O que são os Podcasts?
A construção desta ferramenta surge como resposta às necessidades dos nossos alunos (de Português e Inglês). Com efeito, as competências de compreensão oral são fundamentais no processo de aprendizagem de qualquer idioma.
Os podcasts são ficheiros audio com uma duração aproximada de 4 minutos e com um conjunto de actividades escritas associadas ao registo audio.
A quem se destinam os podcasts?
Destinam-se a todos os alunos que se encontram a aprender Inglês, francês e Português com o Lisbon Language café ou com outras escolas de línguas.
Quais os níveis a que se destinam os podcasts?
Alunos de Inglês (temos podcasts de nível: A2, B1 e B2)
Alunos de Português (temos podcasts de nível A1, A2 e B1)
TODAY’S ARTICLES about our beloved City… Lisboa!
Article 1: Rio Tejo (Tagus River)
The city of Lisbon (Lisboa) is situated on the northern banks of the River Tagus (Rio Tejo). The river has a huge impact on the magnificent and vibrant atmosphere of the city.
Further information about the River
“Tejo” flows into the city from the north of the country and opens into a wide estuary that boarders the capital of Portugal.
Ponte “25 de Abril” (a suspension bridge) connects Lisbon with the district of Caparica.
This great and beautiful river starts in Spain and cuts a course for 645 km (412 miles). The last 282 km (165 miles) is inside Portugal and it provides and importante water supply for farmers in the area of Alentejo.
The full length of the Tagus River is 1,087 km (639 miles) and is one of the longest rivers on the Peninsula. Tejo drains a large basin in the peninsula and it provides to the visitors of Lisbon a great way to view the capital of Portugal.
Article 2: Which are the things that make a city… Cool
Atmosphere, charm, fantastic food and nightlife! Here are the reasons why Lisbon deserves consideration as Europe’s coolest city.
1. Nightlife: Bairro Alto is the Heart of the heart, here you will find here more than 300 bars.
2. Great Gastronomy: Great food, sophisticated restaurants and affordable prices.
3. Fantastic Beaches: You just need to travel 30 minutos by train to find fantastic beaches and great waves (perfect for surf lovers)!
Article 3: Sight seeing in Lisbon – Top Spots
1) Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jeronimos Monastery)
This church was built in the 1500s. The cloisters are the most beautiful of the country and has been listed as a world heritage place.
2) Torre de Belém (Belem Tower)
This monument is a symbol of the age of discoveries. It was built in the XVI century and has been recently declared has a world heritage monumento (unesco).
3)Castelo de São Jorge (St. George’s Castle)
From the castle there’s a fantastic perspective of the city of Lisbon. There’s also a small museum inside and the neighborhood of Alfama (city’s medieval village) next to this moment.
4) Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Museum)
In this museum you will find treasures (from East and West) that were collected by one single man. It includes works of famous artists like Monet and Rembrandt.
5)Parque das Nações
This is a modern district with contemporary architecture. Vasco da Gama bridge (Ponte Vasco da Gama) is europe’s longest bridge and is located in this área. Here there i salso a famous and giant aquarium, a casino and great promenade.
6) Museu Berardo (Berardo Museu”)
A famous and rich Portuguese citizen has put together fantastic modern art collections that includes artists as Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso.
7) Convento de Madre de Deus (Madre de Deus Convent)
This a unic masterpice in the world. This former convent is now a museum presenting an ancient art form.
8) Museu de Arte Antiga (Ancient Art Museum)
Fantastic European art makes up the collection of Portugal’s national gallery. Most of these pieces are related with the Age of Discovery (idade dos descobrimentos) and it ilustrates the bond between Portugal, Africa and Asia.
9) Museu de Moda e Design (Design and Fashion Museum)
The great creation of famous names in fashion and design are presented in permanente and temporary collection exhibitions. This museu is a surprising space in Lisbon and is recognized as a top fashion and design museum (free entrance!)
Article 4: Belém – Rich in history and heritage
Belém is eternally connected with the era of discoveries, a period of maritime splendor when Portuguese navigators went in adventurous voyages to discover new lands and seas.
Today we can find several green areas with parks, gardens, monuments and museums. Side by side with Tagus River that provides an amazing view and seaside stroll with excellent restaurants and cafes along the way.
Here there are the 5 most interesting spots in Belém that you can visit and enjoy:
1 – Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery)
This is one of the most gorgeous and peaceful religious sites found anywhere in Portugal. Its cultural significance is so important that it has long been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2 – Torre de Belém (Belém Tower)
The Belem Tower is one of the most familiar of all Lisbon’s tourist attractions and has become a symbol of the city. Is construction was completed in 1521 and functioned as a fortress to defend the mouth of the River Tagus. This unique example of military construction is also an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3 – Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)
The monument was inaugurated in 1960 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Henry the Navigator. It resemble a shape of a caravel and honours in stone many historical figures that took part in the development of the Portuguese Era of Discoveries.
4 – Centro Cultural de Belém (Belém Cultural Center)
One of Lisbon’s premier cultural centers, the CCB offers an outstanding agenda of performing arts, music, and photography. It also houses the famous Museu Coleção Berardo – Portugal’s most significant museum of modern and contemporary art.
5 – Museu Nacional dos Coches (Coaches Museum)
The Coaches Museum has the largest and most valuable collection of carriages in the world and also includes fine examples of litters, sedan chairs, and cabriolets. On its 110th anniversary it moved across the street to a new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha. The new premises made it possible to also show accessories and carriages that weren’t previously shown.
Article 5: LX Factory – An Incredible Space in the centre of Lisbon!
In 1846 a Company called “Companhia de Fiação e Tecidos Lisbonense”, a very important manufacturing complex in Lisbon’s history, decided to start it’s business in Alcântara. This 23.000 square meters industrial place was then occupied by a groups of other companies that where also related with industrial activities.
An urban fragment that was kept hidden for a long period of time, is now back to the city of Lisbon as “LXFactory”. A creative spot occupied by small companies and professionals of a diverse set of areas related to fashion, publicity, communication, music, languages, theatre and much more. This place is now attracting a huge number of visitors from all over the world.
At LXFactory you can breath the industrial environment everywhere! A must see place in Lisbon!
Article 6: Discovering the 7 hills of Lisbon
There’s a legend remoting from the 17th century that says that the portuguese capital, Lisbon, was built over seven hills.
It’s not easy to track the origin of this legend, but it seems that more important than Lisbon’s geography was the long to approach the mystic of this city to the one’s of Rome, known as the “City of Seven Hills”.
Visiting Lisbon, you can’t miss it’s seven charming hills:
1. Castelo de S. Jorge (Saint George Castle): An ancient Moorish fortification, with a perfect view over Lisbon, surrounded by very typical neighborhoods (Alfama and Mouraria).
2. S.Vicente: This hill was named out of the Monastery São Vicente de Fora that located here, in the area of Alfama, an other lovely neighborhood
3. Santo André: Here you have to stop and have a coffee in the Miradouro da Graça. Just enjoy the view!
4. Santa Catarina: From the Miradouro de Santa Catarina, known as “Miradouro do Adamastor”, you’ll have a beautiful panorama from Lisbon of the other side of the river Tejo.
5. São Roque: After exploring the streets of Bairro Alto on this hill, you can take a break in the “Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara”.
6. Chagas: Here it was built a church to honored the Five Holy Wounds of Christ. You have to stop at “Largo do Carmo” to see the convent ruins.
Sant’Ana: There was once here a Monastery of the Dominican sisters. This hill goes from Martim Moniz square to the “Portas de Santo Antão”.
Get ready to walk up and down, you will have plenty of charming spots to take a break! Enjoy Lisbon!
Article 7: Lisbon’s Bridge (Ponte 25 de Abril de 1974)
This fantastic bridge is one of Lisbon’s most incredible landmarks. This huge bridge (and monumento) is very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (United States) and name of it is very importante for Portuguese people as it remembers the Portuguese Carnation Revolution (25th April 1974).
It connects the city of Lisbon with the commuter districts of Almada on the south bank. The bridge is a landmark of Lisbon and when you cross it you get great perspective of the city.
Facts about the Bridge
The length of the bridge is 2.4 kilometers. “Ponte 25 de Abril” was completed in 4 years and the inaguration was on the 6th of August of 1966. The original name of the bridge was “Ponte Oliveira salazar” but after the revolution was changed to Ponte 25 de Abril (the date of the Carnation Revolution)
With the increase of the number of people commuting between Lisbon and Almada, the bridge went under expansion in 1995. The number of lanes is now 6 (was 4 before the extensive expansion). A train line was also added in 1998.
Things to do and see in Lisbon
The capital of Portugal is a great and cosmopolitan city. A place that is only a few hours from any European capital.
Lisbon has so many things to see and do that it is hard to decide which places we should recomend you. Check our selections of things that cannot be missed in this city:
1. Visit the Castle of São Jorge and Alfama (next to the castle)
If you miss this place you will be missing an unforgettable monument. The castle is the highest place of Lisbon and is a great opportunity to taste the city and understand how the Rio Tejo (Tagus river) impacts the city.
2. Visit the downtown (Terreiro do Paço)
This great square in the capital of Lisbon is an iconic symbol of the capital and it was rebuilt in the XVIII century (after the earthquake).
3. Santa Justa elevator
This elevator will offer you a great perspective over the old part of the city.
4. Try the Lisbon Tram (number 28)
This way of transportation is one of the best ways to travel in Lisbon and also a great way to travel trough the old part of the city. The unique sound of the tram is something typical in Lisbon (try the tram number 28! We are sure that you will love it!)
5. Taste a “Pastel de Nata” in “Pasteis de Belém”
An unique flavour that is a consequence of a guarded secret. You can’t missed it along with a bica (coffe)!