Before you get started with learning Portuguese, there are a few things you need to know about learning a new language and what are the best options according to your needs and goals.
Portuguese is the official language of 9 countries, like Portugal, Brazil and Macau in China, and counts over 200 million speakers around the world! After English, Portuguese is the faster growing European language.
What are the different language levels for Portuguese?
Is this your first time starting a new language? Or have you studied Portuguese before, and you just want to refresh your level and keep improving? No matter where you stand, the easiest way to figure out your current level in Portuguese is recommended to complete a proficiency test online. You can also find out more below and start figuring out where you are at with Portuguese.
In Europe, the CEFR or Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is an international standard for describing language ability and knowledge. This framework divides a language course into a 6 point scale that you have probably already heard of. The CEFR starts at A1 for beginners and ends up at C2 for those who have achieved the highest level of understanding and mastering a language.
This scale was designed and agreed upon by the Council of Europe, you can find out more in detail about the full framework here.
Here, we will guide you through an overview of each level of this language scale.
This level designates the beginner language level, where the basics and essential instructions of a language are taught. If you have never studied Portuguese or have not achieved a minimum of 10 hours, this means that you belong to this level in order to acquire the very basics of the Portuguese language that will allow you to pave your way to the intermediate level.
The B1/B2 level stands for 'intermediate', which is usually the level you achieve with the language you studied in school. At the end of this level, you will be able to enter the speaking world of Portuguese. You will be able to introduce yourself and others, share about your hobbies and ask for directions or about the time.
The intermediate level can be the most challenging because during this level is when you acquire lots of vocabulary and grammar. Both are fundamental when learning any language and a great way to start the conversations you want to have in Portuguese and keep improving your skills to move to the next level!
Once you have grasped the fundamentals of Portuguese grammar and expanded your vocabulary in many topics, you will finally be in the 'Advanced' level of the language.
When you are an advanced student of Portuguese, you have a significant understanding of Portuguese in numerous contexts and are able to respond in conversations with native speakers. If your knowledge is close to a C2, which is the last and highest language level, you are even capable of using and understanding colloquial slang, as well as different accents, spoken by locals.
The importance of conversations
Throughout your learning process, conversation with native speakers or someone with a higher level of Portuguese than you plays a major role in improving your skills in terms of vocabulary, grammar, and oral expression in Portuguese.
This exercise is fundamental during the whole length of your language studies and at any level. Conversation represents a significant part of the language exams for each level, that's why it should be your top priority and commitment when learning Portuguese or any language.
Some students have specific needs, a great example is the 'Business language level', which allows students to reach an expert level for business transactions in Portuguese.
Grammar is as important as the vocabulary, to express yourself appropriately and write emails professionally. Vocabulary and jargon in business Portuguese will include very specific words according to the industry or trade you will be involved in. For example, the business Portuguese will differ for the financial sector, engineering sector, the import-export trade as well as many more.
Having the right communication skills will help you develop your professional network beyond borders and perhaps even give you new job opportunities and perspectives in your field.
Find a place that suits your Portuguese studies and level
Nowadays, we have the chance to have several ways of learning a language, and thus many ways of finding Portuguese lessons in London. Below you will find the different places where you can learn Portuguese in London.
University of Westminster, Regent Street Campus, London
The University of Westminster offers courses for the three different levels, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced. They offer online and on-campus courses, depending on what adapts best to your lifestyle. The prices vary according to your level, the online or on-campus class and how intense you want your course to be.
Portuguese Global, previously known as LinguaDirecta, is the UK's largest Portuguese school and Europe's leading school of Portuguese. They offer online training in groups or one-to-one classes, crash courses to acquire survival skills in Portuguese, but also offer corporate or business Portuguese. If you want a tailored class, and you already have an intermediate level, this option might be a good fit.
Imperial College London, London
The Imperial College London offers Portuguese classes with a focus on Brazilian Portuguese. If you already know that you will need to learn Brazilian Portuguese, it is best to start with what you really need. Their courses are online, and in the evenings, if you require more information about this option you can contact them through their website.
International House, London
The International House is also a great option to learn Portuguese, no matter your level. They also offer online and face-to-face courses, their 'In-company' option is a good option if you have a good level and want to learn specific skills for business or another sector, they adapt to your schedules and budgets.
Online Portuguese Lessons With A Tutor
If none of the previous options is really suited for you, or you like to learn in an environment that adapts quickly to your needs and your progress, a Superprof Tutor might be a great option for you! Currently, there are 112 Portuguese Tutors located in London, but you can also find them in Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds or anywhere in the United Kingdom. Each one of them offers different levels, tuition, online or face-to-face and can also help you with the set of skills you want to acquire: Brazilian Portuguese, colloquial slang, business conversation and more!
Remember that you can also have a first free lesson to see if the Tutor you choose really fits all your needs and expectations. Being able to develop a good teacher-student relationship early on will encourage your Portuguese studies.
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