Spanish to Portuguese Course
(downloadable version with MP3 audio and PDF text) This course is designed for native speakers of American English who have a good command of Spanish, and want to learn Portuguese. Since the languages are similar many students get confused by the similarities and end up mispronouncing and jumbling words. This course explains the differences and allows the student to leverage their knowledge of Spanish to help them learn Portuguese faster. The content in the course includes units on sounds (Spanish vowels with counterparts in Portuguese, Portuguese vowels not occurring in Spanish, diphthongs, and consonants); grammar (word order, negation, contraction, verbs, and nominals, with focus on the differences between the two languages); hints on vocabulary transfer (sounds, words endings, and false cognates); and supplementary pronunciation exercises. The audio recordings illustrate the features of spoken Portuguese that are included in the text.