I’m happy to say that my husband, Marlon, and I, 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.
by Carla Sabala
Bom dia, uma bica.
Bom dia, uma bica, por favor.
Um galão, por favor.
Uma sagres, por favor.
Uma bica e um bolo, por favor.
Um galão e um bolo, por favor.
Um chá, por favor.
Um copo de água, por favor.
Uma bica, um bolo e um copo de água por favor.
Casa de banho
Posso usar a casa de banho?
Really enjoyed the first blog – when is the next one?
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!
Gostei muito do curso, obrigado. A língua portuguesa é muito difícil entender, né? Tento assistir umas telenovelas na RTP, mas percebo muito pouco!!
muito bom, obrigado.
I found the way you both repeat the words really helps.
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.
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
Hi, Carla! I am so grateful for this podcast–but after listening to lesson one about 5 times, then lesson two, I thought–what did I miss?! Lesson two seemed vastly more complex than lesson one. I’m trying not to panic :/ Will see what lesson 3 has in store.
Boi noite Carla e Marlon!
Obrigado for the Podcast, it really does help.
I was wondering whether you guys offer face to face courses in London or even via Skype e Quanto tempo? (If that makes sense, im trying! 😂)
Olá Marie, I think I missed your comment, my apologies!
Yes I do teach via Skype. At the moment I’m very busy and cannot take up new students, but you’re more than welcome to book a 15 free session so we can meet and discuss things further and where we can go from there.
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The portuguese in your message made perfect sense – you weren’t trying, you were doing it 🙂
muito obrigado todos!
these lessons are really happening because am in angola and the pronunciations are quite different from brasil but these have really happened me alot, thanks
Hi Carla where can i find the transcripts? Thank you
This was VERY helpful. I started off on part 8 on utube and commented i couldnt keep up with marlon 🤣 I mean. I was able to get most of it but there was just those few words that were getting me lol. Too used to pronouncing words the way they look :p
This is a great resource thank you both,
As a speaker of French, Italian but more particularly Spanish and Catalan, I often find myself in familiar territory here. There are some significant differences though, Beautiful language and great cultural insights. Thanks
I just found your site and I am very thankful. I’m the bad seed because growing up in New York I was one of the children in my family who never learned Portuguese but I am going to give this course 1000%. Obrigado.
Querido Carla e Marlon.
Thank you for a great podcast for learning European Portuguese pronunciation. In one lesson I have learned to pronounce many words correctly. Regarding coffee, I have found that ordering um café always gets me an espresso and um meio de leite gets me a milky coffee.
David from England
Hi Carla and Marlon,
I cannot find the transcripts for the lessons .
Can you please direct me,
Hi Carla and Marlon ,
I just wanna say that your material either here on the website or on YouTube is the best stuff I found to Help me Learn European Portuguese faster than ever , Especially the Video of 100 common expressions in European Portuguese, I wish there was a second Video with another 100 common sentences!
Keep up the good work !
Hello Marlon & Carla
I’ve been learning (trying to!) Portuguese for about 1 yr now with Duolingo.
My husband and I moved from UK to Portugal 6 months ago and now feel we need to learn European rather than Brazilian Portuguese.
Your podcasts popped up when I
searched on line and though I’ve only listened to lesson 1 I already like it and think it will be helpful.
Your clear pronunciation and tips I found especially great.
Obrigada! It is so hard to find European Portuguese lessons where I am. I found Portuguese with Carla and I am so excited to learn. So far I find these lessons to be fabulous.
Thank you for these pod casts and YouTube videos. Finding them helpful.
the hints at the end,
the efforts in pronunciations – from the back-end to the front-beginning of the sentence,
the written dialogue to see what is heard,
I loved the podcast. I found it extremely brilliant, the way so much is focused on the pronunciation.
Obrigada para estas lições e videos Carla e Marlon, muitos úteis para a vocabulario e pronução.
Hi Carla and Marlon.
I’ve only just found your page, but I’m loving it already! I look forward to completing the 30day plan and seeing where it takes me!
Thank you for the podcast. I really appreciate how you focus on the proper pronunciation.
Btw. Recently, I learnt that the word ‘bica’ is an acronym and apparently stands for ‘beba isso com açúcar’. Not sure that’s actually true (maybe you can confirm?), but I guess that explains why they usually serve you coffee with a sachet of sugar!
This is wonderful. Thank you so much.
I am so glad I found my way to your wonderful class! After 20 years, I will finally be able to travel to Portugal once again in February ’23, and your course is invaluable. Also, as someone with a graduate degree in Linguistics with a focus on Language Acquisition, I can say your learning tips are spot on! Și Marlon, am locuit atât în Moldova, cât și în România de câțiva ani și eu însumi vorbesc puțin românește. La fel ca Portugheza, este o limbă frumoasă! Toate cele bune!
Hello Carla and Marlon! A friend recommended your course to me and I love it, thank you! I have a question about saying “please” in Portuguese. I live in Lisbon and I never hear people say “por favor”. They say “se faz favor” (usually they drop the “se” and just say “faz favor”). What is the difference between these two ways of saying “please”? Is one more formal than the other? Or is there a slightly difference nuance in the meaning? Thanks in advance and have a lovely day!
This was a very helpful podcast. Can’t wait to see my progress in Portuguese with your 30 day plan :). I appreciate this type of content. Muito Obrigada!