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10 Brazilian Portuguese Podcasts to Listen to And Study Today (2022 Update)

Brazilian Portuguese Podcasts

If you’ve been looking for Brazilian Portuguese podcasts that are relevant and interesting, you’re in the right place.

At the intermediate level in Portuguese, your main goal should be getting as much exposition to authentic material as possible, such as Brazilian podcasts, newspapers, TV shows, soap operas…

Anything and everything you can get your hands on.

(Don’t do it blindly, though; add some tactics to your strategy to improve your Portuguese listening comprehension skills.)

But we know it: sometimes it’s just impossible to find adapted reading material. Let alone material for listening.

That’s why we have taken the liberty of listening to and selecting the best podcasts to help you improve your Brazilian Portuguese listening skills.

Criteria for Selecting Our Brazilian Podcasts

But it’s not simply any podcast that can feature in our list.

They have to meet specific criteria that we are going to explain right now.

  • Language: they should use standard Portuguese with a minimum of slang and different accents.
  • Subjects: they should talk about as varied topics as possible. The subjects must sound familiar.
  • Podcast length: Brazilian podcasts tend to be lengthy. In our list, most podcasts will be 10 to 30 minutes in length, with some outliers among them.

After doing some math, we came up with the level of difficulty for each one. Level five is the hardest.

You will find a list of the podcasts below. (Click on their names to be taken to their pages!)

And if you’re a beginner and would like to listen to a tailor-made podcast for beginners, click here to read the announcement and access the first episode. (new tab)

1 Intermediate Portuguese with Portuguese with Eli

Description: Weekly episodes about a variety of subjects—all in understandable Portuguese by a native Portuguese speaker (that’s me!).

Keywords: learn Portuguese – Brazilian culture – Brazilian history – Portuguese grammar

Difficulty Level: one

2 Autoconsciente (Updated Link)

Brazilian Podcasts about awareness

Description: The goal of this podcast is to share reflections and necessary actions to a life with more self-awareness. All discussions are based on the concept of mindfulness.

Keywords: Self-help – reflection – self-consciousness

Difficulty Level: one

3 Baseado em Fatos Surreais

Brazilian Podcast Baseado em Fatos Surreais

Description: a podcast with real stories and personal accounts of absurd stories that happen to women. Everything is described in the first-person voice.

Keywords: real-life – everyday life – society

Difficulty Level: two

4 Café da Manhã

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Description: journalists Rodrigo Vizeu and Magê Flores bring news and analyses of the hot topics in Brazil and the world.

Keywords: current events – politics – society

Difficulty Level: two

5 Matando Robôs Gigantes

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Description: in this podcast, the spotlight is on the nerd universe – movies, electronic games, comics, literature, and pop culture.

Keywords: pop culture – electronic games – literature

Difficulty Level: three

6 Poranduba

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Description: in this podcast, Andriolli Costa talks about fantasy and fantastic stories of the Brazilian folklore. He draws lines between traditional practices and knowledge, ancient cultures, myths and legends, pop culture, literature, and modern movies.

Keywords: pop culture – Brazilian folklore – literature

Difficulty Level: three

7 37 Graus

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Description: biologist and teacher Sarah Azoubel, together with journalist Bia Guimarães travel across Brazil carrying voice recorders to go after stories and to make science accessible by adopting a more sensible look at the dynamics of nature.

Keywords: science – biology – nature

Difficulty Level: three

8 Elegante

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Description: This podcast focuses on topics that are related to movies. It brings information and discussions on themes related to the movie world and its philosophical propositions.

Keywords: movies – philosophy – culture

Difficulty Level: four

9 Encruzilhadas

Encruzilhadas Podcast

Description: Luiz Antonio Simas and Gabriela Moreira are the hosts of this podcast, “Crossroads.” They talk about, sing, think about, and explore topics that are essential to the Brazilian society, revealing cultural aspects that are present in the musicality and the lifestyle of Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords: culture – music – society

Difficulty Level: four

10 Travessia

Travessia Podcast

Description: Fernando Vives and Caio curate and organize in their podcast a musical selection covering specific themes of the MPB (Brazilian Popular Music). They bring more info about celebrities, curiosities, festivals, everything about the Brazilian artistic scene.

Keywords: culture – music – society

Difficulty Level: five

Bonus Section!

Every now and then, students ask me what’s the best podcast for learning Brazilian Portuguese. Well, there isn’t ONE podcast only — there are many best podcasts for learning Portuguese.

In keeping with the spirit of “more choice is better,” we’re adding new podcasts to the list (so, only ten podcasts is a misnomer… but that’s not a problem).

Bonus 1 Mamilos Podcast

Description: Mamilos means “nipples” in Portuguese. This podcast’s name comes from a meme where a boy says “vamos falar de um assunto polêmico: mamilos” (“let’s talk about a controversial topic: nipples”). And controversial topics are present in the debates of this advanced Podcast.

Keywords: Brazilian cultural and societal issues – Modern issues – debates and discussions

Difficulty Level: five.

Bonus 2 Gugacast

Description. if you like stories, then you’ll love Gugacast. In an oversimplification, it’s just the host reading or telling the stories of listeners. There are guests and guest hosts who add some variety to the speech. It’s a pretty advanced podcast, but they speak clearly.

Keywords: listener stories – everyday stories – stories

Difficulty Level: five.

Bonus 3 A Nossa Língua de Todo Dia

Description: A Nossa Língua de Todo Dia is a podcast that intermediate-level students may benefit from. In this podcast, Prof. Pasquale Cipro Neto answers questions his listeners send him. The good thing is that most of the questions sent by the listeners are questions learners of Portuguese is a foreign language also have. What’s best, the episodes are very short.

Keywords: Language questions — grammar — popular Brazilian culture.

Difficulty Level: Four (based on the cultural knowledge you need to have in order to understand some of the questions)

Bonus 4 Café Brasil

Description: Café Brasil is a podcast about timely and interesting topics. Each episode has full transcripts. If you’re not quite comfortable with Portuguese yet — and by that, I mean, if you’re not at the intermediate level — you might find this podcast extra hard. But because there are transcripts for every episode, it can get easier. What’s more, the episodes are not that long. You won’t feel tired.

Keywords: Timely topics — current events — Brazilian politics.

Difficulty Level: Five (even with transcripts understanding each word can be challenging. I suggest you listen to the episodes for the bigger picture)

Bonus 5 Não Inviabilize

Description: Não Inviabilize is the kind of podcast you listen to if you like a good story mixed with gossip. In each episode, the host Déia Freitas tells the stories the listeners send her. But she makes it in an interesting way. In addition to that, her pronunciation is very clear and she has a São Paulo accent. But what I really like about it are the transcripts — if you don’t have good eyesight like me, you’ll like that she uses very big fonts on the website. In the transcripts are neatly organized under each episode. It really makes it easy to follow. Because it’s very colloquial, you might find it a bit hard to understand some parts. But if you stick with it, you’re going to like it a lot.

Keywords: Everyday life — funny stories — gossip

Difficulty Level: Three (even without the transcripts it would be easy to understand if you concentrate)


Is there any podcast you would add to this list? Please leave it in the comment section below, and we will update our post considering your suggestion.

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  • I recommend #Globo because it covers the latest news in ~5 minutes. Great for some quick practice!

    • Obrigado, Chris! Na próxima atualização, vou incluir seu podcast!

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