese book. Do you have any recommendations? Something I can purchase through Amazon, preferably. Thanks.

Next is the French tree, & then Russian, when it comes out. Thanks Duolingo for such an awesome course, and to the community for keeping me motivated. :)

***UPDATE: Thanks everyone for the comments! Here is what I've been doing since I completed the tree.

I do at least 1 lesson or 1 Strengthen Skills, & then watch some Brazilian TV-- Usually dubbed Disney Channel. You can find that here: http://vertvonline.biz

Super helpful. I used to try to watch this a couple of months ago, & couldn't understand much, so it was kind of boring not knowing what was going on, so I stopped. Since finishing the tree, I can understand 90%. I'm mostly learning how people /actually/ say things (idioms, expressions, common sentences). Really cool & fun! I'm also still doing 30xp of French still. :) We'll see how that goes.

December 31, 2014

28 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CarolisMoraes

Hi! I'm Brazilian and very happy to read such a lovely comment about my country! I'd recommend Jorge Amado's books, you can find then easily on Google. Or even Machado de Assis, mainly "Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas" witch tells about the life of an ordinary manin Rio de Janeiro (when it was a small city, haha). There are a lot of classical books like the ones from those authors, but if you prefer, is easy to find new and famous books tranegated to Portuguese on internet. Good luck!

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sambonfante

Happy to hear that. I def want to visit your country soon. :) I'll check that book out! sounds interesting! thank you for your recommendation.

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/neecrow

Parabéns, Recomendo ler "A Batalha do Apocalipse" do autor Eduardo Spohr.

Nesse link você pode ler primeiro capitulo e escutar algumas partes do livro como áudio

http://www.abatalhadoapocalipse.com/

Aqui tem um podcast(nerdcast) com a participação do autor do livro, onde ele explica um pouco a historia do livro, quais foram as inspirações, referencias e discutem algumas partes do livro.

http://jovemnerd.com.br/nerdcast/nerdcast-80-a-batalha-do-apocalipse/

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/barbarakurz

Parabéns! Eu sempre fico feliz vendo pessoas aprendendo português! I just realized I read very few brazilian books, that's kinda sad... Anyway, my favorites are Capitães da Areia by Jorge Amado and Lucíola by José de Alencar. There's also Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis. The last two you can find for free on the internet. Keep in mind these are old books, so the reading shouldn't be very easy. And maybe you could read portuguese translations of the books you've already read :D

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sambonfante

Thanks everyone for the comments-- I really appreciate it!

I've updated the original post to include what I've been doing since completing the tree.

January 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Macjory

Parabéns! I'm trying to do the same myself. How did you ever keep all of the prepositional forms straight? That, and training my ear, have been the two biggest challenges for me so far. Also, where are you? I never hear any Portuguese radio options (nor TV, for that matter!)

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/theobserversi

You could also go for Brazilian radio news such as BandNews (http://bandnewsfm.band.uol.com.br/) and CBN (http://cbn.globoradio.globo.com/). Listening to news in English had helped me learn English so I hope the same trick can help you guys out. Parabéns pela força de vontade em aprender essa língua que é complicada até mesmo para seus nativos! :)

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sambonfante

Thank you! :) I'm not sure what you mean by prepositional forms. Can you give me an example? As for training your ear-- Just listen to a lot of the language, paying close attention to it, really trying to understand it. One things that really helps is finding a song you really like in your target language, and learning the lyrics. This way you can practice singing it (it's so much easier to get the accent right when its in a song), and listening to it. You'll start recognizing patterns that you wouldn't have otherwise. Try it! A song I really like is 'Coracao Radiante' by Grupo Revelacao https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg96xjs0gVs.

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eenai

you can get portuguese (brazillian radio) online through "simple radio". You will be surprised the popularity of English speaking, American music in Brasil. But there are obviously stations which are more traditional brazillian music.

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Far_1

parabens! felicidades a senhor! way to go man.

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FiveMagicsMaster

Parabéns pelo arvore! e eu recomendo "Ensaio sobre a cegueira" de Jose Saramago.

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JCMcGee

Congratulations!

I'm jealous...but I'll get there one day!

Not a book...but can I recommend the website lang-8.com You write a daily/weekly/whenever diary and native speakers hep you correct it....brilliant way to go on learning for many reasons!

January 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanMendes

Congratulations! Happy to read someone speaking so many good things about my language and my country! When having any doubts, don't be afraid to ask :)

Concerning to books, check out this list with the best brazilian books and authors of all time elected by specialists: http://www.correiobraziliense.com.br/app/noticia/diversao-e-arte/2013/04/14/interna_diversao_arte,360305/enquete-com-especialistas-elegeu-os-melhores-livros-e-autores-do-pais.shtml

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bnccl

Hello! Congrats! I'm trying (hard) to complete my french tree, and I totally think your learning tips are the way to go. As for brazilian books/authors, I'd recommend, at first, a child's book: Monteiro Lobato's "Sítio do Pica-Pau Amarelo". Jorge Amado's books (for example: "Capitães da Areia" or "Gabriela Cravo e Canela") are also a great choice, since his vocabulary is not that hard to understand (and he's great, really). When you feel confident enough, try Machado de Assis, Clarice Lispector, even José Saramago. I'm telling you this because these last authors are harder to understand; their writing styles or their vocabulary can be tricky. :P

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oldskoolalien

I read English translations of a couple books by Jorge Amado, along with a couple books about Brazilian music. I can't imagine the Duolingo tree would allow me to read the original Portuguese versions. Reading a book while checking a dictionary so often just isn't much fun.

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sambonfante

Well I know Spanish so a lot of the harder words I can probably guess. Which one was your favorite? what would you recommend?

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JCMcGee

Oh man you gotta be kidding! I love reading Portuguese books with GOOGLE TRANSLATE next to me....I see every paragraph like a SUDOKU puzzle!

It's also one of the best ways to learn. In the brilliant (free to download) booklet POLYGLOT, kato lomb says to find books to read about subjects you are interested in......try not to always reach for the dictionary...if a word is important it will come up again and again and you should be able to work it out from context.

Also reading books that interest you means you learn the words/vocab' that YOU are interested in rather than the words some geek in the DUO office thinks you need ;-)

January 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Khantuta

Hi Oldskoolalien. Reading books in foreign languages just got a lot more fun with the Kindle Voyage, the new Amazon e-reader. It offers great resolution and free built-in dictionaries, plus the option to build vocabulary lists and flash cards to memorize words. It has just hit the market. Amazon also sells books in dual-language format, but I find that immersing myself in the original text is a much more enjoyable challenge than reading somebody else's translation of a foreign or Portuguese text. This is specially easy to do if, like Sambofante, you have already completed the Duolingo tree and you know some Spanish. Kind regards. http://www.amazon.com/High-Resolution-Display-Adaptive-PagePress-Sensors/dp/B00IOY8XWQ

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vontade

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your learning method with us! Maybe this website can be useful to your learning. Take a look!Hug! http://www.learn-portuguese-with-rafa.com/

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ilmarien

I'm only about a page into it, but O Alquimista by Paulo Coelho is supposed to be a classic on the lines of Le Petit Prince.

December 31, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/geekest_cat

It's indeed among those must-read books of contemporary history. Plus, if you can read it in the language it was written, even better!

January 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nexxul

I'll second that. I have read many of his books in English and loved them. Maybe you can find the English translations at a book store, then select the one you like in Portuguese. One strategy is to read the version in your native language first, then the one in the language you are learning. ;-)

January 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joebo

Great work completing the tree! I agree with your comments about the value of DuoLingo. It's simple to do lessons, even in a few minutes of spare time. I've found the cell phone app to be tremendously valuable, allowing me to do at least a refresher lesson when I don't have computer access. Another tool that has been valuable to help with listening skills is Brazilian Podcast, which can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store. You can also upgrade to a paid version, which has more tools available. These are language lessons by a native speaker, with interviews and commentary about Brazilian culture along the way.

January 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joanna230

I can recommend : Like the Flowing River is a 2006 collection of reflections from Brazilian author Paulo Coelho. He is a very good storyteller, It is written basic vocabulary story, tales, opinions and ideas each 1-2 pages from articles published in various newspapers. It is worth reading. Portuguese title : Ser como o rio que flui.

January 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaycriii

Thats awesome congratulations. Im trying to get like you lol.

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eenai

I think you are absolutely spot on with your advice to everyone on here trying to learn the language. I would wholeheartedly recommend Duolingo as well, before even spending one SINGLE PENNY on Rosetta stone. I have completed the first three levels of Rosetta Stone, and just cannot really see myself paying for the final 2, when duo lingo is so useful, and to be honest a little more comprehensive. Just have a differing marketing strategy, and less of a false reputation. Duolingo by far is better, and I like you, have set my goals at 30xp, but many days do far more. I started with Duolingo, and I will finish with it too. It is very thorough. Congratulations on your accomplishment! I will see you at the top of the mountain myself soon!!

January 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KlingerSF

Eu não recomendo livros antigos, os pronomes e as conjugações verbais costumam ser diferentes e mais difíceis de entender. Eu recomendo um livro contemporaneo, algum de Augusto Cury.

January 3, 2015
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