PORTUGUESE COURSES IN LISBON
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MASTER PORTUGUESE in LISBON

Established in September 2014, our school is dedicated to offering Portuguese courses in Lisbon for foreigners. Join us at our language school situated in Santos, conveniently close to Cais do Sodré (just a 7-minute walk from Cais do Sodré Metro Station).

Learn Portuguese in Lisbon - Our METHODOLOGY

At Lisbon Language Café, we prioritize conversation as the cornerstone of our learning approach. We recognize that achieving fluency in Portuguese is unattainable without substantial practice in conversation. Consequently, whenever feasible, we structure our classes around meticulously organized and purposeful activities (conversation classes lacking clear objectives and organization prove ineffective). Nonetheless, it’s crucial to emphasize that, at the A1.1 level, our primary focus is on the grammar of the Portuguese language. Despite the undeniable importance of conversation, when students are beginning from scratch, it becomes essential to impart the fundamental aspects of the language to them.

Our LOCATION - In the Heart of Lisbon

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Level A1 - Beginners

LEVEL A1 - ROADMAP

Level A1 can be challenging especially for students who have never learned a second language. The Portuguese teacher, besides teaching the Portuguese language, plays a fundamental role in guiding students in the teaching-learning process. Lisbon Language Café offers many didactic resources that students should use at home (podcasts, flashcards, games, spell activities, reading activities, among others) to help them in this process of learning the Portuguese language. It is important for students to know how to combine all these didactic resources, and therefore we have created the following ROADMAP.

UNIT 1 (in class) – Quizlet: 1 to 6 (homework)

UNIT 2 (in class) –  Quizlet: 7 to 12 (homework)

UNIT 3 (in class) – Quizlet: 13 to18 (homework)

UNIT 4 (in class) – Quizlet: 19 to 24 (homework) + Podcasts: 1,2,3 (homework)

UNIT 5 (in class) – Quizlet: 25 to 30 (homework) + Podcasts: 4,5,6 (homework)

UNIT 6 (in class) – Podcasts: 7 to 11 (homework) + Text 1 (homework)

UNIT 7 (in class) –  Podcasts: 12 to 15 (homework) + Text 2 (homework)

PORTUGUESE LEARNING STUDIO

All our students have FREE access to OUR LEARNING STUDIO

LEVEL A1

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Excellent
Based on 110 reviews
Adrien Le Grand
Adrien Le Grand
2023-10-03
Great place, great teachers, highly recommended !
Grael Norton
Grael Norton
2023-09-25
I just finished the introductory A1 course this past week. This was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to start making progress in Portuguese quickly. Though I have a background in French and Spanish, I had no familiarity with Portuguese going in. In just two weeks, my listening and reading comprehension have skyrocketed, and now I will continue on to the next level to make more progress in my speaking. This class is also a great way to meet other people who are interested in learning the language and culture, and I'm happy to have made some new friends in the process!
Brian Horner
Brian Horner
2023-09-23
I've never really learned a second language and, in fact, did not do well when I took the required Spanish classes in high school. I thought I was a lost cause. After moving to Lisbon I decided to enroll with Lisbon Language Cafe and I couldn't be more impressed. First of all, because the class size is so small and because they focus on speaking/engagement, I really got to know the other students - it was just so much more fun than I could have ever expected. I came with hope and left with new friendships and the foundational skills needed to navigate daily life here in Portugal (give and receive directions, order food, communicate with doctors, etc...). I don't normally write reviews but feel compelled to do so for Lisbon Language School because of how good my experience was. I am excited to continue my education using this school and honestly feel that the teachers are vested in ensuring my success. Muito obrigado por me ensinarem português!
Marc Eskenazi
Marc Eskenazi
2023-09-23
I did the 2 weeks intensive class A1 and A1.2, it was great! the two teachers are amazing and super friendly, the course is very well done. Perfect place to start learning portuguese!
Adélina M
Adélina M
2023-06-28
Update: I just finished the A2 classes and I’m looking forward to B1! Going to Lisbon Language Café has helped me a lot in improving my Portuguese. I think that if I did not take these classes, I would’ve been stuck speaking in present tense with everyone. Now I’m able to use multiple tenses which makes my discussions more fluid and allows me to improve my understanding skills as well. My overall grammar, conjugation and vocabulary has improved a lot. Cherry on the cake: I noticed that even when I have a bad day, my mood switches during these classes as the vibe is always super nice :) I attached a picture from the lessons with the best, most hard-working student of our group. — Previous review: 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!
Erin C
Erin C
2023-06-20
I had such a great time in this class. Frederico's approach is easy and fun. He equips you with a lot of information. Do your homework!! He even had class online when I was ill and couldn't make it in person. His printouts he gave me still come in use. This class gave me the courage to try speaking in my daily life, even with errors, and I understand much more. I had a great time in this class. Estou praticando mais. Obrigado!
Michael Wickers
Michael Wickers
2023-06-19
Really enjoyed my classes at the Lisbon language cafe. Frederico has an effective teaching style which combined with a relaxed learning environment makes for a really nice way to learn Portuguese. Definitely will continue my studies there.
Isa Branco
Isa Branco
2023-06-03
Lisbon Language Cafe offers excellent Portuguese A1 group lessons led by a dedicated teacher. Frederico’s expertise and teaching style impressed me whereas he also created a supportive and engaging learning environment, emphasizing vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills (however also making it practical for daily use!). Individual needs were addressed and patient guidance provided. Also cultural insights were integrated into the lessons. The comfortable atmosphere, good group and lots of laughs contributed to a pleasant learning experience. If you're looking for Portuguese lessons, I highly recommend Lisbon Language Café!
Robbin Goss
Robbin Goss
2023-05-20
A great portuguese course in Lisbon. I learned portuguese and got a lot more comfortable with the language after taking the intensive portuguese course while living in Lisbon. Frederico is a great teacher who really cares about his students learning. I highly recommend this portuguese language lesson, and it's in a great location!
Jamie O Sullivan
Jamie O Sullivan
2023-05-09
I very much enjoyed this Portuguese course in Lisbon. The classes are fun and conversational while still learning all the key grammar items. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to learn Portuguese in Lisbon

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LEVEL A1 - FAQ's

We will break down our response into two sections: (1) Teacher contact time and (2) Homework.

CONTACT TIME WITH THE TEACHER:

  • Group classes: Around 30 hours are generally enough to grasp A1-level content in group settings.
  • Individual classes: Typically, 15 to 20 hours of one-on-one instruction are needed.

HOMEWORK:

  • Group classes: Besides the 30 hours with the teacher, an extra 15 to 20 hours of homework are necessary.
  • Individual classes: Due to the shorter teacher contact time (15 to 20 hours), expect 20 to 30 hours of homework to complete this introductory Portuguese level.

Keep in mind, A1 is the starting point on the scale! The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages comprises 6 levels:

  • Introductory levels A1 and A2
  • Intermediate levels B1 and B2
  • Advanced levels C1 and C2

 

After completing A1, students will have a foundational grasp of Portuguese, forming simple sentences and understanding basic directions. While fluency isn’t attained, they’ll have a basic understanding and can communicate in everyday settings like restaurants and stores.

At the Lisbon Language Café, emphasis is on oral expression and comprehension when possible. A1 presents challenges due to students’ limited language skills. In A1.1, we focus on foundational Portuguese grammar, progressing to A1.2 where speaking activities are introduced, leveraging the foundational knowledge acquired.

Enhance your grasp of the Portuguese language with our A1 level podcasts.  Our students enjoy complimentary access to the Learning Studio, a vital resource for advancing listening comprehension in Portuguese. 

In the initial A1 level, experiencing challenges with pronunciation is normal, and students shouldn’t be overly concerned. While we address pronunciation errors in class, we also acknowledge acceptable variations. Substantial improvement often comes from regular interaction with native Portuguese speakers. Fluent speaking skills typically become a primary focus from level B1 onwards, with less emphasis on pronunciation in A1 and A2 Portuguese classes.

As soon as students open a Portuguese language textbook, they may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available. In addition to teaching the language, the teacher must also serve as a guide and explain the essential elements for A1 level. Without an experienced teacher and proper guidance, students will have difficulty. Here are four crucial verbs for A1 level: the verbs “SER“, “TER“, “ESTAR“, and “IR“.

UNIT 1 – Simple present – Regular verbs ending in -Ar -Use of the verb TO BE in the present tense -Definite and indefinite articles – Alphabet – Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers – Question words – Prepositions + articles

UNIT 2 – Rules of agreement of the adjective in gender and number with the noun – Placing the adjective in the sentence – Regular verbs, -Er and -Ir

UNIT 3 – Rules of plural formation in nouns and adjectives – Use of reflexive pronoun conjugation (reflexive verbs) – Placement of reflexive pronouns in the sentence – Word category (names, verbs and adjectives)

UNIT 4 – Irregular verbs in the present tense -Days of the week, months and seasons – Movement prepositions – FUTURE tense (with adverbials of future tense) TO GO + infinitive – Future of the Worksheet Indicative – Determinants and possessive pronouns – Placing possessive determinants and pronouns in the sentence

UNIT 5 – Adjectives, degrees – Family relationships – Use of the simple perfect past tense – Regular verbs – Graphic changes

UNIT 6 – Variable demonstrative determinants and pronouns – Placement of variable determinants and demonstrative pronouns in the sentence -Verb Haver – Time expressions

UNIT 7 – Adverbials of place -Formulas for description of physical state – Simple past

Level A2

A2 LEVEL IN PORTUGUESE – PREPARATION COURSE

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS COURSE?

This preparation course for entry into level A2 is intended for students who have completed level A1 but still do not feel comfortable enough to start the A2 course. The A2 level at Lisbon Language Café primarily focuses on conversation. In order for students to succeed in our A2 level, it is important that they feel comfortable with the A1 level content and that their listening comprehension skills are reasonable (or good)The course lasts for 18 hours. The first 3-5 hours of the course are dedicated to reviewing and clarifying the most challenging grammatical content of level A1. The following 13-15 hours are dedicated to activities of comprehension and oral expression. Precisely the type of activities that students can expect in A2 level courses at Lisbon Language Café. In case of doubt, we suggest that students take a trial class (20€).

LEVEL A2 – UPCOMING COURSES

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

At the A2 level, students can anticipate a course that emphasizes 80% speaking and 20% grammar. Much of the grammar instruction will occur outside of the classroom through homework activities reinforcing key concepts. This approach allows for more class time dedicated to practicing conversation. To effectively practice Portuguese conversation, it’s essential to work in small groups, which is why we limit each group to no more than 6 students.

At the beginning of the A2 level, students may not be able to hold a fluent conversation with a native speaker. However, they can engage in conversation with a skilled teacher through activities specifically designed for A2.1 level students. Our A2 level course prioritizes conversation, and by the end of this level, students will have developed the confidence and fluency to engage in one-on-one conversations in Portuguese. The course spans 30 hours, but due to the training’s nature, we expect students to dedicate an additional 30 hours to independent study at home to reinforce grammar concepts. On average, a total of 60 hours is sufficient to learn and solidify the A2 level.

map of classes, Level A2 portuguese - schedule

LEVEL A2 - ROADMAP

Our classes at level A2 are essentially conversation classes because we know that these activities of comprehension and oral expression will allow students to consolidate the content learned during levels A1 and A2. The grammar of level A2 is introduced by the teacher in class, but it is the student who studies and completes the learning and consolidation activities of these contents at home. This strategy allows us to have more time in class for more conversation. However, this strategy also means that students at home have more homework to do. Lisbon Language Café offers many didactic resources that students should use at home (podcasts, flashcards, games, spell activities, reading activities, among others) to help them in this process of learning the Portuguese language. It is important for students to know how to combine all these didactic resources, and therefore we have created the following ROADMAP for A2 level students.

UNIT 1 (in class) – Quizlet: 1 to 3 (homework) | Podcasts: 1, 2 (homework)

UNIT 2 (in class) – Quizlet: 4, 5 (homework) | Podcasts: 3,4 (homework)| Text: 1 (homework)

UNIT 3 (in class) – Quizlet: 6,7 (homework) | Podcasts: 5,6 (homework)

UNIT 4 (in class) – Quizlet: 8,9 (homework) | Podcasts: 7 (homework) | Text: 2 (homework)

UNIT 5 (in class) – Quizlet: 10,11 (homework) | Podcasts: 8 (homework)

UNIT 6 (in class) – Quizlet: 12,13 (homework) Podcasts: 9  (homework) | Text 3 (homework)

UNIT  7 (in class) – Quizlet: 14 to 16 (homework) | Podcasts: 10 (homework)  

UNIT 8 (in class) – Quizlet: 17 to 19 (homework) | Podcasts: 11 (homework)| Text: 4 (homework)

UNIT 9 (in class) – Quizlet: 20 to 22 (homework) | Podcasts: 12 (homework)

UNIT 10 (in class) – Quizlet: 23 to 25 (homework) | Podcasts: 13 (homework)| Text: 5 (homework)

UNIT 11 (in class) – Quizlet: 26 to 28 (homework) | Podcasts: 14 (homework)

UNIT 12 (in class) – Quizlet: 29,30 (homework) | Podcasts: 15 (homework)| Text: 6 (homework)

CONVERSATION LESSONS FOR LEVEL A2

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS COURSE?

This is a conversation course designed and structured for students who have completed level A2 but still do not feel comfortable progressing to level B1. In this course, above all, we focus on conversations using the grammatical structures of levels A1 and A2. Grammatical reviews are conducted as issues arise during the conversations. In other words, we will not have grammar lessons because the students participating in this course have already learned grammar in their previous courses. In this course, our focus is on improving oral comprehension and expression skills, as well as consolidating previously learned grammatical structures

Conversation lessons for level A2 portuguese schedulle

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Excellent
Based on 110 reviews
Adrien Le Grand
Adrien Le Grand
2023-10-03
Great place, great teachers, highly recommended !
Grael Norton
Grael Norton
2023-09-25
I just finished the introductory A1 course this past week. This was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to start making progress in Portuguese quickly. Though I have a background in French and Spanish, I had no familiarity with Portuguese going in. In just two weeks, my listening and reading comprehension have skyrocketed, and now I will continue on to the next level to make more progress in my speaking. This class is also a great way to meet other people who are interested in learning the language and culture, and I'm happy to have made some new friends in the process!
Brian Horner
Brian Horner
2023-09-23
I've never really learned a second language and, in fact, did not do well when I took the required Spanish classes in high school. I thought I was a lost cause. After moving to Lisbon I decided to enroll with Lisbon Language Cafe and I couldn't be more impressed. First of all, because the class size is so small and because they focus on speaking/engagement, I really got to know the other students - it was just so much more fun than I could have ever expected. I came with hope and left with new friendships and the foundational skills needed to navigate daily life here in Portugal (give and receive directions, order food, communicate with doctors, etc...). I don't normally write reviews but feel compelled to do so for Lisbon Language School because of how good my experience was. I am excited to continue my education using this school and honestly feel that the teachers are vested in ensuring my success. Muito obrigado por me ensinarem português!
Marc Eskenazi
Marc Eskenazi
2023-09-23
I did the 2 weeks intensive class A1 and A1.2, it was great! the two teachers are amazing and super friendly, the course is very well done. Perfect place to start learning portuguese!
Adélina M
Adélina M
2023-06-28
Update: I just finished the A2 classes and I’m looking forward to B1! Going to Lisbon Language Café has helped me a lot in improving my Portuguese. I think that if I did not take these classes, I would’ve been stuck speaking in present tense with everyone. Now I’m able to use multiple tenses which makes my discussions more fluid and allows me to improve my understanding skills as well. My overall grammar, conjugation and vocabulary has improved a lot. Cherry on the cake: I noticed that even when I have a bad day, my mood switches during these classes as the vibe is always super nice :) I attached a picture from the lessons with the best, most hard-working student of our group. — Previous review: 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!
Erin C
Erin C
2023-06-20
I had such a great time in this class. Frederico's approach is easy and fun. He equips you with a lot of information. Do your homework!! He even had class online when I was ill and couldn't make it in person. His printouts he gave me still come in use. This class gave me the courage to try speaking in my daily life, even with errors, and I understand much more. I had a great time in this class. Estou praticando mais. Obrigado!
Michael Wickers
Michael Wickers
2023-06-19
Really enjoyed my classes at the Lisbon language cafe. Frederico has an effective teaching style which combined with a relaxed learning environment makes for a really nice way to learn Portuguese. Definitely will continue my studies there.
Isa Branco
Isa Branco
2023-06-03
Lisbon Language Cafe offers excellent Portuguese A1 group lessons led by a dedicated teacher. Frederico’s expertise and teaching style impressed me whereas he also created a supportive and engaging learning environment, emphasizing vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills (however also making it practical for daily use!). Individual needs were addressed and patient guidance provided. Also cultural insights were integrated into the lessons. The comfortable atmosphere, good group and lots of laughs contributed to a pleasant learning experience. If you're looking for Portuguese lessons, I highly recommend Lisbon Language Café!
Robbin Goss
Robbin Goss
2023-05-20
A great portuguese course in Lisbon. I learned portuguese and got a lot more comfortable with the language after taking the intensive portuguese course while living in Lisbon. Frederico is a great teacher who really cares about his students learning. I highly recommend this portuguese language lesson, and it's in a great location!
Jamie O Sullivan
Jamie O Sullivan
2023-05-09
I very much enjoyed this Portuguese course in Lisbon. The classes are fun and conversational while still learning all the key grammar items. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to learn Portuguese in Lisbon

PORTUGUESE PRIVATE LESSONS

5 HOURS PACKAGE

(1 STUDENT - 60 minutes)
185
  • Includes BOOK
  • Includes FREE access to our PODCASTS platform
  • Includes FREE access to our E-LEARNING PLATFORM
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(1 STUDENT - 60 minutes)
350
  • Includes BOOK
  • Includes FREE access to our PODCASTS platform
  • Includes FREE access to our E-LEARNING PLATFORM
Popular

10 HOURS PACKAGE

(2 STUDENTS - 60 minutes)
390
  • Includes BOOK
  • Includes FREE access to our PODCASTS platform
  • Includes FREE access to our E-LEARNING PLATFORM
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 PORTUGUESE TRIAL LESSON: 19,99€

LEVEL A2 - FAQ's

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. We suggest a trial lesson (€20) to assess grammar, listening, and speaking skills.

To enroll in our A2 level courses, it is important for students to be comfortable with the following verb tenses: Present, Future (Ir + Infinitive), and Preterite Perfect (regular verbs + IR, TER, SER, ESTAR verbs).

It is also important for oral comprehension skills to be in line with the A2 level. Our A1-level podcasts are essential for improving these skills.

Homework is crucial! Our students have three types of homework:

1-Review and finish activities in the textbook

2-Listen to our A2-level podcasts

3-Reinforce skills through our A2 level QUIZLET platform

The conversation activities during class provide students with the chance to apply all the skills they have consolidated at home.

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

At the end of level A2, students should be able to communicate effectively in one-on-one conversations. However, it is important to note that A2-level students are not yet fluent and have just completed the introductory level. In group conversations with native speakers, such as in a cafe or restaurant, with background noise, students may still experience difficulties in communication.

At the end of level A2, it is essential that students begin to regularly communicate with Portuguese natives. Without continuous exposure to the Portuguese language, it is difficult to improve and consolidate the many grammar structures learned during the first two levels (A1 and A2).

PORTUGUESE, LEVEL A2 – PROGRAMME OF STUDIES

UNIT 1 – Verbs with vowel alternation, Oblique Personal Pronouns (tonics)

UNIT 2 – Imperative, Use of the analytical and synthetic absolute superlative »Use of the relative superlative of superiority and inferiority »Rules for the use of time prepositions

UNIT 3 – Past imperfect

UNIT 4 – Conditional, direct and indirect complement pronouns

UNIT 5 – Verb “Haver de + Infinitive “, Indefinite Pronouns, Personal infinitive, Impersonal Infinitive, Word formation (prefixing rules)

UNIT 6 – Passive particle “SE”, Past participles

Level B1

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

Our B1-level classes focus on structured conversations with well-defined goals. While speaking in Portuguese is important for skill reinforcement, it’s crucial to ensure that the conversation is planned and structured and that grammatical objectives are clearly set by the teacher. Typically, 80-90% of class time is devoted to structured conversation activities, while the remaining 10-20% is used to address grammar concerns or questions. Merely engaging in Portuguese conversation without clear goals is not enough.

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.

CONVERSATION LESSONS

B1 level conversation course is intended for students who have completed level B1 and who intend to consolidate everything they have learned. As the name suggests, these are conversation classes designed and structured with the grammatical structures of the first three levels (A1, A2, and B1). The grammar is reviewed and consolidated as the conversations progress and doubts arise.

Conversation lessons for level B1 PORTUGUESE

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Excellent
Based on 110 reviews
Adrien Le Grand
Adrien Le Grand
2023-10-03
Great place, great teachers, highly recommended !
Grael Norton
Grael Norton
2023-09-25
I just finished the introductory A1 course this past week. This was a great experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to start making progress in Portuguese quickly. Though I have a background in French and Spanish, I had no familiarity with Portuguese going in. In just two weeks, my listening and reading comprehension have skyrocketed, and now I will continue on to the next level to make more progress in my speaking. This class is also a great way to meet other people who are interested in learning the language and culture, and I'm happy to have made some new friends in the process!
Brian Horner
Brian Horner
2023-09-23
I've never really learned a second language and, in fact, did not do well when I took the required Spanish classes in high school. I thought I was a lost cause. After moving to Lisbon I decided to enroll with Lisbon Language Cafe and I couldn't be more impressed. First of all, because the class size is so small and because they focus on speaking/engagement, I really got to know the other students - it was just so much more fun than I could have ever expected. I came with hope and left with new friendships and the foundational skills needed to navigate daily life here in Portugal (give and receive directions, order food, communicate with doctors, etc...). I don't normally write reviews but feel compelled to do so for Lisbon Language School because of how good my experience was. I am excited to continue my education using this school and honestly feel that the teachers are vested in ensuring my success. Muito obrigado por me ensinarem português!
Marc Eskenazi
Marc Eskenazi
2023-09-23
I did the 2 weeks intensive class A1 and A1.2, it was great! the two teachers are amazing and super friendly, the course is very well done. Perfect place to start learning portuguese!
Adélina M
Adélina M
2023-06-28
Update: I just finished the A2 classes and I’m looking forward to B1! Going to Lisbon Language Café has helped me a lot in improving my Portuguese. I think that if I did not take these classes, I would’ve been stuck speaking in present tense with everyone. Now I’m able to use multiple tenses which makes my discussions more fluid and allows me to improve my understanding skills as well. My overall grammar, conjugation and vocabulary has improved a lot. Cherry on the cake: I noticed that even when I have a bad day, my mood switches during these classes as the vibe is always super nice :) I attached a picture from the lessons with the best, most hard-working student of our group. — Previous review: 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!
Erin C
Erin C
2023-06-20
I had such a great time in this class. Frederico's approach is easy and fun. He equips you with a lot of information. Do your homework!! He even had class online when I was ill and couldn't make it in person. His printouts he gave me still come in use. This class gave me the courage to try speaking in my daily life, even with errors, and I understand much more. I had a great time in this class. Estou praticando mais. Obrigado!
Michael Wickers
Michael Wickers
2023-06-19
Really enjoyed my classes at the Lisbon language cafe. Frederico has an effective teaching style which combined with a relaxed learning environment makes for a really nice way to learn Portuguese. Definitely will continue my studies there.
Isa Branco
Isa Branco
2023-06-03
Lisbon Language Cafe offers excellent Portuguese A1 group lessons led by a dedicated teacher. Frederico’s expertise and teaching style impressed me whereas he also created a supportive and engaging learning environment, emphasizing vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills (however also making it practical for daily use!). Individual needs were addressed and patient guidance provided. Also cultural insights were integrated into the lessons. The comfortable atmosphere, good group and lots of laughs contributed to a pleasant learning experience. If you're looking for Portuguese lessons, I highly recommend Lisbon Language Café!
Robbin Goss
Robbin Goss
2023-05-20
A great portuguese course in Lisbon. I learned portuguese and got a lot more comfortable with the language after taking the intensive portuguese course while living in Lisbon. Frederico is a great teacher who really cares about his students learning. I highly recommend this portuguese language lesson, and it's in a great location!
Jamie O Sullivan
Jamie O Sullivan
2023-05-09
I very much enjoyed this Portuguese course in Lisbon. The classes are fun and conversational while still learning all the key grammar items. I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to learn Portuguese in Lisbon

PORTUGUESE PRIVATE LESSONS

5 HOURS PACKAGE

(1 STUDENT - 60 minutes)
185
  • Includes BOOK
  • Includes FREE access to our PODCASTS platform
  • Includes FREE access to our E-LEARNING PLATFORM
Popular

10 HOURS PACKAGE

(1 STUDENT - 60 minutes)
350
  • Includes BOOK
  • Includes FREE access to our PODCASTS platform
  • Includes FREE access to our E-LEARNING PLATFORM
Popular

10 HOURS PACKAGE

(2 STUDENTS - 60 minutes)
390
  • Includes BOOK
  • Includes FREE access to our PODCASTS platform
  • Includes FREE access to our E-LEARNING PLATFORM
Popular

 PORTUGUESE TRIAL LESSON: 19,99€

LEVEL B1 - FAQ's

It’s challenging to accurately estimate the number of hours needed to reach B1 proficiency. It varies greatly based on each student’s abilities and aptitudes. However, as a rough approximation, it usually takes about 80 hours to acquire and solidify B1-level knowledge 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 essential 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.

At the end of level B1, students have the ability to converse with natives in one-to-one situations comfortably. However, if speaking with someone with a strong Portuguese accent or someone who speaks very fast, difficulties may still be encountered.

It is important to note, however, that in group conversations, students will still experience difficulties in actively and comfortably participating in the conversation. A group conversation in a restaurant with a group of Portuguese speakers is a challenge that only B2-C1 level students will be able to successfully tackle. Be patient, learning Portuguese (or any other language) takes time.

PORTUGUESE, LEVEL B1 – PROGRAMME OF STUDIES

  • UNIT 1: A. Simple past-perfect past tense (pmqps) B. Past tense more than perfect Composite of the indicative (pmqpc) C. Passive voice [action (verb to be) and state (verb to be)]
  • UNIT 2: A. Present perfect compound (PPC) B. Placement of Pronouns in compound tenses
  • UNIT 3: A. Indicative and subjunctive B. Formation of the Present in the subjunctive (Expression of the concession)
  • UNIT 4: A. Subjunctive Present (time expression and Condition expression) B. Prepositions
  • UNIT 5: A. Subjunctive Present (concessive alternation and hypothetical eventuality) B. Portuguese Proverbs
  • UNIT 6: A. Indicative mode vs Subjunctive mode B. Personal infinitive or subjunctive C. Verbs with prepositions
  • UNIT 7: A. Future of subjunctive B. Direct speech / Indirect speech
  • UNIT 8: A. Imperfect subjunctive Present vs Imperfect subjunctive

Level B2

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Learning Portuguese – Top Tips

Are you considering relocating to a region or country where Portuguese is spoken? If so, you likely need to acquire proficiency in this beautiful language! Touristic areas in Lisbon often have a significant number of English speakers. However, the scenario in Portuguese towns and villages is markedly different. In these places, it’s crucial to be able to communicate in Portuguese; otherwise, people may not understand you. To master Portuguese, you need to initiate the learning process. Remember that achieving an effective level of proficiency will require several months of dedicated practice.

YOU CAN’T EXPECT PERFECTION! – Achieving perfection in a new language takes time, typically three, four, or even more years of consistent practice. Throughout this journey, you’ll inevitably make thousands of mistakes, but it’s an unavoidable part of the path to fluency.

PRACTICE LITTLE BUT OFTEN – (as often as possible)! You may initially begin your learning journey by dedicating several hours each week to studying the language. However, this approach is typically ineffective as it’s challenging to retain information over the long term. Instead, consider spending 30 to 45 minutes per day studying Portuguese. Explore our LEARNING STUDIO for a routine that will help solidify the language more effectively in your memory.

FIND A PARTNER – If you’ve chosen to use language learning software for Portuguese, you may grasp the principles of the language. However, this approach might not adequately prepare you for fluent conversation, which demands a strong foundation and comprehension of the language. Consider practicing Portuguese with a language partner; frequent practice can lead to surprising progress.  

LISTENING If you’re an intermediate Portuguese student (B1 or B2), it’s crucial to actively listen to others speaking Portuguese. This can be as straightforward as tuning your TV or radio to a Portuguese channel, and you can even try using Portuguese subtitles. The language used in TV and radio programs reflects the everyday words and expressions used by Portuguese speakers.

WRITE IN PORTUGUESEEngaging in writing exercises in Portuguese is a valuable learning activity. It provides an opportunity to solidify a multitude of words and grammatical structures. Aim to incorporate various tenses into your Portuguese writing, such as the simple present, simple past, future, imperative, and other verb tenses. Seek feedback from your teacher to have your texts corrected. Analyze and revise the information, but remember not to expect perfection. Practice patience and tolerance with yourself throughout the learning process.

READ IN PORTUGUESE – If you are an A1, A2, or B1 student, avoid attempting to read a Portuguese novel. Instead, invest your time in reading texts that align with your current level of proficiency. Once you reach B2 (or C1), you are prepared to explore a wide range of materials in Portuguese, including newspapers, magazines, and books. Maintaining regular contact with the language is the key tip we can offer you!

By adhering to this advice, we are confident that you will establish a solid foundation for the Portuguese language. Remember, if you choose to initiate your learning journey with Portuguese software, it will assist you in mastering basic communication skills. However, if you aspire to advance your proficiency, consider enrolling in a Portuguese course in Lisbon.

 

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