Lesson 3 - Portuguese With Carla Podcast

Free Audio Course – Lesson 3

For the 3rd lesson in our free portuguese course we’ve decided to start a coherent and continuous journey with our dialogs from week to week.  We will follow a family on their holiday in Portugal. What sort of things are they likely to encounter? What are the common phrases and expressions?

Also in this lesson: How can singing help when learning a new language?

Listen in.


By Carla Sabala


M- Boa noite, desculpe onde fica o balcão de aluguer de carros?
C- Qual é o nome da companhia?
M- Enterprise.
C- É fácil. Fica mesmo ali por trás daquelas escadas rolantes
M- Ah ok, obrigado.

M- Boa noite!
C- Boa noite. Como posso ajudá-lo?
M- Precisava de um carro para 15 dias, por favor.
C- De 3 ou 5 portas?
M- 3 é suficiente, obrigado.
C- Prefere com transmissão automática ou manual?
M- Tanto faz.
M- Queria seguro contra todos os riscos por favor.
C- A sua carta de condução por favor?
M- Aqui tem.
C- São €324 por favor.
C- Confirme o valor e insira o código por favor.
C- Ora bem, aqui tem a chave. O carro está no primeiro andar do parque.

M- O carro é a gasolina ou gasóleo?
C- Gasóleo.
M- Obrigado.
C- De nada.



  1. Marie 2 years ago

    I love the fact that you and your husband do these podcast they are soo helpful (me and my daughter listens to this every evening who is half portuguese, which is another reasok why I want to continue learning) as someone who has been learning Portuguese on and off for years this is definitely the best decision I made. Muito Obrigada!

    BTW: I was wondering if you do classes in London?

    • Carla Sabala 2 years ago

      Olá Marie!
      We are very pleased to hear both you and your daughter are finding the podcast helpful. You’re very welcome!
      I’m sorry to say I don’t do classes in person, only online via Skype.

      Thanks again!

  2. Elijah Strickland 10 months ago

    Well at least I know I’m getting somewhere :3 before I started learning from this prodcast I could never follow the conversation by reading. I can now 😁

    Also. Is it common for people no be able to roll their lounge? My mom is part Spaniard, Portuguese and italian but cant roll her tounge. But me and my brother and sister can.

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      Marlon Sabala 10 months ago

      Hi Elijah,

      That’s fantastic. Thanks for taking the time to write in. 🙂
      The rolling of the tongue: well, it really depends what language you brought up with. But some find it easier than others and some who learn the language as adults may never master it.

      Mind you, even portuguese natives sometimes have trouble with it 🙂

  3. Linda 6 months ago

    Dear Carla and Marlon,

    My husband and I love your podcast a lot. You guys have beautiful voices with sincere.

    The theme idea is also great, practical and very quickly can use them in the real life. We now use your podcast as self learning main material.

    We have a small question re pronunciation of “t” in Portuguese. It sounds sometimes like “Tee” but some times sounds more like “de” . Which is correct way or maybe in real life, it indeed has both ways?

    Thank you…

    Linda from China

  4. Carla Sabala 6 months ago

    Olá Linda!

    Thank you so much for your positive feedback 😀 We’re very pleased to hear both you and your husband are enjoying the podcasts!

    The letter “t” is pronounced as a “tee” or “te” but not as a “d”. It may sound that way to some natives of other languages, perhaps because we do not over stress it, but pronounce it softly a lot of the time. Hope that makes sense 🙂


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