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: -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 that long list of irregular verbs. In fact, there are only 4 irregular verbs that you should learn by heart and 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 (and you can also use our QUIZLET), 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!

Once you reach the level A2 in Portuguese, you will learn the simple past in Portuguese. As a Portuguese teacher, i have to say that from this level on you have to start speaking Portuguese on a regular basis. There is no other way to consolidate the Portuguese idiom.


The big four IRREGULAR verbs: SER, TER, ESTAR and IR) will be super important to start this second learning stage. Make sure you memorize them as soon as possible.