Rio Carnival 2012, Brazil

Today marks the beginning of Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro Carnival which is one of the world’s most well known and spectacular Carnivals. This annual event is held every February in the Sambadrome – the official samba stadium where the Carnival is held – and attracts millions of visitors from around the world. This year’s Rio Carnival is particularly important as it is hoped that the high numbers of participants and visitors at this year’s event (which is expected to be upwards of five million), will prove that Brazil is capable of hosting multiple events with huge visitor numbers in the near future, with both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games taking place in Brazil.

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Earworms Rapid Languages

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Enjoy learning languages in a completely unique and fun way with Earworms Rapid language courses. Listen to the rhythmic repetition of songs and melodies to help you learn the language by using your long-term memory or what they call the ‘accelerated learning technique’. You will be speaking real language without even realising it! The Earworms Rapid language course range is available in Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Learn to speak a language in 70 minutes and on the go with Earworms Rapid Languages!


01 Earworms Rapid Arabic

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language: Arabic

Learn essential words at the heart of the Arabic language and how to put them together to make yourself understood. Volume 1 deals with the essentials you need for a trip abroad, whilst Volume 2 deals with more general conversational terms including the past, present and future tenses. This  is a fun way to learn a language rapidly and will have you speaking real Arabic straight away!

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02 Earworms Rapid Brazilian Portuguese

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language: Brazilian Portuguese

Learn essential words at the heart of the Brazilian Portuguese language and how to put them together to make yourself understood. Volume 1 deals with the essentials you need for a trip abroad, whilst Volume 2 deals with more general conversational terms including the past, present and future tenses. This is a fun way to learn a language rapidly and will have you speaking real Brazilian Portuguese straight away!

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language: Cantonese

Learn essential words at the heart of the Cantonese language and how to put them together to make yourself understood. Volume 1 deals with the essentials you need for a trip abroad. This  is a fun way to learn a language rapidly and will have you speaking real Cantonese straight away!

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04 Earworms Rapid Dutch

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language: Dutch

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05 Earworms Rapid French

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08 Earworms Rapid Italian

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09 Earworms Rapid Japanese

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10 Earworms Rapid Mandarin Chinese

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11 Earworms Rapid Polish

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12 Earworms Rapid Portuguese

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13 Earworms Rapid Russian

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14 Earworms Rapid Spanish

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MICHEL THOMAS PORTUGUESE (USA)

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Enjoy learning Portuguese in a totally revolutionary way with Michel Thomas Method Portuguese language courses. This unique method has been perfected over a lifetime of teaching. No books, no pens, no notes and no exercises from this totally audio language course.  It works by building up the language in manageable chunks bit by bit. Just relax, listen, connect and learn. And you really do make so much progress while learning Portuguese, even if you’ve never succeeded in learning a language before. Now you can learn Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method, in a fraction of the time needed for any other course.


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01 Michel Thomas Method START Portuguese NEW!

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language: Portuguese
method: audio cd, mp3

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language: Portuguese
method: audio cd, visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac

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language: Portuguese
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Previous editions of Michel Thomas Method language courses:

01 Michel Thomas Method Speak Portuguese Get Started Kit

michel thomas method speak portuguese get started kitlevel: beginner
language: Portuguese
method: audio CDs

The Michel Thomas Method Speak Portuguese Get Started Kit is a two-hour short course audio method for learning Portuguese. Join your teacher in a class on the CD and you will soon be able to construct simple sentences to speak basic Portuguese. By the end, you will have the confidence to understand and speak some Portuguese.  It is the first two hours of the Speak Portuguese for Beginners course.

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02 Michel Thomas Method Speak Portuguese for Beginners

michel thomas method speak portuguese for beginnerslevel: beginner
language: Portuguese
method: audio CDs

The Michel Thomas Method Speak Portuguese for Beginners is an eight-hour, 100% audio method for learning Portuguese. Join your teacher and you will soon be able to construct simple phrases. You will learn the language with other students, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. By the end, you will have the confidence to understand and speak Portuguese.

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03 Michel Thomas Method Speak Portuguese Advanced

michel thomas method speak portuguese advancedlevel: intermediate to advanced
language: Portuguese
method: audio CDs

An audio method for learning Portuguese. Join your teacher and fellow students to learn and improve on your Portuguese language, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. By the end, you will have advanced vocabulary, excellent conversation skills and greater confidence to speak Portuguese.

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Other editions of Michel Thomas Method Portuguese:

michel thomas method portuguese foundation courses  michel thomas method portuguese advanced courses


04 Michel Thomas Method Portuguese Foundation 8-hour course

michel thomas method portuguese foundation courseslevel: beginner
language: Portuguese
method: audio CDs

An eight-hour, 100% audio method for learning Portuguese. Join your teacher and two students in a live lesson and within the first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases. You will learn the language with the students, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. By the end, you will have the confidence to understand and speak Portuguese.

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06 Michel Thomas Method Portuguese Advanced course

michel thomas method portuguese advanced courseslevel:intermediate to advanced
language: Portuguese
method: audio CDs

The advanced courses are the follow-on to Michel Thomas’ highly acclaimed Foundation eight-hour course. With his unique method, perfected over a lifetime’s teaching, Michel will take you on to the next level so you are speaking advanced Portuguese easily and fluently. Join your teacher and students in a live classroom situation and build your knowledge at an astonishing rate. With no pens, no paper, no homework and no memorising, you will be able to speak with confidence – even if you’ve never succeeded in learning a language before. Now you can learn Portuguese with the Michel Thomas method, in a fraction of the time needed for any other course.

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MICHEL THOMAS PORTUGUESE (UK)

language advantage brings you our top Portuguese language courses using the audio Michel Thomas method to learn Portuguese, from the famous language teacher to the stars!

Enjoy learning Portuguese in a totally revolutionary way with Michel Thomas Method Portuguese language courses. This unique method has been perfected over a lifetime of teaching. No books, no pens, no notes and no exercises from this totally audio language course.  It works by building up the language in manageable chunks bit by bit. Just relax, listen, connect and learn. And you really do make so much progress while learning Portuguese, even if you’ve never succeeded in learning a language before. Now you can learn Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method, in a fraction of the time needed for any other course.


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01 Michel Thomas Method START Portuguese NEW!

michel thomas method start portuguese language courseslevel: beginner – this START course replaces the Introductory course from previous Michel Thomas ranges
language: Portuguese
method: audio cd, mp3

Learn 50 essential words at the heart of Portuguese and how to put them together to make yourself understood. This one-hour introduction to the Michel Thomas Method will have you speaking real Portuguese straight away and help you to decide if this method of language learning is for you.

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Michel Thomas Method START Portuguese is not currently available as a download from audible.co.uk


02 Michel Thomas Method TOTAL Portuguese NEW!

michel thomas method total portuguese language courseslevel: beginner – this TOTAL course replaces the Foundation Course, Vocabulary Builder and Foundation Review from previous Michel Thomas ranges
language: Portuguese
method: audio cd, visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac

The 12-hour Michel Thomas Method Total Portuguese works with your brain, helping you to build up your Portuguese in manageable, enjoyable steps by thinking out the answers for yourself. You learn through listening and speaking without the pressure of writing or memorizing.

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Michel Thomas Method TOTAL is not currently as a download from audible.co.uk


03 Michel Thomas Method PERFECT Portuguese NEW!

michel thomas method perfect portuguese language courseslevel: intermediate/advanced – this PERFECT course replaces the Advanced course, Vocabulary Builder and Advanced Review from previous Michel Thomas ranges
language: Portuguese
method: audio cd, visual review course and interactive exercises for PC or Mac

Perfect Portuguese with the Michel Thomas Method includes up to nine hours of audio on CD. Become a fluent speaker and understand any situation with this follow-on advanced course.

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Michel Thomas Method PERFECT is not currently available as a download from audible.co.uk


Previous editions of Michel Thomas Method Portuguese language courses:

michel thomas method portuguese introductory courses  michel thomas method portuguese foundation courses  michel thomas method portuguese advanced courses


04 Michel Thomas Method Portuguese Introductory 2-hour course

michel thomas method portuguese introductory courseslevel: beginner (note: this Introductory course is the first two hours of the original Foundation eight-hour course)
language: Portuguesec
method: 2 audio CDs, plus a booklet with Portuguese phrases with English translation or mp3 download of audio book

This is the first two hours of the eight-hour Portuguese Foundation Course. Join your teacher and two students in a live lesson and within the first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases. You will learn the language with the students, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course.

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05 Michel Thomas Method Portuguese Foundation

michel thomas method portuguese foundation courseslevel: beginner
language: Portuguese
method: 8 audio CDs plus a booklet with Portuguese phrases in English translation

The Michel Thomas Method Portuguese Foundation course is an eight-hour, 100% audio method for learning Portuguese. Join your teacher and two students in a live lesson and within the first hour you will be able to construct simple phrases in Portuguese. You will learn the language with the students, hearing both their successes and their mistakes to keep you motivated and involved throughout the course. By the end, you will have the confidence to understand and speak Portuguese.

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06 Michel Thomas Method Portuguese Advanced

michel thomas method portuguese advanced courseslevel: advanced
language: Portuguese
method: 4 audio CDs plus a booklet with Portuguese phrases in English translation

The Michel Thomas advanced five-hour courses are the foll

Teach Yourself Language Courses

language advantage brings you the top Teach Yourself language packs and culture guides

The world-Famous Teach Yourself series covers over 50 languages and they’ll help you master a language at beginner or intermediate level, plus get you to grips with grammar, verbs, vocabularly and scripts. And, you can learn about the culture too!


01 Teach Yourself One-Day

level: complete beginner
languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
method: audio
media: cd, booklet, dvd (French, Spanish only)

If you’re a complete (and we mean complete) beginner, then these may be the courses that get you started with French, German, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish in just one-day. Perfect for that holiday or weekend break. Much better than just speaking English.

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02 Teach Yourself Starter Kits

level: complete beginner
languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish
method: traditional with add-ons!
media: book, phrase book, flashcards, cd

If you’re a complete (and we mean complete) beginner, then these may be the courses that get you started with French, Italian and Spanish! A new series by Elisabeth Smith based on learning 5 words a day to give you a confident start. You have everything you need to get going with a language book, phrase book, flashcards and 2 CDs.

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03 Teach Yourself Instants in 35 minutes a Day

level: beginner
languages: French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
method: traditional with add-ons!
media: book, cd

Never been able to learn a language before? Then try the Instants. They offer a quick solution by teaching you only the words and phrases that really matter and bypass difficult grammar which gets you speaking your new language from the first week. And it keeps you motivated by telling you what you need to do for 35 to 45 minutes each day for 6 weeks!

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04 Teach Yourself Conversation

level: beginner – intermediate
languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Dutch, French, Gaelic, German, Greek, Hindi, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Welsh
method: audio
media: cd

Where Michel Thomas has not gone, these audio-only Teach Yourself Conversation courses go! Learn to both speak and understand your language.

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05 Teach Yourself Complete Language Courses

level: beginner – intermediate
languages: over 50 languages from Afrikaans to Zulu
method: traditional
media: book, cd

Great if you’re a beginner or a ‘false’ beginner and you’ve studied a bit of the language before. From Afrikaans to Zulu, the complete courses offer a comprehensive guide to understanding, speaking and writing the language. Takes you from beginner to intermediate and will refresh ‘rusty’ knowledge. The complete course contains a book and CD.

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06 Teach Yourself Improve Your …

level: intermediate
languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish
method: traditional
media: book, cd

Ideally suited if you have a good grounding in a language and are early intermediate. These courses will extend your languages skills at the same time as you learn more about the country and its culture. This series includes a book and double cd.

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07 Teach Yourself Beginner’s Scripts

level: beginner
languages: Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Urdu
media: book

These books help you learn the scripts of non-Roman alphabets from scratch, with the help of examples of real-life text. The ideal companion to one of the Teach Yourself language courses.

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08 Teach Yourself Essential Grammar and Vocabulary books

Teach Yourself Quick Fix Grammar

level: beginner
languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish
media: book

These pocket-sized books will give instant help to those learning a language and needing to get to grip with the most important grammar points quickly. This series is ideal for the absolute beginner or the intermediate student wanting to check grammar points quickly and easily, with one grammar point explained on each page. The ideal companion to one of the Teach Yourself language courses.

Teach Yourself Essential Grammar

level: beginner – intermediate
languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Irish, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
media: book

These grammar guides are suitable for students of all levels. You can work through them as a course or dip into them to check a grammar point or extend your knowledge. The ideal companion to one of the Teach Yourself language courses.

Teach Yourself Essential Verbs

level: beginner – intermediate
languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish
media: book

If you need to refresh your memory on how verbs work, then this is the series for you. It covers 200 frequently used verbs and gives examples of how they can be used in context. The ideal companion to one of the Teach Yourself language courses.

Teach Yourself Essential Vocabulary

level: beginner – intermediate
languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish
media: book

These vocabulary books will take your existing knowledge and build up your vocabulary systematically with the most useful words. The ideal companion to one of the Teach Yourself language courses.

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09 Teach Yourself World Cultures

level: all
cultures: China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Wales
media: book

The teach yourself world cultures range gives you everything you need to know about your chosen country in one book. Designed to enrich your course or stay abroad, the topics covered include language, culture, geography, food and drink, fashion and the practicalities of living in the country. Each chapter also includes a list of useful words and phrases, plus contacts and further information. These books give an insight into the customs and ways of each country, touching on subjects such as government, language, arts, festivals and food with fascinating facts and figures. These guides are full of really good information, so you can really get more out of your stay and get to know people more easily.

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10 Teach Yourself Religion

level: all
religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, World Faiths
media: book

teach yourself religion series presents all the essential information to gain knowledge of particular faiths. Covering everything from the religions’ key texts to dietary requirements, these books raise fascinating questions about specific religious beliefs and practices.

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Cuts to BBC World Service Language Programmes

The BBC World Service, which started broadcasting in 1932, is to close five of its language services.  The Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, English for the Caribbean and Portuguese for Africa services will all be axed.

An end to radio programmes in another seven languages has also been announced [Read more…]

Multilingual Sussex Schoolchildren Speak 94 Languages

There are over 3,000 bilingual school children in Sussex, on the South Coast of the UK, who speak an amazing 94 languages between them, including Wolof, which is spoken in Senegal, and Igbo, spoken in Nigeria and Niger-Congo.

New figures show the top ten tongues in West Sussex are Urdu, Gujarati, Caribbean Creole French, Portuguese, Tamil, Punjabi, Polish, Bengali, French and Pashto.   [Read more…]

Nelly Furtado sings … in Spanish

Did you know that the Canadian-Portuguese singer, Nelly Furtado, is writing her latest album entirely in Spanish? This is the first time that she will be releasing a non-English album. The album is called ‘Mi Plan’ and will be released on the 15th September 2009.

Find out how to learn to speak  Spanish and get the  Spanish language advantage

OTHER LANGUAGE FILM REVIEWS

Portuguese language film reviews

Cidade de Deus (2002)
City of God

An independent  language advantage film review by Andrea Martins

Cidade de Deus (City of God) is set in a slum in Rio de Janeiro where the lives of many characters sometimes intersect each other through drugs and gun warfare. It is a notoriously violent slum where even the police rarely go and the residents are lucky if they live beyond their childhood. Busca Pé (Rocket) is the narrator of the story, but he is also an example of hope for the other kids who live in the slums. He is too scared to be a hoodlum but also too clever to work in menial jobs. His interest in photography is what draws him back into the slums and records the violence and reality of life there, through the eye of the lens.

This is an entertaining yet powerful film showing real life in the favelas (shanty towns) in Rio de Janeiro. It’s particularly shocking and hard to watch in places and even more disturbing to know that it is based on a true story. It shows clearly what life is like for the people and kids who have to live surrounded by drugs, guns and fear.

This film won several awards including a Bafta, a British Independent Film Award and nominations at both the 2004 Oscars and the 2003 Golden Globe Awards. It shows clearly what life is like in the shanty towns overshot with the music of samba, bossa nova and seventies funk.

The language is particularly difficult to understand even if you understand Portuguese as most of it is in ‘favela’ slang and Brazilian colloquialisms. It’s compelling stuff and definitely worth watching. In Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles. Rated 18 in the UK.

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Central do Brasil (1998)
Central Station

An independent  language advantage film review by Andrea Martins

This is a very moving story by director Walter Salles. Fernanda Montenegro (1998 Academy Award nominated Best Actress) plays a lonely and troubled older woman who spends her days writing letters for illiterate customers at Rio de Janeiro’s Central Train Station. One of her customers is a mother with a young son, Josue. Both their lives change forever when one day Josue’s mother is killed and Dora (Montenegro) reluctantly befriends the boy.

She agrees to help Josue find the father he’s never known and on their journey across Brazil, they learn a lot more about each other. For Dora, the journey is also a personal one as she finds that she has compassion for the boy and through this finds self-esteem and courage, something that she never thought would happen to her.

This is one of those heart-rending but at the same time poignant films that reminds you of how strong the human spirit can be under adverse situations. The scenery is stunning and the stark difference between life in the city and life in the countryside is shown to great effect.

This Brazilian language film won several awards and nominations ranging from the Best Foreign Language Film at the 1999 Golden Globe to a nomination for the Best Actress in a Leading Role for Fernanda Montenegro at the 1999 Oscars.

Unless you learnt Brazilian Portuguese as opposed to Continental Portuguese, the language might be difficult to understand. In Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles

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Russian language film reviews

Solaris (1972)

A  language advantage film review by Sarah Maddocks

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris is a Russian film in which a psychologist, Donatis Banionis (Chris Kelvin) is sent to a Russian space station on a mysterious planet Solaris, to investigate trouble with the scientists who work there. This film is a favourite and it is easy to see why. All but three scientists on the planet have either gone insane and killed themselves or killed each other. As Donatis investigates what has happened to the scientists, his wife appears on the planet, which is impossible as she has committed suicide.

Donatis tries everything in his power to get rid of his dead wife but she always manages to come back unharmed. Consequently he discovers it is in fact the planet which is creating these images and manipulating people’s memories as a way of communicating with them.

This film is fantastic, I loved every bit of it and the representation of the different relationships is superb especially between Donatis and his wife. I have yet to see the remake but if it is anywhere near as good as the original then it is a definite hit.

In Russian language with English subtitles.

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BBC TALK PORTUGUESE ON-LINE REVIEW

An independent language course review by Sarah Maddocks

Talk Portuguese is an on-line introduction to Portuguese set in Portugal and Brazil. It is divided into 10 short sections with slideshows, video clips, useful phrases and quizzes. The course covers 10 subjects such as your typical topics i.e. greetings, introducing yourself and others, describing yourself, in a cafe, directions, food shopping, accommodation, getting around, in a restaurant and hobbies). The website suggests that you also try out (alongside the course) the TV series, a book and audio cassettes and also if you are a tutor to look at the tutor notes with added activities. To be honest, once you’ve done the on-line course you don’t have to buy the BBC Talk language pack, unless you want to do the above away from your computer if you’re on your way to work. The TV series might be good to see what you can understand though. The internet course is in a step-by-step layout and easy to navigate around, although one thing to be aware of is you have to double click on the arrows otherwise you will be waiting 5 minutes for it to load (don’t want to own up to doing that as looking back it does sound like a very stupid thing to do!)

I think the best thing for me to do is to get the negatives out of the way (there’re not many so please don’t stop reading here and not try out the course because it sounds bad!!). I found that the most annoying thing about the on-line course is that you can’t see the dialogue from the slideshows in both English and Portuguese. You can see them side by side in the useful phrases section, but I would have liked to hear and read the phrases in both languages at the same time. The quiz is sometimes irritating as there are an assortment of answer types (that’s not the irritating thing) and some of them are fill in the blanks. This is especially difficult seeing as the word is not actually in the useful phrases (i.e. vocé is you – sorry have just told you one of the answers!) and so you are not told how to spell this beforehand. The only way you would know what the answer is would be to sit down, take notes from the slideshow (which would be easier if both languages were on the same screen) and then learn the notes (I know I sound like I’m moaning on a bit too much about this but it has annoyed me, plus if I wanted to do a course where I had to write things down then I would have chosen to do a paper course and not an on-line one!).

I think this is a great way of really learning the spoken accent and knowing what to expect if (or when) you visit the country.

Right, I think I have done enough ranting and raving on the bad parts,so it’s now time for the good bit. I found that the video clips were good because they used native speakers, so at first it is hard to understand the accent but once you have listened a couple of times you can really hear and understand what is being said. I think this is a great way of really learning the spoken accent and knowing what to expect if (or when) you visit the country. I thought the quiz was good as it allows you to fill in the blanks without having to worry about accents on the words, it accepts the word without accents typed in, this is very handy as it often takes me about 10 minutes to find the right accent for certain letters (this is also unusual for online courses to do this, instead they just flash an incorrect on the screen with the correct version of the word – of course with accents!).

Another great thing about this course is that the sections are short and fun. I seemed to absorb more vocabulary and information by doing one unit a day rather than cramming them all into one session. Each section took me around 15-20 minutes which I found was the right amount of time to actually remember what I had learnt the next day. This is fab especially if you work, you can just come home, turn the computer on, do 15 minutes of Portuguese a night (time that would be spent watching half an episode of Neighbours!) and hey presto in about 2 weeks you would have completed a beginners’ Portuguese language course (the miracle of modern technology never ceases to amaze!) The course needs Flash in order for the video clips to work. The BBC website offers a link to get this downloaded for free, and it is worth doing this as it is good to watch the video clips with sound.

One thing you should remember if trying this course out is that it is better to have a fast internet connection as it could take a while for each screen to load (this however is not a must have but if you are like me and slightly inpatient it is probably better to have a speedy one). The site also mentions the fact that you may have problems connecting to the video course if the internet is too busy. I’ve tried this site at various times of the day and so far (touch wood) have had no problems, so don’t let that put you off!

And did I forget to mention this? The on-line Talk Portuguese course is free. Yes, you pay nothing … thank you BBC Education.

Overall I would recommend people to try this course. At the end of the day, it takes 15 minutes to do one session which is hardly a lifetime – and in exchange you get to speak a little Portuguese from doing it. And did I forget to mention this? The on-line Talk Portuguese course is free. Yes, you pay nothing … thank you BBC Education. All I have to do now is track down somewhere I can go and speak to people in my newly acquired language!!

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