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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 Polite Expressions – Desculpa vs. Com licença vs. Por Favor

At the beginning of their learning journey, many Portuguese language learners struggle to discern between expressions such as Desculpa, Com licença, or Por favor, namely, when to use either.

These are so-called “politeness” expressions and, as their name implies, help you sound more polite. It is therefore important that you understand and use them well. Hopefully, this short blog post will bring some light to it. Read on.

Desculpa

Desculpa in Portuguese can mean “sorry” or “excuse me” depending on the context. Sure enough, when we mean one or the other, our intonation and tone of voice change accordingly.

Let’s look at a few examples for each case.

Sorry

Desculpa! Não foi por querer.
I’m sorry. It was not on purpose.

Excuse me

Desculpa, sabes que horas são?
Excuse me, do you know what’s the time?

Desculpa vs. Desculpe

You may sometimes hear Desculpa, sometimes Desculpe. The difference between the two is that the former is informal (tu) and the latter formal (você).

Perdão = Desculpe

In formal contexts, you may hear Perdão instead of Desculpe – they mean the same thing. Keep in mind, though, that Perdão is only used as “sorry” and never as “excuse me”.

Com licença

Com licença means “excuse me,” just like Desculpe (formal). Let’s look at a few examples:

Com licença, posso passar?
Excuse me, could I get through?

Com licença, posso entrar?
Excuse me, can I come in?

Por favor

Por favor means “please”. We say Por favor mainly in two situations – when being polite and when begging for something.

Being polite/courteous

Um café, por favor.
An espresso, please.

Entre, por favor.
Please come in.

Por favor = (Se) faz favor

Se faz favor (oftentimes, we drop that se at the beginning) is a variant of Por favor. Both are commonplace and interchangeable:

Um café, por favor. = Um café, faz favor.

Now, when someone is delivering or bringing something to you (e.g. a waiter at the coffee shop), they will oftentimes say Faz favor as in “There you go”:

Faz favor, aqui está o seu café.
There you go, here’s your coffee.

Begging

The other Por favor is when you are begging for something:

Por favor, não faça isso.
Please, don’t do that.

Note that in this context, you only use Por favor (and never Se faz favor)

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