Lesson 1 - Portuguese With Carla Podcast

Free Audio Course – Lesson 1

I’m happy to say me and my husband, Marlon, have decided to put together a free audio course for those interested in starting off with the Portuguese language. It will be free and on a weekly basis. It will be available from iTunes as well.

This will not be a Portuguese audio course like the usually boring audio courses you’ve come across. I will aim to make it fun and interesting, full of tidbits and interesting idiosyncrasies of the Portuguese language.

Every week, Marlon will also include a tip to help you learn a language more efficiently.

This is lesson 1 and we talk about what you might say when frequenting a typical Portuguese coffee shop. We also mention a fascinating study on how exercise can boost your memory.

Stay tuned

by Carla Sabala


  1. Anna 3 years ago

    Really enjoyed the first blog – when is the next one?

    • Author
      Carla Sabala 3 years ago

      Hi Anna, I am hopping to start publishing one podcast per week. Should have the second up by the weekend.
      Thanks for your kind words

  2. KT 3 years ago

    What accent do you have? As you may know, accents in England can vary from street to street. Is it like that in Portugal, or is it more generalised? Would everyone in Lisboa and the surrounding area sound the same? Also, are class differences as marked? In England you can instantly tell how posh someone is when they speak. So maybe you have a middle-class Lisbon accent, or a working-class one? Obrigada!

    • Author
      Carla Sabala 3 years ago


      For such a small country, Portugal does have quite a few different accents. Every region has it’s own. The Portuguese Islands have the most distinctive ones. And yes class differences are as marked, so not everyone in Lisbon and surrounding areas sound exactly the same, yet very similar. It wouldn’t stop you in any way from understanding them.
      We do have the Lisbon accent, not posh though. But the speed, pronunciation (as in dropping letters when saying a word) and slang to which we use when speaking , all depends on the person we speak to. I’d say that generally speaking, most portuguese people can have a higher level and lower level of portuguese language when it comes to their speech.
      Hope this answers your questions 🙂

  3. Richard 3 years ago

    Gostei muito do curso, obrigado. A língua portuguesa é muito difícil entender, né? Tento assistir umas telenovelas na RTP, mas percebo muito pouco!!

    • Author
      Carla Sabala 3 years ago

      Olá Richard,
      Obrigada! No começo é bom usar legendas quando assistir telenovelas ou qualquer outro programa na televisão, ajuda muito 😉

      • Richard 3 years ago

        Oi Carla, muito obrigado pelo conselho. Estou a assistir Água de Mar, você a conhece? Não tem legendas na internet, mas seguindo seu conselho, estou lendo o website da telenovela, e isso está a ajudar muito. Percebo 20% do diálogo mais ou menos, mas gosto muito da novela e percebo a trama. 🙂

  4. James 12 months ago

    muito bom, obrigado.
    I found the way you both repeat the words really helps.

  5. Andra Maguran 7 months ago

    Thank you!!! I’m so incredibly grateful for a resource to learn EUROPEAN Portuguese. Most Portuguese learning sites or apps seem to only teach Brazilian Portuguese, or worse, they don’t specify whether it’s Brazilian or European, so if you’re a beginner you’d have no idea which version or dialect you’re learning. I have no previous familiarity with the language whatsoever, but I’m going to Portugal for the first time, and I’m relieved to know I won’t be offending anyone with poorly learned language skills. You’re the greatest.

    • Author
      Marlon Sabala 7 months ago

      Well, obrigado Andra. 🙂
      That’s the aim. There’s a lot of Brazilian material because there’s a lot more demand I guess. But we’ll keep at it.

      Mais uma vez, obrigado.
      Um resto de bom dia.

  6. Pauline van Buren 3 months ago

    Thank you Carla, that was very informative and helpful. I will repeat this session until I feel ready to go on to the next one. The lesson on Friday was very helpful as well and I am impressed with the teaching aids and how quickly time goes. That is always a sign that it was enjoyable. Thank you

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