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.
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. The language of instruction is English/Portuguese, typically in a 35/65 ratio.
As you’ll see in the usage examples below, passive-voice sentences using progressive tenses call to auxiliary compound verb structures with both estar and ser. In that case, estar – not ser – will set the tense of the sentence.
Finally, to exemplify the future tense, I will be using verbs with shifting past participles.
ser (future) > eleger (past part.) O novo primeiro-ministro será eleito dentro de uma semana. Our new prime minister will be elected in one week.
ser (future) + prender (past part.) O livro seráimpresso no próximo mês. The book is going to be printed next month.
We often express the future tense with the auxiliary verb ir. In that case, our auxiliary verb becomes a compound structure consisting of ir conjugated in the present tense and followed by ser in the infinitive:
ir (present) + ser (inf.) > eleger (past part.) O novo primeiro-ministro vaiser eleito dentro de uma semana. The new prime minister will be elected in one week.
ir (present) + ser (inf.) > imprimir (past part.) O livro vai ser impresso no próximo mês. The book is going to be printed next month.