Vagalume gap fill (or how to learn Portuguese through pop songs)

February 11, 2009 at 11:48 am 1 comment

There’s a very cool website called Vagalume in Brazil which has lyrics for thousands of songs, both from Brazil and internationally. But Vagalume excels where other similar sites might fall down… it often includes the music video to watch at the same time AND it has a snazzy function called “Aprenda” which hides a random selection of the lyrics. Your job is to listen to the song and write them back in – then check your answers at the end to see how you did.

English teachers love this website because it provides ready made examples of “gap fill” activities but there’s no reason you couldn’t use it for learning Portuguese. Just pick a Brazilian band or singer (such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Ivete Sangalo or whoever), click “Aprenda”, play the video and try and fill in the missing gaps.

Here’s a link to the top 100 most popular artists. Scroll down, find a Brazilian name and see what you think of the music…

(ps. The site also has some good interviews, games and other resources – all useful for people learning Brazilian Portuguese)


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  • 1. Steven  |  May 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    This great! Thanks for pointing it out.


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