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Intermediate B1

This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the B1 level. The language of instruction is Portuguese. I will speak in English only if need be.

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My suggestion for these two weeks is to focus on*:

  • Conversation
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Compound tenses (Ter auxiliary) / Personal Infinitive / Imperative Mood / Present Subjunctive
  • Prepositional usage

*There's always room to adjust the course according to the group's preferences:

After this course, you'll have come closer to the B1 level and have the tools and strategies to get there and beyond.

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Beginners A2

This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the A2 level. The language of instruction is English/Portuguese typically in a 30/70 ratio. (I always speak with you in Portuguese as much as possible.)

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My suggestion for these two weeks is to focus on:

  • Listening comprehension
  • Oral interaction
  • Past tense (Perfeito vs. Imperfeito)
  • Prepositional usage
  • Any other aspects according to your preferences as a group

After this course, you'll have come closer to the A2 level and gained the tools to take it further all by yourself.

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Beginners A1

This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the A1 level. The language of instruction is English/Portuguese typically in a 60/40 ratio. (I always speak with you in Portuguese as much as possible.)

If you've just started your learning journey, it may be that you will find this course a bit challenging. Nothing wrong with that. However, if you want to take it easy, consider enrolling for the Clean Slate A0 instead (if available).

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This is an all-round course, which means that we’ll work on all aspects of language learning according to the A1 level*:

  • Pronunciation
  • Listening comprehension
  • Reading comprehension
  • Conversation
  • Grammar

* There's always room to adjust the course according to your preferences as a group.

After this course, you'll have come closer to the A1 level and gained the tools to take it further all by yourself.

Not sure if you should enroll in the A1 or A2 course?

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Clean Slate A0

Geared toward Absolute Beginners, this course gives you a solid start and foundation to build upon. The language of instruction is almost entirely in English.

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This is an introductory course to the Portuguese language as spoken in Portugal. Throughout the course, we will focus on the Portuguese sound system and basic Portuguese grammar.

You will also learn how to introduce yourself and day-to-day, useful phrases. Finally, we will discuss learning resources and strategies to support your learning journey.

After the course, you will have a basic understanding of European Portuguese pronunciation and grammar. You will also be capable of engaging in simple, short oral interactions. Last but not least, you will be aware of a variety of learning resources and strategies to help you succeed at learning the language.

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Basic Portuguese Phrases for Absolute Beginners

How do you say “Hi!” in Portuguese? And what about “Thank you”? And what about if you want to introduce yourself to others?

If you are an absolute beginner or someone planning to visit a Portuguese-speaking country any time soon, you have come to the right place. You are about to learn simple Portuguese phrases that we use non-stop in day-to-day life. Here we go.

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1.Olá!Hi!
2.Tudo bem?How are you doing?
3.Bem obrigado/a, e tu? (informal)
Bem obrigado/a, e você? (formal)
I am fine, what about you?
4.Bom diaGood morning
5.Boa tardeGood afternoon
6.Boa noiteGood evening / Good night
7.AdeusBye
8.Até à próximaSee you next time
9.Até jáSee you in a minute
10.Até logoSee you later
11.Até amanhãSee you tomorrow

Note that you say Obrigado or Obrigada depending on if you identify with a man or a woman respectively.

Also, you will often hear Viva! or Então? instead of Olá! And most of the time folks will be combining different expressions into one greeting such as Viva, tudo bem?

Boa noite is used to greet both “Good evening” and “Good night” – the context tells you of course which one it is.

Learn more Portuguese greetings: Saying Hello! in Portuguese: A Comprehensive Rundown on Portuguese Greetings.

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12.Como te chamas? (formal)
Como se chama? (informal)
What’s your name?
13.Chamo-me …My name is …
14.Tenho trinta e três anosI’m 33 years old
15.Sou da SuéciaI am from Sweden
16.Vivo em EstocolmoI live in Stockholm
17.Prazer em conhecerNice to meet you
18.IgualmenteThe same

Instead of saying Chamo-me Sofia you may as well say Sou a Sofia (with the verb Ser), just as you’d say in English My name is … or I am …. You will also hear Moro em Lisboa instead of Vivo em Lisboa since the verbs Morar and Viver can be used interchangeably in this context.

In Portugal, it is common to address people using the 3-person (você, o senhor, a senhora) especially when you don’t know them well. Among friends and relatives, though, we usually use the 2-person (tu). The verb endings change accordingly.

Get your feet wet in Portuguese grammar: Dabbling in Portuguese Grammar – First Impressions for Beginners.

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19.Por favor! or 
Desculpe!
Excuse me!
20.Desculpe! or 
Perdão!
I am sorry!
21.Queria …I would like to have …
22.Onde fica … ?Where is … ?
23.Obrigado/aThanks
24.De nadaYou’re welcome
25.SimYes
26.NãoNo
27.TalvezPerhaps

We often swallow consonant and vowel sounds when we speak and the word Obrigado is a good example. So, don’t be surprised if you hear ~brigado instead.

You’ve probably noticed that Portuguese sounds are quite nasal. For instance, words that end in -ão or -m such as Não and Sim produce nasal sounds.

Dive deeper into Portuguese phonology: Portuguese Pronunciation: A Helpful Guide to Portuguese Basic Sounds and Spelling Patterns.

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28.Não falo PortuguêsI don’t speak Portuguese
29Falo um pouco de PortuguêsI can speak a little Portuguese
30.Fala Inglês?You speak English?
31.Não percebiI didn’t understand
32.Um momento, por favorJust a moment, please
33.Pode repetir?Can you say that again?
34.Pode falar mais devagar?Can you speak slower?
35.O que significa … ?What does it mean … ?

The expressions above are useful when you are interacting with native speakers. People will, in general, be happy to talk to you, but they might as well forget that they need to slow it down for you to understand. So, never shy away from asking Pode falar mais devagar?

The verbs Perceber, Entender, Compreender are all synonyms. If someone says Não percebi/entendi/compreendi to you, that means that he or she didn’t understand you.

Speaking of clarity, sometimes you may need to spell out a word, or other people may do it for you. Here’s something to help you with that: The Portuguese Alphabet: Spelling in Portuguese from A to Z.

Portuguese Numerals

1. um/uma12. doze[…]
2. dois/duas13. treze30. trinta
3. três14. catorze40. quarenta
4. quatro15. quinze50. cinquenta
5. cinco16. dezasseis60. sessenta
6. seis17. dezassete70. setenta
7. sete18. dezoito80. oitenta
8. oito19. dezanove90. noventa
9. nove20. vinte100. cem
10. dez21. vinte e um103. mil
11. onze22. vinte e dois106. milhão

Notice that the first two numbers have their endings changed according to gender: um carro but uma mesa; dois carros but duas mesas.

Become a pro with counting in Portuguese: Numbers in Portuguese: counting from 1 to infinity

Last but not least. If you are serious about learning Portuguese, you will want to click on the link below. See, there’s nothing more practical than a solid learning strategy: Mindsets and Strategies to Learn Portuguese the Best.

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