PORTUGUESE COURSES IN LISBON

Our school was founded in September 2014 with the aim of providing Portuguese courses to foreigners. Come and learn Portuguese in Lisbon at our language school located in the center of Lisbon!

If you want to learn Portuguese in Lisbon we offer a wide range of student-tailored courses with A MAXIMUM OF 5 PEOPLE PER CLASS and we require NO enrolment fees. We teach in Lisbon and Sintra.

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LEVEL A1 – PORTUGUESE COURSES

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS

Pack of 15 hours: 299€  (19,90€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 10 hours: 215€  (21,5€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 5 hours: 115€ (23€ 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€

Individual trial lesson: 14,99€




2019 – Group courses
PORTUGUESE FROM SCRATCH (2 weeks course: 25 hours – Intensive course)

Session 91: From Apr 22, 2019 to May 3, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 92: From May 6, 2019 to May 17, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
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: 1 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 

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2019 – Portuguese courses

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

Session 44: From Apr 22, 2019 to Apr 26, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:30 (Mon – Fri)
Session 45: From May 6, 2019 to May 10, 2019 | 10:00 – 12:39 (Mon – Fri)
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: 1 to 5
Cost: 150€
Address: Rua do Instituto Industrial number 18, floor 3, right door – Santos

EXTENSIVE COURSES (part-time courses) – Portuguese from Scratch (20 hours – 5 weeks)

2017-2018 – Portuguese courses

Session 10: from April 30, 2019 to May 30, 2019 | 19:00 – 20:30 (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

 

Are you looking for ONLINE MATERIALS?

If you want to try our PODCASTS please use the following details:

Lisbon Language Café E-Learning Platform Details:
https://trialstudents.memberportal.io/
Email/ username: portugueselisbonlanguagecafe@gmail.com
Password: lisboa

FOR GAMES and other ONLINE MATERIALS try for FREE our QUIZLET account (for trial students):
https://quizlet.com/join/cMAmHxNjz

All our students have FREE ACCESS to all our ONLINE MATERIALS.

If you are not one of our students but if you want to use our ONLINE MATERIALS (platform QUIZLET) and our PODCASTS/VIDEOS (platform Everlesson) you can subscribe for just 9,99€ per month (it gives you free access to both platforms).

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LEVEL A2 – Portuguese courses

INDIVIDUAL LESSONS 
Pack of 15 hours: 299€ (19,90€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 10 hours: 215€ (21,5€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 5 hours: 115€ (23€ 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€

LEVEL B1 – Portuguese courses

Pack of 15 hours: 299€ (19,90€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 10 hours: 215€ (21,5€ per hour) – INCLUDES book and E-learning platform access
Pack of 5 hours: 115€ (23€ 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€

Cancellation Policy (Intensive/Extensive courses):
More than 30 days in advance – 60% refund
Less than 25 days – 30% refund
Less than 5 days or during the course – no refund


Conversation lessons

Click HERE to check your Portuguese level

In the majority of language schools students speak and listen only 25% of the lesson and in the remaining 75% is spent copying what the teacher explains or writes. At Lisbon Language Café we use a teaching methodology that allows students to hear and speak throughout the entire lesson. This is a very effective way to improve the learning-teaching process.

The student starts speaking Portuguese from the first day, using the language as the only means of communication and applying it during the whole session.

CONVERSATION CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS
» Suitable for A2 students (Common European Framework of References for Languages)

CONVERSATION CLASSES FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED STUDENTS
» Suitable for B1 students (Common European Framework of References for Languages)

Where? Check our MAP of Classes HERE.


ARTICLES

ARTICLE 1: Learning Portuguese, tips

Are you planning to move to a region or a country that speaks Portuguese? If that’s the case you probably need to learn this great language!
Tourist areas (in cities) tend to have a very high number of English speakers. However, the reality in towns and villages is very different.
To learn the language you must… Begin! (don’t forget that you will need several months of practice to grasp the language to an effective degree).


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You can’t Expect Perfection!
When learning a new idiom you will not reach perfection until you’ve been speaking that same language for three, four or more years! You will do thousands of mistakes along the way but there is no other road to reach fluency!

Practice little but often! (as often as possible)!
You will probably start your learning process by spending several hours per week studying the language. However, that strategy is usually ineffective as you will not be able to retain that information over the long term.
Try to spend 15 to 20 minutes a day. This procedure will reinforce the language more strongly in your memory.

Customize your Pacing
The secret to learning a new idiom is to go at the pace that best suits your needs! Taking a class with other students can have an adverse effect on learners (as they might feel that the remaining students are too slow or too fast).
Private lessons are the perfect solution!


Try to find a partner!

We already shared with you the idea that you should learn a new language at your own pace, but we also believe that it can be effective to have a learning partner! If you have decided to learn Portuguese with software you might learn the principles of the language, however, that methodology won’t prepare you for a fluent conversation/chat (which requires solid knowledge and understanding of the language). Try to practice your Portuguese with your partner, if you do it often you will be surprised with your evolution process!

Listening
You must listen to other people speaking Portuguese! It is critical! This can be as simple as turning your TV (or radio) to a Portuguese channel (try with subtitles in Portuguese as well). The words (language) that are used in TV / Radio programs is usually what Portuguese people use on a daily basis.

If you follow this advice/steps, we are sure that you will build a strong foundation of the Portuguese language. Don’t forget that if you decide to start your learning process with a Portuguese software that will help you for many of the basic communication but if you want to move forward with your competences you should do a Portuguese course!


ARTICLE 2: Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese  (Portuguese courses)

Spelling in Portuguese
The Portuguese language (also known as “Camões” language) is spoken in different countries around the world in very similar ways. However, for those that are native speakers of this great language, the awareness of national differences is something very important.

We will now check a few differences between Portuguese from Brazil and Portuguese from Portugal. Have a look!

Spelling and Grammar of the idiom
There are a few words that are spelled in different ways. Per example, the word “reception” in Portuguese from Portugal means “receção” but in Brazilian Portuguese, the word adds the consonant P to the word.
Brazilian people are well known for their creativity. An example is the way like they transform nouns into verbs.
To congratulate someone in Lisbon you should say “dar os parabéns”. However, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian people change the expression into one the verb “parabenizar”.

Assimilation of foreign words
Brazilian Portuguese assimilate very often foreign words that are transformed with a phonetics twist. The word “Media” in Brazilian Portuguese is “mídia”. Brazilian Portuguese ignore the roots of the words and accepts the influence of American English while the European Portuguese is more resistant to this kind of assimilation.


ARTICLE 3: How long will it take my Portuguese learning process? 

The answer is… it depends on many different factors and scenarios!

Scenario 1 – students who can speak Spanish and/or Italian

If you have a strong background in Spanish or Italian, it will be quite easy for you to understand what Portuguese people say.

However, it will be very hard for these students to lose the Spanish/Italian accent that will affect their Portuguese accent. After 6-9 months of hard work, many students can finish level B1 in Portuguese.

Scenario 2 – students who speak more than one language (none of them is Spanish or Italian)

For these students, learning Portuguese is usually a quite simple process. Learning a third language is always easier than learning a second language as students are already comfortable with concepts as verbs, regular verbs, irregular verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions,…

After 9-12 months, many students can already solve 95% of their problems in Portuguese (1 on 1 situation) – B1/B2 students. In a group situation, with noise and with native speakers speaking very quickly, these students will still face problems.

Scenario 3 – students who speak only one language (and that language isn’t Spanish or Italian)

For this final group, we have many different examples. We have several students that after 1 year are finishing level B1. But we also have other Portuguese students who struggle to maintain a simple conversation after 12 months (which means that are still A2 students).

In conclusion, it really depends on you; the number of hours that you will spend learning Portuguese, the materials that you will use, the teacher that you are going to have, how much you will enjoy your Portuguese lessons, how keen you are to start speaking the language and also your personality: Extrovert people tend to succeed faster because they are not afraid of the mistakes.


Article 4: Do you want to test your PORTUGUESE level?

Our on-line Portuguese test will take you only 3 minutes.



ARTICLE 5: Should I use E-learning platforms (to improve my Portuguese)?

The answer is definitely YES. These tools offer us many different advantages such as:

You can study Portuguese everywhere and anytime. You just have to have a smartphone

  1. You will learn new words and you will expand your vocabulary very quickly
  2. It will consolidate your grammar because you will have many opportunities and many activities to revise over and over again the concepts that you learned during your Portuguese lessons.
  3. Nowadays, there a very high number of platforms that you offer you games that will teach you many words and many rules in Portuguese. If you really want to learn Portuguese you will find loads of materials (our platforms are free for our students)

Summing up, if you’re learning Portuguese in Lisbon you should use as many resources as possible. However, you should never forget that these E-learning platforms will never play the role of a simple conversation with a native speaker. Speaking is the key!


ARTICLE 6: Should I watch Portuguese TV to learn Portuguese?

 

The answer, once again, Yes and No.

Yes, you are an advanced student. These students (B1 and C1) already have a very relevant amount of information about the Portuguese language. They can also understand native speakers if they’re having a one on one conversation with them.  However, in a group situation, they still struggle to maintain the discussion fluently. This is the group of Portuguese students who should spend their time watching Portuguese Tv in order to improve their listening skills. Watching Tv (or listening radio) in a different language is very challenging,  It is the kind of activity that should be used only for advanced students. Why?

Because, if you are an A1 or an A2 student in Portuguese, you will be wasting your time with Portuguese TV. Your time is limited and you should use it wisely. If you are an A1 student, you should spend your time consolidation A1 structures and A1 vocabulary in Portuguese. The same logic applies to A2 students, As stated before, watching Portuguese Tv is a B2 or C1 activity. This means that an A1 or A2 student, can’t learn Portuguese or consolidate anything with a B2 or C1 activity. Keep yourself studying materials that are in accordance with your current level. Don’t waste your time with activities that are too hard for you.


ARTICLE 7: the sounds of the Portuguese language. How to learn them?

The first tip; don’t spend all your energy on this topic. If you’re learning Portuguese, you will shortly understand that there are other grammar content that is much more important for your learning process in Portuguese.

On the first day of your Portuguese course, you will notice that many students will try to learn and understand all the sounds that a native Portuguese speaker can do. It is not a good strategy to learn Portuguese. Just go with the flow. We are pretty sure that your Portuguese teacher will teach many different sounds and rules during your Portuguese course. Don’t try to learn all the sounds on your first day of course! Even if you try, believe us, you will not succeed.  So, make sure that you keep yourself focused on the keys points on the language because these key points will give the opportunity to start communicating soon.

The only effective strategy to become an expert on Portuguese sounds is… daily communication in Portuguese! You will have to use your Portuguese every day for a long period of time (2, 3, 4 years or more). Then, your accent will get better and better and you will finally produce the Portuguese sounds correctly.


ARTICLE 8: moving to Lisbon? Check our Tips.

Start learning the language (some vocabulary) a few weeks before your arrival (use an E-learning platform to do it).

  1.  Avoid the hear of the city center (it is too expensive and too busy). Pick an area with a good public transportation connection to the center of Lisbon (metro, train or boat. Buses and trams aren’t very reliable). We suggest the following areas: parede, algés, carcavelos, cacilhas.
  2. Try to find a job (or at least a few job interviews before your arrival in Lisbon). Finding a good job in Lisbon can be challenging. You can also start a new business which will probably be a much better choice than job hunting.
  3. Once you arrive at Lisbon, do an intensive course of Portuguese (25 or 30 hours). This will make you feel more comfortable with the language.
  4. Try to meet Portuguese people. They will be super important to improve your Portuguese language. They can also give you good tips about your future choices in Lisbon.
ARTICLE 9: Portuguese grammar, key points

If you’re learning Portuguese in Lisbon or if you’re planning to do this, you have to read this article.

You can not memorize all the information that you will learn on your A1 course. So, this means that you have to make a selection of what is more important for you.

Verbs: In the present tense (in Portuguese), there are regular and irregular verbs. You have to be able to conjugate, by heart and as soon as possible, the three categories of regular verbs (AR, ER, and IR).

The list of irregular verbs in very long in the present tense, but, to start, you only have to be comfortable with 4 irregular verbs. Can you guess which are the big 4 irregular verbs in Portuguese?

SER, ESTAR, TER, and IR.

If you can conjugate these verbs well, we can guarantee you that you will be able to start communicating in Portuguese.

Vocabulary: expand your vocabulary, use flash cards and use our E-learning platforms (QUIZLET). Keep yourself in contact with the language, play games and solve activity. Make sure you have some fun while you do this.

Numbers: to do some shopping in Lisbon or to solve simple and daily activities, you have to be able to say the Portuguese numbers fluently. Spend some time with this topic, some Portuguese numbers can be challenging (especially number between 11 and 19).

Daily verbs in Portuguese: to start communicating in Portuguese, you have to know all the daily verbs in Portuguese. Most of them are regular, which means that the conjugation in simple. You can use our platform to help you: https://quizlet.com/class/5755931/

QUESTION WORDS: asking questions in Portuguese is a critical part of a normal conversation. You have to know well the following interrogative pronouns: qual (what), o que (what for open questions), que (which), onde (where), quem (who), quando (when), como (how).

 

Article 10: Lisbon’ Miradouros
The capital of Portugal has gorgeous spots that you can use to admire our beloved city: Lisbon!

As you probably know, Lisbon is known as the seven hills city. Even if you don’t like to walk and go up the uphills, you have to admit that a city like ours has many advantages, one of them is the Miradouros.

There are plenty of them in Lisbon that will offer you unique perspectives of the city. If you’re learning Portuguese in Lisbon or even if you are just visiting the city this is something that you can’t miss in Portugal.

Now it is time to check our suggestions (our top 3):

Miradouro in Alcântara

Not far from the famous “elevador da Gloria”, it has an iconic view of Lisbon. If you don’t like to walk, you will love this option! From this spot, you can admire the east side of Lisbon.

Portas do Sol Miradouro

If you’re visiting Alfama this is a place that you have to visit. The sunrise is beautiful, moreover, you can have a coffee and enjoy the view at any time of the day or the night.

Miradouro da Graça

Great and romantic. It is related to a famous Portuguese poet who loved to spend her time admiring Lisbon. Her name was Sophia Andersen and if you decide to visit this “miradouro” you will see her statue next to it. This spot is a very romantic place, ideal for you and your partner.

 

 

 

 

 

Article 11: key points for A2 content

If you’re learning Portuguese and if you still don’t have a Portuguese teacher, you have to know which are the A2 grammar key points.

Check our opinion about this topic:

The most important tip is: You have to find a teacher to do listening and speaking activities! It is the best and the most effective way to consolidate A2 content.

In terms of grammar content you will learn:

  • Diagonal pronouns such as “comigo, contigo, connosco, com ele”…
  • Imperative. This tense is used to give instructions to someone [example: “desculpe” = I am sorry (formal) or “desculpa” = I am sorry (informal)]
  • Pretérito Imperfeito (past tense). In Portuguese we use this tense to talk about many different contexts (examples: 1-to order in a polite way (example: “queria um café”, 2- to talk about repetitive actions in the past (example: “antigamente ia muito ao cinema”, 3-to talk about our age in the past (example: “tinha 12 anos quanto fui ao Porto”)
  • Time prepositions (examples: de manhã = in the morning, à tarde/noite = at night)
  • Conditional (example: “gostaria de ir ao Brasil” = I would like to go to Brazil
  • Direct and indirect pronouns (example: amo-te = I love you)
  • Indefinite pronouns (variable and invariable. A few examples: ninguém, alguém, tudo, nada, outro,..
  • “Infinitivo pessoal”. This is a tense that doesn’t exist in any other idiom/language. We usually say that when we use “Infinitivo pessoal” we bend the verb (examples: “para ires a Lisboa, tens de apanhar o autocarro” = to go to Lisbon you have to catch the bus)
  • Partícula apassivante SE. Example: Vendem-se casas!
  • Regular and irregular Past participles. How to to use them, guide-line. Examples: “Eu tenho lido muito”  = I have been reading a lot.

Grammar is important but we don’t want to finish this article without stressing how important is speaking and listening Portuguese. That is the key point of your learning plan!

 

Article 12: Are you starting from scratch? This article is for you. 

Learning Portuguese can be challenging but it is perfectly achievable.

If you have decided to learn it, you will probably be glad to know that you can do some pre-work to prepare yourself for the challenge.

Check our tips:

  1. Try a European Portuguese E-learning platformE-learning Platforms can be very useful to expand your Portuguese vocabulary and to listen for the first time European Portuguese. No one can learn a language only with this kind of platforms, but they are useful to introduce yourself to our language.
  2. Listen to portuguese radio and watch Portuguese television. You won’t be able to understand much but it will give you a first impression of the Portuguese sounds.
  3. Buy an A1 book and start studying the grammar content. Make sure that you learn regular verbs by heart (-AR, -ER and -IR) and the most important irregular verbs (Ser, Ter, Estar, and Ser)
  4. Do some flash cards every day to expand the number of Portuguese words that you know.
  5. After a few weeks, you should start to write down simple sentences in Portuguese. Very important Tip: KEEP it simple! The main idea is to use the most important verbs (daily verbs) in the present tense.
  6. Find a weekly study routine (we suggest 3 to 5 hours of study per week). Don’t be too ambitious with your learning Portuguese process!If you can do this, we are sure that you will be very well prepared to start your Portuguese course in Lisbon. Prior preparation will make you feel more relaxed and comfortable with all the information that you will receive during your Portuguese course in Lisbon