More Information on Foreign Service Institute Portuguese Courses
This FSI Portuguese for Spanish speakers was created for those of you who already speak Spanish and who are now about to learn Portuguese, you want to know whether your Spanish will help you or hinder you. You want to know whether it will be an advantage or a disadvantage, an asset or a liability.
Since Spanish and Portuguese are so close, your first inclination is to assume that the transition from one to the other will be quite easy. But you cannot wholly accept this idea, because friends who have already made the transition have told you that your Spanish will interfere with your Portuguese. They have warn... Read Full Description
Here is an explanation of the methodology used in a FSI Brazilian Portuguese FAST course. This is volume 1 (of 2) in the course. The order of these lessons will help you obtain the language skills and confidence needed to deal with any given situation. In class, of course, things will not always go smoothly-- nor should they.
Your teacher is responsible for assessing your progress and attitude throughout the lessons and is also responsible for making adjustments to your needs whenever sensible and necessary. Self-confidence is the ultimate goal of a FAST course. How you come to the language is as important... Read Full Description
Here is an explanation of the methodology used in a FSI Brazilian Portuguese FAST course. This is volume 2 (of 2) in the course. Many students, especially Americans, learn well through the eye. As the tape is played again, this time you look at the dialog while you listen. After this listening session, students will try to guess at the meaning of some of the new words. You should be aware of:
1) cognates that have the same origin as English words, and which may resemble English in spelling and/or pronunciation; and
2) contextual clues.
In each of the Filling in the Blanks" exercises, y... Read Full Description