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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 Top 3 Challenges of Learning Portuguese (And How to Overcome Them)

Portuguese has been gaining popularity among language learners worldwide. However, like any language, learning Portuguese comes with its own set of challenges. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore three common challenges that language learners often face when embarking on their Portuguese journey and provide practical suggestions to overcome them.

1. Difficult Pronunciation

One of the initial hurdles that learners encounter when diving into Portuguese is its intricate pronunciation and unique sounds. 

With all those nasal vowels, diphthongs, and other unfamiliar sounds, mastering Portuguese pronunciation can be a daunting task. But fear not! Here are some strategies to help you cope with this challenge:

  • Drill Portuguese’s basic sounds: Regular practice with phonetic exercises can greatly improve your pronunciation. There are online resources that help you drill every single sound within the Portuguese sound system until it all becomes second nature to you. One such resource is Portuguese Sounds.
  • Listen and mimic: Immerse yourself in Portuguese media such as music, podcasts, and movies. Pay attention to native speakers’ intonation, rhythm, and stress patterns, and try to imitate them. 
  • Record Yourself: Record your voice while speaking Portuguese and listen back to it. Then compare it to native speakers. This will help you identify areas for improvement and track your progress.

2. Grammatical Intricacies

Portuguese grammar can be intricate with all its verb conjugations, gendered endings, and prepositional subtleties. Overcoming this stumbling block requires consistent practice:

  • Structured learning: Enroll in a quality language course that will take you by the hand through Portuguese grammar. A step-by-step approach will make your learning process more manageable.
  • Contextual Learning: Read books, articles, and news in Portuguese. Exposing yourself to the language in context will help you internalize grammar rules naturally.

3. Vocabulary Acquisition

Building a robust vocabulary is essential for effective communication but it also takes time. Here’s how to speed it up:

  • Use Flashcards like Memrise or Drops to help you memorize Portuguese words efficiently through spaced repetition.
  • Thematic learning: Group vocabulary by themes or categories. This will help you remember related words and make connections between them.
  • Conversation Practice: Engage in conversations with native speakers or fellow learners. Practical usage of vocabulary in real-life scenarios accelerates your learning process.

Conclusion

While learning Portuguese presents its difficulties, the journey is both rewarding and enriching. By addressing the challenges of pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary systematically, you’ll find yourself becoming more confident and proficient in the language. 

Remember, consistency, patience, and a positive attitude are your greatest allies. Embrace the beauty of Portuguese and celebrate each step of your progress as you work towards becoming a skilled Portuguese speaker. 

O sucesso está ao teu alcance! (Success is within your reach!)

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