Learn portuguese in Lisbon (2019)

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Learning Portuguese in Lisbon can be challenging? Yes, it is true but it can also be fun!

Gateway to Portuguese is located in Santos (6 minutes walk from Cais do Sodré), in the heart of downtown Lisbon. Our school was founded in September 2014. The school area is close to the river and easy to reach from all parts of the city.

If you’re looking for FREE portuguese podcasts, videos and QUIZZES this is the right website for you! We have hundreds of materials organized in 3 FREE online courses (A1, A2 and B1). Keep surfing and enjoy!

GROUP COURSES – Learn portuguese in Lisbon

Our school was founded in September 2014 with the aim of delivering portuguese lessons to you. It is located in the centre of Lisbon and it was created with the aim of teaching the Portuguese language. If you would like to learn European Portuguese in the capital of Portugal,  we offer a wide range of courses WITH A MAXIMUM OF 5 PEOPLE PER CLASS and we require NO enrolment fees.

We are now operating in Lisbon and Sintra.

2019 – Portuguese courses

A1 LEVEL

PORTUGUESE FROM SCRATCH (2 weeks course: 25 hours – Intensive course)

Session 93: From May 20, 2019 to May 31, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon–Fri)
Session 94:  From Jun 3, 2019 to Jun 14,  2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 95: From Jun 17, 2019 to Jun 28, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 96: From Jul 1, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 97: From Jul 15, 2019 to Jul 26, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 98: From Jul 29, 2019 to Aug 9, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mond – Fri)
Session 99: From Aug 12, 2019 to Aug 23, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 100: From Aug 26, 2019 to Sep 6, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)

Number of students: 2 to 5
Cost: 250€ (it includes FREE ACCESS to our PODCASTS (E-learning Platform) and all the materials)
Address: rua do Instituto Industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos 

2019 – Portuguese courses

PORTUGUESE FROM SCRATCH (1-week course: 12,5 hours – Intensive course)

Session 46: From May 20, 2019 to May 24, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon–Fri)
Session 47:  From Jun 3, 2019 to Jun 7,  2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 48: From Jun 17, 2019 to Jun 21, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 49: From Jul 1, 2019 to Jul 5, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 50: From Jul 15, 2019 to Jul 19, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 51: From Jul 29, 2019 to Aug 2, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mond – Fri)
Session 52: From Aug 12, 2019 to Aug 16, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 53: From Aug 26, 2019 to Sep 30, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)

Number of students: 2 to 5
Cost: 150€
Address: rua do instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

EXTENSIVE COURSES (part-time courses) – A

Session 9: from June 11, 2019 to July 11, 2019| 19:00 – 21:00 (tuesday and thursday)

Number of students: 3 to 5
Cost: 160€ (it includes FREE ACCESS to our PODCASTS (E-learning Platform) and all the materials)
Address: Rua do Instituto Industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

Check our classrooms in Santos (7 min walk from Cais do Sodré metro station)

Cancellation Policy (Intensive/Extensive courses)
a. More than 30 days in advance – 60% refund
b. Less than 30 days – 30% refund

c. During the course – no refund

PRIVATE LESSONS

Your teacher will adapt the method and the topics to your goals and interests. Your lessons will be, to some extent, customised. We use a large element of questions-answer activities. Other interactive and dynamic tasks are also used (vídeos, podcasts and games) and informal conversations to acquire vocabulary.

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS – Level A1, A2 and B1

Pack of 15 hours: 299€  (19,99€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 10 hours: 210€  (21€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 5 hours: 125€ (25€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access

Address: Rua do Instituto industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos
When does it start? Any time   |     Trial lesson: 14,99€

More information about your private lessons:

1.Private lessons are aimed at individuals with specific learning goals or who require or want a more intense tutoring servisse;

2. These lessons can be taken by individuals alongside other courses to further intensify their study of Portuguese, or as stand-alone sessions;

3.These lessons are also suitable for couples or small groups who have a similar level of portuguese;

4.Private lessons follow the same immersive style as our other group sessions

5-As with our other courses, all aspects of language skills (reading, speaking, writing and listening) are focused on within the class

Why you should study with us? [10 reasons – Learn Portuguese in Lisbon ]

1- Opened since 2014 gives you the guarantee of experience

2- We make learning Portuguese fun!

3- Our students will learn language-hacking tools to speak the language from day 1

4- Our teachers are professional, multilingual and full-time workers

5- Our philosophy is to empower students to speak Portuguese and learn more about our country

6- Our lessons are ALWAYS planned but our materials, teachers, and resources are flexible to meet your needs

7- All our students have FREE access to our E-LEARNING platforms

8- All our teachers are native speakers and the class size is restricted (maximum of 5 students)

9- We want our students to use their skills, not just study it. Our goal is to empower you to speak and interact.

10- Our school is modern, accessible and has a centric location. We have free Wi-fi! Our rooms are bright, comfortable and climatized!

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We offer you the following 5 options:

1 – Intensive and Extensive courses – group courses

2- Part-time courses – group courses

3- Individual lessons

4- Online lessons

5- FREE ONLINE materials/resources (podcasts, vídeos, and games)

 

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ARTICLE: A few reasons that will clarify why you have to learn Portuguese in Lisbon

Bilingual people are smarter! Did you know this? It is a fact! In accordance with the NYT, if you can speak two languages, your brain will increase your cognitive skills

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1.Portuguese in beautiful!

Learning a language for pure pleasure is the best option! The Portuguese language, that is spoken in Brazil sounds like music is a great pleasure to listen to. And if you can also understand that music it will be an even greater pleasure! This is probably one of the reasons why Portuguese music and Brazilian music have such rich musical history.

In Lisbon you can listen to fado and in Brazil, you can listen to Bossa nova, Samba, and many other styles. By the way, music is a great way to learn and consolidate a language. And if you try to sing it you will also improve your pronunciation.

 
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2. More than 220 million people speak Portuguese

Portuguese is the sixth most spoken idiom on the planet. Most speakers are in Brazil and Portugal but there also native speakers in many countries of Africa. IN the United States there are more than 1 million native speakers.

 
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3. A secret language

There more than 220 million people in the world that can speak Portuguese but it is also true that only a few people decide to learn the language as a second (or third) language. This can be na advantage for those who decide to learn it. If you can speak Portuguese fluently, you will have a skill that only a limited number of people has. Your CV will be more interesting and this improves your chances of getting a good job.

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ARTICLE : Lisbon and the Overseas expansion

Belém is one of the places that you can’t miss in Lisbon!

Thanks to the maritime trade, Belém played a very important role in the history of Portugal. This area of the capital was critical for strategic and logistical reasons.

There are many monuments that you should visit here such as “Padrão dos descobrimentos”. This great place was built in 1940 when Portugal organized the Portuguese world exhibition that was organized to promote the colonies of Portugal.

This monument was later reconstructed to celebrate 500 years of the death of D. Henrique, the great Portuguese navigator.

In “Padrão dos descobrimentos”, one can also find the great poet Luis Vaz de Camões (poet) and Pedro Álvaro Cabral (navigator).

Another spot that you can’t miss is “Torre de Belém – Belém Tower”. This monument was built in 1520. This tower was critical to defending the capital.

After this great tour you can’t miss a “pastel de Belém”, you will love it!

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ARTICLE: 16 super tips to learn Portuguese   

Tip 1: full immersion

Immerse yourself. This means, reading and speaking Portuguese as much as possible. If you don’t live in Portugal, the first tip is: change your mobile menus to Portuguese. Let your mother tongue go and welcome the Portuguese language! You should also find a way to have contact with someone that speaks only Camões idiom. If you don’t know any native speaker, there are apps that you can use such as our QUIZLET

The more you have the new language in your life, the more your brain will understand that it is useful for you. Therefore, take advantage of all your opportunities to be exposed to the Portuguese. Another tip, write down (in Portuguese) on a post the name of all the objects that you have at your house. You should also: read children books (to expand your vocabulary), watch vídeos with Portuguese subtitles and speak with yourself in front of a mirror (in Portuguese of course).

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Tip 2: leave your comfort zone… 

What does it mean? It means that you have to change your routines, you have to put yourself in a position where you can only speak Portuguese. If it will be hard? Yes, indeed. But it also improves your skills a lot. Buy things, ask for information and solve all your daily problems in Portuguese. You will see the results of this strategy on a long-term basis.

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Tip 3: start with the essential stuff

In the beginning, you can’t try to learn everything! It is useless trying to know every single rule, all exceptions or all irregular verbs. You have to stay focused on the main information: regular verbs and the Big four irregular verbs (SER, ESTAR, IR, and TER).

 
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Tip 4: Go abroad!

If you have the possibility to go abroad, just do it! Stay at least 6 months. You will learn a new culture and this will help your Portuguese learning process. There are different options for your choice: Portugal, Brazil, Angola and Mozambique and the main options. If you native speakers around you all the time, you will be learning all the time.

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Tip 5: Repeat repeat repeat! 

Unless you’re a genius, you will have to read and re-read and re-read again. Your brain will need time and repetition to be able to memorize everything.  The best method that I can recommend is: study every day for 25 minutes. Half an hour per day will make a huge difference after a few months. A keyword is a consistency!

You need to find a way to integrate these 30 minutes per day in your daily routine. This strategy will make you move you forward and will keep your motivation high!

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Tip 7: Be realistic and patient! 

Learning Portuguese (or any other language) takes time. If you keep yourself studying you will progress, no doubts about this. Everyone needs time to learn an idiom and you won’t be an exception. Plan your study in a realistic way. You will face many obstacles but you will overcome them if you persevere.

After one month you should be able to conjugate the main verbs (regular and irregular verbs) and you should also be able to buy things in restaurants or supermarkets. 

After 6 months, you should be able to maintain a basic conversation in Portuguese.

In 12 month you should be able to have a conversation with a higher level of complexity.

Everything takes time in our life, learning Portuguese isn’t different.

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Tip 8: expand your vocabulary!

The most important thing to know when arriving at a new country is the basic vocabulary! With this information, you will be able to understand the majority of the subjects if you’re reading a book or signs. Focus on basic words. On this article, I selected those words that should be the beginning of your learning process.

Another advice: focus on those words that will be critical for you. If you’re going on a business trip, you have to learn those words that are related to your business field.

You should learn vocabulary related to your own life and personal history. If you do that you will be able to talk about your life and make new friends while you learn Portuguese.

Learn how to count in Portuguese. This is super useful for your daily life, especially to pay your daily bills. Start with cardinal numbers and ordinal number, 1 to 10 and try to learn 10 new numbers every day.  

On your first days, don’t put all your energy on your grammar. Start with vocabulary and then move on to the grammar.  We believe that many schools spend to much time with grammar. We believe that speaking is critical to learn and consolidate your grammar.

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Tip 9: Listen Portuguese to learn Portuguese

Another important tip about how to learn Portuguese: before speaking you have to listen. You have to listen to be able to understand and reproduce the same sounds. The more you listen the more you will able to reproduce the Portuguese sounds.

Tip 10: practice your pronunciation

Pronunciation is a critical topic. Expanding your Portuguese vocabulary isn’t enough because you have also to be able to produce those words correctly.

Every time you learn a new Portuguese word you have to be sure that you know how to say it. The best strategy is asking a native speaker. If you don’t have the chance to ask it directly to a Portuguese native speaker, you can use online platforms.

Tip 11: write texts in Portuguese

Reading is very different from writing. Writing will help your brain to consolidate your grammar. Start with shorts texts (20 words per day) and then move on to 10 lines per day. After a few months, you will be surprised by the amount of information that you will have written. Moreover, writing will give you the chance to revise your grammar and, if you’re revising your Portuguese you are also consolidating your idiom.

Tip 12: learn online with apps (technology can help you)

Simple actions as using your menu in Portuguese will help you a lot to learn new words. Nowadays, there are several E-learning platforms that will help you much. The most famous one is called Duolingo (Brazilian Portuguese), and it is available for Android and IOS. This famous tool makes everything to help you with your goals, especially to learn and assimilate your vocabulary. Anki is also a nice tool. You can use these apps everytime that you waiting for your bus.

Tip 13: Think in terms of opportunities and new experiences.

When I decide to learn a new language as Portuguese, I always think about the new experiences that that language might provide me. It is true that speaking Portuguese will open many doors for you: make friends, watch Portuguese shows, learn newspapers and magazines. In other words, make sure that learning Portuguese will give the chance to have fun! So, do you like music? Search for Portuguese music on youtube. Do you like football? Check the names of the Portuguese players!

Tip 14: Have fun while you learn Portuguese!

Make sure that you find the right materials for your case. You have different options:

  1. Listen to Portuguese music
  2. Watch films and series
  3. Watch vídeos on youtube
  4. Read newspapers and magazines
Tip 15: don’t worry about your mistakes!

One of the barriers to talk is the made of making mistakes. Don’t worry about that! Native speakers of Portuguese will appreciate your effort and will help you! Each mistake is an opportunity to improve your Portuguese. The more you speak the more you will improve your skills. Speaking a new language is hard. Shy people will face more problems to improve. Mistakes are normal, no one can learn and consolidate a new idiom without many mistakes.

Tip 16: speak Portuguese with a dictionary.

You will learn many new words with this tip. Use an online dictionary, it is very quick and effective! You can use it anywhere. You will be also learning if you follow this tip!

Article : Does Portuguese sounds like Russian?

I was in Glasgow teaching Portuguese on a high school when a fellow teacher asked me (after listening to my dialogue on the phone with a Portuguese relative): do you also speak Russian?…

Portuguese has many guttural tones and sliding vowels that make it sound Slavic.

Hearing Portuguese for the first time can be challenging and you only have sure that they’re speaking Portuguese when they say “Obrigado!” It sounds like a strange Russian, loads of [sh sh sh]… But it is not easy to find a formal connection between languages to explain their similarities.

But Portuguese to foreigners sounds like Russian (for native speakers of Portuguese – and Russian – this similarity isn’t obvious at all). Russians and people from Ukrainian learn Portuguese very quickly and their accent is very clear. After a few years in Portugal it is hard for Portuguese people to find out if a Russian person is Portuguese or not (their accent is great).

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Article : words (and sounds) that are hard to pronounce (if you’re not Portuguese of course…)

1. Word EXCEÇÃO  

The “X” has 5 different sounds in Portuguese and it represents a real challenge for foreign people who intend to learn Portuguese in Lisbon. There are different rules and many exceptions. Just go with the flow with it. With the word Exceção, X produces a [EIS] sound.

ç symbol – It is called cedilha. The C letter with cedilha transforms [K] sound into an [S] sound. If you have a C and after it an E or an I, the sound will be [C].

Nasal sound ão – The true nightmare for English speakers as they don’t have this sounds on their language. the symbol ~ is called Til. Every time you see a TIl you should now that a nasal sound is coming!

2. Word “Cabeleireiro”

ei – you should pronounce it as “ay”.

r – In Portuguese, if you have only one “r” in the middle of the word, you should produce a soft sound. Try the following technique: Say as long as you can dadada…. Your “d” will become softer after a few repetitions and your “dadada” will become a dadarara…Try it!

3. word “Otorrinolaringologista”

It is a long Portuguese word and it has many funny sounds. Let’s see:

[rr] sound – The sound that we produce when we have a R at the beginning of a word is the same sound that we produce when we have two R in the middle of the word.

[go] – An a, o or u after a G produces a [gê] sound. If you have a e or i after a G, you will have a [gê] sound, such as the world “goal”

[gi] – The sound that you have to produce here is the same sound that you produce in the world: “GIgolo”.

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Article : Which Portuguese verbs are the most important ones (for a beginner’s student)?

When you start learning Portuguese, firstly you will learn the PRESENT TENSE.

You have to consolidate, as soon as possible, the three categories of regular verbs in Portuguese: -AR, -ER and -IR.

In the Present tense, unfortunately, there are loads of irregular verbs.

However, you don’t have to go home and memorize those long lists of irregular verbs. In fact, there are only 4 irregular verbs that you should learn by heart asap: TER (to have), IR (to have), SER (to be for permanent descriptions) and ESTAR (to be for temporary descriptions.

For all the other irregular verbs, you will need time, it will be a process and you should not be too severe with yourself. Try to use an e-learning platform to keep in contact with the conjugation of these words. Then, you have to start speaking the language, you have to listen Portuguese and you have to speak the idiom and fail, and fail and fail and then, finally, succeed!

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Article : Should I watch Portuguese TV (to improve my Portuguese)?

Well, the answer depends on your level. If you are starting your Portuguese from scratch the answer is NO. If you are an advanced Portuguese student the answer is YES!

A1 and A2 students struggle to understand Portuguese native speakers. If you are (or if you were a Portuguese student), I am sure that you had the chance to watch Portuguese Tv and I am also sure that you didn’t understand much. On TV, people speak too fast for your listening skills.

Portuguese students should be exposed to activities and challenges in accordance with their level of competences. If you are an A1 student you should be using A1 podcasts and not trying to watch Portuguese TV (spoken by C2 speakers – native speakers).

Watching Portuguese Tv and listening Portuguese radio should be an activity for B2 students (and higher). Before reaching this level (and if you want to reach this advanced level), you have to spend your study time wisely! Use always those materials that will make you consolidate what you are learning at that point. Don’t waste your precious time!

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Article : The different sounds of the letter X in Portuguese)

We have good news and bad news about this Portuguese grammar topic. The letter X in Portuguese has 5 different sounds.

The good news first: from these 5 sounds, there are 4 rules that are very easy to learn and apply.

Rules:

1: Every time you can see an X at the beginning of a word you know that the sound is [sh]. Example: XAVIER, XERIFE.

2. If a word starts with EX and if it is followed by a vowel, the sound of the X is [Z]. Example: exemplo, exótico.

3. When the Portuguese word end with X, you know that the sound of that X is [ks]. Example: Fax

4. A word that starts with EX but that is then followed by a consonant, the sound is [EIS]. Example: Excitante.

Now the bad news; sometimes there aren’t simple rules to apply. Sometimes the sound of a particular X is related to the etymology of the word. In that case, the best suggestion for your Portuguese learning process is, just go with the flow!

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ARTICLE : Individual lessons or group lessons? Which one is the best option?

Well, the answer is: it depends on you! What is your preferred learning style? Are you timid? Are you an extrovert person?

Extrovert people tend to learn Portuguese faster then timid and introvert Portuguese students.

If you believe that you will need a bit more time than then the average to learn Portuguese, maybe you should pick individual lessons because your teacher will follow your rhythm without any pressure.

Learning in a small group of Portuguese students in Lisbon can be challenging as you can feel yourself under pressure (especially if you need a bit more time than the usual to understand the content).

You if are short of money or if you like to socialize, Portuguese group lessons are certainly the best option. In this case, you won’t have a Portuguese teacher always on top of you and you have to adjust yourself to the needs of the group/class (that be a bit different from your own needs).

Learning Portuguese in a group can also be very funny because of the differences that students have among them. Also because Portuguese students tend to help other students and this attitude creates a bond between Portuguese students that, very often, they will maintain over time. In fact, learning in Lisbon can be much more than just learning a new language.

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ARTICLE : How many hours per week should I study to improve my Portuguese?

Learning Portuguese in Lisbon involves organization and effort. Learning a  new language isn’t a straightforward activity. It won’t be a 100 meters race, it will be a marathon.

This means that you have to find a way to integrate your study of Portuguese in your daily routine or your weekly routine.

Our experience tells us that 4 or 5 hours per week would be a great job! no one can study for 20 or 30 hours per week every single week. So, try to create a study plan can you can accomplish.

You should also create a study plan that includes different activities of Portuguese: listening, writing, grammar, speaking.

Keep your agenda open. Study every time you can and don’t forget that you have to feel some pleasure in this Portuguese learning process.

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ARTICLE : How many hours of study do you have to study per level (A1, A2, and B1)

Once again, the right answer to these questions that many Portuguese students do us is… it really depends on many different factors.

But lets try to give you an idea about this topic.

A1 Level in Portuguese (no background in Spanish or Italian): 60 to 80 hours

  • 30 to 40 hours of lessons (contact time) and
  • 40 to 50 hours of homework

A2 Level in Portuguese (same context): 80 to 100 hours

  • 40 to 50 hours of lessons (contact time) and
  • 30 to 40 hours of homework
  • 20 hours of conversation in Portuguese

B1 Level in Portuguese: 100 – 150 hours 

  • 50 hours of lessons (contact time) and
  • 50 hours of homework
  • 50 hours of conversation in Portuguese 

ARTICLE : Portuguese grammar

What is the difference between “Indicativo” and “Conjuntivo”?

If you are learning portuguese and if you have just reached level B1 you will now study the subjuntive (conjuntivo em português).

On levels A1 and A2 all the tenses that you learn in portuguese are related with facts, real events. However, once you start the subjuntive you will learn a tense that will give you the chance to talk about possibilities, about things that are not real, about wishes and fears.

To use the subjuntive well in portuguese, you have to use portuguese every day. The “conjuntivo” in Portuguese is all about conectors and we have soo many conecters that you can’t go home and memorize everything.  

To use subjuntive well you have to know the grammar rules and the guide-lines that your teacher will teach you. However, sometimes grammar can be hard and very often they won’t help much.

As we stated bafore, “conjuntivo” is about possibilities and wishes but sometimes we can express exactly the same idea with two different modes: indicative and subjuntive.

Check these examples:

  1. SE CALHAR amanhã vou à praia. Mode: Indicative

Translation: Maybe I will go to the beach tomorrow

  1. TALVEZ amanhã vá à praia. Mode: subjuntive

Translation: the same

The value of these two sentences is exactly the same.

  1. É bom ires com ele. Mode: infinitivo pessoal

Translation: It’s good that you go with him

  1. É bom que vás com ele. Mode: subjuntive

Translation: the same

The value of these two sentences is exactly the same.

If you live in Portugal and if you are consolidating your portuguese, you need to find a friend or a partner to help. In portuguese, from level B1 on, you have to speak the language every single day, you have you be exposed and you have to have someone to correct you. Don’t get upset if a native speaker wants to correct you. That will help you a lot!

 

Are you a portuguese intermediate student (B1)? Check our tips.

If your level of portuguese in already B1, this means that you can already communicate with people (if they speak portuguese with you in a slowly and carefully way).
Intermediate students of portuguese in Lisbon (levels B1 and B2) face new challenges on this level.

When you’re starting from level A1, you have to learn basic grammar, the sounds of portuguese and their rules and you have to spend some time memorizing the key rules of the language.

However, once you reach level B1 things change. At this point you have to find a way to speak portuguese on a daily baisis. You won’t be able to consolidate B1 grammar content in Portuguese without speaking every day.

Check the grammar content at this stage of learning:
1. Preterito perfeito composto (example: Eu tenho lido muito = I have been reading a lot)
2. Pretérito mais que perfeito composto (example: ele tinha ido à praia com a Maria = He had gone to the beach with Maria)
3. Subjuntive (Present). (example: “Talvez ele vá ao cinema” = Maybe he will go to the cinema)
4. Subjuntive (future). Example: Se fores a Lisboa, eu vou contigo = If you go to Lisbon I will go with you.

Subjuntive in portuguese can be hard. We use these structures to talk and describe possibilities, things that are not real and wishes and fears that we have.

There are many conectores to learn and repeting plays a critical role at this point. Learnig these conectors isn’t enough. You have to use them frequetly, you have to hear people using it as well and hopefuly recognize them during the conversation.

Another important tip is: find a teacher to converse in portuguese. It must be an experienced teacher that will lead you towards those tenses and grammar strutures that you’re learning and consolidating. Random talk is also useful but isn’t enough to improve your portuguese consistently.
Watching television with portuguese subtitles is also a great help at this point. You can also use youtube to support you on this challenge.
As example you can watch the video below, a video that is related with the portuguese history. If you like history and if you’re learning portuguese in Lisbon, you will be happy to know that there many different videos similares to this one.

Article : How to choose your language school in Lisbon

If you are about to start a portuguese course at a language school in Lisbon you have to read this article. Not all schools are the same. In our opinian you have to pay attention to the following criterias:

Location

Pick a language school that isn’t far from your home or from a metro station

Price

An expensive portuguese course doesn’t have to be the best course of Lisbon. Be careful! Try to book a trial lesson and check carefully what the course includes and which materials you will get access to.

Teachers

Make sure that your teacher is “a real portuguese teacher” with experience. He (or she) will be super important for your portuguese learning process. Once again, try to book a portuguese lesson to evaluate him and then you can decide with more data.

Materials

Check the portuguese books and online platforms that your school will give you access to. This kind of materials will be very important for your portuguese home work. You can’t rely only on your portuguese lessonsto learn the idiom. You have to work a lot at home and, for that, you have to have good portuguese materials.

Facilities

You don’t have to have the best classrooms of the town to learn portuguese. You have to make sure that your classrooms are clean, well equipped and quiet.

Trial lesson

Pick a school that gives the opportunity to do a trial lesson (paid or not). It is an essencial moment that you should because you will get a feeling about that particular portuguese language school

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