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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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60+ Brazilian Portuguese Basic Phrases for Travelers and Beginners

If you’re just getting started with learning Brazilian Portuguese or if you are planning a trip to Brazil, then these Brazilian Portuguese phrases will come in handy. 

From simple greetings to introducing yourself to ordering food at the restaurant, you’ll be able to readily locate the exact phrase you need, when you need it.

Let’s dive right into it.

Tips! Learning European Portuguese? Here’s the equivalent read: 35 Basic Portuguese Phrases for Beginners.

Greetings 

Whether you run into someone you’ve met before or meet a new person, these basic greetings will help you spark a conversation. 

1OiHi
2Bom diaGood morning
3Boa tardeGood afternoon
4Boa noiteGood evening/night
5Tudo bem?How are you?
6Meu nome é …My name is …
7Sou…I’m…
8Qual é seu nome?What’s your name?
9Sou de …I’m from …
10De onde você é?Where are you from?
11Muito prazerNice to meet you
12Até breveSee you soon
13Até maisSee you again

Etiquette

Good manners are always charming and worth cultivating. While traveling in Brazil, these expressions will help prevent any cultural misunderstandings and create a good rapport with the locals.

14Por favor
Um café por favor.
Please
One coffee, please.
15Desculpe
Por favor, onde fica o banheiro?
Excuse me
Excuse me, where’s the bathroom?
16Desculpe
Desculpe! Foi sem querer.
Sorry
I’m sorry! It was not on purpose.
17Obrigado/a (m/f)*Thank you
18De nadaYou’re welcome

* Women say obrigada, men say obrigado.

Getting Around 

If you are, say, in S. Paulo, and you want to know where to go and how to get there, the following expressions will be helpful. See, locals know best what are the most exciting things to do, see and eat – just ask them! 

19Quais são as atrações aqui?What do you recommend to see here?
20Onde posso encontrar …?Where can I find …? 
21Como chego ao …?How do I get to …? 
22Onde fica a praia?Which way is the beach? 
23Pode me mostrar no mapa?
Can you show me where it is on the map? 
24Qual linha/número de ônibus preciso pegar?
Which bus line/number do I need to take? 
25Que horas o ônibus sai?
What time does the bus leave?
26Quanto custa uma passagem de ida/ida e volta?
How much does a one-way/round trip ticket cost? 
27Tem restaurante bom por aqui?Is there a good restaurant nearby? 

Eating

Being at a restaurant, coffee shop or any other place where you can order something to eat or drink is always an excellent opportunity to interact in your target language. 

Next time you have that kind of opportunity, try out the following lines. 

28Posso ver um cardápio?Can I see a menu? 
29Tem alguns pratos típicos da região? Are there any typical local dishes? 
30Gostaria de pedir por favor.I’d like to order, please. 
31O que você recomenda?What do you recommend?
32Isto é para uma pessoa/duas pessoas?Is this for one person/two people? 
33Onde fica o banheiro?Where is the bathroom? 
34Gostaria de pagar.Could I get the check? 
juices
35Gostaria de um suco de …I would l … juice.
36Gostaria de uma vitamina de …I would like a fruit smoothie of … 
37Sem açúcar, por favor.I’d like to order, please. 
38Só um pouquinho de açúcar, por favor.Just a little bit of sugar please.
allergies & special diets
39Sou vegetariana. I’m a vegetarian. 
40Sou vegana. I’m a vegan. 
41Tenho intolerância à lactose.I’m lactose-intolerant. 
42Sou alérgica ao glúten. I’m allergic to gluten. 
43Tenho alergia a …I’m allergic to … 

Shopping

You may want to buy a few gifts for your friends and family before you head back home. Here are a few helpful phrases for you. 

44Gostei disso.I like this. 
45Isto é lindo/chic.This is beautiful/stylish. 
46Desculpe, quanto custa isso?Excuse me, how much does this cost? 
47Tem em outro tamanho/cor?Do you have this in a different size/color? 
48Tem algumas promoções? Do you have any sales? 
49Pode fazer um desconto?Can you give me a discount? 
50Que horas vocês abrem/fecham?What time do you open/close? 

Comprehension aid

The following lines will help you assert that you are not a pro in Portuguese just yet 🙂 and ask people to either repeat, talk more slowly, or even speak in English.

51Fala inglês? Do you speak English?
52Alguém aqui fala inglês?Does anyone here speak English?
53Não entendi I didn’t understand
54EntendiI understood/I understand
55Pode falar mais devagar, por favor?Can you speak more slowly, please? 
56Pode repetir por favor?Can you repeat that, please? 
57Como se diz… em Português? How do you say … in Portuguese?
58Estou aprendendo português.I am learning Portuguese. 

In case of an emergency

Hopefully, you won’t need to use the following phrases. But just in case…

59Socorro!Help! 
60Pode me ajudar?Can you help me? 
61Fui roubado/a.I’ve been robbed. 
62Onde fica a polícia?Where is the police station? 
63Preciso de uma ambulância.I need an ambulance. 
64Onde fica o hospital mais próximo?Where is the nearest hospital?

! If you’re wondering what are the differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese, I recommend you read this one: European vs. Brazilian Portuguese – How Different Are They Really?

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