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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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Portuguese Vocab for Foodies: Dining Out in Portugal

Portugal is a haven for foodies! From the freshest seafood to hearty stews and delicious desserts, Portuguese cuisine will tantalize your taste buds. Let’s master a few essential Portuguese words and phrases to enhance your dining experience.

Entradas – Appetizers

  • Pão: Bread. The Portuguese eat a lot of bread and the waiter will most likely ask if you’d like some bread while waiting for your order (often served with olive oil, butter, and pâté).
  • Broa de milho: Cornbread, very popular all across the country. 
  • Azeitonas: Olives, a staple in Portuguese cuisine.
  • Manteiga: Butter, a versatile ingredient used in various dishes.
  • Patê de atum: Tuna pâté, a creamy spread often served as an appetizer.
  • Patê de sardinha: Sardine pâté, a tangy and flavorful appetizer.

Sopas – Soups

  • Sopa de peixe: Fish soup, a hearty and comforting dish.
  • Sopa de legumes: Vegetable soup, a light and refreshing option.
  • Caldo verde: A thick and creamy soup made with potatoes, kale, and chouriço sausage.

Prato principal – Main Course

  • Bacalhau à Brás: Codfish and egg scrambled with potatoes and onions, a signature Portuguese dish.
  • Francesinha: A grilled sandwich filled with meat, sausage, and cheese, topped with a rich tomato and beer sauce.
  • Leitão assado: Roast suckling pig, a decadent and flavorful dish very popular around central Portugal (Coimbra, Mealhada).
  • Frango assado: Roast chicken, a classic and popular choice.
  • Peixe grelhado: Grilled fish, a simple yet flavorful way to enjoy fresh seafood.

Sobremesa – Dessert

  • Pastel de nata: A custard tart, a must-try Portuguese dessert.
  • Serradura: Sawdust pudding, a delicious treat that gets its name from the use of crushed cookies (which resemble sawdust when layered in the dish).
  • Arroz doce: Sweet rice pudding, a creamy and comforting treat.
  • Maçã cozida: Stewed apples, a classic Portuguese dessert.

Essential Phrases for Dining Out

  • Boa noite (Good evening): The customary greeting when dining out in the evening.
  • Uma mesa para dois, por favor (A table for two, please): Request a table for two when arriving at the restaurant.
  • O que recomendam? (What do you recommend?): Ask the waiter for their recommendations.
  • Queria um (I would like a): Use this phrase before ordering your dish.
  • Uma garrafa de água, por favor (A bottle of water, please): Order a bottle of water to accompany your meal.
  • A conta, por favor (The bill, please): When you’re ready to pay, request the bill.

Now you are all set to embark on your Portuguese culinary adventure. Bom apetite!

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