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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.

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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 Present Tense

Portuguese verbs are indeed more cumbersome to learn than, say, English. Being a Romance language, Portuguese is not short of verb forms to keep track of.

Fortunately, there are plenty of regular verbs as well, that is, verbs following a regular pattern concerning their conjugation. This means that you can learn and apply a conjugation “formula” that works with any regular verb. Neat.

In Portuguese, regular verbs are distributed into 3 conjugation groups:

1st conjugation: -AR (Acordar)2nd conjugation: -ER (Mexer)3rd conjugation: -IR (Partir)
Euacordomexoparto
Tuacordasmexespartes
Ele, ela, vocêacordamexeparte
Nósacordamosmexemospartimos
Vocês acordam mexempartem
Eles, elasacordammexempartem

In what follows, I will walk you through the conjugation patterns in greater detail. Namely, we look into some minor spelling adjustments that sometimes occur in the first person of the present tense. Read on.

Here’s an analogous article for the past tensePortuguese Regular Verbs in the Past Tense.  

Regular conjugation

To conjugate any regular verb in the present tense, remove the ending of the infinitive – either ar, er, or ir –  and add, instead, the following endings to the stem (marked in bold):

1st conjugation: -AR (Pensar)2nd conjugation: -ER (Vender)3rd conjugation: -IR (Abrir)
Eupensovendoabro
Tupensasvendesabres
Ele, ela, vocêpensavendeabre
Nóspensamosvendemosabrimos
Vocês (vós)*pensam (pensais)vendem (vendeis)abrem (abris)
Eles, elaspensamvendemabrem
Other commonly used regular verbsficar, andar, falar, chegar, costumar, gostar, morarcomer, beber, querer, dever, correr, viverpartir, existir, sentir, dormir

* In modern Portuguese, the 2- and 3-person plural share the same verb form. You may occasionally hear an outdated version (enclosed in parentheses in the table above) in conjunction with the pronoun vós. As its usage becomes ever rarer, I don’t think you should bother to learn it.   

Minor spelling adjustments

There are a few verbs in the -ir group whose conjugation follows the above pattern except for the first person – these are verbs containing either an e or an o in their stem.

So, the e and o become i and u (respectively) in the first person. Here are a few examples:

e to i
despireu dispo, tu despes, ele despe, etc.
mentireu minto, tu mentes, ele mente, etc.
preferireu prefiro, tu preferes, ele, prefere, etc
o to u
cobrireu cubro, tu cobres, ele, cobre, etc.
dormireu durmo, tu dormes, ele dorme, etc.
tossireu tusso, tu tosses, ele tosse, etc.

Also, if the stem of an -er or -ir verb ends in -c, -g, or gu, these consonants change to , -j, and g respectively in the first person of the present tense (to preserve the original consonant sound*): 

c to ç
conhecereu conheço, tu conheces, ele conhece, etc.
parecereu pareço, tu pareces, ele parece, etc.
g to j
fugireu fujo, tu foges, ele foge, etc.
agireu ajo, tu ages, ele age, etc.
gu to g
conseguireu consigo, tu consegues, ele consegue, etc.
seguireu sigo, tu segues, ele segue, etc.

* Learn more about Portuguese phonology and spelling-sound patterns: European Portuguese Pronunciation – Complete Guide to Portuguese Phonology and Spelling-Sound Patterns.

10 non-regular verbs you want to learn

There are indeed many regular verbs in the present tense (the 1st-conjugation group is by far the largest). However, some of the most widely used Portuguese verbs happen to be irregular. 

Here’re 10 Portuguese irregular verbs you should know by heart:

ser (be)sou, és, é, somos, são
estar (be)estou, estás, está, estamos, estão
ter (have)tenho, tens, tem, temos, têm
haver (there is)
dar (give)dou, dás, dá, damos, dão
pôr (put)ponho, pões, põe, pomos, põem
ir (go)vou, vais, vai, vamos, vão
fazer (do, make)faço, fazes, faz, fazemos, fazem
poder (can)posso, podes, pode, podemos, podem
saber (know)sei, sabes, sabe, sabemos, sabem

Reading tips! Speaking of widely used verbs. Here are a few reads that will turn you into a better user of Portuguese:

Portuguese Must-Know Irregular Verbs
Making the Most of the Portuguese Verb “Ficar”: Usage Rundown and Conjugation
The Portuguese Verb “Haver” and All the Things You Say with It
The Portuguese Verb “Dar”: Usage and Idiomatic Expressions
Portuguese Verbs Ser vs. Estar: How and When to Use Either

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