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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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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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The Top 50 Most Common Portuguese Phrases You Need to Know

Are you planning a trip to Portugal, or want to get a taste of Portuguese? Learning some of the most common Portuguese phrases will certainly come in handy. Not only will they help you navigate your way around, but they’ll also give you a general sense of what Portuguese looks and sounds like.

Here are some of the most common Portuguese phrases you need to learn as soon as possible. These phrases are used in everyday situations, from greetings to ordering food to asking for directions.

  1. Olá [oˈɫa] –  Hello
  2. Xau [ˈʃaw] – Goodbye
  3. Obrigado/a [obɾiˈgadu/ɐ] – Thank you (male/female)
  4. De nada [dɨ ˈnadɐ ] – You’re welcome
  5. Por favor [puɾ fɐˈvoɾ] – Please
  6. Com licença [kõ ɫiˈsẽsɐ] – Excuse me
  7. Desculpe [dɨʃˈkuɫpɨ] – Sorry
  8. Não falo português [ˈnɐ̃w ˈfaɫu puɾtuˈgeʃ]  – I don’t speak Portuguese
  9. Fala inglês? [ˈfaɫɐ ĩˈgɫeʃ?] – Do you speak English?
  10. Sim [ˈsĩ] – Yes
  11. Não [ˈnɐ̃w] – No
  12. Como está? [ˈkomu ʃˈta?] – How are you?
  13. Tudo bem [ˈtudu bɐ̃j] – Everything’s good
  14. Sou de… [ˈso dɨ… ] – I’m from…
  15. Como se chama? [ˈkomu sɨ ˈʃɐmɐ? ] – What’s your name?
  16. Chamo-me… [ˈʃɐmu-mɨ…] – My name is…
  17. Prazer em conhecê-lo/a [pɾɐˈzeɾ ɐ̃j kuɲɨˈse-ɫu/ɐ] – Nice to meet you (male/female)
  18. Onde fica…? [ˈõdɨ ˈfikɐ…?] – Where is…?
  19. Quanto custa? [ˈkwɐ̃tu ˈkuʃtɐ?] – How much does it cost?
  20. Gostava de… [guʃˈtavɐ dɨ…] – I would like to…
  21. Aceita cartão de crédito? [ɐˈsɐjtɐ kaɾˈtɐ̃w dɨ ˈkɾɛditu?] – Do you take credit card?
  22. Posso pagar em dinheiro? [ˈposu pɐˈgaɾ ɐ̃j diˈɲɐjɾu?] – Can I pay in cash?
  23. Com licença [kõ ɫiˈsẽsɐ]– Excuse me
  24. Preciso de ajuda [pɾɨˈsizu dɨ ɐˈʒudɐ] – I need help
  25. Não entendi [ˈnɐ̃w ẽtẽˈdi] – I didn’t understand
  26. Pode repetir, por favor? [ˈpodɨ ʁɨpɨˈtiɾ, puɾ fɐˈvoɾ?] – Can you repeat, please?
  27. Pode falar mais devagar? [ˈpodɨ fɐˈɫaɾ ˈmajʒ dɨvɐˈgaɾ?] – Can you speak more slowly?
  28. Aqui está [ɐˈki ʃˈta] – Here it is
  29. Concordo [kõˈkoɾdu] – I agree
  30. Não concordo [ˈnɐ̃w kõˈkoɾdu] – I disagree
  31. Percebi [pɨɾsɨˈbi] – I understood
  32. Não percebi [ˈnɐ̃w pɨɾsɨˈbi] – I didn’t understand
  33. Como se diz… em português? [ˈkomu sɨ ˈdiʃ… ɐ̃j puɾtuˈgeʃ?] – How do you say… in Portuguese?
  34. Pode-me mostrar no mapa? [ˈpodɨ-mɨ muʃˈtɾaɾ nu ˈmapɐ?] – Can you show me on the map?
  35. Qual é a melhor maneira de lá chegar? [ˈkwaɫ ˈɛ ɐ mɨˈʎoɾ mɐˈnɐjɾɐ dɨ ˈɫa ʃɨˈgaɾ?] – What’s the best way to get there?
  36. À esquerda [à ʃˈkeɾdɐ] – To the left
  37. À direita [à diˈɾɐjtɐ] – To the right
  38. Em frente [ɐ̃j ˈfɾẽtɨ] – Straight ahead
  39. Desculpe, estou perdido/a [dɨʃˈkuɫpɨ, ʃˈto pɨɾˈdidu/ɐ] – Sorry, I’m lost (male/female)
  40. Estou à procura de… [ʃˈto à pɾuˈkuɾɐ dɨ…] – I’m looking for…
  41. É longe daqui? [ˈɛ ˈɫõʒɨ dɐˈki?] – Is it far from here?
  42. A que horas abre/fecha? [kɨ ˈoɾɐz ˈabɾɨ/ˈfɐjʃɐ?] – What time does it open/close?
  43. Pode-me recomendar um restaurante [ˈpodɨ-mɨ ʁɨkumẽˈdaɾ ˈũ ʁɨʃtawˈɾɐ̃tɨ] – Can you recommend a restaurant?
  44. Queria… [kɨˈɾiɐ…] – I would like to order…
  45. O menu, por favor [u mɨˈnu, puɾ fɐˈvoɾ] – The menu, please
  46. Qual é o prato do dia? [ˈkwaɫ ˈɛ u ˈpɾatu du ˈdiɐ?] – What’s the dish of the day?
  47. A conta, por favor [ɐ ˈkõtɐ, puɾ fɐˈvoɾ] – The bill, please
  48. Preciso de fazer uma reserva [pɾɨˈsizu dɨ fɐˈzeɾ ˈumɐ ʁɨˈzeɾvɐ ] – I need to make a reservation
  49. Gostava de cancelar a minha reserva [guʃˈtavɐ dɨ kɐ̃sɨˈɫaɾ ɐ ˈmiɲɐ ʁɨˈzeɾvɐ] – I would like to cancel my reservation
  50. Até à próxima  [ɐˈtɛ à ˈpɾɔsimɐ] – See you next time

Again, learning these common Portuguese phrases is an excellent way to get started. However, keep in mind that the key to learning a language is consistency and continuous practice. 

Put another way, if you are serious about learning Portuguese, you’ll need to commit and practice it regularly. On this note, consider reading this article: The Best Way to Learn Portuguese: Key Strategies to Become Fluent.

One more tip. Here’s a read that will guide you through quality learning resources (European Portuguese specific): Learn Portuguese Online – Best Resources for Beginners and Beyond.

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