Many students of Portuguese ask themselves: “Should I watch tv to improve my Portuguese skills”?
The answer once again is YES and NO.
Should I watch Portuguese TV to improve my Portuguese?
NO! If your level in Portuguese is still A1 or A2. You will be wasting your time with Portuguese TV. And because your time is limited, you should use it wisely. If you are an A1 student, you should spend your time consolidating A1 structures and A1 vocabulary in Portuguese. The same logic applies to A2 students. Watching Portuguese TV is a B2 or C1 activity. This means that an A1 or A2 student, can’t learn Portuguese or consolidate anything with a B2 or C1 activity. Keep yourself studying materials that are in accordance with your current level of Portuguese. Don’t waste your time with activities that are too hard for you.
YES! If you are an advanced student (B2-C1).
Watching television is a great way to improve your language skills. One of the best ways to learn a new language is by watching TV shows and movies in that language. You can watch foreign shows or movies on Netflix or Hulu, or even catch them on local TV stations. Watching TV shows and movies in Portuguese is a great way to practice your listening skills. You’ll be able to pick up on the pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence structure, which will help you learn more effectively. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
Another way to improve your language skills is to listen to music in your target language. Music has many benefits for learning languages, including helping you build vocabulary and listening comprehension skills. There are countless songs out there written in Portuguese, so there’s bound to be something that fits your tastes. You don’t have to understand every word that you hear, but simply listening is an important skill. By taking in and storing new vocabulary, you will be better prepared to use it when you need it.
There are also programs specifically designed for learning new words by watching TV. Besides learning through TV, there are apps that allow you to do so through your phone or tablet. One of the most popular is Anki, which lets you create flashcards based on certain words or phrases and then review them at a later time. You can also try our QUIZLET platform on this website.
There are plenty of other ways to improve your language skills by watching TV. Here are a few suggestions: Watching TV shows with subtitles can be helpful for learning new vocabulary and improving your listening skills. Watching kids’ cartoons like “Sesame Street” can expose you to a lot of new words as well as informal grammar structures that you might not encounter in other shows or movies. You can also experiment with some of these words and structures on your own by talking or writing with friends or family members.
Advanced Portuguese students (B2 – C1) already have appropriate information about the Portuguese language. They can already understand native speakers if they’re having a one-on-one conversation. However, in a group situation, they still struggle to maintain a fluent discussion. This group of Portuguese students should spend their time watching Portuguese TV in order to improve their listening skills. Watching TV (or listening to the radio) in a different language is very challenging but it is the kind of activity that should be used only by advanced students.