Portuguese Language Resources
Portuguese is a Romance language that spread worldwide in the 15th and 16th centuries as Portugal established a colonial empire. Today, with over 260 million speakers Portuguese is the fifth most spoken language in the world the most widely spoken in the southern hemisphere, and the third most spoken in the Western world. In addition to Brazil and Portugal, it is used in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Macau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor, as well as in the former territories of Portuguese India.
Contemporary Portuguese comprises several dialects and sub-dialects, often very distinct, and two internationally recognized standards (European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese).
Resources in the Language Resources Centre
Resources in the Maughan Library (King's students only)
Portuguese Resources Catalogue
The PDF file contains all resources for Portuguese that can be found in the Language Resources Centre. It is divided into 3 categories:
- Audio CD/DVD
In the 'Notes' column you will find details of, for example, CDs that accompany textbooks and vice versa. Other information had been included throughout the catalogue to help identify a specific item if viewing these off-site.
Please note that these resources are offered on a reference-only basis.
BBC Talk Programme
A lively introduction to the language in eleven short parts with slideshows and video clips set in Portugal and Brazil.
Mini-lessons on grammar and everyday phrases. A very accessible site that also includes reading resources, sound files, and useful links.
This site provides examples of authentic language spoken in its natural cultural environment between a language and its culture.
Learn Portuguese with Rafa
A new resource for beginners of both European and Brazilian Portuguese. Phrases and words to get you started plus grammar and dictionary sections.
Learn Portuguese / Curso de Portugues
A user-friendly site with useful Portuguese phrases, vocabulary, verb conjugations and basic grammar points, also with audio.
An easy and simple site developed by a Brazilian teacher. It includes pronunciation, grammar, interactive exercises and much more.
Learn Portuguese Now
Specific for Brazilian Portuguese learners. 15 lessons that will introduce you to Brazilian Portuguese as well as vocabulary, grammar and listening exercises. You can also find interesting facts about Brazilian culture.
Portuguese idioms - literally translated
Idioms compiled, translated, and explained in English by Tágide Crista.
Quia - Portuguese
Practice your vocabulary through java games such as "jumbled words", hangman, battleships games and more. Requires member subscription.
Learn Portuguese / Curso de Portugues
A great site with basic Portuguese phrases and vocabulary, but also offering more intermediate-level grammar points - with audio. Also a useful aid for verb conjugations.
Podcasts and Videos
Study Portuguese at King's
A free online library of specially handpicked Portuguese literature
Ciberdúvidas da Língua Portuguesa
An excellent site where the advanced learner can clear up his/her doubts regarding more complicated aspects of Portuguese grammar.
Instituto de Camoes
This is a brilliant site which provides activities to practise your reading and listening skills. Easy to use and very well laid out.
Evening Language Courses
Members of the public can study Portuguese (European), Portuguese (Brazilian) and Portuguese (European) via Spanish at King's at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Doing an undergraduate or postgraduate degree? You can take a Portuguese (Brazilian) course as part of your studies (beginner levels).
We offer tailor-made courses in Portuguese (Brazilian) and Portuguese (European) for individuals and groups.