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In Lesson #8 of French 2, several constructions are presented with "pour" utilized in the sense of "in order to." This is similar to the use of "para" in Spanish. I don't recall this construction being addressed in any of the previous lessons, however. Some of the workout sentences threw me off because the presented sentences in English assume the "in order to" construction. Ex/ "She was here yesterday to speak with you." Trans: Elle a été ici hier POUR parler avec vous." I don't think Fluenz necessarily needs to designate the "in order to" in the English transcription, but it should at least be mentioned in the tutorial somewhere previous to this lesson. Just a suggestion!

In Lesson #8 of French 2, several constructions are presented with "pour" utilized in the sense of "in order to." This is similar to the use of "para" in Spanish. I don't recall this construction being addressed in any of the previous lessons, however. Some of the workout sentences threw me off because the presented sentences in English assume the "in order to" construction. Ex/ "She was here yesterday to speak with you." Trans: Elle a été ici hier POUR parler avec vous." I don't think Fluenz necessarily needs to designate the "in order to" in the English transcription, but it should at least be mentioned in the tutorial somewhere previous to this lesson. Just a suggestion!

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I gave my Brazilian friend a tour of my Portuguese lessons on Fluenz and his first reaction was, "That's so São Paulo!". Generally he was impressed with how things were organized and explained as well as how it teaches the Portuguese that people actually speak on the streets of Brazil. When I spoke in Portuguese he was impressed with how understandable it was, as long as I opened my mouth more than I'm used to. With one exception: he was confused why the program teaches us to pronounce the "s" at the end of first-person plural verbs, e.g. "vamos". He said nobody pronounces that "s", only maybe old ladies that want to sound extremely proper or maybe people from the north. Once he told me this, I was able to pick up on a lot more Portuguese because I wasn't expecting to hear that "s", and understand why I never heard anyone saying "vamos" even though in the program it's very common. At least in São Paulo they say "vamo", not "vamos". Why did Fluenz choose to pronounce that "s"? I am just starting my Level 5 CD so if this is explained in the program after that, take my comment in that context. Very grateful for the amazing program. Fluenz has made several languages much more accessible for me. Thank you very much.

I gave my Brazilian friend a tour of my Portuguese lessons on Fluenz and his first reaction was, "That's so São Paulo!". Generally he was impressed with how things were organized and explained as well as how it teaches the Portuguese that people actually speak on the streets of Brazil. When I spoke in Portuguese he was impressed with how understandable it was, as long as I opened my mouth more than I'm used to.

With one exception: he was confused why the program teaches us to pronounce the "s" at the end of first-person plural verbs, e.g. "vamos". He said nobody pronounces that "s", only maybe old ladies that want to sound extremely proper or maybe people from the north. Once he told me this, I was able to pick up on a lot more Portuguese because I wasn't expecting to hear that "s", and understand why I never heard anyone saying "vamos" even though in the program it's very common. At least in São Paulo they say "vamo", not "vamos".

Why did Fluenz choose to pronounce that "s"?

I am just starting my Level 5 CD so if this is explained in the program after that, take my comment in that context. Very grateful for the amazing program. Fluenz has made several languages much more accessible for me. Thank you very much.

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Experiences with Portuguese

Decided to post, feeling pretty good that i just finished the first level of Brazilian Portuguese at 146 days of study. I have been very diligent and attempted to do some work every morning, usually the first thing I do after checking email and texts on computer, then I do the fluff like FB, YouTube, Google News, etc...Just wanted to say I have no idea if 146 days is 'average time' to complete the first section, but I know that I have learned a great deal. Sometimes, when I cannot go back to sleep around 2 or 3 AM, I get up and study. The additional materials such as flash cards and the audio only, spoken by native speakers, is excellent for me. It might sound weird, but I sort of like to try to psych myself into thinking in Portuguese rather than just automatically translating each word into English in my mind. I am not often successful, but it is fun to try. I have tried to listen to music lyrics and read materials that I can find online, such as Portuguese comments on YouTube, and I have begun to listen to pop tunes and watch some of the Brazilian shows, but it is spoken muito rapido. When I hear just the audio on Fluenz without the visual help, I have to hit repeat quite often, but I do take my time and listen carefully. My reason for learning Portuguese is that I really do plan to move to Brazil sometime within the next two years, and I hope to complete the entire course before I take my first trial trip. So far, I like the location and look of Ubatuba and will perhaps make that one of my first destinations before deciding which state and city/village to settle in someday. Fluenz has already taught me as much as three semesters did when I took German in college, but I do plan to take the Fluenz German course when I finish the Portuguese one. I have to admit that the attractiveness and pleasant nature of the people and the photos on the Fluenz site actually help a great deal in staying motivated. I initially downloaded the entire course, so tomorrow, I will start Section II of the series and see what happens. There are a couple of restaurants in my area in which native Brazilian chefs and staff work, so I am going to ask if any one of them would perhaps help me a little along the way in terms of talking to real people, just to see what happens before I begin my efforts at immersion in Brazil. Most likely, I won't post again until I complete the second course, but I wanted to let readers know how impressed I am with Fluenz and how much I appreciate the course. And I am crushing on all of the girls, especially little Ana with her absolutely adorable voice. hahaha!

Decided to post, feeling pretty good that i just finished the first level of Brazilian Portuguese at 146 days of study. I have been very diligent and attempted to do some work every morning, usually the first thing I do after checking email and texts on computer, then I do the fluff like FB, YouTube, Google News, etc...Just wanted to say I have no idea if 146 days is 'average time' to complete the first section, but I know that I have learned a great deal. Sometimes, when I cannot go back to sleep around 2 or 3 AM, I get up and study. The additional materials such as flash cards and the audio only, spoken by native speakers, is excellent for me. It might sound weird, but I sort of like to try to psych myself into thinking in Portuguese rather than just automatically translating each word into English in my mind. I am not often successful, but it is fun to try. I have tried to listen to music lyrics and read materials that I can find online, such as Portuguese comments on YouTube, and I have begun to listen to pop tunes and watch some of the Brazilian shows, but it is spoken muito rapido. When I hear just the audio on Fluenz without the visual help, I have to hit repeat quite often, but I do take my time and listen carefully. My reason for learning Portuguese is that I really do plan to move to Brazil sometime within the next two years, and I hope to complete the entire course before I take my first trial trip. So far, I like the location and look of Ubatuba and will perhaps make that one of my first destinations before deciding which state and city/village to settle in someday. Fluenz has already taught me as much as three semesters did when I took German in college, but I do plan to take the Fluenz German course when I finish the Portuguese one. I have to admit that the attractiveness and pleasant nature of the people and the photos on the Fluenz site actually help a great deal in staying motivated. I initially downloaded the entire course, so tomorrow, I will start Section II of the series and see what happens. There are a couple of restaurants in my area in which native Brazilian chefs and staff work, so I am going to ask if any one of them would perhaps help me a little along the way in terms of talking to real people, just to see what happens before I begin my efforts at immersion in Brazil. Most likely, I won't post again until I complete the second course, but I wanted to let readers know how impressed I am with Fluenz and how much I appreciate the course. And I am crushing on all of the girls, especially little Ana with her absolutely adorable voice. hahaha!

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My employer has an operations center in Lisbon so I am looking to learn Portuguese. Is Brazilian Portuguese understood in Portugal? I can't find any programs that teach European Portuguese. Every online course I can find only offers Brazilian Portuguese. Please advise.

My employer has an operations center in Lisbon so I am looking to learn Portuguese. Is Brazilian Portuguese understood in Portugal? I can't find any programs that teach European Portuguese. Every online course I can find only offers Brazilian Portuguese. Please advise.

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Travel + Culture

Hi people... Just wanted to post a band or group that's from Brasil, sing in Portuguese and that I thought was worth checking out that's hip and cool... Most of the Portuguese music I found was Samba, Bossa Nova and similar genres that were more for dancing or relaxing... I wanted something I could jam to while driving to work or home. The band is "Natiruts" .... It's a reggae band. I bought the album "O Melhor De (The Best of)" and that album jams... It's easy to understand their singing because they stretch the words out. So it makes it fun to sing once you look up the lyrics and sing along with them... Also their "Verbalize" and "Nossa Missao" albums are good too. If anyone has any recommendations of more artists that are like what I was looking for, let me know!

Hi people... Just wanted to post a band or group that's from Brasil, sing in Portuguese and that I thought was worth checking out that's hip and cool... Most of the Portuguese music I found was Samba, Bossa Nova and similar genres that were more for dancing or relaxing... I wanted something I could jam to while driving to work or home. The band is "Natiruts" .... It's a reggae band. I bought the album "O Melhor De (The Best of)" and that album jams... It's easy to understand their singing because they stretch the words out. So it makes it fun to sing once you look up the lyrics and sing along with them... Also their "Verbalize" and "Nossa Missao" albums are good too.

If anyone has any recommendations of more artists that are like what I was looking for, let me know!

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The best Portuguese language movie I have seen is The Mysteries of Lisbon, directed by the Chilean director Raul Ruiz. It is beautifully filmed and superbly acted. Although the film's Portuguese accent is somewhat different from the Brazilian accent we study in Fluenz, it is still somewhat intelligible and very worth watching. Eu gusto muito desse filme.

The best Portuguese language movie I have seen is The Mysteries of Lisbon, directed by the Chilean director Raul Ruiz. It is beautifully filmed and superbly acted. Although the film's Portuguese accent is somewhat different from the Brazilian accent we study in Fluenz, it is still somewhat intelligible and very worth watching. Eu gusto muito desse filme.

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Session by Session

This is driving me crazy. When I open a new lesson, half of the time the dialogue shops just a black band. Since the lesson is already downloaded I shouldn't have to do it again, but I do, and get the same result; no dialogue. Is there a saint I can pray to?

This is driving me crazy. When I open a new lesson, half of the time the dialogue shops just a black band. Since the lesson is already downloaded I shouldn't have to do it again, but I do, and get the same result; no dialogue. Is there a saint I can pray to?

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All of a sudden I cannot see words, hear voices, or see graphics when in the lesson. I click on the button that says "hear with portuguese subtitles" or any button for that matter and nothing comes up when its supposed to show the dialog. Noe none of the session/lessons are working.

All of a sudden I cannot see words, hear voices, or see graphics when in the lesson. I click on the button that says "hear with portuguese subtitles" or any button for that matter and nothing comes up when its supposed to show the dialog. Noe none of the session/lessons are working.

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