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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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  • 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:

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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.

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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 Regular Verbs in the Past Tense

Not long ago, I wrote about Portuguese regular verbs and conjugation patterns in the present tense. Now it is time to do the same for the past tense – for both the preterite and imperfect conjugations (pretérito perfeito and pretérito imperfeito correspondingly).

As you’ll see, the preterite and imperfect are “less irregular” than the present tense – there are fewer irregular verbs and no spelling adjustments for regular verbs. 

Let’s get started.

Here’s the analogous article for the present tense: Portuguese Regular Verbs in the Present Tense.

Note! This article is exclusively about conjugation patterns for the preterite and imperfect tenses. Here’s a read for you in case you want to dive into their usage: Portuguese Perfect vs. Imperfect Tense: Know When to Use Which.

Preterite (Pretérito perfeito)

Regular conjugation

To conjugate Portuguese regular verbs in the preterite tense, remove the infinitive form’s ending – either –ar, –er, or –ir –  and add, instead, the following endings to the stem (as marked in bold):

1st conjugation: -ar (falar)2nd conjugation: -er (correr)3rd conjugation: -ir (domir)
Eufaleicorridormi
Tufalastecorrestedormiste
Ele, ela, vocêfaloucorreudormiu
Nósfalamoscorremosdormimos
Vocês falaramcorreramdormiram
Eles, elasfalaramcorreramdormiram

Irregular cases

Here’re preterite’s irregular verbs:

eu, tu, ela, nós, vocês/elas
serfui, foste, foi, fomos, foram
irfui, foste, foi,  fomos, foram
estarestive, estiveste, esteve, estivemos, estiveram
tertive, tiveste, teve, tivemos, tiveram
pôr (repor, transpor, compor, etc)pus, puseste, pôs, pusemos, puseram
haverhouve (third-person only) 
dardei, deste, deu, demos, deram
fazerfiz, fizeste, fez, fizemos, fizeram
quererquis, quiseste, quis, quisemos quiseram
dizerdisse, disseste, disse, dissemos, disseram
poderpude, pudeste, pôde, pudemos, puderam
virvim, vieste, veio, viemos, vieram
vervi, viste, viu, vimos, viram
sairsaí, saíste, saiu, saímos, saíram
caircaí, caíste, caiu, caímos, caíram 
sabersoube, soubeste, soube, soubemos, souberam
trazertrouxe, trouxeste, trouxe, trouxemos, trouxeram

It is worth noticing that ser and ir share the same verb forms in the preterite (discernment between them is left to context).

Likewise, the verbs ter and estar share a de facto pronunciation. Accordingly, we tend not to pronounce estar’s first syllable – (es)tou, (es)tás, etc. – in everyday life, casual speech.  

Reading tips! Make sure you keep an eye out for high-frequency irregular verbs: Portuguese Must-Know Irregular Verbs.

Imperfect (Pretérito imperfeito)

Regular conjugation

Here’re the conjugation patterns for Portuguese regular verbs in the imperfect tense:

1st conjugation: -ar (falar)2nd conjugation: -er (correr)3rd conjugation: -ir (domir)
Eufalavacorriadormia
Tufalavascorriasdormias
Ele, ela, vocêfalavacorriadormia
Nósfalávamoscorríamosdormíamos
Vocês falavamcorriamdormiam
Eles, elasfalavamcorriamdormiam

Notice that the second and third conjugations share the same endings in the imperfect.

Also, the first-person plural of the imperfect tense is always stressed on the third-last syllable, thus the acute accent mark.

Reading tips! Learn more about Portuguese accent marks and word stress: Portuguese Word Stress and Accent Marks.

Irregular cases

The imperfect tense has even fewer irregular verbs than the preterite – there are only four of them:

eu, tu, ela, nós, vocês/elas
serera, eras, era, éramos, eram
tertinha, tinhas, tinha, tínhamos, tinham
virvinha, vinhas, vinha, vínhamos, vinham
pôr (repor, transpor, compor, etc)punha, punhas, punha, púnhamos, punham

Reading tips! Here’re a few more reads about Portuguese verbs that you may want to take a look at:

Portuguese Gerund: Progressive Tenses and Beyond
Portuguese Verb Tenses and Moods Explained: A Usage Rundown Anchored to English
Portuguese Personal Infinitive: What Is It and When to Use It

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