Learning a new language can be challenging, but there are so many benefits to speaking a foreign language. When it comes to Portuguese, knowing the language means that you can converse with over 200 million Portuguese speakers, while also opening yourself up to a wealth of literature, films, and new cultural experiences.
Whether you know nothing about Portuguese, or you consider yourself a near-native speaker, you should be able to find a language course in Edinburgh to suit you.
Like many other cities across the UK, there are lots of opportunities to learn Portuguese (either the variety spoken in Brazil or Portugal) across Edinburgh.
Below are just a few places that you might wish to research further, but this list is by no means exclusive!
There are a number of ways you can learn Portuguese in Edinburgh (Image Source: Pixabay)
The language centre inlingua offers Portuguese lessons in both Brazilian and European Portuguese in a range of learning formats. Its website says:
“We offer evening Portuguese courses, duo lessons and private tuition to suit all levels. Whether you are a complete beginner interested in learning a new language, or an experienced speaker looking to brush up on your existing skills, we offer a range of Portuguese classes to suit you.
If you are unsure of your level, we will happily schedule a free assessment with no obligations before the course begins.”
So, if you’re interested in taking evening group Portuguese courses, then inlingua’s lessons run for an hour and a half once a week, from 6.30 pm to 8 pm. The length of the evening classes varies depending on the number of students, with the course running for:
Alternatively, you could look at private Portuguese lessons, which are offered in blocks of five 90-minute lessons. Private lessons are offered for both general and business level Portuguese.
There are also duo lessons on offer with inlingua, which is great if you have a friend or colleague who is also interested in learning or improving their Portuguese language skills. Each lesson runs for 90-minutes, and the time and date of the lesson are flexible, although there is a “minimum of 2 lessons at any time.”
The Portuguese Teacher, Irineu De Oliveira, offers face to face Portuguese tuition as well as tuition through Skype. Irineu offers a mixture of class formats, such as:
“group courses, home tuition, intensive immersion courses and online lessons via Skype.”
What’s more, The Portuguese Teacher also offers business Portuguese. According to its website:
“The Portuguese Teacher currently delivers language services for businesses across Scotland in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, engineering, medical, research, technology and energy sectors.
From Edinburgh to Aberdeen, our specialities include in-house tuition and immersion courses at very competitive prices. With roots in Brazil, we are also able to offer specialist services including consultancy, translation, visa support, marketing, localisation and research.”
As an additional incentive, The Portuguese Teacher offers a free trial lesson – so if you’re not sure whether Portuguese is the language for you, or if you want to make sure you’re comfortable with the format of lessons, then a trial lesson can be a great option to consider.
Four different types of Portuguese language courses are offered:
The format of lessons is flexible. For example, you can have lessons at your own home or at the office, at times that suit you. You can also have Portuguese lessons on a one to one format or in a small group setting.
Another great way to improve your Portuguese skills, whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced speaker, is to take an adult Portuguese language class at a university.
The University of Edinburgh, for example, offers short courses in 24 different languages, including Arabic, German and Dutch, Russian, and Portuguese.
What’s more, the courses offered are tailored to different ability levels, with classes ranging from;
Further information about each ability level can be found on the university’s website.
When it comes to Portuguese courses offered by the university, a Portuguese Beginners course is offered, as well as a Portuguese Elementary course. Both courses run in the evenings.
So, if you fall within these ability levels, this could be a great way to improve your Portuguese writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills.
If you’re serious about studying Portuguese, then you might learn Portuguese as part of an undergraduate degree (Image Source: Pixabay)
Are you passionate about modern foreign languages, or are you looking to take on an in-depth study of the Portuguese language? Then taking a Portuguese degree at university might be for you.
Edinburgh University offers a number of MA programmes in Portuguese.
You might choose to study Portuguese as a standalone subject. Alternatively, combined degrees are also offered, including, but not limited to:
Why study Portuguese at the University of Edinburgh? According to the university’s website:
“This programme offers you the chance to perfect your skills in the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. The programme is designed to provide you with a deep knowledge of the cultures where Portuguese is spoken (in Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and São Tomé e Príncipe).”
Note that there are entry requirements that you would have to meet in order to undertake a Portuguese degree at the University of Edinburgh. Details regarding those entry requirements can be found on the relevant degree’s webpage.
Another great aspect of studying a foreign language at university is that you usually have the opportunity to go on a year abroad. If you are able to spend a year in Portugal or Brazil as part of your degree, it would be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the local culture, while also providing a great chance to improve your spoken Portuguese, and, hopefully, become fluent in the language.
The kinds of topics you might cover during your Portuguese lessons will likely depend on a number of factors, including:
For example, let’s say you’re a complete beginner looking at taking a basic Portuguese course. You might cover areas such as:
Lessons are also likely to contain a range of exercises to practice reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in Portuguese.
As you become more advanced in Portuguese, the content of the lessons is likely to become more complex.
For instance, if you were an advanced Portuguese speaker then the content of your Portuguese lessons would be markedly different. In advanced classes, you’re much more likely to cover advanced aspects of grammar, improve your vocabulary in very specific and technical areas, and also practice your spoken Portuguese skills in greater depth and by discussing more complex matters.
Your Portuguese lessons could cover a variety of different topics, including introducing yourself and common greetings (Image Source: Pixabay)
Another option when it comes to having Portuguese lessons is to hire a private tutor with Superprof. Superprof has tutors across a range of subjects and languages, including Portuguese.
The benefit of having a private tutor is that you can focus on the areas of Portuguese that you’re most interested in, whether that’s grammar, building your vocabulary, or just practising your spoken Portuguese.
What’s more, you often have more flexibility with a private tutor when it comes to deciding how many Portuguese lessons you’d like to have, how often they take place, and where you have your lessons. Many tutors offer Skype as well as in-person lessons, so you can also choose the format that best works for you, which is especially handy if you’re often travelling or find it difficult to make it to a set venue each week.
To see if there’s a Portuguese tutor near you today that can help you become better at Portuguese, simply enter your postcode and subject and search Superprof’s database for available tutors. You should also be able to get an idea of how experienced a tutor is, and make an initial decision on whether you think that tutor may be able to help you.