Portuguese in Two Weeks. How and How Much I Learned
As most of you guys know, I challenged myself to learn Portuguese and Arabic in two weeks in November. My goal was to show you how much it’s possible to learn even if you have an extremely busy life like me because I have a fulltime job.
So I finally found some time to describe my experience. In this post, I will write about how I learned Portuguese in two weeks.
The first two weeks of November, I learned Portuguese. I chose for the Brazilian dialect because I like South America and South American people.
I think we must choose the dialect of the country we feel the most connected with.
My first thoughts
My first thought was, “Wow! I understand what I read even if I don’t speak it.” But when I listened, I couldn’t always understand what was being said.
The hardest part of learning Portuguese was the pronunciation. Sometimes a letter doesn’t just have one way to pronounce it. Sometimes it’s pronounced differently when it’s combined with other letters. For example, the letter D sounds like a J when you have di. The word Dia (day) is pronounced like JEE-UH. While sometimes the letter D sounds the same as in English. And there are many sounds that I’ve never used in my entire life…
It was so challenging that I decided to record myself while practicing… Here’s the video.
(Free!) resources to learn Portuguese
I haven’t used grammar books or other resources that I had pay for. But here are the apps, videos, and websites I’ve used during my challenge to learn Portuguese:
- Duolingo (from the browser so that I could read about the grammar)
- There is a Dutch girl who’s famous in Brazil and she often has interviews with Brazilians and makes videos in Portuguese. I watched her videos a lot. Her channel is called NiceNienke.
- About Brazil – This guy has many videos where he explains how you can pronounce letters in Brazilian Portuguese.
- Easy Languages
- Instagram -> By following native speakers
I practiced vocabulary through Duolingo every morning in the train to my work and every evening on the train to home. I think I spend not more than 2 hours a day on Portuguese.
The end of my “learn Portuguese in 2 weeks” challenge
After 12 days of learning vocabulary, I was able to chat with native speakers and talk. I tried to make sentences of words that I knew and I often used google translate to look up words. Since the vocabulary is similar to Spanish, I could remember lots of things that I was translating.
After 12 days, I also noticed that I could speak. Here’s a short summary of a video I uploaded to YouTube where I speak Portuguese.
Here’s how I speak Portuguese after 12 days of practice. My pronunciation is not so good yet and I know that I make some mistakes, but the most important thing in the beginning is being able to express yourself. Once you can express yourself in your target language, you can focus on reducing your mistakes and improving your weaknesses Special thanks to @poligloteando and @h3_n4_t0 who offered me help even when I didn’t have a lot of time for practice with native speakers. I hope to speak you soon #polyglot #languagepractice #languagediarychallenge #languagechallenge #challenge #youtube #vlog #newvideo #languagelearner #learningportuguese #portuguese #português #aprendoportugues #aprendendo #latina #wannabelatina #brazil #brasil #brazilianportuguese #joyoflanguages #languagelearnersofinstagram #polyglot
How can you learn Portuguese in two weeks? Keep practicing every day and try to make sentences with all of the words you’ve learned.
Portuguese is really easy if you speak Spanish or Italian. It’s also very easy to learn Portuguese for free because there’s a Portuguese course on Duolingo. And there are many videos of native speakers who explain the pronunciation and grammar. But if it’s your first non-native language and you don’t speak Spanish or Italian then it’s better to buy grammar books and learn the language by taking little steps. Otherwise, it may get a little overwhelming.