180 episodes

Welcome to Língua da Gente, our series of audio podcast lessons that are produced at the University of Texas at Austin, with tremendous support from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the College of Liberal Arts, and COERLL, (The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning). Língua da Gente falls under the umbrella of BrazilPod, where we find all of the other UT-sponsored materials related to the learning of Portuguese.

In Brazil, the term língua da gente (literally ‘language of the people’) refers to the way that people actually talk in everyday speech. And that, in essence, is the object behind this series. We hope to provide practical lessons that demonstrate how people really speak, and we do this by presenting brief, slice-of-life dialogs, which focus on some daily situation, scenario, or task that we encounter every day.

Each audio podcast, generally between 8-12 minutes, includes the presentation of a brief dialog, a line-by-line English translation, and more in-depth analysis of the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural content in the lesson. Discussion blogs also accompany each lesson, providing community interaction for comments and questions. In broad terms, the lessons are subdivided into three levels of difficulty: Beginning, Elementary, and Intermediate. Additionally we have a cultural show that covers current events and related social issues.

Língua da gente is designed to provide a modular approach to language learning. That is to say, Língua da gente can be used as a stand-alone study tool or it can be incorporated into regular organized courses. The materials are not bound to any specific textbook, and they serve for independent learners as well as students who are enrolled in language courses. All the lessons are completely independent one from another, and as such learners can study as many or as few as they desire. Generally we try to release three new lessons each week, with the end goal of providing hundreds of lessons, and fresh new ones all the time.

Língua da Gente - Portuguese Podcast: Lessons The University of Texas at Austin

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Welcome to Língua da Gente, our series of audio podcast lessons that are produced at the University of Texas at Austin, with tremendous support from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the College of Liberal Arts, and COERLL, (The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning). Língua da Gente falls under the umbrella of BrazilPod, where we find all of the other UT-sponsored materials related to the learning of Portuguese.

In Brazil, the term língua da gente (literally ‘language of the people’) refers to the way that people actually talk in everyday speech. And that, in essence, is the object behind this series. We hope to provide practical lessons that demonstrate how people really speak, and we do this by presenting brief, slice-of-life dialogs, which focus on some daily situation, scenario, or task that we encounter every day.

Each audio podcast, generally between 8-12 minutes, includes the presentation of a brief dialog, a line-by-line English translation, and more in-depth analysis of the pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and cultural content in the lesson. Discussion blogs also accompany each lesson, providing community interaction for comments and questions. In broad terms, the lessons are subdivided into three levels of difficulty: Beginning, Elementary, and Intermediate. Additionally we have a cultural show that covers current events and related social issues.

Língua da gente is designed to provide a modular approach to language learning. That is to say, Língua da gente can be used as a stand-alone study tool or it can be incorporated into regular organized courses. The materials are not bound to any specific textbook, and they serve for independent learners as well as students who are enrolled in language courses. All the lessons are completely independent one from another, and as such learners can study as many or as few as they desire. Generally we try to release three new lessons each week, with the end goal of providing hundreds of lessons, and fresh new ones all the time.

    Elementary 55: The New Suit Looks Great

    Elementary 55: The New Suit Looks Great

    For some suit coats look sharp, and for others they simply look restricting. And no doubt, when they fit just right, they look much better. That is the decision in today’s lesson, to buy or not to buy a new suit. And don’t forget to get a new tie too.
    Dialogue
    A: Esse terno está bom ou devo buscar outro?
    Is this suit good or should I buy another?
    B: Gostei, é só você aprender o penteado do Justin Timberlake e você poderia ganhar o prêmio do homem do ano.
    I like it, and if you comb your hair like Justin Timberlake you could win the award as man of the year.
    A: Tá vendo, eu até podia sair na capa da GQ, não é?
    You see, I could even appear on the cover of GQ, right?
    B: Ou pelo menos usar ele no casamento do Gerson na semana que vem.
    Or at least wear it to Gerson’s wedding next week.
    A: Tá, vou comprar esse sim. E qual você acha melhor, a gravata azul ou a vermelha?
    OK, I’ll get it. And which is better, the blue tie or the red one?
    B: Eu gosto mais da vermelha.
    I like the red one more.
    A: Tá bom, eu vou levar a vermelha então.
    OK, I’ll get the red one then.

    • 17 min
    Beginning 56: New Possibilities When Texting

    Beginning 56: New Possibilities When Texting

    How many times do you send and receive texts per day? For some it is over 100 times, every day. Given that, we have to have a lesson about all the new options when texting.
    Dialogue
    A: Olha só, agora dá pra mandar mensagens com tinta invisível, que legal.
    Hey look now you can send messages with invisible ink, cool.
    B: Que que faz para revelar o conteúdo?
    What do you do to reveal the contents?
    A: É só deslizar o dedo na tela.
    You just slide your thumb on the screen.
    B: Incrível, não é? Me explica como se faz isso.
    Amazing, isn’t it? Show me how you do that.

    • 12 min
    Elementary 54: Movie Tickets

    Elementary 54: Movie Tickets

    There are times when we all wish that we were poets, right? Wouldn’t it be great to write verses that inspire others, or cause others to feel a certain way? Even if that dream is beyond your current reach, at least we can appreciate the poetry of others. Today we learn to talk about the characteristics of classic sonnets.
    Dialogue
    A: Dois ingressos para Wolverine 3 das 18:30, por favor.
    Two tickets for Wolverine 3 at 6:30pm please.
    B: Desculpa senhora, a sessão das 18:30 já está esgotada.
    I’m sorry ma’am, the 6:30 showing is all sold out.
    A: Bom, você ainda tem vaga para mais tarde?
    OK, do you have any openings for later on?
    B: Tem sim. Tem lugar ainda para a das 20h30, mas só na sala XD, pode ser?
    Yes, there are. There are still seats for 8:30pm, but just in the XD room, will that do?
    A: Quanto é o XD?
    How much is the XD?
    B: Hoje é quarta, são R$ 25,00 o dia todo.
    Today is Wednesday, it’s R$ 25 reals all day.
    A: E a inteira?
    And the regular ones?
    B: R$32,00
    R$32 reals.
    A: Tá, me dá então dois ingressos para a sessão das 20h30 por favor.
    OK, give me two fro the 8:30pm please.

    • 15 min
    Beginning 54: Back Injuries Are The Worst

    Beginning 54: Back Injuries Are The Worst

    What is more frustrating than back pain? Do you rest more or stretch more? Do you exercise more, or exercise less? Do you take medicine, or stop taking medicine. We can’t relieve the pain, but we can help you talk about it in Portuguese.
    Dialogue
    A: Com dor nas costas é melhor colocar uma compressa morna ou fria?
    With back pain is it better to put on a hot or cold compress?
    B: Dizem uma morna, e fazer alongamento.
    They say a warm one, and try stretching.
    A: E já não sei se eu devo fazer exercícios leves ou evitar eles 100%.
    And I don’t know anymore if I should do light exercises or avoid them 100%.
    B: Seria melhor evitar esforços e não fazer exercícios como a musculação por exemplo.
    It would be better to avoid exertion and not do exercises like weight lifting for example.

    • 13 min
    Elementary 53: Classic Sonnets

    Elementary 53: Classic Sonnets

    There are times when we all wish that we were poets, right? Wouldn’t it be great to write verses that inspire others, or cause others to feel a certain way? Even if that dream is beyond your current reach, at least we can appreciate the poetry of others. Today we learn to talk about the characteristics of classic sonnets.
    Dialogue
    A: Ô Marilene, você se lembra das características de um soneto clássico?
    Hey Marilene, do you remember the characteristics of a classical sonnet?
    B: Mais ou menos, se me lembro bem, ele é composto de 14 versos que possuem a mesma métrica?
    More or less, if I remember correctly, it is made up of 14 lines that all have the same rhythm.
    A: É, apresentados em 4 estrofes, 2 quartetos e mais 2 tercetos, não é?
    Right, broken up in 4 stanzas with 2 quartets and 2 triplets, right?
    B: E nos clássicos tem várias formas de posicionamento de rimas também.
    And in classical forms that had different kinds of rhyming too.
    A: Como aquele do Camões, ‘Amor é fogo que arde sem se ver.’
    Like that one of Camões, ‘Love is a fire that burns without seeing.’
    B: Ou aquele famoso do Vinicius, ‘De tudo ao meu amor serei atento.’
    Or that famous one of Vinicius’, ‘Above all, to my love I’ll be attentive.’
    A: “Antes, e com tal zelo, e sempre, e tanto, Que mesmo em face do maior encanto...’
    ‘First, with care, and always and so much, that even when facing great delight…’
    B: ‘Dele se encante mais meu pensamento.’
    ‘By this my thoughts are more enchanted.’
    A: Uau Marilene, você conhece mesmo, não é?
    Wow Marilene, you really know it, don’t you?
    B: Quem não conhece? Ele é famosíssimo.
    Who doesn’t know it? It’s really famous.

    • 20 min
    Beginning 53: Boarding the plane

    Beginning 53: Boarding the plane

    Be honest, even in your native language it is hard to understand the flight announcements at airports, right? But don’t worry, we’ll get you prepared for them in Portuguese, and with luck you’ll even you’re your flight and it will get off on time.
    Dialogue
    A: Atenção passageiros com destino a Nova Iorque, Varig voo 783 embarque imediato, portão 25.
    Attention, passengers heading to New York, Varig flight 783 immediate boarding, gate 25.
    B: Ô Claudio, vamos-lá, eles estão chamando a gente para o embarque.
    Hey Claudio, let’s go, they are calling us to board.
    C: Já? Tá, deixa eu comprar essa caixa de chocolates, e eu já vou.
    Already? OK, let me buy this box of chocolates, and then I can go.
    B: Não se preocupe, ainda tem tempo.
    Don’t worry, we still have time.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

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ChristoJB ,

Well-organized and helpful

I’ve been using this podcast and I must say it is very well laid-out. The beginner episodes are good for people with basics, while the intermediate really focus on listening, understanding, and a much broader use of vocabulary. You really can (and should) listen to the episodes more than once—you will keep learning!

Jack abrams ,

Thanks UT

Love when universities have these types of podcasts. Really represents the university well.

REMORA777 ,

Eu gosto muito!!!

HI
I'm Julian Antonio and I'm a speaking Spanish person looking to learn Portuguese I found you on my Iphone ( iTunes U ) congratulations to Orlando,Andrea, Sonia, Daniela and to all of the developers.
I always have the dream to visit Brazil and meet there people hope very soon meanwhile I'll practice all your leasons.

Gracias and Ate a proxima.

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