Podcasts in European Portuguese?
January 21, 2010 10:20 AM   Subscribe

Recommendations for podcasts/other media in European Portuguese?

If I'm lucky, I'll be spending an extended part of next year living in Portugal, and while it's still up in the air and a decent way off even if I am able to do it, I want to start working to tune my ear to European Portuguese. I was taught Brazilian Portuguese when I first studied Portuguese, and I'm aware of the major differences between BP and EP in terms of pronunciation, pronoun use, etc. My comprehension of EP is decent, but delayed: if I have something from RTP streaming on, it takes my ear about 5 minutes to adjust, after which I comprehend a good amount, although not as well as I comprehend BP. I want to start listening to stuff passively more so that my brain gets used to hearing it and I don't have to go through that adjustment period every time I try to comprehend it.

There are a bunch of RTP podcasts, so I know there's stuff available, but I don't really know anything about any of the programs in this list, and before I start randomly trying stuff, I'm curious as to whether anyone has recommendations for particularly good podcasts that would be accessible to an intermediate-level listener. Programs about humanities/science-y topics in the vein of BBC's In Our Time or WNYC's Radio Lab would be a plus, but since my interest is primarily in improving my ear, I'm willing to try anything as long as it's not dull. (Stuff that'd give a foreigner insight into Portuguese culture and politics would also be a plus but I'm expecting most stuff in that vein is not going to be "entry-level," so to speak, and will assume a lot of knowledge a foreigner doesn't have.)
posted by Kosh to Media & Arts (3 answers total)
Best answer: When I asked this question of my Portuguese wife she recommended the TSF podcasts. The Pessoal & Transmissível show on that page in particular. Its an interview show and the host speaks very clearly and slowly.

If you want insight into Portuguese culture, try watching a Gato Fedorento video.
They are sort of to Portugal what the Daily Show is to the US. But, that also means, as you correctly predict, that it is quite advanced.
posted by vacapinta at 10:43 AM on January 21, 2010 [1 favorite]

Vacapinta, I came here to suggest the Gato Fedorento videos as well. That is some funny shiznit right there.
posted by msali at 12:44 PM on January 21, 2010

Response by poster: Pessoal e Transmissível is very understandable. Thanks a ton for the suggestion. I don't quite get the Gato Fedorento videos (though I watched the one with Mariza, and knowing who she is, was sort of able to get it), but they are funny in that "I'm watching something I don't understand" sort of way. Hopefully I'll have the opportunity to reach the point where I do get it...
posted by Kosh at 9:09 PM on January 21, 2010

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