Can We Really Have You Speaking Brazilian Portuguese in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Portuguese conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Portuguese.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Portuguese the way the Brazilians do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Portuguese
Like Spain, Portugal once had an empire that stretched across the globe, and included the occupation of several African nations. Because of this, many countries far from Portugal and Brazil still speak Portuguese today.
As the world expands, and many companies become multinational and global in nature, more and more business and employment opportunities will become available on all the continents. By learning Brazilian Portuguese, you open yourself up for the chance to work not just in Brazil, but in Europe and Africa as well.
The two main countries where Portuguese is spoken–Portugal and Brazil–are also two of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Being able to speak Portuguese will allow you to travel freely in both countries, as well as the many other countries that use Portuguese as a primary or secondary language. You'll be able to find your way around, enjoy local delicacies, and get to know the local people a little better than you would if you had to rely on hand gestures to get your point across.
Knowing Portuguese will help you experience more fully a country's culture, art, and history, and you'll be able to appreciate it all the more.
Brazilian Portuguese: Conversational vs. Academic
Taking a Brazilian Portuguese class requires that you have to fit in something new within your schedule, read textbooks and do a lot of written exercises. There's memorization, repetition, and tests. It will take a while before you're ready to venture into conversations.
But with Pimsleur, you start off with conversation right away. There are no hours and hours of study, poring over page after page of grammar. A native speaker says the words and phrases you most need to get around and communicate, and you learn them just by listening and repeating. You'll quickly be able to say things like:
Que horas são? – What time is it?
Eu me chamo… – My name is…
Onde está estação de trem? – Where is the train station?
Eugostaria de café, por favor. – I would like coffee, please.
By learning Portuguese the natural way, using idiomatic expressions the Portuguese actually use rather than textbook phrases, you will benefit by speaking Portuguese that is "real" rather than academic.
A Logical Way to Learn Portuguese
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Portuguese words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
More than 300 million people around the world speak Portuguese. This includes approximately 236 million who speak it as a first language.
Portuguese is the fifth most-spoken language in the world. It is also the third most-spoken language of the Western Hemisphere, and the most-spoken language in the entire Southern Hemisphere.
Several countries have designated Portuguese as the official language. You know Portuguese is the primary language in Portugal and Brazil. But you may not know it's the official language in six other countries: Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, and East Timor.