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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 Santos, near Cais do Sodré (a 7-minute walk from Cais do Sodré Metro Station).

LEARN PORTUGUESE IN LISBON

If you want to learn Portuguese in Lisbon we offer a wide range of student-tailored courses with A MAXIMUM OF 6 STUDENTS PER CLASS.

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LEARN PORTUGUESE IN LISBON – OUR METHODOLOGY

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 Cafe 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).

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Adélina M
Adélina M
2022-06-15
I attended the A1 "night" classes. The class is well-structured, we moved fast, and got to learn many useful things that allow me to speak more comfortably already (vocabulary, conjugation, etc.) Frederico is super nice, friendly, and laughs at the worst jokes, which made me happy. Now, I must master all the knowledge he passed on to us before getting in the A2 group. BIG bonus points for letting me come with my dog to class. Would definitely recommend these Portuguese classes to anyone. Thank you for everything!
Hope F
Hope F
2022-06-14
I took the 2-week intensive A1 course here and it was very enjoyable and highly productive. I learned all the fundamental grammar and pronunciation keys in Portuguese which really helped with my confidence in speaking. The teachers are very good and they make sure the classes are interactive and you as a student gets your turn to speak. Class atmosphere was great and we capped it off with a full session of only conversation in Portuguese with some beers!
Sohail Coelho
Sohail Coelho
2022-05-03
Love this school. Took an A1 class and now continuing with private 1-1s. I've learned so much in just one 2-week intensive that made me way more confident and competent speaking Portuguese. The teachers Frederico and Sara are wonderful - they truly care and make learning enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Mari M
Mari M
2022-03-19
I just finished the A1 intensive course and would 100% recommend the school. Frederico is a really good teacher. With his calm & focused attitude he makes sure everyone can follow the lesson & gets you to actually speak. The atmosphere in the class was very light-hearted and we shared laughs & stories. The other teacher Sara always took her break with us students, which was very nice & personal. We’d go to a café and she helped us order stuff in Portuguese & learn other important day-to-day conversations. By the end of these two weeks I’m impressed how far I’ve come with Portuguese. Muito obrigada 🙂
Emma Rigl
Emma Rigl
2021-11-19
I have been taken Portuguese lessons at Lisbon Language Café for around two years. I started from the very beginning with a 6-week A1 intensive course and afterwards moved to private lessons with Frederico. I have loved my classes with Frederico and have really been able to improve my Portuguese (hopefully he would agree!). He is an experienced teacher and clearly takes the time to prepare each lesson catered to my needs. He introduces new lessons at the right pace and challenges me to think through grammatical structures that are a bit difficult for me. I would highly recommend Frederico and Lisbon Language Café, I've had a great experience and see myself taking lessons here until I am fully able to master the Portuguese language.

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FAQS – LEVEL A1

LEVEL A1: HOW MANY HOURS ARE NEEDED TO COMPLETE MY PORTUGUESE COURSE IN LISBON?

We will divide the answer to this question into two blocks: a. Contact time with the teacher b. Homework

A. Contact time with the teacher

In group classes: If you do your Portuguese course in group classes, 30 hours are (generally) enough to learn and consolidate the contents of level A1.

In individual classes: 15 to 20 hours is the number of hours students (usually) need.

B.           Homework

In group classes: In addition to the 30 hours with the teacher, students need another 15 to 20 hours of homework. 

In individual classes: Since the number of hours with the teacher is shorter (15 to 20 hours), you will need to do more work at home. Count on 20 to 30 hours of homework to complete this first level of Portuguese.  

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM LEVEL A1?

Don’t forget that level A1 is the first level on the scale! The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages consists of 6 levels:

– Level A1 and A2 (introductory)
– Levels B1 and B2 (intermediate)
– Levels C1 and C2 (advanced)

At the end of level A1, the student will understand how the Portuguese language works (very important!). Students will also be able to construct simple sentences and understand basic instructions. But let’s be clear, no one is fluent at the end of level A1.
At the end of this first stage, the student will have an overview of the Portuguese language and all the essential elements of level A1. Students will construct simple sentences for communicating in everyday situations: in restaurants, cafés, and stores.

LEVEL A1.1 AND A1.2. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

At the Lisbon Language Café, we focus on oral expression and comprehension whenever possible. However, during level A1 it is hard to do this because the students do not yet have the skills to communicate in Portuguese. During level A1.1, we teach the basics of the Portuguese language and its essential grammatical structure. During level A1.2, we continue to do grammar but more speaking activities (students already have the knowledge and skills to have these kinds of activities)

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY LISTENING COMPREHENSION DURING LEVEL A1?

To improve your ability to understand the Portuguese language, it is essential to use our podcasts (adjusted to level A1). All our students have access (free of charge) to our podcast platform. This tool is essential in improving listening comprehension in Portuguese.

MY PORTUGUESE PRONUNCIATION IS VERY POOR. HOW CAN I IMPROVE?

During level A1 it is natural that your pronunciation is not good. We don’t think that students of Portuguese should worry too much about this problem. During our classes, we correct students whenever their pronunciation is wrong. However, we do not correct when the pronunciation is acceptable or reasonable. To significantly improve pronunciation, students have to communicate regularly with native speakers of Portuguese. But only from level B1 will students be able to speak with some fluency. During levels A1 and A2, pronunciation will not be our main focus when teaching Portuguese.

WHAT ARE THE KEY ELEMENTS FOR LEVEL A1 IN PORTUGUESE?

As soon as students open a Portuguese language textbook, they are immediately “lost” by the amount of information available. Besides teaching the language, the teacher must also be a guide and explain the critical elements for level A1. Without an (experienced) teacher and this guidance, students will struggle. Here are four key verbs for level A1: verb TO BE (ser), TO HAVE (ter), TO BE (estar) and TO GO (it).

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Adélina M
Adélina M
2022-06-15
I attended the A1 "night" classes. The class is well-structured, we moved fast, and got to learn many useful things that allow me to speak more comfortably already (vocabulary, conjugation, etc.) Frederico is super nice, friendly, and laughs at the worst jokes, which made me happy. Now, I must master all the knowledge he passed on to us before getting in the A2 group. BIG bonus points for letting me come with my dog to class. Would definitely recommend these Portuguese classes to anyone. Thank you for everything!
Hope F
Hope F
2022-06-14
I took the 2-week intensive A1 course here and it was very enjoyable and highly productive. I learned all the fundamental grammar and pronunciation keys in Portuguese which really helped with my confidence in speaking. The teachers are very good and they make sure the classes are interactive and you as a student gets your turn to speak. Class atmosphere was great and we capped it off with a full session of only conversation in Portuguese with some beers!
Sohail Coelho
Sohail Coelho
2022-05-03
Love this school. Took an A1 class and now continuing with private 1-1s. I've learned so much in just one 2-week intensive that made me way more confident and competent speaking Portuguese. The teachers Frederico and Sara are wonderful - they truly care and make learning enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Mari M
Mari M
2022-03-19
I just finished the A1 intensive course and would 100% recommend the school. Frederico is a really good teacher. With his calm & focused attitude he makes sure everyone can follow the lesson & gets you to actually speak. The atmosphere in the class was very light-hearted and we shared laughs & stories. The other teacher Sara always took her break with us students, which was very nice & personal. We’d go to a café and she helped us order stuff in Portuguese & learn other important day-to-day conversations. By the end of these two weeks I’m impressed how far I’ve come with Portuguese. Muito obrigada 🙂
Emma Rigl
Emma Rigl
2021-11-19
I have been taken Portuguese lessons at Lisbon Language Café for around two years. I started from the very beginning with a 6-week A1 intensive course and afterwards moved to private lessons with Frederico. I have loved my classes with Frederico and have really been able to improve my Portuguese (hopefully he would agree!). He is an experienced teacher and clearly takes the time to prepare each lesson catered to my needs. He introduces new lessons at the right pace and challenges me to think through grammatical structures that are a bit difficult for me. I would highly recommend Frederico and Lisbon Language Café, I've had a great experience and see myself taking lessons here until I am fully able to master the Portuguese language.

FAQS – LEVEL A2

AM I READY FOR LEVEL A2?

Students who complete a level A1 course with the Lisbon Language Café receive feedback on their skills and the next steps they need to improve. Students who come to the Lisbon Language Café from another language school may have very different experiences. In this case, we suggest a trial lesson (€19.99) to assess grammar, listening and speaking skills.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT LEVEL A2 AT THE LISBON LANGUAGE CAFÉ?

Students in level A2 can expect a course where they will spend about 80% of the time talking and only 20% of the class learning grammar. During the A2 level, many of the grammar activities are done at home. We focus on the key elements of A2-level grammar content and ask students to do the consolidation activities at home. With this strategy, we have time to do many conversational activities.

LEVEL A2: HOW MANY HOURS ARE NEEDED TO COMPLETE MY PORTUGUESE COURSE IN LISBON?

The course has a duration of 30 hours. However, given the characteristics of this training, we expect students to study at least 30 more hours at home (to consolidate grammar content). On average, 60 hours are enough to learn and consolidate the contents of level A2.

HOMEWORK. IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONSOLIDATE LEVEL A2 IN PORTUGUESE?

Homework is essential! Our students have 3 types of homework:
1-Review and complete the activities in the book
2-Listen to our podcasts (level A2)
3- Consolidate skills with our QUIZLET platform (A2)
The conversation activities we do during class are the students’ opportunity to put into practice all the consolidation work they do at home.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT LEVEL A2?

When starting A2 level, students cannot yet hold a conversation with some fluency with a native speaker. But they can already hold a conversation with an (experienced) teacher through activities carefully prepared for A2.1 level students. Because we have a conversation-based A2 level course, by the end of this level, students will be able to hold a one-on-one conversation in Portuguese with some confidence and fluency.

WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL GRAMMATICAL CONTENTS OF LEVEL A2?

In our opinion, the improvement of listening comprehension and oral expression are the essential elements to be improved at level A2.

AT THE END OF LEVEL A2, WILL I BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY?

Yes! By the end of level A2, students can communicate reasonably comfortably in one-to-one conversations. But it is important to say that an A2 level student is not fluent and is just finishing the introductory level. In group conversations with native speakers, in a café, or in a restaurant (with noise), students will still experience many difficulties in communication.

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FUNNY PORTUGUESE PHRASES

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FAQS (B1 LEVEL)

HOW MANY HOURS ARE NEEDED TO COMPLETE LEVEL B1?

It is very difficult to estimate the number of hours required to achieve proficiency at level B1. It depends heavily on the skills and aptitude of each individual student. However, as a rough estimate, it typically takes around 80 hours to acquire and solidify knowledge at the B1 level in Portuguese.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT LEVEL B1 AT THE LISBON LANGUAGE CAFÉ?

Our B1 level classes are focused on conversation with well-defined goals. While conversation in Portuguese is crucial for consolidating skills, it is important to ensure that the conversation is well-planned, structured, and that the grammatical objectives are clearly defined by the teacher. Typically, 80-90% of class time is dedicated to well-planned and structured conversation activities, while the remaining 10-20% is used to address any grammatical issues or questions. Simply engaging in conversation in Portuguese without specific goals is not sufficient.

HOMEWORK. IS HOMEWORK IMPORTANT TO CONSOLIDATE LEVEL B1 IN PORTUGUESE?

Yes, completing homework is essential for solidifying proficiency at the B1 level in Portuguese. The grammatical concepts covered at this level are initially studied at home and then further clarified during class. From this level on, it is also important for students to regularly speak with native speakers. Only through consistent exposure to the language will students be able to consolidate the grammatical structures and conjunctions learned during levels A1 and A2. These conversation activities with native speakers should be considered an integral part of the B1-level students’ homework.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE B1 LEVEL AT THE LISBON LANGUAGE CAFÉ?

To acquire and solidify knowledge at the B1 level, students will participate in conversation classes with carefully selected activities and clearly defined grammatical goals. During these conversations in Portuguese, the teacher will guide students toward the correct grammatical structures. The grammatical concepts are studied at home and their solidification and clarification are completed during class time. This approach allows for more time to engage in conversation during class.

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TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND CANCELLATION POLICY

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 / Private course): more than 20 days prior notice – 70% refund | Less than 20 days – 50% refund | Less than 7 days or during the course – NO refund

POSTS ABOUT LEARNING PORTUGUESE

1-REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS IN PORTUGUESE

It is fundamental to know what distinguishes a regular verb from an irregular verb in the Portuguese language. Regular verbs are those that are always conjugated in the same way. The endings we use are always the same. Thus, all students who know how to conjugate a regular verb, necessarily know how to conjugate all regular verbs.

Regular and Irregular verbs in Portuguese
Regular and Irregular verbs in Portuguese

REGULAR VERBS IN THE PRESENT TENSE

In the PRESENTE do INDICATIVO there are three types of regular verbs:

VERBS ENDING in -AR. Examples: trabalhar, morar, estudar, comprar.

VERBS ENDING in -ER. Examples: comer, beber.

VERBS ENDING in-IR. Example: partir

IRREGULAR VERBS IN THE PRESENT TENSE

In the Portuguese language, we have a long list of irregular verbs in the present tense. Should an A1-level student memorize all of them? In our opinion, the answer is no, students of Portuguese should not try to memorize all irregular verbs. There are however 4 verbs that every student should know as soon as possible. We are talking about the verbs SER, ESTAR, TER, and IR: All other irregular verbs should be learned with exposure to the language. Students need to start communicating regularly. Slowly they will consolidate the conjugations more or less naturally. Now let’s look at the conjugation of the 4 essential verbs!

The importance of regular verbs and these four irregular verbs is TREMENDOUS in the progression of Portuguese students. From the very first day of class, we SHARE this opinion with our students. We regularly test them to make sure that everyone is comfortable with these conjugations. If you study Portuguese, follow our advice and memorize these conjugations! It is one of the basics of the Portuguese language!

2-LEARNING PORTUGUESE – TOP TIPS

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.

Learn portuguese in Lisbon
Learn Portuguese in Lisbon

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 reaching 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 (simple present, simple 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 competencies. 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 Portuguese software that will help you with many of the basic communication. But, if you want to move forward with your competencies, you should do a Portuguese course in Lisbon

3-ARE YOU A PORTUGUESE INTERMEDIATE STUDENT (B1)? CHECK OUR TIPS.

If your Portuguese level is already B1, this means that you can already communicate with people if they speak Portuguese with you in a slow and careful 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 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.

PORTUGUESE INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS
PORTUGUESE INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS

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 about and describe possibilities, things that are not real, and the 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: to find a teacher to converse with in Portuguese. It must be an experienced teacher that will lead you toward 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.

4-LEARNING PORTUGUESE – ESSENTIAL VERBS

When someone decides to learn Portuguese, a complex process begins in which many important decisions are made! Usually, one of the first decisions made by students of Portuguese is to buy a Portuguese language learning-teaching manual.

When opening the Portuguese textbook for the first time, the student immediately asks himself an important question. Where to start? Is it necessary to memorize all this information? Do I have to memorize all the verb tables? Do I have to focus on the prepositions? What about numbers, are they essential? Cardinal or ordinal? What about sounds, should I memorize the rules that explain each sound? And articles, when to use them? The doubts are many and without an (experienced) teacher it is very difficult to define a route that will lead you to success.

There are several CRUCIAL elements to learn in the Portuguese language. In this article, we will talk about just one: which Portuguese verbs, in our opinion, are essential! Come along with us!

LEARNING PORTUGUESE – ESSENTIAL VERBS
LEARNING PORTUGUESE – ESSENTIAL VERBS

Let’s start with the verb tenses in Portuguese. There are many in the Portuguese language, but an A1 level student (beginner) should ALWAYS start with the present tense.

REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS IN PORTUGUESE

It is fundamental to know what distinguishes a regular verb from an irregular verb in the Portuguese language. Regular verbs are those that are always conjugated in the same way. The endings we use are always the same. Thus, all students who know how to conjugate a regular verb, necessarily know how to conjugate all regular verbs.

REGULAR VERBS IN THE PRESENT TENSE IN PORTUGUESE

In the “PRESENTE do INDICATIVO” there are three types of regular verbs:

VERBS ENDING in -AR. Examples: trabalhar, morar, estudar, comprar.

VERBS ENDING in -ER. Examples: comer, beber.

VERBS ENDING in-IR. Example: partir

IRREGULAR VERBS IN THE PRESENT TENSE

In the Portuguese language, we have a long list of irregular verbs in the present tense. Should an A1-level student memorize all of them? In our opinion, the answer is no, students of Portuguese should not try to memorize all irregular verbs. There are however 4 verbs that every student should know as soon as possible. We are talking about the verbs SER, ESTAR, TER, and IR: All other irregular verbs should be learned with exposure to the language. Students need to start communicating regularly. Slowly they will consolidate the conjugations more or less naturally. Now let’s look at the conjugation of the 4 essential verbs!

The importance of regular verbs and these four irregular verbs is TREMENDOUS in the progression of Portuguese students. From the very first day of class, we SHARE this opinion with our students. We regularly test them to make sure that everyone is comfortable with these conjugations. If you study Portuguese, follow our advice and memorize these conjugations! It is one of the basics of the Portuguese language!

5-EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

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 get a better idea, think of how American English and British English differ; they can understand one another but notice that grammar structures are not exactly the same.

EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE
EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

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 a gerund after the verb estar.
Examples:
1.      Eu estou a ler – European portuguese
2.      Eu estou lendo – Brazilian portuguese

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:

COMBOIOTREMTRAIN
GELADOSORVETEICE CREAM
SUMOSUCOJUICE

6-SHOULD I USE E-LEARNING PLATFORMS TO LEARN PORTUGUESE?

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:

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

TRY OUR QUIZLET PLATFORM TO IMPROVE YOUR PORTUGUESE
TRY OUR QUIZLET PLATFORM TO IMPROVE YOUR PORTUGUESE

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!

7-SHOULD I WATCH PORTUGUESE TV TO IMPROVE MY PORTUGUESE?

The answer once again is YES and NO.

YESIf you are an advanced student. These students (B2 – C1) already have appropriate 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 to the radio) in a different language is very challenging but it is the kind of activity that should be used only by advanced students.

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Watch Portuguese Tv Improve your Portuguese

NOIf 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 consolidating 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.

8- PORTUGUESE GRAMMAR, KEY POINTS! – PORTUGUESE COURSES LISBON

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 in your A1 Portuguese 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 is 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?

PORTUGUESE GRAMMAR
PORTUGUESE GRAMMAR

KEY VERBS IN PORTUGUESE – SER, ESTAR, TER, and IR 

If you can conjugate these verbs well (regular and 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 Portuguese numbers fluently. Spend some time on this topic. Some Portuguese numbers can be challenging (especially numbers 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.

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)

9-LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE – EFFECT ON THE BRAIN

Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood. Researchers found that reading, verbal fluency, and intelligence were improved in a study of 262 people tested either aged 11 or in their seventies. A previous study suggested that being bilingual could delay the onset of dementia by several years.

The big question in this study was whether learning a new language improved cognitive functions or whether individuals with better cognitive abilities were more likely to become bilingual.

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LEARNING A SECOND LANGUAGE, BENEFITS

STRONG EFFECTS
The findings indicate that those who spoke two or more languages had significantly better cognitive abilities compared to what would have been expected from their baseline test. 
The strongest effects were seen in general intelligence and reading. The effects were present in those who learned their second language early, as well as later in life. The pattern found was “meaningful” and the improvements in attention, focus, and fluency could not be explained by original intelligence.

THEORIES OF LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: KRASHEN

Stephen Krashen (University of Southern California) is an expert in the field of linguistics, specializing in theories of language acquisition and development. Much of his research has involved the study of non-English and bilingual language acquisition. During the past 20 years, he has published well over 100 books and articles and has been invited to deliver over 300 lectures at universities throughout the United States and Canada. Krashen’s widely known and well-accepted theory of second language acquisition has had a large impact in all areas of second language research and teaching since the 1980s.

KRASHEN’S MAIN IDEAS

Language acquisition does not require extensive use of conscious grammatical rules and does not require tedious drills. Acquisition requires meaningful interaction in the target language – natural communication – in which speakers are concerned not with the form of their utterances but with the messages they are conveying and understanding. The best methods are therefore those that supply ‘comprehensible input’ in low anxiety situations, containing messages that students really want to hear. These methods do not force early production in the second language but allow students to produce when they are ‘ready’, recognizing that improvement comes from supplying communicative and comprehensible input, and not from forcing and correcting production.

In the real world, conversations with sympathetic native speakers who are willing to help the acquirer understand are very helpful.

10 – SIMPLE PHRASES IN PORTUGUESE – HELPFUL TO LEARN BEFORE YOU VISIT PORTUGAL

Portugal remains a tourist destination for many people, especially in the summer season. If you are planning a trip to Portugal, the words that follow will be very useful in any Portuguese region or city (Lisbon, Porto, Algarve, Azores, or Madeira). It is always helpful to have some knowledge of the language of the country you visit (or will visit). In this article, you will learn words and phrases that will make your life easier in Portugal.

1- “A que horas abre / fecha?” – What time do you open / close?

If you visit Portugal, we are sure you will try to enjoy, experiment, and do as much as possible. For this reason, we believe this question will be one of the most important in your Portuguese survival kit. If you can ask this question (and understand the answer), you will not fail to fulfill any of your plans.

2- “Onde é a casa de banho?” – Where is the toilet?

Very important! Particularly if you are visiting a place for the first time. Knowing how to ask where the bathroom is, is one of the obligatory phrases for all tourists visiting Portugal (or any other country).

3- “Tchim-tchim ou saúde” – Cheers

In Portugal, when we make a toast, we always say the word “health”. The “tchim-tchim” option continues to be used by older generations and is less common than just saying “saúde”. When we say “saúde”, we make a toast with family and/or friends and by saying “saúde” we are wishing good health to everyone present at that place.

Although the English language level is quite good among Portuguese residents (especially in the main cities of Portugal), it is always beneficial to be able to use a few words of the local language. If you do it, you will be able to demonstrate your interest in Portuguese culture and you will be able to feel the Portuguese atmosphere.

If you plan a trip to another Portuguese-speaking country, then it is important to know that most of the words are the same, but the pronunciation can be quite different.

Here are some words and phrases (in European Portuguese) that, in our opinion, will be important for your visit to Portugal or to other Portuguese-speaking ones.

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Useful Phrases in Portuguese

TO GREET SOMEONE IN PORTUGUESE

Olá – Hello

The following options can be used to say hello or say goodbye.

Bom dia (good morning)

Boa Tarde (good afternoon)

Boa noite (good evening)

Tchau (goodbye, informal)

Adeus (goodbye, formal)

If you want to get someone’s attention or accidentally brush against someone then you should say:

Desculpe (pardon me or I am sorry)

To show your manners you can say:

Se faz favor” or “por favor” (please)

Com licença (excuse me)

Obrigado (thanks, if you are a man)

Obrigada (thanks, if you are a woman)

Desculpe (I am sorry – formal)

Desculpa (I am sorry – informal)

De nada. (you’re welcome)

The following will especially come in handy while exploring the city, or while dining:

Um café  (a coffee)

Água (water)

Vinho (wine)

Cerveja (beer)

Pequeno-almoço (breakfast)

Almoço (lunch)

Jantar (dinner)

Tenho uma reserva (I have a reservation).

A conta, por favor (the bill, please)

In case you want to explore the Portuguese shops…

Quanto custa?  (how much is it?)

Estou só a ver, obrigado (I’m just looking, thanks)

Aceita cartão de crédito? (do you accept credit card?)

Here are a few more essentials:

Sim  (yes) 

Não (no)

Mais ou menos (so-so)

Um (one)

Dois (two)

Três  (three)   

Quatro (four)

Cinco (five)  

Dez  (ten)

Vinte (twenty)

Trinta (thirty)

Quarenta (forty)

Cinquenta (fifty)

Cem (hundred)

Mil (one thousand)

In case you get stuck (very unlikely…)

O senhor fala inglês? (Do you speak English?)

Desculpe, não falo português. (I am sorry but I don’t speak Portuguese)

11 – PORTUGUESE A2 CONTENT: KEY POINTS

If you’re learning Portuguese and 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 most effective way to consolidate A2 grammar content.

In terms of grammar content you will learn:

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Portuguese Grammar, Level A2

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

12-LEARNING GRAMMAR… DO I REALLY HAVE TO?

Learning grammar is a big question but the truth is that there isn’t a perfect solution that fits everyone! The methodology that works for me can be completely different from the one that works for you!
In fact, any method could work due to a combination of different things. What is crucial in any methodology depends on the goals and especially on the student’s learning style. This general principle applies to studying grammar when learning a new language! However, we should also say that for different goals (like passing a test), a different approach would be necessary to achieve that specific objective.

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Portuguese Grammar

PORTUGUESE GRAMMAR: FORGET PERFECTION!

Don’t make grammar your priority! A grammar-focused approach frames the language into a set of rules made up of nothing more than those horrible grammar tables. In fact, grammar doesn’t improve your fluency. Even if you try to study it until you know it perfectly, that will not give you the confidence to use it during a normal conversation with actual human beings. You just can’t win the grammar battle as you will never be able to memorize all the grammar rules.

Believe us: you don’t have to be an expert in grammar to speak a languagethis is a fact! Grammar can act as a wall between you and fluency and very often it holds back students in their learning process. Start your learning process with phrasebooks. Once you get familiar with the language then you can go and look at grammar books and tables and you will find it interesting (and you will be able to attach that information to a specific context).


13 – TEN TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY IN PORTUGUESE

Read books and articles in Portuguese: regular exposure to the language helps expand your vocabulary.

Make note of new words: when you come across a new word, write it down and try to find out its meaning.

Use flashcards to learn new words: create flashcards with new words and their meanings, and review them regularly.

Watch movies and TV shows in Portuguese: listening to the language being spoken in context helps understand and use new words.

Study synonyms and antonyms: this helps understand the nuances of word meaning and how to use them accurately.

TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY IN PORTUGUESE
TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY IN PORTUGUESE

Practice creative writing: writing stories, poems, or even daily texts can help you experiment and incorporate new words in your writing.

Play word games: games like crosswords and word games in general are a fun way to learn new words.

Do vocabulary exercises: there are many exercises available online that can help you learn and review new words.

Make use of online resources: sites like WordReference.com and the Pribram dictionary can be useful for looking up definitions and examples of word usage.

Practice speaking: try using new words in daily conversations and ask others to correct any grammar or pronunciation errors you may make.

14-THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERSATION IN LEARNING PORTUGUESE

Practicing speaking is essential to becoming fluent in any language, including Portuguese. Here are some reasons why oral practice is super important for learning Portuguese:

Helps build confidence: speaking in a foreign language can be intimidating. However, regular practice helps build confidence in your ability to communicate better and better.

Improves pronunciation: by practicing speaking, you can improve your pronunciation and become more understandable to native speakers of Portuguese. Be patient. Pronunciation in Portuguese is hard!

Helps fix vocabulary and grammar: by speaking, you are automatically using and fixing the vocabulary and grammar that you are learning. If you listen carefully and actively you will improve your speaking!

Improves oral comprehension: listening to and responding to native speakers of Portuguese helps improve your oral comprehension of the language.

THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERSATION IN LEARNING PORTUGUESE
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONVERSATION IN LEARNING PORTUGUESE

Helps develop communication skills: oral practice helps develop communication skills, such as the ability to express oneself clearly and effectively communicate in different situations.

Makes learning more fun: oral practice is a fun and challenging activity. It makes learning more enjoyable.

There are many ways to practice speaking in Portuguese: talking with native speakers of Portuguese, taking speaking classes, participating in conversation groups, recording your own voice and speech, and listening to it to identify errors. And don’t forget that consistent practice is the key to becoming fluent in Portuguese! Good luck!

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