HELP! Brazilian Portuguese listening content?
How about Portuguespod101? ^^
It just be my personal taste but I dont like anything that feels like a text book which most of their content does. I also remember listening to the beginner ones and thinking (God there is way too much English in these episodes) The long 45 minute listening practice pods might be the best thing they have but it doesn't sound very entertaining but I'll give those a try.
One more new great youtube channel with accurate subtitles and audio you can import to LingQ reader/mp3 player:
It's called Porta Afora
It features one of the actors from Porta dos Fundos comedy channel. It also includes English and Spanish subs you can compare the original too in case there is some slang or an expression you can't figure out).
It's not sketch comedy for Porta Afora, it's a group of Brazilians discussing their travels around the world and the episodes are divided into seasons of around 10 episodes and each episode features a specific country. Amazing for very realistic chit chat and the stories and topics they discuss about each country are entertaining. Each episode is around 25 minutes and 4,000 words so lately I've just been doubling my daily reading goal by reading one of these episodes per day and hitting my daily active listening goal with it.
The only downside is that only seasons 4 and 5 have accurate subtitles but that's 20 episodes or around 10 hours of high quality content for free. Hard to beat that.
Season 4 Playlist
Season 5 Playlist
Being a history buff, I've been looking for Brazilian-Portuguese podcasts about history for the last few days. I found a few, but, unfortunately, most of them don't have transcripts. However, Christian Gurtner's "Escriba Cafe" podcast has both transcripts and audio files (at least for the newer episodes) that can be imported into LingQ.
- If you're interested, here's the LingQ course with all the episodes that I was able to download: https://www.lingq.com/pt/learn/pt/web/course/829568
- Language level: B1 / B1-B2
- Some info about the podcast (from the website): "O Escriba Cafe é o primeiro podcast de história do Brasil e, também, o primeiro no formato storytelling. Através de muita pesquisa e extremo cuidado técnico na gravação e edição, o resultado é uma experiência sonora diferente, que traz conhecimento com emoção. Produzido desde 2004, o Escriba Cafe já foi eleito duas vezes o melhor podcast do Brasil e ficou entre os finalistas entre os melhores do mundo pela Deutsche-Welle."
- Some info about the author (from the website): "O autor: Christian Gurtner é historiador, escritor, piloto comercial de aviões e também é autor de roteiros já produzidos, como Crime e Serial. Alguns de seus contos e livros estão disponíveis na Amazon. O Escriba Cafe é escrito, gravado e produzido por ele."
- The original website with more, esp. older episodes whose audio files can't be downloaded: https://www.escribacafe.com
Not sure if you're a fan of brazilian history but I just remembered of "Buenas Ideias" yt channel. Most of the videos have PT subtitles - https://www.youtube.com/c/BuenasIdeias/videos
They also have a podcast (but the episodes are different from the yt videos) - https://open.spotify.com/show/7IXds6dtOm6aBj1ECUcDAh?si=hE7MzLRpQNC8OY1AouMx1Q&nd=1
Excellent. Thank you very much!
Yes, at the moment I'm absorbing the history of Brazil like a sponge :-)
I remember finding this yt channel last year when I first started studying with yt channels and thinking, dang this is way above my level. 1 year later and lots of studying done, and it's still way above my level haha. But it's a nice challenge to return to. Thanks for reminding me of this!
Excellent Podcast, I was using Ubook for some short history audiobooks but the production quality of this podcast and the fact it's free has made me pause the subsciption for a bit haha. Thanks for sharing Peter!
I recently found the TED talks in Portuguese. Here's a list of those from São Paulo:
probably not the best content for beginners, but they have some benefits. They import well to LingQ. Many talks (most in that list) seem have manually written transcripts. The talks are well rehearsed, so the speakers usually speak clearly. They also try to explain the ideas clearly, so that even laypeople understand. And, well, they are "ideas worth spreading".
Hi Joe, you might find Português Pra Fora interesting: https://castbox.fm/channel/Portugu%C3%AAs-Pra-Fora-id2890973?country=us. Olavo talks about a wide range of different subjects. Some of the podcasts are recorded with his own students (who are learning Portuguese, generally at an intermediate or advanced level), so you also get to pick up the tips he is giving them to correct grammar/sound more natural. Good luck with your studies.
Thanks Rocky! That's a great podcast too. Excellent sound and lengthy transcript for lots of input content.
Where did you find the transcripts? I can see their youtube videos have captions, but couldn't find transcripts for the podcast.
I realized they don't all have transcripts but just look in the notes/details section of the podcast and that's where you will find the transcript if it has them.
You're right. The first 10 episodes seem to have transcripts in the notes section. But Olavo speaks very clearly so even the further episodes would be worth listening to.
I was going to suggest "Fala Gringo" but someone already did :) so for an intermediate level maybe "Revisteen" is a good option. They approach all types of interesting news in a very light way bc it's focused on kids and teenagers - https://open.spotify.com/show/0zUy0UDdcpZZ6IO8I1iuDo?si=VymhONSrT2GGkYUkLbf7Gg
"A Nossa Língua de Todo Dia" by Pasquale is another great podcast! (not sure if it's too advanced but give it a try). He's the most famous portuguese teacher in Brazil. I remember getting tips on the language from him since I was a kid :) he was always on the radio/tv shows explaining the peculiarities of portuguese and answering questions - https://open.spotify.com/show/7s6b3n1C7GItFqYslY5zlN?si=bVALkViiQWm066PPSWGOAg
Hope that helps!
I enjoyed Revisteen today, thanks for the recommendation.
Also I discovered Portuguese with Eli from a best portuguese podcast list Peter shared somewhere else and that's been my favorite as of recent since it has transcripts, talks through the script at an understandable speed, discusses some less common vocab and then at the end he speed reads through the script and it all last around 15 minutes which is great.
I have looked into that and have not found much luck. Please share if you find good material.
1 More resource is the UBOOK app. It has a lot of brazilian audiobooks for all levels (and a low subscription fee).
I'm not quite double your word count and I'm still struggling with finding good passive listening material where my comprehension rate is 90% and above haha.
For me the ones I usually can get at least 80% are
Virginia Langhammer's channel
Steve and Maggie Brasil - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq7_KYQFGUiO-7ajWasTQjw
Not a sexy pick but it's super basic and pretty funny sometimes. Repeats words A LOT.
I'd recommend getting some old Glossika somewhere on the internet (PM Me if you want my source) because those are just sentences repeated over and over (choice of with english and/or without). Boring but if you want to understand every sentence spoken that's going on that's a good one.
Others you might try are Kids based too
Carrossel - I was introduced to this yesterday so im not 100% how easy it is for advanced beginner but the episode count is huge and lengthy.
Chiquititas - Netflix
Lastly, I've been using
Gato Glactico a lot lately for reading/active listening and these are getting easier for me to listen back to afterwards. https://www.youtube.com/user/OGatoGalactico
Amazing! Thanks for all that, really appreciate it, I’m definitely going to check them all out.
One YouTube channel I found wItú really clear Portuguese is
assim aconteceu: https://youtube.com/channel/UCFiwvBHIeY1aXA-qHW92IOw
its above my level at the moment but I’m going to use it once I’ve gained a higher level of comprehension.
Nice one. Thanks for that.
You could try the following resources for your level (A2/B1):
- LingQ's MiniStories (for practicing grammatical patterns): https://www.lingq.com/pt/learn/pt/web/course/294576
- História do Brasil: https://www.lingq.com/pt/learn/pt/web/course/29774
- TaFalado (for pronunciation and grammar): https://www.lingq.com/pt/learn/pt/web/course/629765 and https://www.coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/tafalado/
- Conversa Brasilera: https://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/cob/
- Lingua da Gente: https://www.lingq.com/pt/learn/pt/web/course/631051
- The wonderful Virginia Langhammer: https://speakingbrazilian.podbean.com/ and https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGs6EbIt75S4IMKPRUU0JNQ
- FalaGringo: https://www.lingq.com/pt/learn/pt/web/course/665431 and https://falagringopodcast.com/
Hope that helps
Thanks peter, I’ve used some of them but I’ll check out the ones I haven’t 😁