Portuguese Courses Lisbon (2019)

Our school was founded in September 2014 with the aim of providing Portuguese courses in Lisbon to foreigners. Come and learn Portuguese in Lisbon at our language school located in the center of Lisbon! If you want to learn Portuguese in Lisbon we offer a wide range of student-tailored courses with A MAXIMUM OF 5 PEOPLE PER CLASSNO enrolment fees. We teach in Lisbon and Sintra.

METHODOLOGY – Portuguese Courses Lisbon

In the majority of language schools, students speak and listen only 25% of the lesson.  The remaining 75% is spent copying what the teacher explains or writes.

However, at Lisbon Language Café we use a teaching methodology that allows students to hear and speak throughout the entire lesson.

This is a very effective way to improve the learning-teaching process.

Students start speaking Portuguese from the first day (level A1.2 and above).

Click HERE to check your Portuguese level

LEVEL A1 – PORTUGUESE GROUP COURSES (2019)

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Intensive Course: 2 week course (30 h)

Session 101: Sep 16, 2019 to Set 27, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mon – Fri)

102: Sep 30, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mon – Fri)

103: Oct 14, 2019 to Oct 25, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Fri)

104: Oct 28, 2019 to Nov 8, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Frid)

105: Nov 11, 2019 to Nov 22, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Frid)

106: Nov 25, 2019 to Dec 6, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Frid)

Number of students: 1 to 5

Cost: 300€ [includes book, Podcasts and Quizzes (E-learning platforms).

Address: Rua do Instituto Industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

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Intensive Course: 1 week course (15 h)

Session 54: Sep 16, 2019 to Set 20, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mon – Fri)

54: Sep 30, 2019 to Oct 4, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mon – Fri)

55: Oct 14, 2019 to Oct 18, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Fri)

56: Oct 28, 2019 to Nov 1, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Frid)

57: Nov 11, 2019 to Nov 15, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Frid)

58: Nov 25, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mond – Frid)

Number of students: 1 to 5

Cost: 180€ (includes book, Podcasts and Quizzes – E-learning platforms).

Address: Rua do Instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

Evening / Extensive course (30 hours)

Session 10: from Sept 23, 2019 to Out 30, 2019 | 19:00 – 21:30 (Mon and Wed) 

Number of students: 1 to 5  Cost: 300€ (Includes BOOK, PODCASTS, and QUIZZES -E-learning Platform). Address: Rua do Instituto Industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

Private Lessons

Pack of lessons (INCLUDES  book and E-learning platform access):

15 hours: 299€  (19,90€ per hour)

10 hours: 215€  (21,5€ per hour)

5 hours: 115€ (23€ per hour)

When does it start? Any time | Individual trial lesson: 14,99€

Address: Rua do Instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

Check our Course Certificate  (2019)

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FREE PORTUGUESE PODCASTS, VIDEOS & QUIZZES

We have hundreds of FREE Quizzes, podcasts, and videos!

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EVERYTHING FOR FREE! It is organized in 3 courses (A1 and A2 and B1 courses)! Check this example!

Click HERE to have full access for FREE! You will be surprised!

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LEVEL A2 – PORTUGUESE GROUP COURSES (2019)

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Progressive Course

If you live in Lisbon and if you want to learn Portuguese gradually this option is perfect for you. This solution allows you to learn gradually and consolidate your learning as you go. Our classes are based on conversation and complemented by a growing knowledge of grammar.

Course Duration: 4 weeks with the possibility of continuing

When does it start? 23 September 2019

Schedule: Monday and wednesday 7pm (you can join this group every monday)

Cost: 100€ (2 lessons per week. Lesson duration: 90 minutes)

Number of Students: 2 to 5 students

Trial lesson (90 minutes): 14,99€

Lisbon Language Café

Intensive Course: 30 hours

Session 101: Sept 30, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019 | 14:30 – 17:30 (Mon – Fri)

Session 101: Oct 14, 2019 to Oct 25, 2019 | 14:30 – 17:300 (Mon – Fri)

Number of students: 2 to 5

Cost: 300€ [includes Book, Podcasts and Quizzes (E-learning platforms)

Address: rua do Instituto Industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

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Intensive Course: 15 hours

Session 100: Sep 2, 2019 to Sep 6, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mon – Fri)

101: Sep 16, 2019 to Set 20, 2019 | 10:00 – 13:00 (Mon – Fri)

Number of students: 2 to 5 Cost: 180€ Address: rua do instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

Private Lessons

Pack of lessons (INCLUDES  book and E-learning platform access):

15 hours: 299€  (19,90€ per hour)

10 hours: 215€  (21,5€ per hour)

5 hours: 115€ (23€ per hour)

Address: Rua do Instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

When does it start? Any time | Individual trial lesson: 14,99€

LEVEL B1 – PORTUGUESE GROUP COURSES

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Progressive Course

If you live in Lisbon and if you want to learn Portuguese gradually this option is perfect for you. This solution allows you to learn gradually and consolidate your learning as you go. Our classes are based on conversation and complemented by a growing knowledge of grammar.

Course Duration: 4 weeks with the possibility of continuing

When does it start? 23 September 2019

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday at 7 pm (you can join this group every Monday)

Number of Students: 2 to 5 students

Cost: 100€ (2 lessons per week. Lesson duration: 90 minutes)

Trial lesson (90 minutes): 14,99€

Private Lessons

Pack of lessons (INCLUDES  book and E-learning platform access):

15 hours: 299€  (19,90€ per hour)

10 hours: 215€  (21,5€ per hour)

5 hours: 115€ (23€ per hour)

Address: Rua do Instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

When does it start? Any time | Individual trial lesson: 14,99€

Terms and conditions (intensive and extensive courses): A course is always guaranteed even if it doesn’t have a minimum number of students, however, the number of hours may be reduced. In the event that an intensive course runs with lesson than 2 students, Lisbon Language Café offers 2 daily hours (120 minutes) instead of three. The price will always remain the same.

Cancellation Policy (Intensive / Extensive / Progressive course): More than 30 days in advance – 60% refund | Less than: 25 days – 30% refund | 5 days or during the course – no refund

COMPARING the COST of Portuguese Language Schools in Lisbon [2019]

INTENSIVE COURSES (2 weeks)

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Lisbon Language café: 300€ for 30 hours (2 weeks). 2 to 5 students. Price per hour: 10€

Lisbon Language Café: Google reviews: 61 ** Classification: 4.8/5 ** Experience: 5 years

Portuguese connection: 500€ for 40 hours (2 weeks). 3 to 8 students. Price per hour: 12,5€

Portuguese connection: Google reviews: 67 ** Classification: 4.9/5 ** Experience: 6 years

Portuguesetcetera: 370€ for 30 hours (2 weeks). 3 to 8 students. Price per hour: 12,3€

Portuguesetcetera: Google Reviews: 28 ** Classification: 4.8/5 ** Experience: 8 years

Lusaschool: 560€ for 40 hours (2 weeks). 3 to 9 students. Price per hour: 14€

Lusaschool: Google Reviews: 60 *** Classification: 4.8/5 *** Experience: 2 years

ARTICLES (2019)

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Top tips for 2019 – Portuguese courses Lisbon

Are you planning to move to a region or a country that speaks Portuguese? If that’s your case you probably need to learn this beautiful language!
Touristic areas (in Lisbon) tend to have a very high number of English speakers. But, the reality in Portuguese towns and villages is very different. Here, you have to be able to speak Portuguese, otherwise, people will not understand you.
To learn Portuguese you have to… Start learning! Don’t forget that you will need several months of practice to grasp the language to an effective level.

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You can’t expect perfection!

When learning a new idiom you will not reach perfection until you’ve been speaking that same language for three, four or more years!
You will do thousands of mistakes along the way but there is no other road to reach fluency!

Practice little but often! (as often as possible)!

You will probably start your learning process by spending several hours per week studying the language. But, that strategy is usually ineffective. You will not be able to retain that information over the long term.
Try to spend 30 to 45 minutes per day studying Portuguese. This routine will reinforce the language more strongly in your memory.

Customize your pacing

The secret to learning a new idiom is to go at the pace that best suits your needs! Taking a class with other students can have an adverse effect on learners. They might feel that the remaining students are too slow or too fast. As a result, we believe that private lessons are the perfect solution (especially from level A2 on)!

Find a partner

We already said that you should learn a new language at your own pace. But we also believe that it can be effective to have a learning partner! If you have decided to learn Portuguese with software, you might learn the principles of the language. But that methodology won’t prepare you for a fluent conversation. That requires solid knowledge and understanding of the language. Try to practice your Portuguese with your partner. If you do it often you will be surprised by your progress.·        

Listening

If you are an intermediate student of Portuguese (B1 or B2), you must listen to other people speaking Portuguese! It is critical! This can be as simple as turning your TV (or radio) to a Portuguese channel (try with subtitles in Portuguese as well). The words (language) that are used in TV / Radio programs are what Portuguese people use on a daily basis.

Write in Portuguese

Writing in Portuguese is a great activity for your learning. This will give you the chance to consolidate many words and structures. Try to use different tenses while writing in Portuguese (present, simples past, future, imperative and other verb tenses).

Ask your teacher to correct your texts. Analyze them and revise the information. Once again, don’t expect perfection. Be patient and tolerant with yourself!

Read in Portuguese

If you are an A1, A2 or B1 student don’t try to read a Portuguese novel! Spend your time reading texts for your current level of competences. If your level is already B2 (or C1) you are ready to read almost everything in Portuguese (newspapers, magazines, books). Keep yourself in contact with the language! That’s the key tip that we can offer you!

If you follow this advice, we are sure that you will build a strong foundation for the Portuguese language. Don’t forget that if you decide to start your learning process with a Portuguese software that will help you with many of the basic communication. But, if you want to move forward with your competences, you should do a Portuguese course in Lisbon!

Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese (2019)

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Across the world, there are 260 million people who speak Portuguese. It is spoken in Europe (Portugal), Asia (Macau), South America (Brazil) and Africa (Angola, Mozambique, …). There are also Portuguese speakers in countries such as Timor, Goa (India) and Malaysia.
The Portuguese language (also known as “Camões” language) is spoken in different countries around the world in very similar ways. However, for those that are native speakers of this language, the awareness of national differences is something very apparent and important.
Consequently, we cannot be surprised by the fact that there are significant differences in grammar rules, accents, and vocabulary across the globe. In the following, we will now try to explain the main differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese.
To try to get a better idea think of how American English and British English differ; they can understand one another but they notice that the grammar structures are not exactly the same.

Check the examples that we prepared for you:

    “Tu” vs. “Você”.

These two personal pronouns mean “you” in Portuguese. However, “tu” is informal and “você” is the formal version. But in Brazil, no one uses “tu”. They only use “você”. In Portugal, we use “tu” almost all the time with friends and family. On the other hand, “você” is used in formal and professional contexts.
Example:
“Olá Pedro, tu és muito simpático”. – European Portuguese
“Bom dia Pedro, você é muito simpático”. – Brazilian Portuguese
Check the conjugation of the verb, it changes from the 2nd to the 3rd person singular.

Reflexive verbs (reflexive pronouns placement)

Portuguese people use reflexive pronouns after the verb. Yet, in Brazil, they
place it before the verb.

Example:
1.      “Eu lavo-me de manhã” – European Portuguese
2.      “Eu me lavo de manhã” – Brazilian Portuguese

However, in negative forms, the rule is exactly the same in both languages, it always comes before the verb.

Present Continuous in Portuguese

To talk about something that is happening now,  the structures are different.
In Portugal, we use “estar a + infinitive”. In Brazil, they use gerund after the verb estar.
Examples:
1.      Eu estou a ler – European portuguese
2.      Eu estou lendo – Brazilian portugues

Vocabulary

There are a few words that are spelled differently between the two languages. For instance, the word “receção” in European Portuguese means “reception”. But in Brazilian Portuguese, they add the consonant “P” to the word (recepção).
Brazilian people are well known for their creativity; one example of this is the way they like to transform nouns into verbs.
To congratulate someone in Lisbon you should say “dar os parabéns”. On the contrary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians change the expression into one word, that being the verb “Parabenizar”.

Assimilation of Foreign Words

Brazilian Portuguese very often assimilates foreign words transforming them using a phonetic twist. The word “Media” in Brazilian Portuguese is “mídia”. Brazilian Portuguese ignores the roots of the words and takes on an American-English influence. European Portuguese is more resistant to this kind of assimilation. There are many examples of different vocabulary for the same ideas and objects and this creates a few problems when communicating. But, never forget that amongst themselves they can understand each other perfectly (just like in American English and British English).

Vocabulary examples:

                              1.      Comboio               trem                    (English: train)
                              2.      Gelado                  sorvet                 (English: ice cream)
                              3.      Sumo                    suco                    (English: juice)

How long will it take my Portuguese learning process? 

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The answer is… It depends on many different factors and scenarios.

Scenarios

1 – Students who speak Spanish and/or Italian

If you have a strong background in Spanish or Italian, it will be quite easy for you to understand what Portuguese people say.

But it will be very hard for these students to lose the Spanish/Italian accent that will affect their Portuguese accent. After 6-9 months of hard work, many students can finish level B1 in Portuguese.

2 – Students who speak more than one language (none of them is Spanish or Italian)

For those students, learning Portuguese in Lisbon is usually a quite simple process. Learning a third language is always easier than learning a second language.  Those students are already comfortable with many concepts, such as verbs, regular verbs, irregular verbs, adverbs, adjectives, and prepositions.

After 9-12 months, as a result of their effort, many students can already solve 90% of their problems in Portuguese (1 on 1 conversation) – B1/B2 students. In a group situation, with noise and with Portuguese native speakers speaking very quickly, these students will still face problems.

3 – students who speak only their mother tongue (and that language isn’t Spanish or Italian)

For this final group, we have many different examples. We have several students that after 1 year are finishing level B1. But we also have other Portuguese students who struggle to maintain a simple conversation after 12 months (which means that they are still A2 students).

Concluding, it really depends on your background and also depends on the following decisions:

  1. The number of hours per week that you will spend learning Portuguese.
  2. Materials that you will use
  3. The teacher that you are going to choose
  4. How much you will enjoy your Portuguese lessons and how keen you are to start speaking the language
  5. Your personality. Extrovert people tend to learn Portuguese faster because they are not afraid of mistakes.

Should I use E-learning platforms?

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Nowadays, with all the technology available around us, it makes total sense to use these resources to benefit your learning. Computers, mobile phones, and tablets are great tools that give you the opportunity to access many different activities. You can study Portuguese anywhere or at any time of the day or night. Consequently, the answer is definitely YES. These tools will offer you many different advantages such as:

1. You can study Portuguese everywhere and anytime. You just have to have a smartphone.

2. You will learn new words and you will expand your vocabulary very quickly.

3. It will consolidate your Portuguese grammar because you will have many opportunities and many activities to review over and over again the concepts that you have been learning on your Portuguese lessons.

4. Nowadays, there are loads of platforms that will teach you many words and many rules in Portuguese.

5. The Lisbon Language cafe has another website that is used to share grammar activities with all students of the Portuguese language. Its address is: www.europeanportuguesecourseslisbon.com

Our E-learning platforms have the following materials (100% free of charge):

A1 Podcasts: A good tool for A1.2 level Portuguese learners. Students who are starting their teaching process should focus their attention and energy on consolidating A1.1 basic grammar

A2 Podcasts: A good solution to improve and consolidate A2 level listening skills. These podcasts are also an opportunity to review the grammar of this level of learning (through careful reading of podcasts).

Videos B1 / B2: Videos are perfect for intermediate students. If this is your level you should search for videos that have subtitles and texts available. All videos have associated activities and complex grammatical structures (subjunctive: present, future, imperfect among other verb tenses more simple).

Games, flashcards, listening activities, written expression and much more.

Our platforms are organized into lists that are divided into three levels: A1, A2, and B1. Levels A1 and A2 are for the beginner level and level B1 is for intermediate students!

Summing up, if you’re learning Portuguese in Lisbon you should use as many resources as possible. However, you should never forget that these E-learning platforms will never play the role of a simple conversation with a native speaker. Speaking is always the best (and the only) activity that will make you consolidate your Portuguese!

Should I watch Portuguese TV to improve my Portuguese? – Portuguese courses Lisbon

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The answer once again is Yes and No.

YES! If you are an advanced student. These students (B2 – C1) already have a very relevant amount of information about the Portuguese language. They can already understand native speakers if they’re having a one on one conversation.  However, in a group situation, they still struggle to maintain a fluent discussion. This group of Portuguese students should spend their time watching Portuguese TV in order to improve their listening skills. Watching TV (or listening radio) in a different language is very challenging but it is the kind of activity that should be used only by advanced students.

NO! If you are an A1 or an A2 student of Portuguese. You will be wasting your time with Portuguese TV. And because your time is limited, you should use it wisely. If you are an A1 student, you should spend your time consolidation A1 structures and A1 vocabulary in Portuguese. The same logic applies to A2 students, As stated before, watching Portuguese TV is a B2 or C1 activity. This means that an A1 or A2 student, can’t learn Portuguese or consolidate anything with a B2 or C1 activity. Keep yourself studying materials that are in accordance with your current level of Portuguese. Don’t waste your time with activities that are too hard for you.

How to learn the Portuguese sounds? 

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The first tip; don’t spend all your energy on this topic. If you’re learning Portuguese, you will shortly understand that there is other grammar content that is much more important for your learning process in Portuguese.

On the first day of your Portuguese course in Lisbon, you will notice that many students will try to learn and understand all the sounds that a native Portuguese speaker can produce. It is not a wise strategy to learn Portuguese.  Go with the flow because we are pretty sure that your Portuguese teacher will teach many different sounds and rules over time.

Learning Portuguese step by step

Don’t try to learn all the sounds on the first day of your Portuguese course! Even if you try, believe us, you will not succeed.  So, make sure that you keep yourself focused on the keys points of the language.  Those key points will give you the opportunity to start communicating shortly.

The only effective strategy to become an expert on Portuguese sounds is… daily communication in Portuguese! You will have to use your Portuguese every day for a long period of time (2, 3, 4 years or more). Then, your accent will get better and better and you will finally produce the Portuguese sounds correctly.

Moving to Lisbon? Check our best tips.

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Start learning Portuguese (vocabulary) 

Start learning Portuguese a few weeks before your arrival. Use an E-learning platform to do it. Once you arrive here, do an intensive course of Portuguese (30 hours) because this will make you feel more comfortable with the language.

Location

†Avoid the center of the city center (it is too expensive and too busy). Choose an area with a good public transportation connection to the center of Lisbon. Metro, train or boat are good options. Buses and trams aren’t very reliable in Lisbon. We suggest the following areas: Parede, Algés, Carcavelos, Cacilhas, Barreiro (much cheaper).

Jobs in Lisbon

†Try to find a job (or at least a few job interviews before your arrival in Lisbon). Finding a good job in Lisbon can be challenging. You can also start a new business which will probably be a much better choice than job hunting.

Meet Portuguese people

Try to meet Portuguese people because they will be super important to improve your Portuguese language. They will also give you the best tips about your future choices in Lisbon and in Portugal.

Portuguese grammar, Key points! – Portuguese courses Lisbon

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If you’re learning Portuguese in Lisbon or if you’re planning to do this, you have to read this article.

You can not memorize all the information that you will learn on your A1 course. As a result, you have to make a selection of what is more important for you.

Key points!

Verbs

Present tense (in Portuguese). There are regular and irregular verbs. You have to be able to conjugate, by heart and as soon as possible, the three categories of regular verbs (AR, ER, and IR). The list of irregular verbs in very long in the present tense in Portuguese. To begin, you only have to be comfortable with 4 irregular verbs. But can you guess which are the BIG 4 irregular verbs in Portuguese?

Key verbs in portuguese – SER, ESTAR, TER, and IR.

If you can conjugate these verbs well (regular and the 4 irregular verbs), we can guarantee you that you will be able to start communicating in Portuguese.

Vocabulary

Expand your vocabulary, use flashcards and use our E-learning platforms (QUIZLET). Keep yourself in contact with the language, play games and solve activities but make sure you have some fun while you do it.

Numbers in Portuguese

To do some shopping in Lisbon or to solve simple and daily activities, you have to be able to use the Portuguese numbers fluently. Spend some time on this topic. Some Portuguese numbers can be challenging (especially number between 11 and 19).

11 – Onze

12 – Doze

13 – Treze

14 – Catorze

15 – Quinze

16 – Dezasseis

17 – Dezassete

18 – Dezoito

19 – Dezanove

Daily verbs in Portuguese

To start communicating in Portuguese, you have to know all the daily verbs in Portuguese. Most of them are regular, which means that the conjugation is quite simple and you can use our platform to help you: www.europeanportuguesecourseslisbon.com

QUESTION WORDS

Asking questions in Portuguese is a critical part of a normal conversation, as a result, you have to know well the following interrogative pronouns:

  • Qual (what for closed questions). Example: “Qual é a tua nacionalidade?”
  • O que (what for open questions) Example: “O que é o universo?”
  • Que (which)
  • Onde (where)
  • Quem (who)
  • Quando (when)
  • Como (how)

Top 3 Lisbon’ Miradouros – Portuguese courses Lisbon

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As you probably know, Lisbon is known as the seven hills city. Even if you don’t like to walk and go up the uphills, you have to admit that a city like ours has many advantages. One of them is Miradouros.

There are plenty of them in Lisbon that will offer you unique perspectives of the city. If you’re learning Portuguese in Lisbon or even if you are just visiting the city this is something that you can’t miss in Portugal.

Now it is time to check our suggestions (our top 3):

Miradouro in Alcântara

Not far from the famous “elevador da Gloria”, it has an iconic view of Lisbon. If you don’t like to walk, you will love this option! From this spot, you can admire the east side of Lisbon.

Portas do Sol Miradouro

If you’re visiting Alfama this is a place that you have to visit. The sunrise is beautiful, moreover, you can have a coffee and enjoy the view at any time of the day or the night.

Miradouro da Graça

Great and romantic. It is related to a famous Portuguese poet who loved to spend her time admiring Lisbon. Her name was Sophia Andersen and if you decide to visit this “miradouro” you will see her statue next to it. This spot is a very romantic place, ideal for you and your partner.

Key points for A2 content – Top ideas

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If you’re learning Portuguese and if you still don’t have a Portuguese teacher, you have to know which are the A2 grammar key points.

Check our opinion about this topic:

The most important tip is: You have to find a teacher to do listening and speaking activities! It is the best and the most effective way to consolidate A2 grammar content.

In terms of grammar content you will learn:

  • Diagonal pronouns such as “comigo, contigo, connosco, com ele”…
  • Imperative. This tense is used to give instructions to someone [example: “desculpe” = I am sorry (formal) or “desculpa” = I am sorry (informal)]
  • Pretérito Imperfeito (past tense). In Portuguese we use this tense to talk about many different contexts.

Examples:

1- Order something  in a polite way (example: “queria um café”)

2- Talk about repetitive actions in the past (example: “antigamente ia muito ao cinema”

3- Inform about our age in the past (example: “tinha 12 anos quanto fui ao Porto”)

Time prepositions (examples: de manhã = in the morning, à tarde/noite = at night)

Conditional (example: “gostaria de ir ao Brasil” = I would like to go to Brazil

Direct and indirect pronouns (example: amo-te = I love you)

Indefinite pronouns (variable and invariable. A few examples: ninguém, alguém, tudo, nada, outro,..

“Infinitivo pessoal”. This is a tense that doesn’t exist in any other idiom/language. We usually say that when we use “Infinitivo pessoal” to bend the verb.

Example 1 : Para IRMOS ao cinema temos de apanhar o metro.

Example 2: “para ires a Lisboa, tens de apanhar o autocarro” = to go to Lisbon you have to catch the bus)

Partícula apassivante SE. Example: “Vendem-se casas!”

Regular and irregular Past participles. How to use them, guideline.

Examples: “Eu tenho lido muito”  = I have been reading a lot.

Grammar is important but we don’t want to finish this article without stressing how important is speaking and listening in Portuguese. That is the best tip we can offer you!

Are you starting from scratch? This article is for you.

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Learning Portuguese can be challenging but it is perfectly achievable!

If you have decided to learn it, you will probably be glad to know that you can do some pre-work to prepare yourself for the challenge.

Check our tips:

  1. Try an European Portuguese E-learning platform. E-learning Platforms can be very useful to expand your Portuguese vocabulary and to listen for the first time European Portuguese. No one can learn a language only with this kind of platforms. However, they are useful to introduce yourself to the language.
  2. Listen to Portuguese radio and watch Portuguese television. You won’t be able to understand much but it will give you a first impression of the Portuguese sounds.
  3. Buy an A1 book and start studying the grammar content. Make sure that you learn regular verbs by heart (-AR, -ER and -IR) and the most important irregular verbs (Ser, Ter, Estar, and Ir)
  4. Do some flashcards every day to expand the number of Portuguese words that you know.
  5. After a few weeks, you should start to write down simple sentences in PortugueseBest Tip: KEEP it simple! The main idea is to use the most important verbs (daily verbs) in the present tense.
  6. Find a weekly study routine (we suggest 3 to 5 hours of study per week). Don’t be too ambitious with your learning Portuguese process! If you can do this, we are sure that you will be very well prepared to start your Portuguese course in Lisbon. Prior preparation will make you feel more relaxed and comfortable with all the information that you will receive during your Portuguese course in Lisbon.

Are you a Portuguese intermediate student (B1)? Check our tips.

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If your level of Portuguese is already B1, this means that you can already communicate with people if they speak Portuguese with you in a slowly and carefully way.

Intermediate students of Portuguese in Lisbon (levels B1 and B2) face new challenges on this level.

When you’re starting from level A1, you have to learn basic grammar and the rules of the Portuguese sounds. And you have to spend some time memorizing the key rules of the language.

However, once you reach level B1, things change. At this point, you have to find a way to speak Portuguese on a daily basis. You won’t be able to consolidate B1 grammar content in Portuguese without speaking every day.

Check the grammar content at this stage of learning:

  1. Preterito perfeito composto (example: Eu tenho lido muito = I have been reading a lot)
  2. Pretérito mais que perfeito composto (example: ele tinha ido à praia com a Maria = He had gone to the beach with Maria)
  3. Subjunctive (Present). (example: “Talvez ele vá ao cinema” = Maybe he will go to the cinema)
  4. Subjunctive (future). Example: Se fores a Lisboa, eu vou contigo = If you go to Lisbon I will go with you.

Subjunctive in Portuguese can be hard. We use these structures to talk and describe possibilities, things that are not real and wishes and fears that we have.

There are many connectors to learn and repetition plays a critical role at this point. Learning these Portuguese connectors isn’t enough. You have to use them often. You also have to hear people using it.  Hopefully, you will recognize them during the conversation.

Another important tip is: find a teacher to converse in Portuguese. It must be an experienced teacher that will lead you towards those tenses and grammar structures that you’re learning and consolidating. Random talk is also useful but isn’t enough to improve your Portuguese consistently.

Watching television with Portuguese subtitles is also a great tip at this point.

Click HERE to watch a video that can be very useful to practice your European Portuguese.

Find a partner if you want to be fluent in Portuguese – Portuguese courses Lisbon

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 A1 Portuguese students

Are you about to start learning Portuguese in Lisbon? Are you already having Portuguese lessons? If the answer is yes, you will be glad to know that this article is for you because it will explain to you how important your partner will be. If you want to achieve your goals with the language of Camões (the most famous poet of Portugal), you will need help.

If you’re still starting A1 content, there many things that are new for you. At this point, you have to focus on expanding the number of Portuguese words that you know. You also have to understand and know by heart the key points of the Portuguese language.

While you’re completing A1 content your partner won’t be very useful. This is because your ability to communicate is so low that any attempt to converse is a frustrating experience.

Don’t forget that your partner can speak Portuguese but he (or she) is not a Portuguese teacher. This means that he (or she) doesn’t know how to help you. He doesn’t know which Portuguese grammar structures you are learning.

A2 Portuguese students

From level A2 on, things get better and you can already start speaking a little bit with him or with her. It won’t be an easy task because your skills are still low and you will struggle almost all the time to find the words and the structures. You have to remember that an A2 student of Portuguese (or any other language) is still starting the journey. This means that you won’t have learned many Portuguese structures and rules at that point. Don’t expect a fluent conversation! Try to be effective when you’re communicating in Portuguese. If you can understand and if you can be understood that will be brilliant at this stage.

B1 Portuguese students

This is when things start getting better and more interesting. At the end of level B1, you will be able to understand Portuguese people in a one on one situation. And it is also at this stage that your partner will play a super relevant role in your learning process.

As a Portuguese teacher, I can guarantee you that you have to create a weekly or a daily routine with your partner to practice your Portuguese. You can speak Portuguese only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Or every day at night or another routine that suits you well. It is up to you as long as you speak Portuguese often.

Portuguese – find your rhythm of learning! (2019)

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Are you planning to move to a region or a country where they only speak Portuguese? If this is your case, you probably need to improve your Portuguese! To consolidate a language, you need to… start talking! Do not forget that it takes several months to improve your skills. Only then you will move to the next level of fluency.

Tips!

Do not expect perfection!

Only after several years (three, four, five or more), your fluency will become real. You will do thousands of mistakes in the learning process. But this is the only solution to attain fluency. Practice little but often! (as much as possible)

You will probably start your studies spending many hours per week studying the Portuguese language. But this strategy is usually ineffective. We do not have the capacity to withhold excessive information in the long run. Try to spend 15 to 20 minutes per day studying Portuguese. This routine will reinforce the information in your memory.

Find the right rhythm for you!

The key to learning a new language is to find a rhythm that fits you. Taking classes with other students can sometimes have a negative effect. Your colleagues can be too slow (or too fast) to your pace. Consequently, we believe that individual classes are the perfect solution for each case.

Find a partner!

We have already said that you must learn the language at your own pace. But do not forget that finding a partner is very effective. If you have decided to learn Portuguese with an online platform, you may have expanded your vocabulary. But this methodology will not prepare you for a fluent conversation. This requires a consolidated knowledge and an understanding of the language. Try to practice your Portuguese with a partner. Doing so often will surprise you with your progress.

UNDERSTANDING

If you are an intermediate student of Portuguese (B1 or B2), you must listen to native speakers. It is fundamental! This can be as simple as turning on the TV or the radio (try using subtitles). The words and expressions that are used on television are those that the Portuguese use in their daily lives.

Write in Portuguese

Writing in Portuguese is a great activity for your learning. You will consolidate a lot of vocabulary and grammatical structures if you write often. Try using different verbal tenses (present, past, future, imperative and other more complex). Ask your teacher to correct your texts. Revise the text and the corrections. Again, do not expect perfection. Be tolerant and patient with yourself!

Read in Portuguese

If your level of Portuguese is still A1 or A2, do not try to read a novel in Portuguese! Use your time to read texts for your current level of competencies. If your level is already B2 or C1, then read everything you can (newspapers, magazines, books). Keep in touch with the language! This is the most important tip we can give you! If you follow these pieces of advice, we are sure that you will build a strong foundation in the Portuguese language.

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