Learning a language is similar to exercise.
When you start exercising, you have to start with the simple stuff.
In your first week at the gym you might start with the lower weights or the simpler exercises. You can’t expect to run 20 km on the treadmill or lift 100 kilos straight away, you have to work up to it. The better you pace it, the better you will get. Going to the gym once a week and straining yourself is not as efficient as going a few times a week and keeping it consistent, making it a habit.
The brain is kind of like a muscle. When learning a language, if you start with heavy weight material first – chances are you will never want to try to learn a language again! You don’t want to strain your brain too much.
Take it in ‘bite size’ pieces. Building on a foundation as you go, this learning process also has to be consistent or all your initial hard work will become null and void.
This course is designed to teach you the ‘foundation‘ and the ‘cornerstones‘ to enable you to use the building blocks provided. When you build a house, you start with the foundation, not with the roof or the windows. To learn a language efficiently you also need a good foundation and it needs to be held together soundly.
This course is designed to help you build up you language skills, working just a little, everyday, on the essentials.
If you are a beginner, you can try out your first week for free! In Portuguese in Six Weeks – Week Zero, where you will learn how the course works and some of the basics, including pronunciation. If you already have some learning experience you can assess your level by taking the Portuguese Language Level Assessment Quiz.