The dialect that Rosetta Stone teaches is Brazilian Portuguese. It is a neutral, educated accent common to metropolitan areas.
The Portuguese language has two main dialects: Brazilian and European. The dialects spoken in African and Asian countries are most similar to the European dialect. The differences between the two are mostly phonetic, although there are some variations in vocabulary also. At this time, Rosetta Stone does not offer European Portuguese.
Portuguese Learning Tips
Don’t be surprised if you see sentences without subjects in Portuguese. Rosetta Stone teaches you to identify who is speaking or who is being spoken about through the form of the verb.
There are two categories of Portuguese nouns: masculine and feminine.
Instead of answering a question with ‘yes,’ Portuguese speakers often answer with a verb. For example:
Ela tem um livro?
The pronunciation of certain letters depends on their location in a word. Rosetta Stone will help you learn proper pronunciation through guided exposure and practice.
Portuguese has both formal and informal ways to address others, depending on the age of the speaker and his or her relationship to the person being addressed.
Portuguese has two verbs that mean ‘to be.’ One is used for characteristics that are more permanent, and one for characteristics that are more temporary.