Watching Portuguese TV can be a great way to learn a few new Portuguese words and phrases and immerse yourself in the sounds of the Portuguese language.
Unless your Portuguese is already at a very good level, you’re going to need to watch TV with Portuguese subtitles (legendas). That way, you can listen and read at the same time and you’ll have a much better understanding of what’s going on. As you progress, though, you’ll get to a point where you can watch the shows without subtitles.
Finding TV shows with subtitles is a little tricky as most Portuguese channels don’t keep a list of which shows have subtitles, but the following list should get you started. They’re not always Portugal’s best TV shows, but they all have subtitles and can all be streamed online.
Downloading the subtitles
It’s possible to download the subtitles as a text file, which you can then go through and make a note of all the words that you don’t know. It’s a good idea to add these words to Memrise, or whatever else you’re using to memorise new vocabulary. You can either learn the words before or after watching an episode, depending on how good you think your Portuguese is.
On RTP shows, the subtitles file is a .VTT file. Open the episode you want to watch, click view source code (press CTRL+U in Chrome, for example) and then search the text (CTRL+F in Chrome) for .VTT.
You’ll see a URL for a file ending in .VTT. Copy that URL into another tab in your browser, paste it, and press enter, and the .VTT file will download. You can then open that with a program like Notepad ++.
Non-Fiction Shows & Documentaries
- Animais Anónimos Season 1 (& Season 2)
- Literatura Agora
- Literatura Aqui Season 2 (& Season 3)
- O Povo Que Ainda Canta
- Visita Guiada & (Season 4)
- Palcos Agora
- Voz do Cidadão
- Mundo dos Sentidos
- Sei Quem Ele É
- Biosfera Season 14 (& Season 15)
- Na Cozinha com Henrique Sá Pessoa
- A Arte Elétrica em Portugal
- Água Vai, Pedra Leva
- Love Me Love Me Not
- Os Filhos do Rock – Making Of
- Parque da Pena
- Portugueses pelo Mundo
- Show me Lisbon