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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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The One Strategy You Need to Succeed as a Language Learner

Learning a new language is beyond doubt an exciting and fulfilling experience. But it can also become challenging and overwhelming for most of us, easily. 

There are many tips to help us learn new languages as efficiently as possible. If I had to pick only ONE piece of advice, though, that would be “consistent practice,” meaning daily exposure to your target language over time.

See, consistent, daily practice is key to language learning because it helps us keep motivated, build momentum, and make steady progress. When we consistently study and practice our target language – be it Portuguese, Mandarin, or Somali – we can better retain what we learn and build on it.

Now, many language learners struggle with getting started and then finding time to practice. Do they really want to learn that language? Are they willing to commit and prioritize that endeavor? These are all important questions to ask and we should have clear answers to them.

In my opinion, though, being willing to commit, alone, may not be enough to cut it. I know of many people who genuinely want to learn Portuguese but keep putting it off. What is preventing them from getting started? 

Procrastination…

In the face of a new project – be it learning a new language or something else – we often see a Big Bear coming at us with a wide-open mouth, roaring, as if he’s going to eat us up. And so we keep putting it off.

But we don’t need to bear the whole bear all at once (pun intended). Instead, we can start chipping away at it. To get started, you may need to start small.

Crucially, keep in mind that daily practice doesn’t imply studying for several hours every day. If you devote fifteen minutes or half an hour to sit with it, you’ll be right on track to create a solid foundation. What is important is to keep it going, daily.

That brings us to the question that matters most: after getting started, how do we stay consistent with practicing every day?

While some people will say that setting clear goals will make you stick to your plan, I find that this is often not the case. Setting goals is after all not that hard. If all we needed to succeed was to define and write down the desired outcomes, anyone could easily become successful. There must be something else to it…

Sticky habits. 

But how do we create daily habits that stick with us? 

Several books have been written on this topic (so important it is) and I consider Atomic Habits by James Clear one of the best. According to the author, when trying to create a new habit you should:

  • make it simple and easy
  • make it obvious and accessible
  • make it interesting and attractive

Say that you are learning Portuguese and want to establish a daily morning routine that will expose you to your target language every day. Also, say that you already have the habit of checking the news on your phone as you eat your breakfast. 

If you, in addition to that, also commit 5 minutes to check the news on a Portuguese online news outlet, you’ll most likely succeed in establishing that new routine.

All it took was a tiny tweak that agreed with the outlined principles. Simple to implement because you were already checking the news at breakfast anyway. Accessible because you don’t need anything else than your phone and internet connection (that you already have). Interesting because you were assumedly already fond of consuming news (and you may as well be fond of learning about the country where your target language is spoken).

There are even ways to increase your daily exposure to your target language without involving the adoption of new habits at all. For instance, you could default your phone and apps to Portuguese. Boom! 100% built-in daily exposure.

This last example reminds me of an article that I wrote some time ago listing several Quick Tips for Language Learners, some of which will help you increase exposure to your target language almost effortlessly.

Let me conclude this brief article by reiterating that, if I only were allowed to give one piece of advice to language learners, that would be a consistent, daily practice. To achieve that, we need to get good at creating daily habits and routines that’ll stay with us. I also left a few suggestions to attain just that.

There is, of course, much more to say concerning strategies to increase the efficacy – and sustainability, too – with which we can learn languages. If you want to dive deeper into that topic, go on and read this one: The Best Way to Learn Portuguese: Key Strategies to Become Fluent.

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