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Your Learning, Streamlined – The New Lesson Interface

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Your Learning, Streamlined – The New Lesson Interface

Your learning is about to get a whole lot easier.

More than ever, learners are choosing mobile as the platform to study Portuguese. Mobile has always been a part of our DNA. We began our life on your iPod, and have remained by your side ever since.

In our 11th year, we’re returning to our roots as a way to learn Portuguese on-the-go. How? With a brand-new lesson interface just for you.

Hint: It will launch in beta later this month!

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(example taken from japanesepod101.com)

It’s built from the ground-up to be a great experience on your phone, tablet, and computer.

You don’t have to compromise anymore.

Take the whole lesson experience with you wherever you go.

Our lessons are the heart of our learning system and now they’re the heart of the interface as well. Just tap the big play button to start learning right away.

(example taken from japanesepod101.com)

As you scroll through the lesson contents, the player sticks with you at the bottom of your screen.

Pause, rewind or adjust your speed and volume without losing your place.

(example taken from japanesepod101.com)

Navigation is also just a tap away.

Quickly jump to the dialogue, vocabulary, or lesson notes with our new lesson navigation bar. Available at the top of your screen wherever you are.

(example taken from japanesepod101.com)

And for the first time ever, you don’t need to download a PDF or jump between tabs to read the lesson notes and transcript. Read it all on your mobile browser as you listen.

(example taken from japanesepod101.com)

There are many more small improvements but the end result is this: a drastically improved lesson experience on mobile and desktop.

Spend less time squinting at your screen and more time reaching your Portuguese goals.

The new lesson interface will launch in beta this month.

We can’t wait to hear what you think. Keep on studying!

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To your fluency,

Team PortuguesePod101

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5 Ways To Never Forget Portuguese Words with the NEW Word Bank

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!

Hello Listener,

How easy is it to forget new Portuguese words and phrases?

First you learn ‘em. Two days later, you forget ‘em.

Stopping to note them down takes a lot of time. You can write every word down on 100s of flashcards or in a notebook. That’s the time-consuming part of the battle. But wait! You STILL have to review them all!

So here are 5 ways to never forget new Portuguese words with the Word Bank.
It’s your personal, ever-growing collection of vocab. Come across a new word in a PortuguesePod101 lesson? Want to master specific vocab list? Save ‘em with 1 click and review ‘em in 1 spot – the Word Bank.

And it’s just been updated with new features! If you’re a Premium user, be sure to check it out! If not, take advantage of our upcoming 500 Million Celebration Sale and get 30% OFF Premium or Premium PLUS (click here) with this sneak peek.

1) Never Forget New Words from Lessons. You’re listening (or watching) a PortuguesePod101 lesson. And you come across a new word. But hearing it once isn’t enough. Find the word in the lesson’s vocabulary review list and click on “Add to Word Bank” to save it.

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!
(You must be a Premium user and logged in to access this feature.)

2) Save New Words or Phrases from Vocab Lists. Know those “Free Portuguese Bonus” word and phrase lessons we send out? You can save these to your Word Bank as well for future review. Select your words, click on “Add Selected Words” and choose “Word Bank.” Done!

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!

3) New! Review Quickly and Easily. Ready to review? You’ll find all your saved words in the Word Bank. We’ve updated it so it’s a lot cleaner and easier on the eyes. Review the words and meanings at a glance. You can also hear the native audio pronunciation.

And, you can even enlarge the words as you hover over them.

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!

4) New! Organize and Label your Words. Maybe you want to see just the adjectives. Or just the questions. Or…the words you learned this past month. Just add a custom label of your choice to a set of words. Then, review just the ones you’re interested in.

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!

5) Bonus! Print out your Word Lists as Physical Study Sheets! Want to have your words and phrases down on paper? This tactic is a favorite for some of our users. Just export your Word Bank entries into a PDF file and then print it as a physical study sheet. Add notes, create a notebook of word lists and much more!

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!
(You must be a Premium user and logged in to access this feature.)

With the PortuguesePod101 Word Bank, a Premium Study Tool available for our Premium and Premium PLUS learners, you can…

  • Save words from any lesson or vocab list with 1 click
  • Review all of your words quickly in 1 spot
  • Organize them by custom labels and see the words you want
  • Send your words to Flashcards to drill and master them fast
  • Access the relevant audio and video lessons that introduce the word
  • Export your words to PDF and print them out as physical study sheets
  • Export your words to Excel or CSV files (for advanced users)

Click here to visit the newly updated Word Bank!
(You must be a Premium user and logged in to access this feature.)

This is your personal, ever-growing collection of words. Save with 1 click, review them all in 1 spot and never forget Portuguese words again.

Stay tuned for even more great learning tools and features to come!

To your fluency,

Team PortuguesePod101

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New Feature! Stay Motivated With Personal Study Stats from My Report

Hello Listeners,

There’s a brand new feature out! But first, here’s a question…

How long have you been actively studying Portuguese?

Why do we ask? Well, Einstein once said… “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

While most people quit, the smarter ones (or the stubborn ones) stick with Portuguese long enough to break through and see progress.

And if you think about it, time and effort are the two things that’ll ultimately dictate how far your Portuguese will go. Look at it like this…

  • Anyone with bigger muscles – they’ve spent more time at the gym than most.
  • Anyone that’s a great artist – they’ve spent more time on their craft.
  • Anyone that knows a ton of Portuguese words – they’ve spent more time on picking up new vocabulary.
  • And anyone that’s a great Portuguese speaker – they’ve spent more time speaking Portuguese.

It’s all about time and effort.

And that’s why you can now track your time and effort at PortuguesePod101 with a brand new feature, My Report. You can find it in “My Account” in the upper right corner of the PortuguesePod101 site. Or, just click here to log in and access it!

Click here to access My Report!

Here’s what you need to know: My Report tracks your personal study stats, like…

  • Total Time Studied
  • Flashcards Studied
  • Lessons Completed

…and gives you the overall totals and breakdowns on a monthly and daily basis. That way, you’ll know exactly how much time and effort you need to put in.

Here are some cool things you can do with this:

1. Set small, achievable goals! Why? They’re easy! Achieving goals is motivating. And once you knock one out, just set a new one and start building progress over time!

  • Study 10 flashcards and 10 lessons a day.
  • Study for 30 minutes a day.
  • 30 hours of time spent on lessons as a monthly goal.
  • 50 lessons completed as a monthly goal.
  • 200 flashcards studied as a monthly goal.

2. Get an overview of your effort. Sometimes, you just need to step back and see the big picture for a motivation boost. How long have you been been studying Portuguese? And how much effort have you put in?

3. Adjust your learning routines. Feel like you’re not making enough progress? Take a look at how much time you’ve spent! If your current routine isn’t working out for you, spend more time and study more lessons.

And most importantly, use it to track your time and effort. These are the 2 things that’ll dictate your Portuguese learning success. As Einstein said, “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

Let us know what you think of this new feature! You can find My Report in “My Account” in the upper right corner of PortuguesePod101, or just click the link below.

Click here to access My Report!

Thanks for reading!
Team PortuguesePod101

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Learn Portuguese Faster with Our NEW, Redesigned Vocabulary Lists!

Hello Listeners!

If you want to become better at speaking, writing and understanding Portuguese, you NEED to know more words. (We’re sorry listeners, there’s no way around it!)

If you want to learn vocabulary fast, you must be able to read and understand it instantly!

That’s why we’ve redesigned our vocabulary lists to help you learn faster (and make your eyeballs happy too). All it takes is a few minutes to review a list. And the result? You know more Portuguese. But, let’s get into what’s new with your Portuguese Vocabulary Lists!

Click here to see the new design and learn more vocabulary!

Click Here to see the new Vocabulary Lists!

Pretty spiffy, right?

With bigger text, more space, a shiny new font and the ability to zoom in on words and look up their definitions, this is a brand new tool that you won’t mind staring at for hours (but with our new feature improvements, you won’t need to!).

Plus, Slideshow View is available FREE to all users! Learn visually and with audio as you review the words in a slideshow. This is a new addition to the word lists!

Click here to see the new design and learn more vocabulary!

Your vocabulary lists now come with:

  • NEW! Layout Design with improved look
  • NEW! Slideshow Vocabulary View
  • NEW! Bonus Audio Lesson for the Words (Play Audio)
  • ‘One Click Send’ to My Word Bank (Premium Users Only)
  • ‘One Click Send’ to My Flashcards (Premium Users Only)
  • Toggle Grid View/List View
  • Romanized Words – View ON/OFF
  • Word List – Audio Preview
  • Popup Dictionary – Words/Phrases

No more straining your eyes, no more wasted time. Your new Vocabulary Lists let you control how much you learn and how quickly.

Premium Users: Want to remember these words forever? Add them to your Word Bank with one click for later review. Or instantly send a word or the entire list to your Flashcards deck to master it all.

And if you’re not a Premium user, here’s a quick 20% OFF that unlocks those features plus our entire Portuguese learning system. That’s over 110 hours of audio and video lessons, lesson notes, premium study tools, exclusive apps and more!

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To your fluency,

Team PortuguesePod101

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Introducing the New PortuguesePod101.com Dashboard!

Greetings from Team PortuguesePod101!

We’re stopping by the blog today to tell you about an exciting new feature we’re slowly rolling out on the website. A few select users have been chosen to test drive the new Dashboard feature.

Log in to your account today to see if you’re one of them!

The new Dashboard aims to help you track your Portuguese learning quickly and easily. We’ve produced a lot of lessons in our lifetime and while we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of lessons to our users, we realized that it can been pretty overwhelming for some.

Where do I start? What level is best for me? What series do I move on to now?

These were common questions coming in from avid users like you, so we set out to solve these commonly asked questions, and the Dashboard was born!

We’ll of course continue to listen to our fans and tweak the Dashboard to provide the very best experience for everyone. If you have questions or feedback for us, send us an email here.

To help you get started, here are a few of the big changes:

  • Dashboard Home: The dashboard is now your homebase at PortuguesePod101. Anything you need to know about your account and learning progress can be found right here. You’ll see:
    • Your learning progress
    • Recommended lesson alert
    • Your learning profile
    • Account information
    • Quick links to useful tools
  • My Courses: For any series, when you check a lesson complete, your progress will be updated on the Dashboard.
  • New Lesson Recommendation: To help new members get started quicker, we’ve created a recommended learning curriculum based on your level. These series were chosen by our teachers as the the best way to start with PortuguesePod101.com.
  • PortuguesePod101.com News: Be sure to check the news each time you log in for feature updates, amazing deals and more!
  • Quick Links: Of course, there’s more to our website than just the Dashboard. We’ve compiled a list of quick links to help you get to helpful site tools like Flashcards, My Word Bank and the Browse Lessons list.
  • Footer: Finally, we gave a facelift to our site footer because…well, we just felt like it! Just like before, you can learn all about PortuguesePod101.com and parent company InnovativeLanguage.com from the links in our footer.
  • We hope you enjoy the brand new Dashboard! Stay tuned for more tweaks and updates to the site and head over to PortuguesePod101.com to test out the new Dashboard beta.