Most language learning resources focus on the process of what YOU can do to learn a language.
But what I'm interested in is how a language is an organic, living, naturally occurring phenomenon, like rivers, trees, and humans, and what that has to do with efficient language learning, as well as what it has to do with the nature of life/God/the universe (as a bonus).
So you are thinking about spending some time in Brazil but you feel the language to be a problem. In fact, Brazilian Portuguese is not the easiest language to learn, and things get even trickier when dealing with spoken Portuguese, which is full of slangs and expressions that sounds a lot different from written Portuguese. With that being said, some dedication and time will get you through...
PORTUGUESE: the language of BIG BRAZIL!
BRAZIL: the land of SOCCER!
SOCCER: love it or hate it, it is a worldwide passion!
Brazilian Portuguese is FUN: and Brazilians are all about fun, soccer, beautiful places to visit, friends to make!
Even if you are all about business, BRAZIL is the land of opportunity! (Check it out, Google it!)
I recently got a tip about this language-learning app from Duolingo and have been test-driving it on my iPhone for a few days in Spanish, a language I've never formally studied. And I like it, quite a bit in fact.
As an ESL and German teacher of many years, and someone who has dabbled in a variety of other languages, I put a lot of thought and study into the process of learning language. Duolingo...
Have you taken a full year or two of a foreign language, and wish to have an enjoyable way to increase, improve, and expand your vocabulary and comprehension of the language in 'real' life? Here is an easy and rewarding way to do so. First, let's figure what you usually 'need' for foreign language study: material in the language you're studying; a way to look up or translate unfamiliar words and...
Some teachers don't like beginning language students to buy Spanish-English/English-Spanish (or whatever) dictionaries, but I think they're very valuable tools. But what they say about books in general holds true for good foreign language dictionaries: you can't tell them by their covers. Some dictionaries are great, while others are terrible. But there are a couple of things to look for to see...
Are you looking for a great way to practice your speaking skills in French? Go to www.sharedtalk.com! There you will find native speakers of French (among many other languages) with whom you can practice your speaking skills. This is a great way to improve your listening comprehension, too! Try it out! It's free and all you have to do is sign up!
Whether you're learning Spanish, French, English, or even new science or social studies vocabulary, developing vocabulary is the key to a world of new conversations. When approaching a new set of vocabulary, different techniques work for different kinds of learning. Watching movies, listening to music, and interacting with people in the new language are fun and effective means of immersion. When...
Uma das maneiras mais divertidas de conhecer e aprender um idioma e assistindo a filmes na lingua que voce quer desvendar!
Abaixo segue uma lista com algums filmes brasileiros (audio e legenda, em alguns casos) disponiveis no mercado norte-americano.
LISTA DE FILMES NA LINGUA PORTUGUESA (no particular order was used)
West Land, 2010
The middle of the world, 2004
QUAL é o seu nome? Meu nome é _________________________
QUE horas são? São _______________________________
QUE dia da semana é hoje? Hoje é _____________________
QUANTOS anos você tem? Eu tenho ________________
ONDE você mora? Eu moro em/na/próximo _______________________________
QUAL é o seu endereço? Rua _________________ número ________________ Bairro ______________ Cidade...
If you have Brazilian friends you probably realized that we have our own time. What I mean by that!?
Nós estamos sempre atrasados!
I remember as a kid when my mom sent the birthday invitations with the starting time as 2 hours earlier than the time that she actually planned the
festa to be started. So, let’s say if the party started at 7 pm, she wrote in the invitations that the party...
One may always be grammatically correct or use a wide variety of vocabulary in a foreign language. However, this means absolutely nothing if one cannot pronounce words and phrases correctly. When I was learning Spanish in school, my teachers rarely corrected my pronunciation. It wasn't until I traveled to Spain that I learned how to pronounce words correctly. Emphasizing pronunciation is something...
I just finished reading Harry Potter 3 in Spanish, and boy am I glad to be done! It feels really great to have accomplished this goal, and to be 2/7ths of the way done with my goal of reading each of the 7 books in a different language (I read #1 in English, so that's the other 1/7th I've completed). I think I will move on to #2 in Latin or #4 in German next!
My motivation for this project...
Creating Confidence When Speaking a Foreign Language
Studying a foreign language? Feeling tongue-tied, unable to spit out what you're trying to say? You aren't alone. One of the biggest challenges in learning a foreign language is training our tongues (literally) to speak in a way that is rather unnatural. Ever tried to roll an "r" in Spanish? Or (for me) speak a lick of French...
Song of Exile was written by Antônio Gonçalves Dias in 1843 and was a main part of the nationalist poetry movement taking place in Brazil at the time. It is still seen today as one of if not the national poem of Brazil. It was written by Dias while he was in Portugal and is about how much he misses Brazil.
Song of Exile (Cancao do Exilio)
by Antonio Goncalves Dias