If you’re a big fan of popular book series, comics, etc., fanfiction.net has many contributions in Portuguese that are great for Intermediate and Advanced learners. Read thousands of fictions about things you already enjoy: Books, Movies, TV Series, Mangas, etc.
For example, over 2,000 Portuguese contributions on book series Twilight alone. See here. Personally, I’ve already enjoyed several books based on some TV Series: True Blood, Smallville (including Batman/Smallville crossovers), House, …
Also, a blog you might enjoy: Paradoxo Nerd
Looks like I underestimated the scope of fanfiction. Below are some strictly Brazilian sites.
fanfiction.com.BR (you’ll find some of the authors on fanfiction.net as well)
fanficaddiction.com.BR (music fictions)
fanficobsession.com.BR (music fictions)
10 Reasons to Study Portuguese Using FanFiction
Let’s look at some potential positives (as compared to reading news articles):
- Some younger authors use less advanced vocabulary and write short stories–good for new learners.
- It’s free! Get bored easily? Choose the length of book you want to read. Want to read 1 book each morning? Plenty to chose from with less than 15,000 words. If you’re bored, move on to another (they’re free afterall!). Read fictions based on your favorite books, movies, tv-shows, etc. What better way to relax for a bit and stick with material you enjoy!
- Continuous reading is potentially more efficient than searching the internet for news articles to read. For example, if you can’t study every day, then it’s good to study for several hours undisrupted on the weekend. A short, fun book is perfect for this.
- As opposed to news articles, most stories have examples of vocabulary of casual conversation, back-and-forth exchanges.
- When file-conversion is possible on www.flagfic.com, reading on a e-reader is more relaxing and enjoyable. (This is the #1 reason why I use it. I can read quietly on my Kindle in the morning while everyone else is sleeping.)
Plus, finding material in Portuguese on the Kindle isn’t easy. This is one of the easiest ways.
- You can choose themes you’re already familiar with, making it easier to grasp new vocabulary and follow the storyline. How many times have you reached page 5 of a book, being somewhat confused about which character is which, you suddenly feel like just giving up because YOU DON’T REALLY CARE? That happens less often when you know the characters!
- Get to know the author’s writing style by reading all of their works. In this sense, it’s similar to a long book compiled of short stories. And with short stories on different subjects, you’ll see vocabulary in a wider range of contexts. You can even communicate with the authors.
- Don’t worry, you can find advanced, well-written material as well! In particular, look for authors that have written more than 5 stories of more than 5,000 words each. From my experience, news stories tend to be written in very standard, limited, boring Portuguese. The better written fanfictions will definitely teach you a more expressive style. In fact, I prefer reading fanfaction over one of the thousands of books translated from English to Portuguese. To me, the translated books lack a certain style in terms of the structure of the sentences and grammar.
- There are many Brazilians that specialize in translation of works originally written in English. If you leave some comments, they might actually be interested in getting to know you for language practice.
- It’s ideal for language study: free, fun, and fast! After all, that’s the real secret to language learning: finding things you enjoy! Don’t forget to leave a comment in Portuguese if you enjoyed the book! Write to the authors, or even write or translate a book. The site has beta readers to correct mistakes!