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How to learn a language in 17 days

I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult.  I was able to learn French to conversation fluency in 17 days using the following techniques.  Note that I had previously learned Spanish to fluency so this was not my first foreign language. In summer of 2005 I stayed with a French friend in a tiny village in the Beaujolais region of France.  No-one in the village spoke English and since my friend knew I had an …

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9 tips to learn Brazilian Portuguese outside of Brazil

I would recommend starting to learn Brazilian Portuguese before you arrive in Brazil.  It can be a daunting task and it does require focus and discipline.  To help you out, here are my top 9 hacks to learning Portuguese. 1) Site and learn “ser” and “estar”. You need these verbs to describe things. The best way to learn verbs is to write out the verb tables by hand. Its tedious but writing things out by …

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Learning Portuguese if you already speak Spanish

Many people who come to Brazil can already speak Spanish, either a little or fluently.  As an English speaker, it’s actually much easier for someone who speaks Spanish to learn Portuguese than for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish. Firstly, it’s easier in general to learn a third language than a second language. You already understand the grammatical structure of your own language You know the process of how you learn new languages You must be …

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English words in Brazilian Portuguese

There are many English words in modern Brazilian Portuguese.  Sometimes saying an English word in Portuguese will get you understood.  Sometimes it won’t.  To help you avoid saying the wrong thing, check out the following list of English works used in Brazilian Portuguese with different meanings: Dark – Gothic person Durex – Sticky tape Fashion – Cool fashion style Funk – A musical genre from Rio de Janeiro Hardcore – same in English Night – …

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