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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?

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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 Overcome Portuguese Language Learning Plateaus

Embarking on a journey to learn a new language is exciting but it also comes with challenges. 

If you’re currently facing a plateau in your Portuguese language learning journey, fear not! In this blog post, I’ll suggest a few tips to help you keep pressing forward toward fluency.

Diversify Your Learning Resources

One common reason for language learning plateaus is the reliance on a single learning resource. Try to diversify your study materials by combining traditional textbooks with online platforms, language apps, podcasts, and videos

Go ahead and read this blog post to find out more about Portuguese language learning resources: Learn Portuguese Online – Best Resources for Beginners and Beyond.

Set Realistic Goals

Establishing achievable goals is crucial for maintaining motivation and avoiding frustration. Accordingly, break down your language learning objectives into smaller, manageable tasks. Whether it’s mastering specific vocabulary, conjugating verbs, or improving pronunciation, setting realistic goals will make your progress more tangible and sustainable.

Immerse Yourself in Portuguese Culture

Learning a language involves more than just memorizing words and grammar rules. Immerse yourself in the Portuguese culture by watching Portuguese movies, listening to Portuguese music, or even trying to cook traditional dishes. This cultural immersion will not only make your learning experience more enjoyable but also provide real-world context for the language.

Practice Regularly with Native Speakers

Engaging in conversations with native speakers is a game-changer in language learning. Try out language exchange apps such as Tandem or HelloTalk, or even local meet-ups to practice speaking Portuguese. Native Portuguese speakers will offer invaluable insights into colloquial expressions, and help you refine your pronunciation.

Challenge Yourself with Advanced Material

When facing a plateau, it’s essential to keep pushing your boundaries forward. For instance, consider using more challenging resources such as Portuguese news articles or literature to increase exposure to more complex sentence structures and vocabulary. Likewise, start listening to Portuguese radio and podcasts to gain insight into a more idiomatic, “organic” Portuguese (of the kind you hear in the streets). 

Review and Reinforce Fundamentals

Sometimes, plateaus occur because learners overlook the importance of reinforcing the basics. Set aside time for regular reviews of fundamental grammar rules, verb conjugations, or essential vocabulary. Building a strong foundation will make advanced concepts more accessible and reinforce your overall language proficiency.

Conclusion

Overcoming language learning plateaus in Portuguese requires a combination of dedication, diversity in resources, cultural immersion, and regular practice. By following these tips, you’ll break through your current plateau and up your game to new heights. Dá-lhe!

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