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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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Most Useful Portuguese Phrases for Everyday Conversation

Portuguese is a beautiful and widely spoken language that is also useful for travel, business, and building connections with people from Portuguese-speaking countries. 

Whether you’re planning a trip to Portugal, Brazil, or any other Portuguese-speaking destination, knowing a few key phrases will improve your experience. 

In this blog post, we’ll go through some of the most useful Portuguese phrases for everyday conversation that will help you navigate common situations with ease.

Greetings and Politeness

Mastering these basic greetings and polite phrases is essential for initiating conversations and showing respect to locals.

• Hello – Olá 

• Good morning – Bom dia 

• Good afternoon – Boa tarde 

• Good evening – Boa noite 

• Please – Por favor 

• Thank you – Obrigado/a (men/women)

• You’re welcome – De nada 

• Excuse me – Com licença 

• I’m sorry – Desculpe

Introductions

These phrases will help you break the ice and get to know new people.

• What’s your name? – Como se chama? 

• My name is … – O meu nome é

• Nice to meet you – Prazer em conhecê-lo/a (men/women)

• Where are you from? – De onde é? 

• I’m from … – Sou de

Asking for Directions

These phrases will come in handy when seeking directions.

• How do I get to…? – Como vou para o/a …? 

• Can you help me find…? – Pode ajudar-me a encontrar…? 

• Is it far from here? – Fica longe daqui? 

• Turn left/right – Vire à esquerda/direita 

• Straight ahead – Em frente 

• It’s on the corner – É na esquina

Ordering Food and Drinks

Eating out is a delightful part of any journey and these phrases will help you explore the local gastronomy.

• I would like… – Eu gostaria de… 

• What do you recommend? – O que você recomenda? 

• The bill, please – A conta, por favor 

• Delicious – Delicioso/a 

• I’m a vegetarian – Sou vegetariano/a 

• Can I have the menu? – Posso ver o cardápio?

Shopping

If you are planning some shopping during your trip, take these phrases with you.

• How much is this? – Quanto custa isto? 

• Do you have this in a different size/color? – Tem isto em tamanho/cor diferente? 

• I’ll take it – Vou levar 

• Can I pay with a credit card? – Posso pagar com cartão de crédito? 

• Do you have a fitting room? – Tem um provador? 

• What’s your return policy? – Qual é a política de devolução?

Emergencies

Hopefully, you won’t need these phrases. However, it’s always good to be prepared for unexpected situations.

• Help! – Socorro! 

• I need a doctor – Preciso de um médico 

• Call the police – Chame a polícia 

• I’ve lost my passport – Perdi o meu passaporte 

• Is there a hospital nearby? – Há um hospital por perto? 

• I’m lost – Estou perdido/a

Conclusion

Learning a few essential Portuguese phrases can enhance your travel experience and open doors to meaningful interactions with locals. 

By mastering these phrases for greetings, introductions, directions, dining, shopping, and emergencies, you’ll be well-equipped for everyday conversations. 

So, whether you’re exploring the historic streets of Lisbon or the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, don’t be afraid to engage in conversations and immerse yourself in the local culture. 

Boa viagem!

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