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European Portuguese

I know it's a big ask but is it possible you add the European version of Portuguese. The pronunciation and some of the words are very different. It is near impossible to find on the internet. Right now I am adding to what I learnt from previous Portuguese housemates but all in the wrong accent. Please consider this. Thanks.

March 13, 2015

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa

I'm with you. I have the same problem. My teacher (from Lisbon) rolls her eyes every time I put my pronouns in the "wrong" place. I live right next to Portugal, so I need European Portuguese. The differences in vocab and grammar are significant... much greater than, for example, those between European and Mexican Spanish, or between UK and US English, for that matter.

March 13, 2015

[deactivated user]

    I don't know what's your country, For example, you're from America, Do you speak English from Australia or India? I think the answer is no, But you can understand them, isn't it? A Brazilian can understand Portuguese from Portugal and a Portuguese can understand Portuguese from brazil.

    March 13, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/pc-taylor

    I understand the point that you make but equally I am struggling with the fact that I live with a native Portuguese speaker who finds the fact that I am learning Brazilian Portuguese irritating because there are a significant number of differences. Just as I would be irritated if he learned American English and not English English.

    March 13, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      Yeah, You're right, I said that because I'm Brazilian and we can understand them

      March 14, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/tenthcompanion

      My partner is Brazilian, and very often he has a hard time understanding European Portuguese. I've been studying Portuguese on my own for the last 5 years and I still struggle with EU PT.

      March 14, 2015

      [deactivated user]

        There's a video about all Portuguese accent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgCXdfTeZE0, I have more trouble understanding the Portuguese from Azores

        http://www.onlinestores.com/flagdetective/azores-flag.htm

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/cynthia1960

        The video is very helpful as a starter. And I agree, if I had elder relatives speaking Azorean or Madeiran Portuguese, I'd have a tough time understanding their accents. Must be a function of being from little bitty islands in a great big ocean.

        I will note that my family left the Atlantic islands, and settled in Hawai'i and California. Hawai'ian Creole English is something quite different from other dialects/accents of American English. I had a heck of a time understanding my grandmother from Hawai'i when I was small, she didn't sound anything like my Californian grandmother.

        Islands in big oceans no matter where they are make for really interesting dialects and accents.

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/pc-taylor

        Haha, my partner says that even the people from the Azores struggle to understand their own accents. However the food is amazing and the scenery so lovely the Portuguese call it 'The Garden on the Atlantic'.

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Volizione

        I also agree. I have Portuguese ancestry and I want to speak the way that my ancestors did. I'm having a hard time staying motivated on my Portuguese course here because I know that a lot of what I'm learning would not be used or would not be correct in Portugal (like pronoun placement, the use of the present participle in place of estar a + infinitive, pronunciation, and the use of the word "abacaxi" instead of "ananĂ¡s"). The differences might not be extremely big but they will make you sound foreign enough if you open your mouth in Portugal.

        March 15, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/pc-taylor

        Don't lose heart. I visit Portugal quite frequently and the Portuguese are so appreciative that you are trying that its not a big issue, really.

        March 15, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/cynthia1960

        I would also like to learn more about the differences between various versions of Portuguese. I'm 4th generation American but my family came from the Azores and Madeira. Out here in the Bay Area, we have a lot of folks from the Atlantic islands, as well as mainland Portugal and Brazil. Unfortunately, I no longer have any elder relatives alive who spoke Portuguese.

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Lili-Anne2

        I would also like to learn European Portuguese since I will be traveling to Portugal in 6 month

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/DianaLadyDi

        I totally share your opinion. Im doing my erasmus in Portugal and the brasilians portuguese is different :// So it would be helpfull if we can also choose Portugal Portuguese :) Thank you

        March 15, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/jadjr1

        It is good to see a Euro Portuguese student community here. I'm adding my vote for Euro Portuguese content. I found BYKI Deluxe helpful but I'm still seeking much more in the way of resources so I can concentrate my efforts.

        March 16, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

        In the mean time, Wikipedia is often very helpful. I would suggest in particular the articles "Portuguese Phonology" and "Brazilian Portuguese", they both list a lot of the differences in pronunciation/vocabulary/grammar between the two dialects. And of course you should watch videos, movies, listen to podcats, radio stations, songs, read articles, books, talk to people, friends, tutors etc. in EP, so that you get a lot of familiarity with it.

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa

        EP material for intermediate learners is surprisingly hard to find :(

        March 14, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/igosfree

        They teach you literary language, but it's unlikely to speak or understand everything correctly when you get to the country of that language. The living language is too much different.

        March 17, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Michele988093

        Yeas please ,I wish to learn European Portuguese .

        June 7, 2017

        https://www.duolingo.com/rsousapt

        Does anyone have any references for the versions of Portuguese spoken in Madeira or the Azores? Since my grandparents were from both islands, I would like to learn their dialects.

        March 17, 2018
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