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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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Falar vs. Dizer vs. Contar in Portuguese

Portuguese language learners often wonder about the difference between the verbs Falar, Dizer, and Contar. While they can sometimes be used interchangeably, certain contexts will call for one of them. Let’s take a closer look.

Falar

Falar means ‘talk’ and usually relates to the physical dimension of speech (just like Talk or Speak in English):

Ela fala muito alto.
She speaks very loudly.

Ele não fala de forma clara.
He doesn’t speak clearly.

However, Falar can be used similarly to the verb Tell in English. That being the case, Falar will typically be followed by the prepositions sobre or de:

Fala-me sobre o que tens andado a fazer.
Tell me what you’ve been up to.

Ela falou-me da vida dela em Londres.
She told me about her life in London.

Dizer

Dizer is closely related to Falar though it is more concerned with semantics than the physicality of speech (just like Say or Tell in English):

O que é que acabaste de dizer?!
What did you just say?!

Diz-me o que achas da minha nova ideia.
Tell me what you think about my new idea.

Contar

Depending on the context, Contar can mean either ‘tell’ or ‘count’.

Conta-me uma história. 
Tell me a story.

Vamos contar até 20?
Shall we count to 20?

In the sense of telling something, Contar relates to narratives, stories, and personal accounts or anecdotes (as a matter of fact, the Portuguese noun Conto means tale):

Conta-me como foi o teu fim-de-semana.
Tell me how your weekend was.

Ela contou novamente a história da vida dela.
She told us again her life’s story.

Interchangeable usage

Although there are contextual specificities to each of these verbs, keep in mind that they are oftentimes used interchangeably (possibly requiring minor sentence adjustments). Here are a few examples:

Conta-me o que fizeste ontem.
Diz-me o que fizeste ontem.
Fala-me sobre o que fizeste ontem.
Tell me what you did yesterday.

Fala-me da tua viagem.
Conta-me sobre a tua viagem.
Diz-me coisas sobre a tua viagem.
Tell me about your trip.

Ela disse-me um segredo.
Ela contou-me um segredo.
She told me a secret.

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