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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.

Not sure if you should enroll in the A2 or B1 course?

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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.

Not sure if you should enroll in the A2 or B1 course?

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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?

Take this placement test

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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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How to Master Portuguese Verb Conjugation

Portuguese verb conjugation can be daunting for language learners, no doubt. But with the right approach and consistent practice, you can most definitely overcome it. 

And believe me, it is well worth your effort! A good grasp of verb conjugation is essential for effective communication – it’ll give control over changes in tense, aspect, mood, or subject to suit the context.

Let’s explore a few strategies and resources that will help you improve your Portuguese verb conjugation skills.

Start with regular conjugation

Build a strong foundation in Portuguese verb conjugation from the ground up – learn the conjugational patterns of regular verbs before anything else.

In Portuguese, there are 3 groups of regular verbs, namely those verbs whose infinitive forms end in -ar, –er, and –ir

Each group follows a conjugational pattern that you can apply to any regular verb belonging to that group. Accordingly, once you learn those patterns well, you’ll be able to conjugate any regular verb at will. And there are plenty of them…

Here’s an example in the Present tense for each group (conjugational patterns in bold):

ANDARCOMERPARTIR
euandocomoparto
tuandascomespartes
elaandacomeparte
nósandamoscomemospartimos
vocêsandamcomempartem
elasandamcomempartem

Here are a couple of reads for you to dig deeper into this topic: 
Portuguese Regular Verbs in the Present Tense
Portuguese Regular Verbs in the Past Tense

Focus on the Indicative mood

We all know that language learners dread the Subjunctive mood. I can’t blame them. But guess what, for the most part, learners do well without it. 

It is not until you become a seasoned intermediate-level learner that you want to start digging into the Subjunctive Mood. Beginners should not bother. 

Focus on the Indicative mood instead, namely the Present and Past tenses. That alone will take you far.

Here are a couple of reads for you to dig deeper into this topic: 
Portuguese Present Tense – Usage Rundown Anchored to English
Portuguese Past Tense – Usage Rundown Anchored to English

Learn well the Portuguese Past tense

The Past tense in Portuguese is tricky for many language learners. See, Romance languages tend to have distinct aspects of the Past tense. In Portuguese specifically, there are the Pretérito Perfeito and Pretérito Imperfeito.

Simply put, the former pertains to completed past actions whereas the latter relates to repetitive or continuous past actions. I know that this might sound abstract to you, but you’ll eventually get the hang of it with continued practice.

Developing a solid understanding of the Perfeito vs. Imperfeito usage is a relevant milestone on your learning journey – definitely, a prerequisite to stepping into the intermediate level.

You might want to take a peek at my online course on this topic: Perfeito vs. Imperfeito.

Break Free from the Tyranny of the Present Tense.
Perfect vs. Imperfect

Prioritize high-frequency verbs

There are a few verb pearls you can’t do without. These are high-frequency verbs – verbs we use all the time – that also have wide usage, that is, they mean different things in different contexts.

Here is a list of high-frequency verbs whose conjugation and usage you should learn well as soon as possible:

  • Ser
  • Estar
  • Ter
  • Haver
  • Ficar
  • Poder
  • Ir
  • Saber
  • Fazer
  • Dar

Now, these high-frequency verbs tend to have irregular conjugation, just like Be in English. However, putting in the time to master their conjugation and usage pays off very well – it will significantly improve your speaking skills and idiomatic feel for Portuguese.

Go ahead and take a peek at my online course on Portuguese verb pearls: Verb Gems.

Idiomatically Rich Verbs
Verb Gems

Always have a Verb App at hand

There are a handful of apps out there that will have any verb conjugated for you (in any Tense/Mood). All you need to do is to type in the Infinitive form of the verb in question and click “Conjugar/Conjugate”.  Priberam and Reverso Context are examples of such tools.

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