If you just got started then just concentrate on understanding. Do practice pronunciation but don't expect your speaking to improve at the same speed. Practice understanding based on what you know, which includes your Spanish knowledge and take advantage of that understanding to move to interesting, real content as soon as possible, not necessarily instead of but in addition to more elementary material.
Besides understanding, your other main goal should be to get acquainted to the part of very frequent vocabulary that is different from Spanish. Pay close attention to that. You may even want to tag it and review it separately. I may words such as ficar, achar, puxar, fechar and so on. Also practice a lot of listening s.o you get used to the way native speakers talk.
After you get really comfortable understanding (it doesn't matter that you feel you do it "from Spanish") and you feel that your passive level in the language is good, I'd personally recommend the "back to back" method as a way to "separate the languages in your head". That is, read and/or listen to some material in Spanish and then switch to some in Portuguese. You love anime, so try that. It doesn't have to be the same anime. I personally would try different ones within the same genre, experiment with this to find what works best for you.
Oddly enough, I find that this back to back method really helps, it makes you more aware of the differences.
Disclaimer: I've never learned a pair of languages that are so close to each other as Spanish and Portuguese are and which don't include my mother tongue so this method may not generalize to this particular case but I do think that it does
Oh, and don't forget to get acquainted with notorious false friends, such as "exquisito" or "tesão"
You can find a few lists on the netNovember 08 at 14:53
Thank you for much for your detailed reply! I have read that once I have obtained a decent level in Portuguese then the Spanish language will not interfere with my Portuguese at all. I guess I just need to keep learning and keep creating those neurons in my brain and building my comprehension like I did with Spanish :)!November 08 at 14:58
" I have read that once I have obtained a decent level in Portuguese then the Spanish language will not interfere with my Portuguese".
That has been my experience learning many Romance languages.November 08 at 15:01
anything else you would like to add to that ? as you have very high level in your romance languages :) ?November 08 at 15:02
Now that I think about it, I really wish that I'd had a strong self control and not give in to my lesser inhibitions. When I started learning languages I was in a constant hurry and would jump between languages.
I'd do one month Spanish, get really exited about learning French, then after that I would get really stressed out that I'd lose my Spanish. This sort of jumping back and forth has really held me back in a way.
I feel if I'd focused say 6 months really heavily on Spanish then do the same with French, Italian, possibly Catalan, I would have achieved fluency years ago.
The consequence of me jumping around constantly lead me to burn out in a way. I didn't give my brain enough time to consolidate certain grammar concepts and overall it was mentally draining. I forgot why it's fun to learn languages.
What I have described applies in my opinion especially when you are at a beginner stage. Right now after studying romance languages, I have a sort of template of what Romance languages are all about.
So I can jump between them without getting to overwhelmed, now that I am in the advance stages of Spanish, French and Italian, I try to focus on enjoying content as much as possible.
Same can be said about Catalan at which I am still just a novice but while Catalan has features that makes it stand out there is a common thread that ties it together with Spa, Fra and Ita.November 08 at 15:19