Training methods/order

What would be a good method of using Practice Portuguese to get the most out of it?

Study units first, then Verbs, then Podcasts? Mix it up?

Any help here with a good study method greatly appreciated

THanks!

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I also would like to know this! The amount of material available in Practice Portuguese is just about overwhelming, and a recommended strategy or order from the PP staff would be much appreciated! :upside_down_face:

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Haha, I’m sure each one of the team members has some thoughts on how to make the most of all the resources, but in the end, there is no single recipe for this, because every user has their own needs and learning styles. Personally, before adding my own contributions, I would actually love to hear what’s been working for all of you so far and brainstorm together on this :slight_smile:

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I must agree that the sheer amount of content available here is mind boggling (in a great way)! What I tend to do is focus on the units, and then once I’m done with a unit, do the verbs associated with it as I do the lessons in the next unit. Every Sunday, I try to cover the revision lessons of the previous units, and do a podcast or two. I’ve found that this helps me out, but I’m curious as to what other learners do too.

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Glad to know that you are interested in hearing what works for us, @Joseph. I agree with @pruthvishk, that the amount of material is great! When I first started PP, I began with Unit 1 and went forward. Then, because I was preparing for the CIPLE, I stopped going unit-by-unit and tried to jump to specific units that I thought would help. Now, I am going back to where I left off on the Units and intend to progress along that path. Even if a unit seems “easy,” I still learn and review things I already know. In general, I would prefer to know that I am following a well-structured path that will remember where I left off and guarantee that I go through each unit completely. I want to know that I have eventually followed the path of the units to the very end! When I deviate from this path and take a look at all the podcasts, the verbs, etc., I tend to get overwhelmed and discouraged.

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There are so many good ways you could go about it, but here’s one idea:

  • Work through the units in order. Before each one, go through the “featured verb” section for that unit and study the conjugations. After every 3 units or so, look back and redo a few lessons to get them closer to 100% accuracy (and as a quick review).

  • Start with the beginner level Shorties, just focusing on one per day. Play it over and over, listening both with and without the transcript. Play around with it: read it out loud, try to memorize it, cover up the Portuguese and see if you can translate from the English, make a note of any expressions that are useful to you, find a friend to read through the dialogues. If they still feel hard, keep working on the same Shorty until you feel comfortable with it. If they get too easy, move on to the medium level Shorties.

  • Listen to the Podcasts when you’re on the go or just play one in the background while you eat breakfast or clean. You don’t need to understand every word. Just use it as an opportunity to get some exposure to the language.

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