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Where Can You Learn Portuguese?

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Portuguese > Where to Find Your Portuguese Teacher

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.

selection-tutor 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.

Finding a Portuguese Teacher at School

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…

beautiful-language It’s never too early to learn the beautiful Portuguese language!

There are some big differences when it comes to regions:

  • It will be much easier to find a middle school or high school offering Portuguese classes in the NY region or in the New Bedford region, which has many first and second generation Portuguese people.
  • In other parts of the United States, you may have a harder time–some cities only offer one high school with Portuguese.

It is also possible to find a Portuguese teacher in private schools. Online you can find the list of private schools offering Portuguese classes.

Finding a Portuguese Professor in College

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:

  • German,
  • English,
  • Arab,
  • Spanish,
  • Modern Greek,
  • Italian,
  • Polish,
  • Portuguese,
  • And Russian.

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!

Is Your Future Portuguese Tutor on the Web?

vocab-portugal 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.

Easy Portuguese

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:

  • Videos and podcasts
  • Various lesson plans,
  • Conversation guide,
  • Practice exercises with corrections,
  • And the possibility of exchanges via language forums, for example.

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:

  • Voice recognition for pronunciation,
  • Interactive exercises for vocabulary learning,
  • And the possibility to continue learning anywhere on the mobile application.
  • The paid version of the application is available for a period of one month, three months, six months and one year with rates starting at 5 USD/month for those choosing to pay for a year of learning.

Finding a Private Portuguese Tutor on an Online Platform

great-tutor 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:

  • In-home private lessons with a tutor,
  • Private tuition at a café,
  • Courses via a webcam on Skype,
  • Individual courses,
  • Or collective classes in small groups.

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.

Tutor Hub

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.

Learn to Speak Portuguese Through Immersion

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.

portuguese-area 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:

  1. Get real. Decide on a simple, attainable goal to start with so that you don’t feel overwhelmed. German translator Judith Matz suggests: “Pick up 50 words of a language and start using them on people — and then slowly start picking up grammar.”
  2. Make language-learning a lifestyle change. Elisabeth Buffard, who in her 27 years of teaching English has always seen consistency as what separates the most successful students from the rest. Find a language habit that you can follow even when you’re tired, sick or madly in love.
  3. Play house with the language. The more you invite a foreign language into your daily life, the more your brain will consider it something useful and worth caring about. “Use every opportunity to get exposed to the new language,” says Russian translator Olga Dmitrochenkova. Label every object in your house in this language, read kids’ books written in it, watch subtitled TED and TEDx talks, or live-narrate parts of your day to an imaginary foreign friend.
  4. Let technology help you out. Dmitrochenkova has a great idea: “A funny thing like resetting the language on your phone can help you learn new words right away,” she says. Ditto for changing the language on your browser. Or you can seek out more structured learning opportunities online. Dutch translator Els De Keyser recommends Duolinguo for its gamified approach to grammar, and Anki for memorizing vocabulary with its “intelligent” flashcards.
  5. Think about language-learning as a gateway to new experiences. To Spanish translator Sebastián Betti, learning a language has always been about focusing on the experiences that the new language would open up, from “visiting theme parks, attending air shows, enjoying cowboy poetry and folk-rock festivals, to learning about photo-essay techniques.” In other words, he thinks of fun things that he wanted to do anyway, and makes them into a language-learning opportunity. Many of our translators shared this advice. Italian and French translator Anna Minoli learned English by watching undubbed versions of her favorite movies, while Croatian translator Ivan Stamenković suddenly realized he could speak English in fifth grade, after years of watching the Cartoon Network without subtitles. So the next time you need a vegan carrot cake recipe, find one in the language you’re trying to learn.

In short:

  • Learning Portuguese is a real asset to have on your resume. Remember that Brazil is a great place for students of the States to start their careers. Brazilian Portuguese is not so hard to learn, either!
  • But first of all, find a competent and trustworthy teacher to transmit his or her knowledge to you when it comes to Portuguese vocabulary, grammar, conjugation, pronunciation, and accent. A flawless method will get you a long way.
  • This is the key so that each learner can progress properly. Learning a foreign language also requires a significant personal time investment to achieve one’s goals. Since Portuguese is a Latin language, the learning will probably be less technical than other languages ​​such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, or Arabic.
  • There are different paths into the Portuguese language. You can make your Portuguese learning very academic by studying at school or at university, or you can use digital means such as websites or applications. A virtual teacher can fill learning gaps and provide significant linguistic lessons to new learners. Private lessons via platforms such as Superprof can also be an essential tool for studying and improving one’s language level in Portuguese.
  • Whatever method you choose, be sure to practice between Portuguese lessons in order to reinforce what you have studied and learnt.

There are many choices available to you!


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