The name "Portugal" derives from a Roman or pre-Roman settlement called Portus Cale (the modern city of Porto) near the mouth of the Douro River. The Romans referred to this region as the province of Lusitania, and the prefix Luso (meaning "Portuguese") is still used in some contexts. Portugal occupies the western part of the Iberian Peninsula and is slightly smaller than Indiana. The country is crossed by three large rivers that rise in Spain, flow into the Atlantic, and divide the country into three geographic areas.
Fogo de Chão Their chefs are born into the centuries-old grilling tradition of churrasco, respecting our ingredients by cooking them slow and exposing their natural flavors. I love this restaurant. - jeb
Did you know that...Você soube aquele-> 1. Portuguese is the 6th language of the world, soon to be the 2nd of the American hemisphere. 2. Portuguese is the 2nd most geographic European language after English. 3. More people speak Portuguese than French, German, Italian or Japanese. 4. Brazil covers one half of the area of South America and is the 2nd industrial power of the Americas and is the 8th economy of the world. 5. Portugal was the first European empire after Rome. 6 . If you speak a Romance language you can learn Portuguese even faster. 7. 1.3 million americans are native speakers of Portuguese. 8. Portugal is the sister language and culture to Spain and France. 9. Portuguese is easy to learn for English speakers and for students of Spanish and French. 10. There are only two genders in the language: masculine and feminine. 11. Portuguese is NOT a difficult language to learn.
Word Hippo What's the word for HOUSE in Portuguese? And many other words.
Learn Portuguese with online games This page contains activities for learning European Portuguese. Materials for learning Portuguese as spoken in Brazil are contained in the Brazilian Portuguese section.
Brazil Pod From this site you have access to our teaching materials here at the University of Texas at Austin for the study of Portuguese.
Hacking Portuguese Seja bem-vindo! Eu sou Lauren, dona de Hacking Portuguese. On this page I've compiled the resources that I have found to be most useful for those teaching themselves Brazilian Portuguese. Do spend some time here. It is a loaded site. Obrigata. Eu agradeço muito Lauren
Brazil Pod Portuguese Communication Video Clips.A compilation of brief video clips in which native speakers of Portuguese from various locations throughout Brazil and Portugal demonstrate various language tasks.
My Languages Dozens of great Portuguese vocabulary builders and many with sound.
The 10 best resources for achieving fluency in Portuguese On this page I've compiled the resources that I have found to be most useful for those teaching themselves Brazilian Portuguese. These are the best of the best; I only recommend materials that I actually own and that have helped me reach my Portuguese goals. - Lauren Steely
The Language Gulper A neat NEW find with detailed descriptions of the main languages of the world in a clear, concise way. Its scope is not only living languages but also ancient ones of historical or cultural importance. So far, "The Language Gulper" includes 131 individual language pages, 40 about families and branches and 8 about linguistic areas. These two have an insatiable appetite for ancient and modern tongues. 2013 Alejandro Gutman and Beatriz Avanzati
Lingo Hut Build your Portuguese vocabulary here with sound. Lots of great review here.
Neojogos Os jogos mais novos. Colorir / Habilidade / Meninas / Variados etc.
360 Cities A really cool site that takes you all over the world to view close up and with 360 degree views with just your Mouse. Just move it L or R for a 360 scan.
The Portuguese Internet Polyglot Internet Polyglot is dedicated to helping members learn foreign languages by providing a way to memorize words and their meanings. This site helps your memory to grasp more information and retain it for longer time. Access to all pages is free. Neat new site w/sound too!
English-Portuguese Picture Dictionary Common Phrases. This is a New Site and is quite neat. Just touch a letter of the alphabet and you can learn dozens of new words with their pictures. Great for building vocabulary.
Learn Portuguese Quickly Online There are many free and non-free online resources that solve the dilemma of how to learn Portuguese quickly. Today you get a round-up of those tools.
Language Guide for Portuguese This is one great site for building both vocabulary and grammar skills. Within each category, place your cursor over an image to hear it pronounced aloud. A Webmaster Choice Site
Learn Portuguese Online for Free Select the phrases that you want to learn from the list on the right. These cover a wide variety of Portuguese topics, including the numbers in Portuguese, Portuguese days, Portuguese greetings and the months in Portuguese. All the phrases have audio recorded by a native speaker. This is one great new "find" and the sound enhances the resource. Be sure to give it a try. A Webmaster Choice Site
Street Smart Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Lessons & Intercultural Coaching. Learn Portuguese in a fun and simple way.
Portuguese Language Directory A tremendous new FIND with dozens of helpful links for learning Portuguese. You will find lists of dictionaries, grammar aids, language schools, resources and translations.
Lyric Gap A fun method to learn and improve your Portuguese through music and typing in song lyrics that are missing. O Jogo by A Banda de PoiDB-City.com Search cities in Brazil DB-City.com Search cities in Portugal
Learn Portuguese From the BBC Alphabet, sounds, facts, weather, a guide to the language and more.
A Super New FIND Quizlet Portuguese Flashcard Sets Vocabulary drills and quizzes on many aspects of the language.
Maplandia for Portugal from GOOGLE Portugal Google Satellite map that maps Portugal locations. Maplandia.com enables you to explore everywhere in Portugal through detailed satellite imagery - fast and easy as never before. Try it... it is an awesome site.
Text to speech translator A powerful and fun site with sound and a variety of portuguese voices. "This may be one of my all-time favorite sites." Jim B your webmaster here.
Brazilian culture is one of the most fascinating in the world. The only Portuguese speaking country in South America, Brazilian culture has managed to blend elements of many diverse cultures into one incredible mix that is unique in its uninhibited flair and passionate way of life. For centuries Brazil has symbolized a bold escape into a primordial, tropical paradise, igniting the Western imagination like no other South American country. From the intense passion of Carnaval to the immensity of the Amazon jungle, it is a country of mythic proportions and staggering natural beauty, with stretches of unexplored rainforest, islands with pristine tropical beaches, dramatic coastlines and endless rivers.
Maplandia for Brazil from GOOGLE Brazil Google Satellite map that maps Brazil locations. Maplandia.com enables you to explore everywhere in Brazil through detailed satellite imagery - fast and easy as never before. Try it... it is an awesome site.
Whenever you can in your own environment, ask to observe colleagues in action in their classroom. Pick up ideas that work for them and adopt and adapt them to you own classroom. Always be on the "lookout" for new ideas, new means of teaching, new ways to incorporate things that work for others into your own methodology. Don't hesitate to ask questions of teachers who have had much success as to how and why that happened. I used to observe elementary teachers and how they interacted with their young students. Always something to learn. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You'll never live long enough to make all of them yourself." Another that I always loved is "If you think you're green, you'll grow - if you think you're ripe, you'll rot." All true. Don't rot! That's an axiom that will never grow old. You may think that you are the best, but you're not. There is always someone better than you. (I learned this playing basketball) Learn from them. Know what the best practices are and be aware of the current online resources that can be of great help to you and your students.
Keep your classroom presentations FRESH. Keep up with innovation and the changing needs of your students by incorporating technology such as computer use, iPhones, iPads, e-mail and a host of other innovations into your routine classroom activities to communicate with others in the target language and to access authentic resources. Stay current with options and trends in the field such as the National Standards and know how to incorporate them into your daily plans. Hopefully these few ideas will aid in your growth and success. Stay with it. Don't throw in the towel like many have, but again as I point out above, whatever new ideas you discover, you must first adopt and then adapt. Not everything you see elsewhere will work for you as I have personally learned. You must adapt those ideas to your own classroom. There are a host of great ideas available on all these sites, but they are only as successful as you will make them. And perhaps most important of all, do ask your students often how they feel about what they are doing and learning and what they enjoy the most and the least in your classroom. Most of all, do enjoy your students and share yourself with them. They don't care how much you know until they know how much you CARE] I hope that you picked up some ideas here that will aid in your total success. Have fun in your classroom. (ps I picked up these ideas in a recent dream and wanted to share with each of you) I'm 78 now, but never too old to learn and never too old to share ideas. Best yet, why not be learning another language yourself? Check out one of the sites above. It is a great means to experience first-hand what your students are feeling. Now you are "walking in their shoes." Don't hesitate to enjoy doing it.
Jim Becker- BA, Cornell College (Iowa), MA, La Sorbonne (Paris), PhD-ABD, The Ohio State University (Foreign Language Education).