Cartoons can be a great way to pick up a language. You have simple dialogue against the backdrop of an animated story which can leave your language studies feeling more fun than a chore. And with streaming services like Netflix not only do you have access to cartoons from around the world, but you also get to watch a range of cartoons that you already love. In other words, your current favourite cartoon might also be available on there in your target language. What better way of studying is there than that? Let’s take a look at some of the best cartoons to watch if you are learning Portuguese.
Winx Club is available on Netflix with Portuguese audio, though you are probably more familiar with this cartoon in English. Italian-American in production, Winx Club tells the story of a fairy warrior called Bloom as she enrolls at college to harness her skills in her magical universe that is populated by fairies, witches, and other mythical creatures. It is a colourful, non-demanding kind of cartoon, one you can watch without too much thought—aside from for the Portuguese you’re going to be learning, of course! Here is a clip so you can see if Winx Club is a cartoon for you.
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Dinosaur lover? This is the cartoon for you! What we like about Dino Lingo aside from dinosaurs, of course, is that it uses both Brazilian and European Portuguese, so you will quickly pick up tips on how to tell the differences. It is in theory aimed at children though that won’t stop you watching; especially for an excuse to learn Portuguese with dinosaurs! Head to Youtube to watch clips and episodes of this series teaching you all the basics of Portuguese that you will need. What are you waiting for?
Kazoops is actually a British-Australian produced web animation, that has been translated into a number of languages. Monty Kazoop is a six-year-old with an active imagination. The series follows his adventures as a result of that imagination as Monty and his best friend Jessy Jones, who is the family pig, explore the world. The animation style is cute, and the story easy to follow. One cartoon as a lesson will probably turn into several because it is the best in comforting, easy viewing. Here is a clip so you can get a taste of Kazoops in Portuguese for yourself.
Pokemon, specifically the Sun and Moon series, is available on Netflix in both audio Portuguese and with Portuguese subtitles. Unless you have been living under a rock you will have at least the slightest idea of what Pokemon is. This particular story follows Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokemon master while on holiday in the Alola region. Whether you’re already a fan of Pokemon or new to the world, this is a great cartoon to watch for learning Portuguese. The plot is interesting and easy to follow, and the language, though using some specific vocabulary about Pokemon, very easy to pick up. Here is a clip so you can see for yourself if this is the ideal cartoon for your Portuguese learning!
Smilingüido is a Brazilian Portuguese cartoon that uses a colony of ants to tell moralistic stories. Our protagonist is Smi, who lets us take a look at his world and in doing so learn about his anthill in the forest. The cartoon is very simple to look at and the dialogue is very easy to follow, so you will probably find that this cartoon is one of the best to start your Portuguese learning with. Here is a clip to introduce you to Smi and his friends.
Finally, if you really want something familiar to watch when learning Portuguese, you really can’t go wrong with Spongebob. Follow Spongebob and his friends as they live their lives in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom. You are probably if not familiar with the plot then at least know the theme tune; get ready to learn it all over again by watching Spongebob on Netflix in Portuguese. And if you really haven’t seen Spongebob before, well, we’d like to know where you’ve been hiding. Here is a clip, just in case.
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