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Learning Portuguese by yourself if you really want is more than possible.
Knowledge of Portuguese is an extremely useful skill not only when traveling, but also in everyday life. There’s a reason why employers are increasingly looking for candidates who have at least a communicative level. It is the 9th most popular language in the world! However, despite the desire to learn, sometimes you simply might not have the opportunity to take a full-time course in your location. Then you have to learn Portuguese by yourself at home. It can be as effective as in the case of a stationary group course. Let’s check how to achieve it.

Where to start learning Portuguese by yourself

In the beginning it is worth learning some useful words. Thanks to this, you will create a language base on which to build the first simple sentences.

Self-adhesive cards

The first way to learn vocabulary at home is to use the “sticky notes” method. For this purpose, let’s prepare sticky notes on which we will write Portuguese words specifying individual items.

At this stage you should try to use appropriate articles (e.g. “a mesa”, “o espelho”), so that it will immediately become a habit.

Sticky notes prepared in such a way are then attached on the proper objects and each time you enter a room you read them aloud. You will not even realize how quickly you will learn these words by heart, without looking at the cards.


Another way for you to learn new words quickly and comfortably is by using language flashcards. You can buy ready-made sets in the bookstore or create them yourself. The flashcards are rectangular cardboards with a Portuguese phrase on one side and a translation in your language on the reverse. The method behind this is very simple. You read and remember the phrases on the cards, translating them one by one until you know the translation without having to flip the flashcard to the other side. It’s a great way to learn Portuguese words almost anywhere, when traveling by public transport, while waiting in the waiting room or while walking.

Portuguese dictionary

An effective way to learn Portuguese vocabulary is to work with a dictionary. Every day we choose a few (maximum) 5 words which Portuguese meaning we would like to learn. Then check them in the dictionary and repeat them out loud several times a day to reinforce their Portuguese sound. For example, you can choose a word from your shopping list and repeat the Portuguese name when you put it into the basket. This way, your mind will connect the word with the real object you see.

Useful tools and applications for learning Portuguese

For language learning, there are plenty of helpful apps available on the phone or via web browser. They allow you to learn not only the vocabulary but also the grammar of the language in a convenient and simple way. Thanks to which you obtain an excellent base for further deepening of Portuguese. Here are some application suggestions:

  • Duolingo

This is a popular language learning application that can be used to accurately determine your expectations and level of existing knowledge. Duolingo adapts the curriculum to the user’s knowledge level. The advantage of the application is also the ability to learn how to write and read, as well as the correct pronunciation of individual Portuguese expressions.

  • SuperMemo

Another suggestion is an application that allows you to learn a language broken down into individual blocks: vocabulary, grammar, phrases or tests. The idea of ​​the application is learning through regular repetition, which is why SuperMemo makes sure that the user receives notifications about the need to repeat the already learned material.

  • Drops

You got only 5 minutes a day? No problem. The third solution for learning Portuguese through internet tools is to use Drops application. Like the previously mentioned applications, it allows you to undergo language training determining the level of knowledge, as well as the use of learning vocabulary or grammar. Learning a language in this app is based on visual learning. You can use that app for free 5 minutes a day. If you would like to use it longer than 5 minutes, you need to upgrade to paid version.

Learn Portuguese online – a course with a native speaker

If you want to learn a language at a level that allows you to be able to use it fluently in speech and writing, and also understand it by ear, then the best idea will be an online Portuguese course. Without leaving home, with the internet available, you can take lessons using Skype or Zoom. Sitting comfortably on the sofa, you can learn Portuguese with a professional teacher who will make sure that the course is stress-free for you and learning is a pleasure. Nothing strengthens knowledge (words or grammar) as well as a real conversation with an experienced teacher.

The online Portuguese classes offered by Coelho Iberian School is a great way not only to learn a language, but also to learn about the culture of the country, which will be a huge advantage when interacting with native Portuguese, for example, during business meetings.

How to start an online course?

It’s easy! You have 2 options. Option 1: To start, try our Portuguese classes for free. During the 45-minute conversation with the teacher, you will set a goal and plan the next meeting. Option 2: sign up for one of the upcoming group courses.

An online Portuguese course at Coelho Iberian School is the best way to learn a language at home, with full time flexibility and comfort that is so important for people who do not feel confident during group in-persons classes.

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