Does Mondly Teach European Portuguese?

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Up there with Duolingo and Babbel, Mondly is a popular language learning app where you can learn foreign languages like French, German, Spanish, and even less popular languages like Persian, Korean, and Latin. You can also learn Portuguese, but is that Brazilian Portuguese or European Portuguese? 

Unfortunately for those planning to move to Portugal, Mondly focuses on the Portuguese that’s spoken in Brazil and not the Portuguese that’s spoken in Portugal. This means that there are significant differences in pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar. While you will be able to make yourself understood if you speak Brazilian Portuguese in Portugal, it’s a much, much better idea to focus on European Portuguese. 

A good alternative to Mondly would be Practice Portuguese or perhaps Pimsleur, both of which have web and phone apps. You may also want to look at some courses, such as those by Mia Esmeriz or Learn Portuguese With Carla

Unfortunately, most of the other major language learning apps, like DuoLingo or Babbel, also focus on Brazilian Portuguese as opposed to European Portuguese. 

If you’re particularly interested in learning through an app, there are some apps that are helpful for learning European Portuguese. Memrise, for example, is a useful flashcard app where you can access lists of common Portuguese words and phrases and learn them while you have 5 minutes to spare. 

When it comes to learning European Portuguese, the biggest challenge for a lot of language learners is the pronunciation. So although you’ll need to get to grips with the vocabulary and grammar, it’s a good idea to spend a lot of time listening to European Portuguese as it’s spoken and trying to replicate the pronunciation. In terms of resources that have lots of audio content,  Practice Portuguese is definitely one of the best options along with The Journey from Learn Portuguese With Carla

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