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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 Yes-or-No Questions

What are yes-or-no questions? In opposition to open-ended questions, these questions call for a yes-or-no type of answer. One particular aspect of this type of question is that they don’t require any question words. 

In Portuguese specifically, yes-or-no questions look the same as declarative sentences, that is, the word order is kept unchanged. A few examples: 

Declarative
Tu estás no Porto. 
You are in Porto.

Interrogative
Tu estás no Porto?
Are you in Porto?

As you see, contrary to other languages such as English, the verb follows the subject in both declarative and interrogative sentences.

Because interrogative and declarative sentences look the same, it is important to intonate interrogative sentences properly so that they come across as intended. 

For instance, when asking, Tu estás no Porto?  you want to finish off in a rising tone so that it clearly sounds like a question.

No need for an auxiliary

As is the case for open-ended questions, yes-or-no questions do perfectly well without any auxiliary verb (which is not the case in English): 

O carro tem gasolina suficiente?
Does the car have enough gas? 

Ele já chegou de Inglaterra?
Did he arrive from England already?

Further reading! Read the following article to learn more about Portuguese verb usage compared to English: Portuguese Verb Usage and Tenses: A Practical Guide Anchored to English.

How to answer a yes-or-no question

Usually, we don’t answer these questions with a bare “yes” or “no”. Instead, we repeat the verb used in the question: 

– Estás na Suécia?
– Sim, estou. / Não, não estou

– Are you in Sweden?
– Yes, I am. / No, I am not.

– Já viste este filme? 
– Sim, já vi. / Não, ainda não vi.

– Have you already seen this movie?
– Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.

Question tags

Affirmative sentences

Like in English, we also utter those little reassuring add-ons at the end of sentences. Let’s look at a few affirmative cases:

Ele gosta de ir ao cinema, não gosta?
He likes going to the cinema, doesn’t he?

Tu dormes muito, não dormes?
You sleep a lot, don’t you?

As you can see, you form question tags to affirmative sentences by putting together the negative não and the verb from the main sentence.

Alternatively, you can use the universal question tag: não é? By using the latter, you won’t even need to mind the verb in the main sentence: 

Ele gosta de cinema, não é?
He likes cinema, doesn’t he?

Tu dormes muito, não é?
You sleep a lot, don’t you?

Negative sentences

Let’s now look at how it works with negative sentences:

Ele não gosta de pintar, pois não?
He doesn’t enjoy painting, does he?

Tu não fumas muito, pois não?
You don’t smoke that much, do you?

As you can see above, concerning negative sentences, the question tag always looks the same – pois não? – regardless of the verb in the main sentence.

If you want to learn more about asking questions in Portuguese and many other basic topics, consider taking a look at All-round Beginners A1 – this is an in-depth modular course that gives you a solid foundation to build on.

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