Hey folks, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here and with good reason…
Things have taken off for me in a way that I never imagined possible: I’ve now grown to have the second largest online English school in Brazil! Though in the meantime, this blog has continued in my heart.
It is neither forgotten nor abandoned, and therefore when a friend of mine named James asked if he could put some content up… I naturally hoped on it: the opportunity to get new stuff up and help a buddy out is a win-win!
Without further ado, here is a post from James from Semantica:
It’s been really a laborous process but well worth it for sure as it will help these 25 to get fluent, and during the creating of this course (which will be awesome btw!), I made a video to address goals and commitment.
Because committing ourselves to achieving something is one of the single most important things that we can do to achieve success.
Yeah this video is part of the Portuguese Acceleration Blueprint Course but I felt like revealing it and sharing it with you today because it’s relevant for other areas of our lives too.
It’s no secret that us from the USA have an especially difficult time with the “r” or “ão”, though there is hope! (can I get an amen?)
Thanks to people like Idahosa Ness over at mimicmethod.com, we can get to the bottom of figuring out how to pronounce correctly.
So check out this episode of the Live in Brazil podcast where we get to the bottom of learning how to have the “Brazilian Flow”.
Portuguese is an amazing language – no doubt about it – and today I am going to give you 5 reasons why you should learn it and how to learn Portuguese.
Learning Portuguese was one of the best decisions I have ever made (outside of moving to Brazil), the feeling of being able to not just communicate but express myself in Portuguese is indescribable.
Brazilian Portuguese is a passionate and romantic language, where the focus is on expressing yourself rather than following tons of grammar rules, making it the ideal learner’s language.
And combine the above with the fact that Brazilian people just love it when foreigners do everything they can to learn Portuguese, then you have a great recipe for language success.
When I first started and attempt at speaking to a Brazilian, something amazing happened.
UPDATE: Make sure to read the update at the end of the post!
Becoming fluent in Portuguese is a blast and can happen fast if you utilize 1 shortcut that only about 2% of Portuguese learners know about…
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Before continuing, let me share something important that sheds light onto this shortcut and is tied directly into your Portuguese learning:
The idea that a snowball thrown down the side of a snowy hill builds in speed, size and momentum is a familiar metaphor. Though, there is a very important side of this “effect” that people generally don’t talk about: how much snow the snowball leaves behind! (or we should leave behind when learning Portuguese?)
Body language can be up to 90% of the communication happening in any given conversation – how we move our bodies, use our voices, gesture ,move our eyes and use facial expressions can be a communicational deal maker or breaker.
In a nutshell: learning the vocabulary of a new language is only the beginning of being able to speak Portuguese fluently, in the end, it comes down to how you use your body to express yourself.
With that in mind, let me give you an example by telling you a story about a well meaning American, who accidentally called everyone he met in Brazil the vulgar equivalent of a rear end…
Allowing your Portuguese to see the light of day is the single most important thing you can do to increases your speaking abilities by immeasurable amounts.
When I was 16 and oh so nieve, I purchased a really cool car that needed a whole lot of work – a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT.
“A whole lot of work” basically meant that there was no motor, transmission or anything mechanical in it. The paint was shot, interior ugly and when I handed over the hard earned $200 bucks to the seller, I got several boxes of parts.
Ok cool, so it’s like putting a puzzle together right?
Wrong! Read More
Today, we have a special guest post from Idahosa Ness. I’ve been really looking forward to this post because not only has he learned the science behind “language Flow”, he’s got Portuguese pronunciation down with pretty much 0 accent!
Let’s welcome him with big, open and Brazilian abraço – take it away Idahosa! Read More