In my opinion, Xosé’s three special tips for learners are really at the heart of learning a foreign language and having fun along the way. I am sure that my students will recognize this advice 🙂
1. Do not worry so much about your pronunciation
Really, the student’s first goal is to communicate and you will only be able to do so by trying and by making mistakes. It is OK to make mistakes; everyone who speaks a foreign language fluently has made plenty of mistakes. They are part of the journey and can become funny stories to tell. My friend Tuca will never forget the first time that he was asked “What’s up?” He looked up and asked “Where?”
2. Learn everyday expressions
Obviously I hold colloquial language in very high regard. That is why we are called Street Smart Brazil 🙂 When I studied English in Brazil, no one ever taught me how to say simple things like “What’s up?” When I first got to the US, I spoke fluent English but sounded as if I had materialized out of a textbook. Well, textbooks are important, but when we step in a foreign country or find ourselves among international friends, colloquial language is the real thing. Street Smart Brazil students know that very well!
3. Learn all the time
Weekly lessons are a very important part of the journey, but are not enough. A student needs to learn everyday and in every way: do your homework, listen to music, watch videos, talk with native speakers with every opportunity. Spend some time every day practicing and learning.
Here are three easy ways to find videos in Brazilian Portuguese online:
- Search YouTube using keywords such as “Fantástico” (weekly variety TV show) or “Rede Globo” (biggest Brazilian TV network). Try these links: search results for “Rede Globo”, search results for “Fantástico”, and search results for “novela Globo”. Search for Brazilian movies, as well. The Man Who Copied, for example, is entirely there divided into several different videos.
- Justin TV: They stream live video including TV channels from around the world. I searched for “Rede Globo” and got to watch Lord of The Rings dubbed in Portuguese 🙂
- Rede Globo website: they have videos from all of their programs
It is worth reading the interview with Xosé Castro. Click here for the full article.
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