Story Time: Interactive Stories in Portuguese
Acquire Portuguese in a natural way, by listening to and engaging with these interactive stories
- Have you tried to learn Portuguese for a while, but you seem to be stuck?
- Have you tried several different courses, to no success?
- Do you feel like "traditional" classes are not your thing?
- Do you want to try a method that will help you achieve great results, even if you only give it 20 minutes of your time a day?
- Do you want to learn Portuguese in a fun and engaging way?
- Do you want to become fluent in Portuguese?
If you answered YES to any (or all) of the questions above, then this course is for you!
Story Time: Interactive Stories in Portuguese is an innovative method, that aims at teaching you Portuguese without you having to spend thousands of hours studying, reading grammar books, getting frustrated and going no where!
Story Time will teach you Portuguese in the same way that you learnt your mother tongue as a baby!
That's right..you read it well!
Think about it with me - how did you learn your language when you were a toddler? Did you sit in the living room, while your mum told you all about grammar concepts and made you write a vocabulary list over and over again? No, right?
What you did was listening to what people were saying around you, retaining those sounds and eventually interacting with them. Then, at a later stage, you started trying to mimic those sounds and even saying your first words. Most probably, some of those words were short answers to things that people asked you.
Then, you started making your own sentences, and before you knew it, you were making your first sentences and speaking more fluently. And voilá! You had acquired your mother tongue!
Now, you must think: but ok, babies are special, they have brains like sponges.
While this is true, research in linguistics still has not been able to find a consensus about whether or not children learn languages better than adults, at least not in all areas of the language. Sure, there is a "critical age" until when a Human Being can acquire a language with a true native accent. But even there, there are some adults who have performed exceptionally well, even after that "critical age".
In fact, many studies show that often there are other factors that explain the reason why children seem to learn faster than adults.
Things like motivation (children normally NEED to learn the language because they NEED to speak to their peers at school, for example), self-criticism (adults are much more self-aware, in general, which can make them be shy and not speak the language they are trying to learn) and so on...
So, let me tell you a fact: You have what it takes to learn Portuguese.
And I am here to help you with this brand new course!
Story Time consists of a series of stories that will help you learn Portuguese in a much more natural way.
You will learn grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, without having to study for hours. With just 20 minutes a day, you will see your Portuguese becoming better from Day 1.
But what are these interactive stories?
A lot of language professionals are now using this method to teach their students.This method consists of learning the language through a series of stories that will cover many different topics.
Stories start by very simple concepts and go on to encompass much more complex topics.
You learn grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation while listening to a story.
Now you might think. But how is this possible?
The key word here is interactive. These stories are interactive. This means that you will have to interact with the story in order to proceed.
You will do that by answering questions related to the story.
By doing this, you will be engaging with the content of the story and creating new pathways in your brain, that will make you remember the story for much, much longer.
As you might know, human beings only retain a small portion of the things they learn. If they don’t repeat and really engage with the content, they are likely to forget most of it. That is exactly what happens with language learning.
Sure, more traditional courses will also help you learn some things. But more often than not, you are not acquiring them. You are not retaining them.
When you were a baby, and you were learning your own language, you heard things over and over again and you ended up retaining what you were listening to. Eventually, you went on to say your first words and then your first sentences.
But for a long time, you were just listening, until you started interacting with what you were listening. This is how you acquired your language.
And this is exactly why the interactive stories method works. Because it mimics the process you went through as a child.
Now, of course I am not expecting you to wait 2 or 3 years until you are fluent, like what happened when you were a baby.
With this method, you can jump ahead and really start actively learning from Day 1.
I made it in a way that you will be interacting with the stories right from the start, so the whole process can be accelerated.
How the Story goes...
The stories are organised as follows:
- Each story has two parts -
- Part 1, where I tell you the whole story (text and audio)
- Part 2, where you will find the story and audio divided in chunks. Each chunk will consist of 1 to 3 sentences. After each chunk, there will be questions about those sentences. There will also be a short and a long answer.
So it goes something like this:
Part 1 - Whole story
There is a girl named Mia and she is from Portugal. She likes singing, dancing and reading. She loves ballet. She has two cats and a dog. Her cats are called Arya and Zoe. Her dog is called Nala.
Part 2 - Story divided in chunks with Questions and Answers
There is a girl named Mia and she is from Portugal. (Part of the story)
1- What is the name of the girl? (Question)
Mia (Short Answer).The girl is named Mia (Long Answer)
You will then answer many more questions like these.
First, you have to listen to the whole story without interruptions, and you have to learn it almost by heart; then you will be asked to proceed to the next stage, and you will listen to the stories in chunks. After each chunk, there will be a question and you are asked to give a short answer as fast and naturally as you can.
This process can be repeated several times, until you acquire the vocabulary, grammar and topics related to the story.
It might seem complicated, but it really isn't! You will just have to follow the instructions and really take your time with each story.
Each story should take you at least one week (20 to 30 min a day) to complete.
So, are you ready to take your Portuguese further and really learn like a pro?
Then sign up NOW for a free trial, by clicking the button below!
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Are you ready to join me for Story Time?
If so, I would like to tell you that this is a monthly subscription. This means that you will pay a value per month and you will have access to the content that is available within Story Time.
Every month, you will have four new stories available. Remember, you should complete one story per week. Don't rush, you want to really take time to acquire what you are learning. This will give time for your brain to create new pathways and really store the contents in your permanent memory :)
I decided to make this course as a subscription, so that more students can get access to it. The value you pay is lower, so you don't have to invest so much money at once if you don't want to.
The monthly membership costs $12 (+ VAT).
Be aware that after receiving your first story (as soon as you enrol), you will only have the second story available after one week (which is the minimum time I recommend to finish one story). Every 7 days, there will be a new story visible.
I really want you to commit and be successful, so I would recommend you do not jump any steps. Really dive in and go through the whole process with me :)
Story Time has 54 stories available (for now), which is worth one year of stories.
You are welcome to try Story Time 7 days for free right now. You get one week of free access and you can decide whether or not this method is for you! If you don't cancel the membership within the 7 days free trial, you will be automatically charged the $12+VAT for one month.
If you do decide to join me, you can cancel anytime to the next payment date. You just have to cancel latest before the subscription is renewed. If you don't cancel, your subscription will be automatically renewed, until you cancel.
I hope to "see you" with me, listening to my voice at Story Time!
Olá! I am Mia, and I have been teaching Portuguese for more than a decade now. From a young age, I loved languages, and I knew that I wanted to become a teacher pretty early on. So I did. I taught Portuguese and English to children in state schools, but I just knew that was not yet what I dreamed to do.
After coming back from The Netherlands, where I lived for three years, I did not know what to do. I had a master degree in teaching Portuguese as a Second Language, but I had no job and things were not so easy here in Portugal to get one.
I was at a loss, but actually that is when everything started to change: I started teaching one-on-one classes online and soon I realised that people really enjoyed what I did! More and more, I had students coming to me and asking me to give them classes.
So I came up with an idea: I would build my own online school and create courses online, that could reach more people and help students become fluent in Portuguese!
And this is how Mia Esmeriz Academy was created! I studied and studied, I learnt a lot of new skills to be able to teach online and I put together years of experience and hours of commitment that culminated in my online courses!
Just come with me in this adventure and don't forget to have fun while learning Portuguese :)