Although Portuguese isn’t one of the most popular languages to learn in schools across the UK, there are plenty of reasons why you might want to learn the language. Perhaps:
Whatever the reason for learning Portuguese in Cardiff, it’s important to have a good language teacher by your side to help you improve your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills in Portuguese.
It’s also important to try and identify what type of Portuguese you’d like to learn (such as conversational Portuguese or business Portuguese) as well as to what level you’d like to learn the language. This is because having this information can help narrow down your search for a language tutor who has experience teaching students with your level of Portuguese.
One of the best ways to get better at speaking and understanding Portuguese is to travel to a Portuguese-speaking country (Image Source: Pixabay)
Cardiff is a great city to learn a foreign language such as Portuguese in, as there are lots of resources and language tutors out there for all ability levels.
If you’re very new to learning Portuguese, or in fact, you don’t know anything about the language, then a beginners’ class in Cardiff is a great starting point.
Cardiff University, for example, offers a part-time course for adults called “Portuguese for Beginners I”. The class runs on Wednesday evenings for two hours and lasts for 12 weeks.
According to the course’s website, “this course is for students who are absolute beginners of Portuguese, who wish to be able to hold a basic conversation.”
So, if you’ve never tried your hand at Portuguese before, and want to find out more about the language, this could be a good course to attend.
The tutor mentioned in the course overview is also Brazilian, “so there will be a strong emphasis on cultural issues of Brazil.”
What’s more, “the following topics will be covered: introductions, nationalities, professions, countries and cities, at home, colours.”
Once you’ve completed “Portuguese for Beginners I” you might want to consider moving on to “Portuguese for Beginners II”. Equally, “Portuguese for Beginners II” may be a good starting point on your language learning journey if you already have some basic knowledge when it comes to Portuguese.
The topics covered in this course include “food and drink, dates and seasons, shopping, present actions, moving around”. Again, the course runs for 12 weeks.
Another Cardiff University course for those with basic knowledge of Portuguese is “Portuguese for Improvers Stage B”. This course is more in-depth and runs for 20 weeks. It covers certain aspects of grammar, such as:
Some examples of topics you might encounter during a beginners’ Portuguese class include:
Note that the actual content of your Portuguese lessons will depend on many factors, from class size, course and lesson length, and whether students have any pre-existing knowledge of European Portuguese or Brazilian Portuguese.
You might want to put your Portuguese skills into practice and travel to Brazil (Image Source: Pixabay)
Language Trainers offers Portuguese classes for a wide range of people in Cardiff, including people who would like to work on their conversational Portuguese as well as those looking to get better at Portuguese within a business setting.
Classes are also offered on a one to one, two to one, or small group basis, meaning you should be able to find a format that suits you.
Alternatively, there is Listen & Learn, which also offers Portuguese lessons in Cardiff. One of their selling points is that:
“Tutorials can take place any day of the week, including weekends, and can be scheduled for the morning, afternoon or evening. If your home or office is not suitable for you, you can attend the lesson at the teacher’s offices. You will be provided with all relevant lesson materials.”
One other way to learn Portuguese in Cardiff is to hire a Portuguese language tutor to help you improve your proficiency in the language.
Superprof has a range of language tutors, including Portuguese tutors, in Cardiff who can help you get better in Portuguese, for example by providing exercises designed to improve your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.
If you have aspirations to speak Portuguese fluently, then you might be considering undertaking some serious study in the language. If this is you, then you might be considering a degree in Portuguese at the University of Cardiff.
According to the university’s website:
“Whether you start as an absolute beginner, or already have advanced knowledge of Portuguese, by the end of your degree in Portuguese you will be fluent in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages, and you will have gained a broad understanding of the history and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world.
BA Portuguese is available as a Joint Honours degree programme in the School of Modern Languages (together with another language or with Translation). The programme is supported by Camões-Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua.”
If you’re looking to take a Portuguese degree at Cardiff University, then it’s worth attending an open day to find out more about their language programmes. If you can also speak to current or past students to find out what their opinions of the course are then so much the better.
You can take Portuguese classes specially designed to teach you Portuguese to use in business settings (Image Source: Pixabay)
Another reason why you might need to learn Portuguese is because of your job. Perhaps you have clients based in Portugal or Brazil, or Portuguese is spoken at your workplace – whatever the reason, sometimes it can help to know some Portuguese within a business setting.
Luckily, there are tutors in Cardiff that have experience teaching business Portuguese.
Cactus Language Training, for example, states on their website that:
“There is a demand for professionals with Portuguese language skills in Cardiff. Companies in Cardiff and its surrounding area are particularly looking for Portuguese-speaking translators and interpreters and in the customer service area. Organisations in the tourism industry are also recruiting employees with Portuguese language skills.”
Cactus Language Training offers language training for a range of ability levels, from beginners up to advanced speakers, and for business Portuguese courses they offer:
The course content is described as: “General Portuguese, business Portuguese, technical Portuguese or industry-specific Portuguese.”
Alternatively, you may decide to take a Portuguese course with a focus on business with Simon & Simon.
When discussing how Simon & Simon approach modern language teaching, their website states:
“The Communicative Approach, a teaching approach adopted throughout our courses, means that the majority of your Portuguese Course in Cardiff will be conducted in Portuguese. Adopting the Communicative Approach, students can see progress right from [their] very first session.”
Both one to one and group language training classes are available.
While the above courses are all great ways to get better at speaking Portuguese, whether you’re an absolute beginner or as an advanced speaker, there are things that you can do to maintain or improve your existing level of Portuguese.
For instance, it’s great to regularly try to listen to Portuguese programmes, whether from Portugal or Brazil, as this should help:
You might also consider watching films in Portuguese or listening to Portuguese radio, as other ways to immerse yourself in Portuguese-speaking culture.
Another great way to get better at Portuguese while practising your speaking skills is to travel to Portugal, Brazil, or another Portuguese-speaking country!
Travel is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the Portuguese-speaking world, while also giving you plenty of practice when it comes to speaking Portuguese with locals.
Ideally, the more time you can spend in Portugal or Brazil the better, but even if it’s only for a weekend away then that’s great as well.
Another way to improve your Portuguese reading skills is to read as much in Portuguese as possible. That might mean just reading the daily news in Portuguese, or it might mean reading works of literature from famous Portuguese speaking authors, such as Alexandre O’Neill or Fernando Pessoa.
The more you can read in Portuguese, the more opportunities you should give yourself to expand your vocabulary, and it should also help you to read Portuguese quicker.