A few reasons why Portuguese is a gateway language

A few reasons why Portuguese is a gateway language

Usually native Portuguese speakers can use several other idioms. Why does it happen? Check this 4 facts you might know about why we speak so many languages.

Reason number 1: Universal Grammar
This is a linguistic concept, used to describe the way in which speakers are innately born with the ability to understand diferent idioms. The Portuguese language has loads of different sounds.
Portuguese sounds include the majority of sounds in other languages. Consequently, we find it easier to learn other languages.
Check the following examples:
nh’ in‘ Junho’;
‘lh’ in  ‘Julho’;
‘õe’ in ‘põe’, which are rarer to find in other languages/idioms.

Portuguese is Similar to Latin languages
Portuguese is a Latin language. Many of the root words and vocabulary are very similar to other European languages such as Italian and spanish.
This fact gives us a great advantage in reading, writing and also comprehension.
Portuguese is spoken in a closed way (we are sure that you already noticed that… 🙂 which means speakers tend to develop a knack for listening to other languages which are spoken more clearly than Portuguese.

Subtitled films
Native Portuguese speakers grow up with TV shows and films mostly subtitled in portuguese.
Portuguese people are used to hear original voices, especially with English-speaking movies.

Tourism
With the high number of tourists that visit Portugal every year, locals have plenty of oportunities to practice their linguistic skills. From taxi drivers to receptionists, almost every single Portuguese can speak at least a bit of english.
For those that want to practice Portuguese, the capital of Lisbon can be a hard place to practice your portuguese with locals as almost everyone can understand and say a few words in english.

A few Christmas facts about Portuguese Christmas

A few facts about Portuguese Christmas

In Portugal, like in many other countries in the world, Christmas is a big affair in Lisbon and also in Portugal. It means family, food, wine and many presents!

If you want to say Merry Christmas in Portuguese you should say Boas festas! or Feliz Natal! In November and December you will see many the Christmas lights in the main streets of city centre (Lisbon, Porto and all the Portuguese main cities).

Check a few facts that you should now.

Weather

If you like to have and to see snow  you can travel to the North of Portugal to Serra da Estrela mountains.  Here you will see plenty of it and you can also try the best cheese of Portugal that is made in this region of Portugal.

In Lisbon, the sunny weather continues throughout the winter. However, the temperature drops and it rains often.

 

BACALHAU of course

On Christmas eve, bacalhau is eaten from the North to the south of Portugal with boiled potatoes. On the following day,  ‘Peru’ or turkey is usualy the dish that portuguese family use to eat.

The most famous cake is ‘Bolo Rei’, a soft brioche-style fruit cake.

 

Pai Natal

Very very important for Portuguese children. Known as Father Christmas, Pai Natal visits portuguese children to drop off their presents.

The look of Pai Natal is universal – red clothes and a big white beard. However, we don’t offer him cookies and milk.

Presents are opened at midnight on Christmas eve when all the family is together. This is a very special moment for portuguese children.

 

Click HERE if you want to get more information about portuguese Christmas.

Conversation Lesson Plan, Portuguese

Conversation lesson Plan – Portuguese

Vocabulário – Conversation lesson plan, Portuguese

o cachecol • o fato de banho • o gorro • os calções • a camisola de lã • a camisa • as luvas • as sandálias • as botas • as meias • as calças • os ténis • as calças de ganga • o biquini • o blusão • o casaco • a saia • a gabardina • o pijama • o vestido de manga curta

  1. No Inverno
  2. Faz muito calor
  3. Neva muito
  4. Chove muito

 

  1. Na Primavera
  2. Há muitas flores.
  3. Os campos estão verdes.
  4. Está muito frio.

 

  1. No Verão:
  2. O sol brilha.
  3. O céu está cinzento
  4. as pessoas vestem roupas frescas.

 

  1. No Outono
  2. As folhas caem.
  3. As pessoas vestem roupas quentes.
  4. As folhas das árvores ficam castanhas.

 

Conversas em grupo. Pensa rápido. – Conversation lesson Plan, Portuguese

  1. O concerto foi bom? 2. Tens dinheiro para o bilhete?
  2. Gostas de Fado? Porquê? 4. Gastas muito dinheiro em Lisboa?
  3. Telefonas aos teus amigos todos os dias? 6. Tens exame de Português na próxima semana?
  4. Lembras-te do Ricardo? 8. Sabes a que horas é o concerto?

 

Compreensão oral:

Londres, 15 de Outubro de 2017

Querida, Rute,:

Já estou em Londres desde o dia 1 de Setembro. O tempo passa depressa. Tenho aulas todos os dias e tenho de estudar muito. Ao fim de semana levanto-me sempre mais tarde.

Ao sábado jogo ténis com um colega, e, depois normalmente almoçamos juntos. À tarde vou ao supermercado e compro algumas coisas para comer.

Ao sábado à noite vou sempre jantar com amigos ou colegas e depois vamos a um bar, a uma discoteca ou ao cinema. Deito-me sempre muito tarde.

£ tu? Como estás? E a tua família? Tens de escrever-me a contar tudo. Como está a Joana? Amanhã vou escrever-lhe. Os meus pais telefonam-me todas as semanas mas tenho saudades deles. No Natal vou voltar para passar duas semanas.

Até Dezembro e beijinhos para todos!

 

  1. A Catarina não vê a Rute
  2. há dois meses e meio.
  3. há três meses.
  4. há dois meses.

 

  1. A Catarina está em Londres para
  2. trabalhar
  3. estudar
  4. fazer férias

 

  1. Os pais da Catarina
  2. nunca lhe telefonam
  3. telefonam-lhe frequentemente
  4. telefonam-lhe todos os dias.

 

  1. Em Dezembro a Catarina:
  2. vai viajar por Inglaterra
  3. vai passar o Natal com a família
  4. vai ficar em Londres.

 

 

Faz perguntas ao teu colega e utiliza os verbos da caixa: (verbos no presente, pretérito Perfeito e futuro) 

 

Como se escreve?

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

cansado    casado    solteiro     hoje    semana    fácil    alemães   casa   limpo   espetáculo

 

Convide um dos seus colegas para um dos seguintes lugares.

  1. cinema Monumental / filme português “Tentação” / hoje à noite, às 9:30;
  2. Exposição de pintura / Centro Cultural de Belém / no próximo domingo de manhã.

 

Pensa rápido. Conversar a pares:

  1. As praias no Algarve são grandes?
  2. Este hotel é caro?
  3. A água do mar em Portugal é quente?
  4. A piscina é boa?
  5. A água das praias é limpa?
  6. A comida aqui é boa?
  7. Sesimbra é perto de Lisboa?

 

Verdadeiro ou falso?

  1. Coca-cola é boa fresquinha!
  2. 9.10.2017Vocabulárioo cachecol • o fato de banho • o gorro • os calções • a camisola de lã • a camisa • as luvas • as sandálias • as botas • as meias • as calças • os ténis • as calças de ganga • o biquini • o blusão • o casaco • a saia • a gabardina • o pijama • o vestido de manga curta

     

    1. No Inverno
    2. Faz muito calor
    3. Neva muito
    4. Chove muito

     

    1. Na Primavera
    2. Há muitas flores.
    3. Os campos estão verdes.
    4. Está muito frio.

     

    1. No Verão:
    2. O sol brilha.
    3. O céu está cinzento
    4. as pessoas vestem roupas frescas.

     

    1. No Outono
    2. As folhas caem.
    3. As pessoas vestem roupas quentes.
    4. As folhas das árvores ficam castanhas.

     

    Conversas em grupo. Pensa rápido:

    1. O concerto foi bom? 2. Tens dinheiro para o bilhete?
    2. Gostas de Fado? Porquê? 4. Gastas muito dinheiro em Lisboa?
    3. Telefonas aos teus amigos todos os dias? 6. Tens exame de Português na próxima semana?
    4. Lembras-te do Ricardo? 8. Sabes a que horas é o concerto?

     

Compreensão oral:

  1. Londres, 15 de Outubro de 2017Querida, Rute,: Já estou em Londres desde o dia 1 de Setembro. O tempo passa depressa. Tenho aulas todos os dias e tenho de estudar muito. Ao fim de semana levanto-me sempre mais tarde.

    Ao sábado jogo ténis com um colega, e, depois normalmente almoçamos juntos. À tarde vou ao supermercado e compro algumas coisas para comer.

    Ao sábado à noite vou sempre jantar com amigos ou colegas e depois vamos a um bar, a uma discoteca ou ao cinema. Deito-me sempre muito tarde.

    £ tu? Como estás? E a tua família? Tens de escrever-me a contar tudo. Como está a Joana? Amanhã vou escrever-lhe. Os meus pais telefonam-me todas as semanas mas tenho saudades deles. No Natal vou voltar para passar duas semanas.

    Até Dezembro e beijinhos para todos!

     

    1. A Catarina não vê a Rute
    2. há dois meses e meio.
    3. há três meses.
    4. há dois meses.

     

    1. A Catarina está em Londres para
    2. trabalhar
    3. estudar
    4. fazer férias

     

    1. Os pais da Catarina
    2. nunca lhe telefonam
    3. telefonam-lhe frequentemente
    4. telefonam-lhe todos os dias.

     

    1. Em Dezembro a Catarina:
    2. vai viajar por Inglaterra
    3. vai passar o Natal com a família
    4. vai ficar em Londres.

     

 

 

  1. Faz perguntas ao teu colega e utiliza os verbos da caixa: (verbos no presente, pretérito Perfeito e futuro).  Como se escreve?

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    cansado    casado    solteiro     hoje    semana    fácil    alemães   casa   limpo

     

    Convide um dos seus colegas para um dos seguintes lugares.

    1. cinema Monumental / filme português “Tentação” / hoje à noite, às 9:30;
    2. Exposição de pintura / Centro Cultural de Belém / no próximo domingo de manhã.

     

    Pensa rápido. Conversar a pares:

    1. As praias no Algarve são grandes?
    2. Este hotel é caro?
    3. A água do mar em Portugal é quente?
    4. A piscina é boa?
    5. A água das praias é limpa?
    6. A comida aqui é boa?
    7. Sesimbra é perto de Lisboa?

     

    Verdadeiro ou falso?

    1. Coca-cola é boa fresquinha!
    2. Este ano fui de férias para o Algarve
    3. Regressei de férias anteontem
    4. Tenho muito azar nos jogos
    5. Adoro homens ruivos
    6. Adoro comer uma sopinha ao jantar
    7. Amanhã vai ser domingo
    8. O céu hoje está muito nublado

Learn Portuguese in Lisbon – 4 reasons

4 Reasons why you have to learn Portuguese in Lisbon

Lisbon is becoming a very popular city and now is the right moment to visit us!

  1. Great lifestyle and low prices

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and it still is cheap, despite the fact that the number of tourists and foreign people continues to increase.  Life is slow in Lisbon and locals have  relaxed attitude.

There loads of activities to do at a very low cost.  If you like to chill you will find beaches, surf spots and much more only 20 minutes away from the city centre.

Lisbon is always ranked as one of the best cities for quality of life in the world and it is much cheaper to learn Portuguese in Lisbon than in Brazil or Angola.

2. Eat amazing food with only 10€ per person 

Food is a very important aspect of Portuguese culture and the capital of Portugal is the best place of the globe to et well!

In Lisbon is very easy to find cheap and delicious food.

The capital of  the country is famous for its custard tarts, Codfish and green wine (vinho verde). Locals also have a major love with coffee (they drink it all the time).

3. Make new friends in Lisbon 

Lisbon is an easy place to meet people. The capital of Portugal has different communities and more than 50% of the population speaks English. Lisbon manages to maintain an authentic Portuguese feeling that is diferente from any other city of the globe.  Our Portuguese culture is warm and welcoming of tourists and foreigners. Lisboans (know as Alfacinhas) are friendly and the city is very safe.

4. Culture

But we have more than just food.  Music plays an important role, from Portugal’s Fado to Brazil’s Bossa Nova. In Lisbon, there is constantly live music being played on the streets and bars.

Lisbon is also home to electronic dance music culture, which attracts many artists from all over the world.

At Lisbon Language café we offer a range of different options to make studying Portuguese a reality!

Click HERE to get all the information about our Portuguese course.

Uma cerveja por favor! (how to order a beer in Portuguese)

Uma cerveja por favor! (how to order a beer in Portuguese)

Today we will teach you how to order for a beer in Portuguese. We are sure that this word is one of the most important words of your Portuguese survival Kit!

Beer is the third most important drink in the world!

In Lisbon (and also in Portugal), Portuguese people have loads of different words and expressions to order this great drink. The size of the beer that you want to drink is important to decide which words you have to use in Lisbon and in Portugal. When you want to order for a drink in Portuguese you cannot simply ask for “uma cerveja por favor”!

The different names of the beers vary not only in acordance with the size of the drink but also in accordance with place/city where you buy your beer. In the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, most people say “uma imperial por favor”. However, if you go to Porto and if you ask for a beer no one will give what you want if you ask for “imperial”. In the North of the country you have to say “um fino por favor”.

But if you are in one of those days where you feel that you have to drink more than the usual, you have two options in Lisbon: you can order a “Caneca” or you can order for a “Girafa”. The last one is really really huge!

However, if you want to drink a beer in a bottle in Portugal you should ask for a “super-bock” or for a “Sagres”. In fact, all you have to say is: “uma sagres/super-bock por favor”. We also have a solution for a small bottle, in that case you can just say: “uma mini” – 25 cl – you can buy it in every single café and restaurant in Lisbon.

Click HERE to get more information about portuguese idiomatic expressions.

Food and wine in Lisbon

Food  and wine in Lisbon

Have you been in Lisbon? If you’re planning your journey to Lisbon don’t forget that you have to try our traditional dishes and wine!

Cod fish – Bacalhau

Salted cod it is one of the most important ingredients of the Portuguese people. Know as the loyal friend (Fiel amigo), this fich isn’t expensive and it’s flavour is great. Portuguese people cook it in many different ways. There loads recipes to cook cod fish, we are sute that you will find at least one that you will love. Another thing, you can go back home without trying the famous “Pasteis de Bacalhau”.

Bread and Cheese
All regions in Portugal have their own specific cheese and bread. Queijo da Serra is probably the most famous one and it comes from Serra da Estrela, which is the hight mountain of Portugal and a great place to visit during the winter. But we also have “queijo de Azeitão”, the flavour is strong and it is also one of the delicious things of the Portuguese cuisine. All restaurants in Lisbon serve a basket of bread on the table and most of the people can’t resist them as a starter, a great great starter.

Desserts
In Portugal sweets are incredible and not expensive at all. It is a legacy of Moorish occupation and in Algarve you will find sweets for every single taste.
If you go for a walk in Lisbon or in other cities of Portugal you will see many cafés selling loads of different pastries (and, of course, pasteis de nata which is teh most representative of the city of Lisbon).
If you’re visiting Belém you can’t miss a bakery called “Pasteis de Belém”. Here you will experiment the best pastel de nata of Portugal.

Portuguese Wine
Portugal is also famous for its wines: Porto (from the north) and Madeira (the islands). The Alentejo and the Douro region are becoming two of the best regions of the world for its fantastic wines. In Portugal you will find great red, white, gree and rosè wine (not as famous as all the others).

Beer
Try our Sagres or our Super-bock! You will be surprised with it’s flavour!

Click HERE to get more info about the portuguese gastronomy.

Your portuguese summer course

Your portuguese summer course

In 2018 you have to try our Portuguese Summer Courses. Our courses are a great opportunity to learn Portuguese while you visit the city of Lisbon and you enjoy everything that the capital of Portugal has to offer you. Things as fantastic beaches, great food and wine (vinho tinto, vinho branco, vinho verde), a fascinating history, loads of possibilitis for your nightlife nad the hospitality of the Portuguese people that will welcome you in have never experienced before. .

In 2018 will hold Portuguese lessons in the morning, focusing on all core skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). Here, you will be learning Portuguese with small group lessons with people from all over the planet, guided by an engaging, qualified and native Portuguese tutor. After your lessons, in the afternoon, you can participate in many different activities:
a. Dolphin watching
b. Touring Lisbon’s most exciting sights
c. Spend your day at sandy beach

All of our students stay in private bedrooms located in the city center, close to the our school. Lisbon Language Café is not just about improving your Portuguese skills, we also strive to offer you a great stay in the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
For us, it is great to have the chance to bring together a group of students of Portuguese from different countries and different and help them to fantastic language results in only 21 days! Come with us and discover this great city, Lisbon, explore the capital, chill on the beach, meet people and learn portuguese with us!

If you want to get more information about our Portuguese courses please click HERE!

Portuguese beaches near Lisbon

Portuguese beaches  – LISBON is the best capital in Europe to learn a new Language 

And Lisbon isn’t the best place only because of the many things that the city can offer you such as beautiful neighbourhoods, restaurants and bars where you can have a meal or a drink while enjoying the great view of the capital of Portugal. But in Lisbon you can also find some of the best beaches in Europe.
Check the list of some of the great beaches where you can enjoy our great beaches and our sun!
Pack your stuff and come to Lisbon for an unforgettable language experience. We are sure that you will have a lot of fun before, during and after your Portuguese course.

 

Beach 1 : Portinho da Arrábida (30 minutes from Lisbon)

Green and calm water. The perfect spot to take a picture to show to your friends.

Beach 2 : Ribeira do Cavalo

Incredible! The access is not easy but it is worth while the effort. You will be marveled with the beauty of this beach.

 

Beach 3 : COSTA DA CAPARICA (20 minutes from Lisbon)

Praia do Castelo is one of the many spots in Costa da Caparica that you have to visit no matter what. Full of Portuguese citizens and only a few tourists, it is a great place to experience the real Portuguese atmosphere.

 

Beach 4 : CASCAIS/ESTORIL (30 minute from the Lisbon city centre)

These beaches are located next to Lisbon and you can take the train from the city center and enjoy the great great view of the Tagus River and the then the Atlantic Ocean! In this very fantastic beach you can also try surfing and kite surfing!

 

Beach 5 : Praia do Guincho

A bit windy but beautiful, it is perfect for Kite and windsurf.

 

Click HERE to get more information about our Portuguese beaches.

Level A1 – Programme of studies

GATEWAY TO PORTUGUESE – Programme of Studies, Level A1

Grammar Content – Level A1
a. Utilização do Presente do Indicativo.
b. Verbos regulares terminados em Ar Unidade 1
c. Utilização do verbo ser no presente do indicativo Unidade 1
d. Artigos definidos e Indefinidos Unidade 1
e. Alfabeto unidade 1
f. Números Cardinais e Ordinais Unidade 1
g. Sinais de ortografia e sinais de pontuação Unidade 1
h. Pronomes Interrogativos Unidade 1
i. Utilização dos determinantes artigos definidos e indefinidos Unidade 1
j. Verbo ser, ir, ter e estar Unidade 1 e 2
g. Utilização do verbo estar no presente do indicativo Unidade 2
h. Regras de concordância do adjetivo em género e número com o nome
i. Colocação do adjetivo na frase Unidade 2
j. Verbos regulares – terminados em Er e Ir Unidade 2
k. Regras de formação do plural nos nomes e adjetivos Unidade 2
l. Utilização da conjugação pronominal reflexa (verbos reflexos)
m. Colocação dos pronomes reflexos na frase Unidade 2
n. Categoria de palavras (nomes, verbos e adjetivos) Unidade 3
o. Verbos irregulares no Presente do indicativo Unidade 4
p. Dias da Semana, Meses e Estações do Ano Unidade 4
q. Preposições de Movimento Unidade 4
r. Presente do indicativo unidade 4
s. Ir + infinitivo | (futuro próximo) unidade 4
t. Futuro do Indicativo unidade 4

Worksheet – (after unit4)
u. Utilização dos determinantes e pronomes possessivos unidade 5
v. Colocação dos determinantes e pronomes possessivos na frase Unidade 5
Adjetivos – Graus Unidade 5
w. Verbos estar + infinitivo Unidade 5
x. Relações familiares Unidade 5
y Utilização do pretérito perfeito simples do indicativo unidade 6
z. Verbos regulares unidade 6
Verbos irregulares (ser, ir, ter, estar) Unidade 6
Utilização dos determinantes e pronomes demonstrativos variáveis unidade 6
Colocação dos determinantes e pronomes demonstrativos variáveis na fras Unidad 6
Verbo Haver Unidade 6
Expressões de tempo Unidade 6
Locuções Prepositivas de lugar Unidade 6
Fórmulas para Descrição de estado físico Unidade 7

 

Our Portuguese courses follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

A1 level
Can understand and use familiar and daily life expressions, as well as very simple sentences, that aim to satisfy concrete necessities. Can introduce himself and introduce others and is capable of making questions and giving answers on personal aspects, such as, the place where he lives, the people he knows and the things that he has. Can communicate in a simple way, if the interlocutor speaks slowly and distinctly it helps.

A2 level
Can understand isolated phrases and frequently used expressions within areas of immediate importance (simple personal and family information, purchases, recent activities). Can communicate on simple tasks and routines that demand only one exchange of simple information and on subjects that are familiar and common. Can describe in a simple way his education, past and relate them to his immediate needs.

 

Click HERE to get more information about our coming Portugueses courses.

Lisbon City Guide

Lisbon City Guide

The city of Lisbon has everything that you have been looking for so long: a wide and beautiful river, a clear sky, narrow streets, palaces, churches and castles, beautiful tiles, fresh fish, sun and beaches! The capital of Portugal is great and every year it seems there is more to do and enjoy!

Check some of the things that you can’t lose in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

Tram to Belém
You have to go to Belém by tram and a visit to bakery Pasteis de Belém where you will try delicious “pasteis de Belém!”. But there are many more things that you can’t lose in Belém:
a. Museu dos Coches
b. Mosteiro do Jerónimos
c. Torre de Belém
d. Jardim Botânico
The tram 15E runs 7km from the city centre to Belém (and ends in Algés) and it takes 15 minutes and cost less than 3 euros.

Surf tours in Lisbon
Lisbon faces the “Rio Tejo” but the beaches are just around the corner. It’s quick and easy to get to the beaches of Costa da Caparica by car. There you will find many surf schools and loads of instructors that will provide you boards, wetsuit and advices to have this great experience!

The Portuguese Tiles
You have to Museu do Azulejo, a spot that isn’t far from Santa Apolónia train station. It is a great spot for tile-lovers that should also visit the Palácio Belmonte hotel or and Palácio do Ramalhete, places where the interior walls are covered by tiles. You will also find many tiles in the areas of Alfama, Chiado and Cais do Sodré.

Click HERE to get more information about our Portuguese courses in Lisbon.

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