Whether you are planning to visit Brazil for business or pleasure, knowing at least a few sentences in the local lingo is likely to add a whole new dimension to your trip. Luckily, learning a new language has never been easier. Bruno Valera from Reviewbox says that Brazilian Portuguese language learning apps have come a long way in the last few years, and now can help users not only build their vocabulary, but also improve their listening comprehension and even connect them with a native speaker. With this in mind, here is our list of the best five Brazilian Portuguese learning apps to get you started.
Probably the most popular language learning app, Duolingo offers courses in 22 languages, including Portuguese. The app, which blends reading, writing and listening to facilitate learning, is simple to use and offers extensive vocabulary and grammar lessons. And in case you are not feeling motivated, Duolingo will send you daily study reminders.
A dictionary, phrasebook and verb conjugator rolled into one, this app is one of the best all-around tools for learning Portuguese. Ultra-versatile, it comes with a pronunciation function that can be set on either a Brazilian or a European Portuguese accent. To help you learn and test your skills, the app also features vocabulary quizzes and flashcard games. Plus, it lets you add notes to personalize your learning.
Unlike most other language learning apps, Tandem gives you the opportunity to connect with native speakers in Brazil in a casual environment. After all, there is no better way to hone your language skills and pick up an accent than through real life conversations. The app also features an integrated correction mechanism as a means of letting your native instructors help you work on your language skills. If you want to kick things up a notch, Tandem can also put you in touch with certified language tutors.
Ideal for intermediate to advanced level speakers, Letroca (also called Letter Zap) is a Brazilian word finding game. Players are presented with scrambled up letters and asked to use them to make as many words as possible in the allotted time—what an easy and fun way to help you expand your vocabulary! With 400 available levels, you might just find yourself playing this game for years to come.
Ultra entertaining, this on-the-go app has been created specifically for visual learners. Memrise uses flashcards, as well as audio, video and mnemonics, to teach players useful colloquial Brazilian Portuguese expressions. The platform was recognized as the overall best app of 2017 by Google Play, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
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