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Portuguese (Brazilian)

At one point or another, a trip to Brazil has probably crossed your mind: Whether it’s the lure of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, or an eco-tour of the wild Amazon basin, your experience will surely be enhanced by knowing conversational Portuguese. Brazil is a gigantic country, with more than a little something for everyone. It’s known for great hospitality and amazing beaches, and many tourists return for second and third trips because there is just so much to see and do.

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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Greet People
    • Make Small Talk with Strangers
    • Say Goodbye
    • Form Basic Questions
    • Recognize Articles and Agreement
    • Recognize Verb Conjugation and Personal Pronoun Agreement
  • Do You Speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do You Speak English?

    • Ask Where Someone is From
    • Ask Whether Someone Speaks a Language
    • Get Someone's Attention
    • Learn About the Verb Ser
    • Learn the First Person Form of the Verb Morar
    • Learn the First, Second, and Third Person Forms of the Verb Entender
    • Learn the First, Second, and Third Person Forms of the Verb Falar
    • Negate Simple Statements
  • Names and Introductions
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    Building the basics.

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Introduce Yourself and Others
    • Recognize Some Brazilian Names
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • Learn About Gender Agreement
    • Learn Some Question Words
    • Learn the Difference Between Ser and Estar
    • Use Possessive Pronouns
    • Use the Reflexive Pronoun Se
  • Getting Around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Help Finding Places
    • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions
    • Learn the Imperative (Command) Verb Structure
    • Learn the Imperative Form of the Verb Ir
    • Learn the Use of Ficar for Locations
    • Practice Verbs in the Present Tense
    • Use the Contracted Form of Prepositions and Articles
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Count up to 99
    • Deal with Brazilian Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • Learn How to Give Affirmative Answers to Yes/No Questions
    • Learn the First Person Plural Verb Conjugation
    • Use Demonstratives
  • Drinks and Dining
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    Building the basics.

    Drinks and Dining

    • Gain Insight into the Brazilian Food Culture
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Formulate Questions
    • Learn About Gender and Number Agreement of Adjectives
    • Learn New Verbs
    • Practice More Preposition and Article Contractions
    • Use the Gostar + de Construction
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Deal with Large Numbers
    • Discuss Payment Methods
    • Handle Brazilian Currency with Ease
    • Ride a Taxi and Pay the Fare
    • Conjugate the Irregular Verb Poder
    • Learn to Offer to Do Something Using Deixe-me
    • Use Numbers up to 999
  • Getting Help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Help

    • Accept and Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Brazil
    • Learn to Form the Continuous Verb Tense
    • Learn to Form the Preterite Past Tense
    • Use Reflexive Pronouns
    • Use the Estar + com Construction
  • What Does That Mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What Does That Mean?

    • Ask / Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
    • Ask and Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Means
    • Ask and Tell What Something Is
    • Communicate One's Ability to Understand Something
    • Request That Someone Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
    • Form and Use Demonstratives
    • Form Questions to Aid in Understanding
    • Learn the Preterite Past Tense Form of New Verbs
    • Practice the Command Form of New Verbs
    • Use Basic Adverbs
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • Ask and Tell What Something Is
    • Give or Respond to a Compliment
    • Request or Agree to Speak in Brazilian Portuguese
    • Request or Provide a Performance Review
    • Tell Someone That You Are Learning Something
    • Form Numbers up to 9,999
    • Learn More Adjectives
    • Learn More Question Words
    • Use Demonstratives
    • Use Prepositions to Express Time

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
    • Talk About Personality Types
    • Talk About Pets
    • Combine the Preposition Em with the Demonstrative Pronouns Este and Esta
    • Form Tag Questions Using Né?
    • Form the Third Person Plural Possessive Pronouns
    • Use Number Agreement with Possessive Pronouns
    • Use the First Person Plural Form of Ser and Ter
  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • Describe the Color of Somehting
    • Refer to General Places
    • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
    • Use Location and Relational Words
    • Learn Demonstrative Pronouns
    • Learn the Direct Object Pronoun Te
    • Use Adverbs of Place
    • Use Prepositions of Place and Direction
  • Small Talk
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Small Talk

    • Accept an Invitation
    • Politely Decline an Invitation
    • Share Likes and Dislikes
    • Talk About Careers and Professions
    • Talk About Hobbies
    • Conjugate Regular Verbs in the Past Tense
    • Create the Plural Form of Regular Verbs
    • Use the Second Person Plural Pronoun Vocês
  • Dating
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Dating

    • Ask About Somebody’s Habits
    • Offer to Buy Somebody a Drink
    • Strike Up a Conversation
    • Communicate the Past Tense Using
    • Create the Regular Plural Form for Nouns Ending in a Consonant
    • Practice More Reflexive Verbs
    • Use A gente for First Person Plural
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • Discuss the Ingredients in a Dish
    • Learn Common Local and Cultural Foods
    • Refer to Food Preparation Processes
    • Say You Like Certain Foods
    • Learn the Continuous Verb Tense
    • Use the Imperative / Command Form
    • Use the Verb Ir + A to Indicate Future Tense
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • Describe the Land
    • Describe the Weather
    • Say the Months of the Year
    • Express Future Tense Using Ir
    • Form the Past Tense of the Verb Ir
    • Practice Vamos...! as "Let's...!"
    • Use the Phrase Não vejo a hora
    • Use the Verb Fazer to Refer to the Weather
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • Inquire About Store Hours
    • Understand Different Types of Stores
    • Understand Sizing in Brazil
    • Learn the Second and Third Person Singular Conjugation for Verbs Ending in -ir
    • Learn to Form Comparatives
    • Practice Forming Numbers
    • Use Number Agreement When Referring to Time
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Invite Someone to Join You for an Activity
    • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
    • Use the Post Office
    • Ask What Something Costs
    • Establish Comparisons
    • Form Irregular Plurals
    • Learn the Ter que Structure
  • Leisure Activities
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Leisure Activities

    • Make Plans for an Activity
    • Refer to Modes of Transportation
    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest Going Somewhere
    • Form Future Time Phrases Using Que vem
    • Learn the Portuguese Translation for English Gerunds
    • Practice the Imperative Form of Verbs
    • Use Correct Prepositions for Modes of Transportation
    • Use the Phrase Além de
  • Sightseeing
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Sightseeing

    • Ask About and Discuss a Famous Person and Local History
    • Ask to See Less Common Places
    • Ask to See Tourist Attractions
    • State an Idea
    • Practice Preposition Contractions
    • Use Prepositions to Show Location
    • Use the Relative Pronoun O que
    • Use the Verb dever

Broadening boundaries.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Say If You Are Familiar with Someone or Something
    • Talk About Famous Authors and Books
    • Talk About Famous Local Artists
    • Talk About Local Music
    • Construct the Simple Past Tense
    • Construct the Ouvir falar Structure
    • Form Irregular Plurals
    • Use Correct Articles with Irregular Gender Nouns
    • Use the Vai ter Construct
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Ask about Wars or Other Important Events
    • Discuss the Country's Government
    • Discuss the Country's Origins
    • Talk about Local Historical People
    • Conjugate 2nd and 3rd Person Past Tense
    • Form the Imperative
    • Use Correct Articles with Irregular Gender Nouns
    • Use Gender-Neutral Adjectives
  • At the Hospital
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    Broadening boundaries.

    At the Hospital

    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name a Kind of Medicine
    • Respond to Medical Questions
    • Understand a Doctor's Orders
    • Form the Simple Past Tense of -ar Verbs
    • Use Direct and Indirect Object Pronouns
    • Use the Estar com Phrase
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Express Thoughts and Feelings

    • Describe or Explain Your Emotions
    • Express Feelings
    • Offer Sympathy
    • Conjugate Reflexive Verbs
    • Form Phrases of Exclamation
    • Form the Simple Past Tense
    • Use Acabar de to Speak of Recent Happenings
    • Use Faz to Express Time Passed
  • Higher Education
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Education

    • Ask What School Somebody Attended
    • Discuss the Merits of a School
    • Express Pride
    • Inquire About a Field of Study
    • Conjugate Reflexive Verbs
    • Conjugate Regular Verbs in the Past and Present Tenses
    • Form Expressions of Time
    • Use the Ouvir falar Phrase
    • Use the Ter que Construction
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • Ask About the Origin of a Name
    • Comment on Someone’s Name
    • Describe the Nature of a Guest's Visit
    • Identify Your Relationship With Someone
    • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone
    • Form the Future Conditional Verb Tense
    • Form the Imperfect Past Tense of "-ar" Verbs
    • Learn the First Person Plural Simple Past Tense Form of Conhecer
    • Practice the Impersonal Structure Se...
    • Use Title Words
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • Ask and Tell the Ingredients in a Dish
    • Ask if Someone Wants to Taste a Dish
    • Give Compliments on Food
    • Talk About Hunger and Food Cravings
    • Talk About One's Dietary Habits
    • Learn the Phrase Estar a fim de...
    • Practice Forming Imperatives
    • Understand the Differences Between Ser and Estar
    • Use Fazer to Refer to Being on a Diet
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Add Humor to a Situation
    • Describe Someone's Appearance
    • Express Uncertainty
    • Differentiate When to Use the Preterite and Imperfect Tenses
    • Form the Imperfect Tense for -ar Verbs
    • Learn the Phrase Fazer idéia
    • Learn the Phrase Ter certeza
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
    • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
    • Say You Have to Verify Something
    • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming
    • Form and Use the Future Subjunctive Tense
    • Learn a New Translation for "Something"
    • Reinforce the Use of Reflexive Verbs
    • Use Prepositional Phrases Referencing Time
    • Use Prepositions to Change the Meaning of Verb Phrases
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sports and Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group
    • Formulate Phrases Referring to Time
    • Learn Adverbs of Time and Frequency
    • Learn the Second Person Present and Past Tense of Fazer
    • Use the Phrases Fazer exercício and Fazer peso

Continuing with confidence.

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  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Understand and Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Form Formal Possessives
    • Learn the Contracted Form of Por + the Article
    • Learn the Contracted Form of por + the Article
    • Learn Two Translations for "Any/Anything"
    • Practice the Use of Double Negatives
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check into and out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Express Future Desires
    • Offer Help
    • Form and Use the Future Subjunctive Verb Tense
    • Form and Use the Present Subjunctive Verb Tense
    • Practice the Ser + Participle Form
    • Use Ordinal Numbers
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
    • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
    • Inquire About Possible Homes
    • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In
    • Form the Third Person Plural of the Preterite Tense
    • Reinforce the Translation of the English Gerund in Portuguese
    • Use the Future Subjunctive
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
    • Discuss Setting Up Utilities
    • Establish a Time Frame for Services
    • Give Contact and Billing Information
    • Differentiate When to Use Ir and Vir
    • Formulate Dates
    • Learn the Conditional Form for Regular Verbs
    • Learn the Direct Object Pronoun Clitics lo and la
    • Use the Present Subjunctive
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Mention Hearsay
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • Conjugate the Preterite Tense of the nós Form
    • Differentiate Between the Use of Qual and Que
    • Form Irregular Plurals
    • Learn the Irregular Comparatives Maior and Menor
    • Use the Conditional Verb Tense
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Express Fear and Urgency
    • Request and Offer Emergency Aid
    • Request or Provide an Address or Location
    • Form the Imperative of the Irregular Verbs Ir and Ficar
    • Learn to Form Adverbs From Adjectives
    • Practice the Preterite Verb Tense
    • Use Direct Object Pronouns with Verbs Ending in -er
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
    • Describe Feelings of Anger
    • Express Annoyance
    • Give an Excuse
    • Differentiate Between Object of Verb and Object of Preposition Pronouns
    • Learn a New Translation for "To Finish"
    • Practice Forming Comparatives
    • Reinforce the Use of Direct Object Pronoun Clitics
    • Use the Correct Verb Tense When Requesting Favors
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon Services
    • Make and Ask About Appointments
    • Request and Discuss Hair Styles
    • Form the Conditional Tense for All Persons
    • Learn a New Translation for "Short"
    • Learn a Third Translation for "Time"
    • Use the Singular Form to Refer to the Parts of a Group
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss When Events Occur
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person's Availability
    • Form Past Participles
    • Form Plural Imperatives
    • Learn the Contracted Form of Em + Aquele
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Form and Use the Conditional Perfect Tense
    • Form Commands in the Third Person Plural
    • Learn the Past Subjunctive Forms of Ser and Ter
    • Practice the Preterite and Imperfect Past Tenses