It’s not very well known information but Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages in the world.
It comes in seventh place. This represents around 240 million native speakers around the world and places the Portuguese language in front of other languages such as French, Japanese, or German.
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, but also of Brazil, which explains the large number of Portuguese speakers. Let’s remember that Brazilians represent around 200 million people.
The language is also spoken in some African countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, and Cape Verde. In Asia, Portuguese is spoken in Macao (near China) and East Timor.
As you can imagine, there are many reasons to learn Portuguese.
How should one select the best Portuguese language learner?
It’ll often be more difficult to find a Portuguese tutor than a Spanish one, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an impossible task. Obviously you’re chances will increase if you live in a city with large Portuguese speaking populations, but even outside of this you can often find a language school offering Portuguese, or even a Portuguese tutor in your city on the Superprof website.
How to learn Portuguese no longer needs to be a question that you struggle to answer.
Although it is more difficult to find Portuguese teachers at an institution than French or Spanish teachers, some institutions offer Portuguese language learning at the high school level.
You can do a search online depending on your county in order to find out which high schools offer Portuguese. You will see that there are not many but that they do exist…
It’s never too early to learn the beautiful Portuguese language!
There are some big differences when it comes to regions:
It is also possible to find a Portuguese teacher in private schools. Online you can find the list of private schools offering Portuguese classes.
You will have no problem finding a Portuguese language program in higher education.
The traditional Portuguese BA in Language and Literature stream offers students the opportunity to learn the Portuguese langauge in order to become bilingual at the end of their four year degree. This BA exists for other languages such as Chinese, Russian, Spanish, French, and Italian.
The modalities sometimes differ in terms of the educational objectives. For some, literature will be a priority. In other academies, the emphasis is on history.
You can also get a certificate for the Portuguese language that does not come in the form of a BA, this is usually given through a summer program. You can find such programs in major cities of the US such as Chicago, Boston, Miami, or LA.
These summer courses exist in many universities and for different languages such as:
Such a certificate will give you operational communication skills in the given language and allow you to build written and oral comprehension skills in the language. It is often divided in at least two levels of difficulty.
This program is much more intensive than a Bachelor’s Degree, which happens over a course of four years–but it’s up to you to choose!
Some sites are perfect for memorizing and assimilating Portuguese vocabulary.
Learning Portuguese online via a virtual teacher is also quite feasible. Self-taught classes can be implemented to the courses you take with either a public or private institution, or with your classes with a private tutor. Make sure to select the tutor that is perfect for you, and who matches your learning style and aims. You can find plenty of advice on how to choose a Portuguese tutor online so that you know what to look out for.
The Easy Portuguese website offers support for learners of the Brazilian Portuguese language.
Many tools are available to learners and the site accompanies each student for free with:
The learner remains master of his or her learning with the possibility of a tutor stepping in when he or she needs. Paid courses are available on the site in packs that range from 150 to 440 USD according to the expectations and level requested by the student.
For those who are fans of interactive tools and learning things more playfully, Babbel is a great virtual teacher.
A trial version is available to test out its different features:
To become familiar with Portuguese and learn its different idioms, choose a great tutor!
Superprof, a private tutoring platform on the web, offers many formulas for learning Portuguese, whether it is oral Portuguese from Portugal or Brazilian Portuguese. The features and variants are numerous:
Each student will find his or her happiness and the modality most appropriate for his or her personality, his or her expectations in terms of work and methodology. There is also a consideration for the student’s personal obligations and schedule.
What’s more, the cost of Portuguese classes differs depending on the teacher meaning that you are more likely to find something that suits your budget.
The Tutor Hub platform also offers the possibility of connecting a Portuguese learner with a tutor. When searching for a tutor you will be asked what your language level is, what your budget is, and what your location is.
The results of the search correspond directly to your profile.
This is the method that most resembles true immersion in the language: learning on the ground. The learning will be rather centered on the oral aspect of the language (conversations, dialogues) but we think that it is a formidable tool of rapid progression.
If you can not afford to travel to Lisbon, talk to the Portuguese locals in your area!
As we have seen, the Portuguese diaspora is very present in the North East. It is not uncommon to find Portuguese restaurants or shops selling Iberian products.
For a student, you could learn by working in one of these shops. Many customers are Portuguese-speakers and can help you learn the Portuguese language like a native.
Once again, another search online will take you to the Portuguese shops in the aforementioned US cities that have a large Portuguese population.
For those who do not have enough time, being a customer in these stores can help you create links and opportunities with Portuguese speakers.
But also, keep in mind the important tips from TED Translators regarding your approach to learning any new foreign language:
There are many choices available to you!