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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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Why Is Portuguese Harder to Learn than Spanish?

Portuguese and Spanish are two of the most widely spoken Romance languages in the world and both are considered relatively easy for English speakers to learn. 

However, language learners often find Portuguese more challenging than Spanish. Let’s look at a few possible reasons why this may be the case.

Let’s start by acknowledging that Portuguese and Spanish have many similarities, namely similar grammar structure and vocabulary. 

That said, there are also a few key differences that make Portuguese harder to learn.

One major difference between the two languages is their pronunciation. The Portuguese sound system is in general more complex than the Spanish.

For example, Portuguese has a number of sounds that do not exist in Spanish, such as postalveolar fricatives (as in sheet and version) or nasal vowels and diphthongs. Even considering oral vowels alone, there are nine of them in Portuguese but only five in Spanish!

Additionally, word stress patterns are more salient in Portuguese than in Spanish. In short, word stress is clearly marked in Portuguese (either on the last, next-to-last or third-to-last syllable), whereas in Spanish the word stress is discreet (almost as if all syllables in a word were all equally stressed). 

This makes it more challenging for language learners to learn and reproduce the correct word stress patterns when speaking Portuguese.

What’s more, Portuguese also has a slightly more complex verb system than Spanish. An example would be the Portuguese “Personal Infinitive” which finds no equivalent in Spanish.

Still concerning verbs, the number of irregular conjugations is somewhat greater in Portuguese than in Spanish, which of course trips up language learners.

Yet another challenge that language learners may encounter when learning Portuguese is the difference in regional variations. 

While Spanish is relatively uniform across the different countries and regions where it is spoken, Portuguese has more pronounced variations across Lusophone countries. This makes it challenging for language learners to communicate with native Portuguese speakers from different regions around the world.

In conclusion, Portuguese and Spanish are both considered “easy” languages for English speakers to learn, but there are a few key differences that may make Portuguese somewhat harder to learn. 

These differences include more complex pronunciation and nuanced verb conjugations. Apparent regional variations across Lusophone countries also add to it. 

If you want a more in-depth comparison between Spanish and Portuguese, I encourage you to read this article: Portuguese vs. Spanish: How Similar Are They Actually?

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