Geared toward Absolute Beginners, this course gives you a solid start and foundation to build upon.
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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This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the A2 level.
Most languages do well without articles. In this sense, English and Romance languages like Portuguese belong to a minority.
The Portuguese definite articles – o, a, os, as – are the equivalent of “the” in English and we use them to designate specific nouns. The Portuguese indefinite articles on the other hand – um, uma, uns, umas– correspond to the English article “a/an” and we use them to introduce and designate non-specific nouns.
But there’s more to it, of course. Read on.
Portuguese definite articles are the equivalent of “the” in English. We use them to designate specific nouns with which they agree in gender and number:
a (a flor)
o (o jardim)
as (as flores)
os (os jardins)
Usage of the definite article
In general, definite articles designate specific things and living beings:
Eu não gosto muito de gatos, mas oteu gato é simplesmente irresistível. I am not so keen on cats, but your cat is simply irresistible.