Reviews: Pimsleur's European Portuguese

4 Reviews on “Reviews: Pimsleur's European Portuguese”

  • Jack R
    2 months ago

    This was the first course that I tried and I found it very helpful but it’s definitely very basic. Not much in the way of grammer. Limited vocabulary. But you will know what it does teach you inside out.

    It got me through my first few months in Portugal and for that I’m very grateful but it is super limited. I would give the course 5 stars if it were half the price but I feel that it’s too expensive for what it is.

    Others have recommended Michel Thomas as an alternative and maybe that’s what I should have bought in the first place.

    Other downsides include the occassional use of voce and the lack of written material.

  • Forrester
    3 months ago

    The course is good for someone who is coming to Portugal on vacation or at the very start of learning Portuguese. At the end of the course I could form basic sentences but it wasn’t much more advanced that what a tourist might use. You will definitely need to study other material after this.

  • Tim
    4 months ago

    This did exactly what my wife and I needed and expected, namely provide just enough proficiency to be able to navigate Portugal as tourists for 2 weeks. We were just fine with this course, then we had Google Translate and our existing Spanish bases to fill in whatever vocabulary gaps we had as we went around the country. I was happy with it and liked the structure/approach. You have to keep expectations realistic because learning a new language is extremely difficult for an adult (or even children over say age 10). If you keep expectations in check, you’re more likely to be happy with this course.

    We did this course via Audible over 1.5-2 months (4-5 lessons per week), where you can get all 30 lessons for I think it was 5 credits, so that really cuts down the price and also provides additional audio content with a PDF book for extra exercises (side note: it’s also how I learned Audible has attachments that go with the main audio). I typically listened in the morning on my way to work (45ish minutes of easy highway driving; the car is also ideal to repeat phrases out loud since nobody else is around) and would do the reading material either before my commute, at night after work, or on weekends.

  • Annie
    4 months ago

    This course was great for getting me started in Portuguese (much better than the language course I took in Lisbon). It isn’t enough though as you say. I feel like it needs a grammar component. I would also like if there was a book to go with it where I could go over the lessons. I know this isn’t how Pimsleur does things but it would have helped me.

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