Are you ready to hear a secret? In all my years of learning eight languages I've found that one of the best ways to improve is to read short stories.
Why? Because short stories are the perfect length for language learners.
Here's the book I recommend to help you with your Brazilian Portuguese journey:
In this article, I'll explain what you can expect when you dive into this book. And, I'll let you into all the secrets as to why reading short stories is such a powerful way to master your new language.
Four Secret Reasons Why Short Stories Kick-Start Your Learning
The first short-story secret is ENJOYMENT.
Yes, reading short stories which are perfectly pitched for your level is fun.
In Short Stories In Brazilian Portuguese For Beginners, we've given you eight stories with absorbing plots; guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.
And because you're reading a story, you don't feel like you're back in the classroom. Instead, the day-to-day experience of learning through stories is one to be savoured.
The next secret is CONTEXT and MEANING.
Textbooks, by their very nature, concentrate on isolated concepts. They introduce the rule, and then, you complete exercise after exercise to try and beat the idea into your brain.
Stories are different because you naturally meet new vocabulary and grammar in context. You see how it's used in real life and find yourself internalising words and concepts without even realising it.
It's far easier to understand and follow a series of related events than a set of exercises. But, at the same time, you can't handle an overload of information. That's why short fiction is so great for language learning. It's just the right length to have a satisfying plot, yet you won't take a month to finish it.
Secret number three is EMOTION.
It's easy to get emotionally involved in a story. When you care for the characters and are willing them to solve the problem, it engages your brain and hooks into your memory.
Humans tend to remember feelings more easily than facts, so you'll internalise the concepts when you engage your emotions.
Our final secret comes with ACHIEVEMENT.
When you read one of our short stories, it helps you expand your vocabulary and learn grammar naturally. The stories draw you in and hook you with their exciting plots, so you actually READ them from start to finish.
You feel that sense of achievement when you complete a chapter, and when you know what happened and what the characters said — it's priceless.
What's more, you've now got the motivation to keep going. You have to read the next chapter… and the next… because you really need to know how it all ends.
Introducing… Short Stories In Brazilian Portuguese
My “Short Stories in Brazilian Portuguese For Beginners” book is one of a kind because it uses my unique StoryLearning® method to teach you naturally.
These eight tales have been written from sci-fi to crime, historical dramas, and page-turning thrillers, especially for young and adult learners from high-beginner to low-intermediate levels. (A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference)
That gives you reading practice at your level, so you can focus on enjoying reading without ever feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. You'll already have met many of these 1000 most-commonly-used words in Brazilian Portuguese before, and these stories will introduce you to the rest.
You never feel frustrated by having to continually check unfamiliar words with the nearest dictionary. As a result, learning Brazilian Portuguese becomes easy and fun.
What's Included In This Short Story In Portuguese Book?
All my short story books are designed to be fun, easy to use and comprehensive, so you get the most out of your learning.
Inside Brazilian Portuguese For Beginners you'll find:
- Enjoyable reading practice, designed explicitly for the A2-B1 level so you can spend your time with the story instead of feeling overwhelmed by a wall of text you don't understand.
- Chapter summaries and comprehension questions help you follow the plot and understand what's happening.
- Accessible grammar allows you to learn new structures naturally in context.
- Authentic spoken dialogues introduce you to conversational expressions to add to your speaking ability while you read.
- Controlled language at your level allows you to work out unknown vocab because you understand the words around them.
- Vocabulary lists so you can quickly look up unfamiliar terms without interrupting your flow.
- Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations which set the scene and bring the stories to life.
Now, if you're keen to practice your listening skills while reading, we have an audiobook to help you out.
Yes, a new high-quality audio recording is available to purchase separately, giving you even more ways to succeed in your new language.
There's even a handy Interactive app, so really all your excuses for avoiding language study will fly out the window. With our app you can read, listen and learn whether you're at home or on the go!
What are you waiting for?
About The Author
In case you’re new here, let me introduce myself. My name is Olly Richards and I’m a language educator, author and polyglot from the UK, who speaks 8 languages.
I’ve created dozens of critically acclaimed language courses and published a bestselling series of short story books in sixteen languages.
I’ve also been featured widely in international press from the BBC to the Independent, and am a regular speaker at international language events.
What Do Readers Say About These Short Story Books?
Students from around the globe love learning with my short story books. But don’t take my word for it.
Here’s how readers describe the experience of learning with short stories:
Language Teachers Love These Short Story Books Too
As you can see, language learners around the world love learning with Short Stories in Portuguese. But they’re not the only ones…
Language teachers often tell me how much they enjoy using these stories in their lessons because they make learning fun and minimise all those hours of stressful lesson prep.
Supplementary teaching materials are available to accompany these books for teachers who want quick, easy, and engaging supplementary materials for their lessons.
If you’re a teacher, click here to find out more.
Short Stories In Portuguese: A Great Way To Learn Fast & Have Fun!
As you can see, reading short stories in Portuguese is one of the best things you can do to improve your language skills.
And best of all… it allows you to learn the language in a fun and natural way, without memorising long lists of words and grammar rules.
So what are you waiting for?
Head on over to Amazon or your favourite local bookshop and grab your copy of my short story in Portuguese book now!
Click here to purchase your copy (available in Kindle & Paperback).