About 220 millions of people speak Brazilian Portuguese as their native language in South America’s biggest country Brazil. And there are thousands of Brazilians living or traveling abroad, so learning this beautiful language is definitely worth it. Although Portugal is a popular tourist (and digital nomad) destination, most people opt for the Brazilian variant of Portuguese. There is generally more material available and it’s also easier to find a Brazilian language teacher if you’d like to work on your speaking skills. European Portuguese has a slightly more difficult grammar, the accent is pretty different and certain words and expressions are totally different in both countries . As many Brazilians live in Portugal, Portuguese people normally understand Brazilian Portuguese without any problems but vice-versa, it’s sometimes a bit tricky. Portuguese is also spoken in the African countries of Mozambique, Angola and Guinea Bissau as they used to be Portuguese colonies.
Graded readers Brazilian Portuguese
If you like stories but are not yet ready to tackle literature, graded readers are a great way to get started. They are often written by dedicated language teachers and will not only help you to boost your language skills but are also a great way to find out more about the culture, history and geography of Brazil.
Quando o passado bate à porta
The book tells the story of Sol, her grandfather Lino, and Pablo and takes place in the small, historical city of Ouro Preto, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Pablo finds out that he needs to recover a family heirloom which is connected to some disturbing secrets from Lino’s past. Sol makes some questionable decisions along the way and to make things worse, Lino is ill and doesn’t have much time left on this planet.
The story is complemented by vocabulary lists, warm-up questions and comprehension questions for each chapter.