European Portuguese Resources for Kids

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Published: November 2022 & Last Updated: November 2022

If you’re planning on moving to Portugal with your kids, you may be concerned about the challenges of learning Portuguese. It’s true that children learn languages faster than adults, but you don’t necessarily want to throw them in at the deep end – instead, you probably want to give them opportunities to study the language in their own time. Ideally, you want them (and you) to start learning Portuguese before you move to Portugal.

Although there are an ever-increasing number of resources for learning European Portuguese out there, the majority of these are designed with adults in mind. The content is usually suitable for older children, but it is sometimes a little too complex and uninspiring for younger children. Thankfully, there are one or two European Portuguese resources that are specifically aimed at younger learners. 

Practice Portuguese

Practice Portuguese is aimed at adults, but the creators have put together a webpage for parents and children which highlights the best content for younger learners. It is a good starting point for learning the basics and if your child enjoys the Practice Portuguese website, you can explore the rest of the content together. 

According to Molly from Practice Portuguese, “Teenagers should be able to use the site without issue, but younger children may find some of the topics less relevant, and may need help from a parent.” She also states that most Practice Portuguese content will be suitable for children, and any episodes that contain content that’s more inappropriate than sarcastic language or mild cusswords will be labelled as such. In general, however, this only applies to one or two episodes.

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Dinolingo

Dinolingo is one of the few language learning resources that’s specifically aimed at children, particularly children ages 2-13 years. It is designed to be similar to a children’s cartoon and uses talking animals and objects, bright colours, and high-pitched female voices to keep the content stimulating. Naturally, as this content is designed with children in mind, the content is also completely child-friendly and there are no links to external websites or chat rooms. 

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Rosa Estevens’ Books

Rosa Estevens (Lesley Stephens) was a British teacher who lived in Portugal and taught at one of the Algarve’s international schools. She was passionate about teaching Portuguese to children and created a number of resources that covered European Portuguese. Unable to find a publisher, she posted the material for free on her website. 

Visit Rosa Estevens’ website

Mantra Lingua

Mantra Lingua offers a lot of bilingual books and e-books for children (books in Portuguese and English). Many of the e-books also have audio support, ensuring your child can practice their Portuguese pronunciation as well. Most of the books are retellings of popular fairy tales such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears or Hansel and Gretal

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