Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3

Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3

Learn to Speak and Understand European Portuguese with Pimsleur Language Programs

  • Format: MP3 ( Also available in: CD )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9781442395411
  • Availability: In Stock: Available for immediate download
  • List Price: $119.95

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Learn a new language while commuting, while cleaning the house, or working out. Like millions before you, discover the power of the scientifically sequenced and portable Pimsleur Method.

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Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction (16 hours) as MP3 download, plus PDF user's guide and reading booklet

The Easiest and Fastest Way to Learn European Portuguese
Whether you want to travel, communicate with friends or colleagues, reconnect with family, or just understand more of what’s going on in the world around you, learning European Portuguese will expand your horizons and immeasurably enrich your life.

The best part is that it doesn’t have to be difficult or take years to master. Thirty minutes a day is all it takes, and we get you speaking right from the first day. Pimsleur courses use a scientifically-proven method that puts you in control of your learning. If you’ve tried other language learning methods but found they simply didn’t stick, then you owe it to yourself to give Pimsleur a try.

Why Pimsleur?
- Quick + Easy – Only 30 minutes a day.
- Portable + Flexible – Core lessons can be done anytime, anywhere, and easily fit into your busy life.
- Proven Method – Works when other methods fail.
- Self-Paced – Go fast or go slow – it’s up to you.
- Based in Science – Developed using proven research on memory and learning.
- Cost-effective – Less expensive than classes or immersion, and features all native speakers.
- Genius – Triggers your brain’s natural aptitude to learn.
- Works for everyone – Recommended for ages 13 and above.

What’s Included?
- 30, 30-minute audio lessons
- 83 minutes of reading instruction to provide you with an introduction to reading European Portuguese designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent
- in total, 18 hours of audio, all featuring native speakers
- a Reading Booklet and a User’s Guide

What You’ll Learn
In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.

In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.

In the final 10 lessons, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons begin in Lesson 11 to provide you with an introduction to reading European Portuguese. In addition, the combined Reading Lessons are included after Lesson 30. These Reading Lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent.

The Pimsleur Method
We make no secret of what makes this powerful method work so well. Paul Pimsleur spent his career researching and perfecting the precise elements anyone can use to learn a language quickly and easily. Here are a few of his “secrets”:

The Principle of Anticipation
In the nanosecond between a cue and your response, your brain has to work to come up with the right word. Having to do this boosts retention, and cements the word in your mind.

Core Vocabulary
Words, phrases, and sentences are selected for their usefulness in everyday conversation. We don’t overwhelm you with too much, but steadily increase your ability with every lesson.

Graduated Interval Recall
Reminders of new words and structures come up at the exact interval for maximum retention and storage into your long-term memory.

Organic Learning
You work on multiple aspects of the language simultaneously. We integrate grammar, vocabulary, rhythm, melody, and intonation into every lesson, which allows you to experience the language as a living, expressive form of human culture.

Learning in Context
Research has shown that learning new words in context dramatically accelerates your ability to remember. Every scene in every Pimsleur lesson is set inside a conversation between two people. There are no drills, and no memorization necessary for success.

Active Participation
The Pimsleur Method + active learner participation = success. This method works with every language and every learner who follows it. You gain the power to recall and use what you know, and to add new words easily, exactly as you do in English.

The European Portuguese Language
Portuguese is spoken by about 170 million people, mainly in Portugal and the Portuguese Atlantic islands, Brazil, and Portugal's former overseas provinces in Africa and Asia. Pimsleur's European Portuguese teaches Portuguese as spoken in and around Lisbon. Learn European Portuguese today with Pimsleur.

Tech Talk
- Lessons can be downloaded using the Pimsleur Course Manager App for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and Mac or Windows computers, or
- Lessons can be downloaded as a zip file for use in iTunes or Windows Media Player.
- All purchased courses are backed up in your Pimsleur.com cloud-based digital library account.
- Lessons can be played on your iPod or any MP3 player.
- The Pimsleur Course Manager App can be installed on several devices for personal use only.
- Lessons are non-DRM (Digital Rights Management) MP3 files and can be copied onto a CD or DVD for playing in a CD/DVD player.

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  • Easy to use (14)
  • It works (14)
  • Perfects accent (14)
  • Portable (13)
  • Fun (7)


  • No writing component (3)

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  • Travel (11)
  • Self-improvement (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
  • Business/work (3)
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    • Traveler (8), Business person (4), Student (3)

Most Liked Positive Review


Excellent way to start speaking from the day one!

I really love this approach, trying to perfect your pronuncation from the very beginning. At least for me, improving my verbal skills was the priority number one. I didn't have any experience in...Read complete review

I really love this approach, trying to perfect your pronuncation from the very beginning. At least for me, improving my verbal skills was the priority number one. I didn't have any experience in Portuguese language before the course (and neither in similar languages such as Spanish or Italian for that matter) but now that I'm finishing the last couple of lessons, I'm already capable of speaking Portuguese a fair bit! I've also suprised a lot of locals with my language skills and pronuncation during my visits here in Lisbon, Portugal.

I just really wish there was more levels after this initial one that I'm about to finish. The level 1 will definitely get you started in a good way, but I'm already worried about my next step from here on, because I will probably need to continue learning with another product/approach. So please Pimsleur, help me out with a level 2 of this course! :)

All in all, this course is highly recommended. It works, it's fun (I always do it eyes closed visualizing the conversations) and you can take it anywhere with you. Just invest a half an hour of your time on a daily basis and you'll on your way to become a Portuguese speaker!


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European Portuguese

Ok up to about lesson 7 or 8 but really starting to get too fast. Not enough time to construct sentences before the answer is spoken. Silent time only allows you to say the...Read complete review

Ok up to about lesson 7 or 8 but really starting to get too fast. Not enough time to construct sentences before the answer is spoken. Silent time only allows you to say the sentence at top speed instantly. No thinking time and no allowance for speaking slower than a native speaker.
The only way to deal with this has been to pause playback and I feel this is not helpful to the learning experience.

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I would like to see the words while I listen.

By Cinde

from undisclosed

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Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

I am a visual learner and I would have appreciated seeing words as I was listening to the speakers. my hearing may not be as good as it needs to be to progress with only audio.


European Portuguese

By Josh Schweitzer

from Los Angeles, CA

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  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable


    Best Uses

    • Self-improvement
    • Travel

    Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

    There are few sites that offer European Portuguese. The majority only teach Brazilian Portuguese. And while this might be helpful to many planning to go to Brazil, my experience with the European Portuguese speakers tells me that this is difficult for both parties. My interest stems from my recent trip to Portugal and subsequent desire to spend more time there. The cultural and environmental atmosphere is fantastic. I have have almost completed the Level 1 course and have found it spectacular. The immersion process, while challenging, has been great. I find myself waking in the night think of phrases I have learned during the day and it seems that I have this the language floating around in my head all day long. While the big challenge will be to use this learning while there, I feel confident that it will give me a strong base to further my language learning. I only wish that there was a Level 2 that could build upon the base that has begun.

    Portugal has, recently, become a very popular place for many foreigners because of their "golden visa" program, their progressive governmental and environmental policies and as I mentioned above, the people, the food and the place.

    Service and delivery comments:

    Excellent. I purchased the downloadable version and it has been great. I put it on my computer and phone and love it.


    Best language course I have come across.

    By Brian Dynes

    from Edinburgh, Scotland


    • Easy to use
    • Fun
    • It Works
    • Perfects Accent
    • Portable


      Best Uses

      • Relocating to Portugal for retirement.

      Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

      I find learning with this method to be surprisingly easy. The way that each lesson builds upon the preceding one makes it seem effortless and not at all a chore.


      A very good grounding in basic (European) Portuguese.

      By Jessica

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      Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

      A very good grounding in Portuguese. I knew quite a lot of what was taught already, but it helped me consolidate previous learning. I'd love if there was a Level 2.


      I would buy this product again and recommend it to anyone

      By Morgan

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      Comments about Pimsleur Portuguese (European) Level 1 MP3:

      I am using this product to learn European portuguese and I use it whenever I can while I'm driving or at home with nothing to do. I really enjoy the teaching method and it makes it easy for me to keep up.

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      I've used Rosetta Stone and Duolingo before but you really need to sit down and devote some time to studying on those. With Pimsleur, I can learn while I'm on the train or at work and still get other things done. It's very easy to retain what you get from this as well.
      Brooke M. from Boston, Massachusetts