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How Much Should You Be Paying for Your Portuguese Tutor?

From Jon, published on 20/02/2018 Blog > Languages > Portuguese > What Is The Price of Portuguese Lessons?

Is it simple linguistic curiosity or a genuine desire to deepen your knowledge in the Portuguese language?

Like with any foreign language, learning Portuguese requires a double investment: time and money.

Are you looking to join the more than 200 million Portuguese speakers?

There are lots of tips for how to learn Portuguese on the internet, but first, let’s take a look at a few simple tips from TED Translators:

  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.
  6. Make new friends. Interacting in the new language is key — it will teach you to intuitively express your thoughts, instead of mentally translating each sentence before you say it. Find native speakers near you. Or search for foreign penpals or set up a language tandem online, where two volunteers help one another practice their respective languages.

Let’s get started, then!

How Much Does a Superprof Class Cost?

Thanks to a large network of language teachers, the Superprof platform connects learners and tutors for French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean lessons etc…Portuguese is also a choice, whether it is the Portuguese of the old continent or Latin American Brazilian Portuguese.

So you’re now wondering how much, on average, a tutor charges for a language course on Superprof…Are there different rates depending on the language you want to learn?

Yes. Overall, the statistics of the platform tend to prove that learning an unusual foreign language such as Lithuanian, Burmese, or Norwegian is more expensive (between 25 and 33 USD per hour on average). The same logic applies to dialects or regional languages ​​such as Basque or Castilian.

This is explained by the lack of qualified teachers in the language, which means that there are fewer teachers around.

The second factor that justifies courses to have a higher rate are those that are more specific, such as preparation for a diploma in a given language or on very specific topics such as business French.


reasonable-price These French Superprofs offer an interactive and fun course at differing prices.

Thus, if we take the case of French, the hourly average is higher for a course that will help you to prepare for the TOIEC or TOEFL than an online course or a traditional one hour English lesson.

The most frequently requested languages such as French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, or Chinese have lower hourly rates that are more or less similar, oscillating between 30 and 50 USD per hour.

Also discover how to choose a Portuguese tutor…

How Much Does a Class with a Superprof Tutor Cost?

We know that choosing the right Portuguese tutor is important when you start your classes, but that equally you need someone who fits your budget.

Because there are some differences between the Portuguese of Europe and Brazilian Portuguese (especially in terms of pronunciation, accent, and Portuguese vocabulary), the Superprof platform makes a clear distinction between these two versions of Portuguese.

On our platform, there are 242 Portuguese teachers with an average hourly rate of 30 USD.

In Brazilian Portuguese, 195 teachers offer their services for an average hourly cost of 35 USD.

Nevertheless, many tutors can teach both.

raise-level More and more Portuguese tutors are available on our platform to help to raise your language level!

On Superprof, a private Portuguese lesson via webcam costs on average 20 USD per hour with prices ranging from 10 to 30 USD. The vast majority of courses are taught between 15 and 25 USD per hour.

The price difference is generally explained by the experience and degree of proficiency of the Portuguese tutor. Some can supervise a wide range of students: beginners wishing to learn Portuguese for the first time and nearly bilingual students wanting a true linguistic immersion.

What we also see is that the average price of a lesson time rises on average to 52 USD for students taking lessons with a native tutor whose mother tongue is Portuguese.

But it is perhaps at this price that a learner will learn to ace Portuguese grammar and will be able to improve and master the Portuguese language at a quicker pace!

Do not forget that a native Brazilian tutor will be able to give you the keys to understanding Brazilian civilization and Brazilian culture!

In addition to language learning you may be entitled to a real cultural immersion with such a teacher!

At the sight of these numbers and in comparison with the other languages ​​most in demand, Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese are on the low end of things in terms of rates.

How to Find a Cheaper Portuguese Class

For those who winced at the mention of these prices, know that there are many opportunities and ways to lower the cost of a Portuguese course!

Classes via Webcam (especially for you New Yorkers!)

With this option you don’t need to worry about where you can learn Portuguese. On average, webcam classes are cheaper than in-home classes, and allow you to learn where ever you are in the world.

This is all the more true for classes in New York. It seems normal that the price would be lowered as the teacher does not have to travel to your home and can enjoy significant schedule flexibility.

This usually affects the course’s price.

If we take the example of English classes, they are charged on average 25 USD per hour in Paris whereas via webcam you may be asked an average of 20 USD.

A student will also save time, especially one living in NYC or other big cities. A course via webcam will mean you will avoid a good hour of public transportation to reach your tutor when the classes are scheduled outside of your home. Don’t forget that time is a rare commodity our days!

As far as Portuguese goes, you should also know that classes via webcam are charged less than the in-home classes found in New York City.

Group Classes

Group classes sometimes address more specific topics than individual classes. But they are also a great way to pool individual costs.

Because they require meticulous organization, these courses are extremely useful in order to progress in a particular field (the ability to hold an oral conversation in a specific field, mastering the specific vocabulary of a given branch, etc.).

They also make for a great learning energy within the group. Generally, these groups contain around 6 people maximum, which will allow you to benefit from group effects, without necessarily feeling the sometimes negative aspects (you have to rely on yourself much more than in private lessons).

Remember that it doesn’t matter what type of classes you choose, you will need to study between your Portuguese classes in order to advance at the rate that you want.

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Fluctuating Rates According to the Different Cities

The geographical factor also explains the varied rates.

On average, a private class costs more in New York or in the New York region than in other smaller cities like New Bedford and New Haven.

Attractive prices can also be found in cities in smaller states. Anywhere near a big city is going to be better than a big city itself in terms of rates.

To be quite clear on the subject, we have compiled the average Portuguese hourly rates for Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese in the 5 largest cities of the United States.

How Much Does it Cost to Learn Portuguese for One Year in College?

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Perfect mastery of the Portuguese language requires total immersion in the country so that every situation you encounter means you will further learn Portuguese. It is also a way of working efficiently and intensively!

For those of you who have the opportunity, why not go for a semester abroad or take a one-year language training program in Portugal or Brazil in order to study and deepen your skills?

You’re probably wondering – how much does it cost?

Whatever you are studying, tuition fees in a public institution of higher education vary on average between 800 and 1500 USD. In private education we are looking at much higher fees–all the way up to 4000 USD a semester.

These amounts are lower than in the United States (especially for private institutions). You should also know that the cost of living in Portugal is lower than it is in the USA, which also makes the ticket being so expensive easier. Ready, set, go?

In short:

  • The main thing to remember is that the average amount you will spend for a Portuguese or a Brazilian Portuguese course is low compared to the average cost of learning a foreign language.
  • Many factors explain the price differences. They can be linked to the student, such as the specificity of his or her request and his or her work axes. They can also be linked to the tutor (experience, diplomas and training, methodology or approach).
  • One can’t predict the exact amount of a Portuguese course, which depends on geographical location factors.
  • Keep in mind that rates are more expensive in the NYC area than in the provinces and that rates are cheaper on the outskirts of a big city than in the center. Nevertheless, many factors such as taking a course via webcam rather than in person, or a group course rather than a private course will lower your bill.
  • The last method, which is the most engaging and probably the most effective, is to immerse yourself in the language by going to study in Portugal or Brazil. Language learning always requires a real investment of some kind, so dive in!

The reasons for learning Portuguese are endless. All you need to do is choose the right method for you and begin your journey that could take you to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, or the old streets of Lisbon.


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