Lesson 2 - Portuguese With Carla Podcast

Free Audio Course – Lesson 2

In this second free portuguese lesson in our course we show you what asking for directions in portuguese sounds like.

Also, a brief introduction to numbers and a few extra tidbits. In our science section, Marlon talks about the brain plasticity and how an understanding of it can help you learn a new language so much faster.

Any questions or observations, just leave a comment.


By Carla Sabala


C- Boa Tarde
M- Tarde…
C- Onde fica a farmácia?
M- Ao fim da rua vire à esquerda, a farmácia fica à sua direita.
C- Desculpe, pode repetir?
M- …
C- OK, muito obrigada

C- Olá, boa tarde. O meu marido tem uma constipação.
M- Há quanto tempo?
C- Há 2 dias.
M- OK, experimente isto.
C- Quanto custa?
M- 3 euros e 5 cêntimos.
C- Vou levar, Obrigada.


  1. Nazar 8 years ago

    Thank you for podcast! I enjoy practicing Portuguese with you.
    I am in Lisbon but use mostly English. You inspire me to force myself to practice more Portuguese.

    • carlasabala 8 years ago

      Thank you for your comment! I’m very pleased to know i’m inspiring you to practice harder 🙂
      If possible, try to watch Portuguese tv, read books, listen to Portuguese music, etc. Basically, expose yourself to the language as much as possible. It may be hard to start with, but without you realising you will learn a lot!

  2. Steph 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for this podcast and the series as a whole. Have just started learning Portuguese and am really grateful to have found such an accessible resource for European Portuguese. 🙂

    • Marlon Sabala 5 years ago

      Hi Steph, you’re very welcome 🙂

  3. LindaM 4 years ago

    You guys are so funny, you make it fun, and youre just so real. Don’t change. 🙂

    • Marlon Sabala 4 years ago

      Muito obrigado Linda 🙂

  4. Fabienne 4 years ago

    Yes, about the plasticity brain ist true, I’ve experience it here in Switzerland. When I arrived in the German speaking Part I could only speak standard German. Here in the speaking German part of Switzerland in each Kanton (district) the people have different dialects. First I didn’t understand them. But with the time I understand more and more. I cannot speak their dialect but with the time I am using a few words from these dialect when I speak German. I speak now a sort of mix of standard German with words from dialect German and I don’t have anymore to translate in my head in my own language which it’s french when I’m speaking oder listening. It’s interesting.
    Thank you very much for all your works the Videos and postcasts and explanation it help me a lot to understand European Portuguese. It is just so real. I enjoy very much to learn Portuguese with you.

    • Marlon Sabala 4 years ago

      Obrigado Fabienne.

      We’re really glad you’re finding this useful and thanks for sharing your experience 🙂

  5. Vivienne 4 years ago

    We have vacationed in Portugal every year for the last six years. I have tried to learn basics like thank you, please, washroom etc and can get around a bit. But I have decided to really work at learning Portuguese. I have found these pod casts amusing and helpful. Thank you. Obrigada!

    • Marlon Sabala 4 years ago

      Glad we could be of help 🙂

  6. Jane 4 years ago

    HI Carla and Marlon,

    I find your podcasts very informative, efficient and enjoyable. Just a question though, is it not possible to download all your podcasts so i can listen to them when i am offline as well?

    • Marlon Sabala 4 years ago

      Boa tarde Jane,

      Thanks for the kind words. 🙂

      Yes, all you need is a podcatcher app on your device. There are plenty of them on the Appstore or Playstore. Once you have that, just “subscribe” to the podcast and download away 🙂

  7. Anna 3 years ago

    Hello, can you recommend a Portuguese radio station, radio 4 type..we can listen to?
    Thank you

    • Marlon 3 years ago

      TSF comes to mind. RDP1 is another good one.

      Hope that helps.

      • Steve 3 years ago

        Thanks Marlon. Something to do on lockdown with a beer outside! No Super Bock, so it will have to be San Miguel. I do still have some Delta coffee pods left though. Hope you guys are doing well in Lincoln.

  8. Nancy 3 years ago

    I discovered your podcasts listening to Marlon’s critique of top ten (really top 3) apps to learn European Portuguese. We traveled to São Miguel in 2017, Lisbon in 2018, and back to São Miguel, Pico, and Faial in 2019. In 2020 September, we have booked plans to travel to São Miguel, staying in Lagoa again, then quick trips to Terceira and São Jorge. With COVID-19, we can only hope. So grateful for discovering you. Obrigada, Nancy

  9. Howie 10 months ago

    I just started going through your podcasts and I love them. Thank you for taking the time to create these gems of Portuguese language learning.
    Muito Obrigado

  10. Will 10 months ago

    I have only just found your podcasts and videos this week and I love learning with you both, Carla and Marlon. You are very good teachers. Muito obrigada!

    • Marlon 10 months ago

      Thank you very much Will. Really appreciate it 🙂 Keep it up!

  11. Jeffrey 9 months ago

    Hi Carla and Marlon,

    thanks SO much for putting this course together. I am preparing for my first trip to Portugal and this class has been really helpful.

    I wonder if you have some “easy books” suggestions to read. Thanks a lot!!!!

  12. Taylor 8 months ago

    So far really enjoying this Podcast and appreciate everything you guys do. Thank you

    • Marlon 8 months ago

      Thank you Taylor. Appreciate your nice comments. Keep it up!

  13. Kaylee 4 months ago

    I really enjoy these podcasts! Im going to Portugal next summer and have wanted to learn the language for years! This is definitely going to help me get started:)

  14. Harpreet 3 months ago

    Hey Carla.Thank you so much for making Portuguese lessons so easy for non-native speakers.Muito Obrigada😘

    • Marlon 3 months ago

      Muito obrigado Harpeet 🙂

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