Brazilian Portuguese vs European Portuguese
So my goal is to learn European Portuguese because my family is from Portugal. I find that there are very few European resources and everything is predominately Brazilian. Would it be possible to make a European version? Or maybe give the European & Brazilian vocabulary. Or does anyone have any advice for me? I took a Portuguese class in college a few years ago and even that was Brazilian based. It can definitely be disheartening. Anyways! Hope that wasn't too much of a rant. Thanks guys :)
Hi! When I started with the language, I started with European Portuguese. I still continue trying to learn European Portuguese, but I do so alongside learning Brazillian Portuguese. In my opinion, duolingo is still very useful in building vocabulary even if you want to target European Portuguese specifically. Sure there are some words that are different, but there are also a looot of words that are the same. In my opinion, I don't think the differences are great enough to warrant two types of Portuguese courses, since it will probably take a lot of time off the team's hands. I'm not sure what actual level you are at with your portuguese, but if you're at an -intermediate level-, I recommend this site especially for listening and pronounciation practice: http://www.practiceportuguese.com/ There are real world dialogues as well as articles that are read via audio. And it's 100% European Portuguese. If you're a -beginner- and at a basic level, and you're still building your foundation for the language, I highly recommend this book and audio cd set, which is also only European Portuguese: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fast-track-Portuguese-Teach-Yourself-Book/dp/1444100467
Hope that helps somehow. Feel free to ask any questions if you have any more. :)
Pls can you tell me which site i can download european portugues books for free. Any suggestions for beginners?
This is a common question of beginners using Duolingo. Because Duolingo is not focused on speech, there's not as much of a difference between a language's dialects. Many Duolingoers tend to use various additional resources for learning speech. That's when they focus on a particular desired dialect.
Also, one of the cool things about Duolingo is that regional language differences are frequently discussed on the discussion boards. I've learned an awful lot by reading these discussions.
Perhaps some of the links on this page are still current: http://www.learningportuguese.co.uk/home-page/free-online-portuguese-courses.html (be sure to look through the comments there too).
This book is excellent (and cheap) for European Portuguese grammar [http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Portuguese-Grammar-Language-Guides/dp/0486216500/]
Also here are some vocab differences
And this is also a good reference for EP.