Books for Learning European Portuguese

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These days, most people who are learning European Portuguese will want to do so via a course or an app. We all have our phones on us all the time, making it easy to study whenever we want, and, besides, most apps or websites offer a lot more functionality than a book.  That said, there’s … Read more

Does Babbel Offer European or Brazilian Portuguese?

Babbel is one of the biggest language learning companies in the world, offering courses for multiple languages such as Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Portuguese. But after starting to learn Portuguese with Babbel many people find themselves asking a question they didn’t know was important: does Babbel teach Brazilian or European Portuguese? The answer is: … Read more

Do You Need to Learn Portuguese to Live in Portugal?

An older woman with glasses and earbuds sits on a wicker bench in a garden in Portugal, smiling and waving at a laptop. She is wearing a white shirt and appears to be having a video call. The background includes greenery and a curtain.

Moving to a new country can be an exciting yet daunting experience, especially when there’s a language barrier. If you’re considering relocating to Portugal, you might be wondering if learning Portuguese is a necessity. In this article, we’ll explore the residency visa requirements and the day-to-day situations where knowing the language can make a difference. … Read more

Learning Portuguese to A1 Level (absolute Beginner)

According to the The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR or CEFL), the ability to speak, write, and understand a language can be broken into six stages: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2.  A1 is the first level, and it essentially means absolute beginner. If you have an A1 level of Portuguese, you’ll … Read more

Reviews: Michel Thomas Portuguese

Michel Thomas Portuguese is an interactive audio-based course that covers European Portuguese. It’s interactive because the teacher, Virginia Catmur, explains an aspect of Portuguese, she asks her two students several questions. Sometimes she also asks Paulo, the native Portuguese speaker in the group, to demonstrate how something is correctly pronounced. The constant questions keeps the … Read more

Can I Get An Exemption for the A2 Portuguese Exam?

For many people, passing the A2 exam – a requirement to obtain Portuguese citizenship and for non-EU citizens permanent residency too – can seem overwhelming, particularly if you suffer from something like dyslexia or hearing problems. What about cases where you cannot read or write? Is it possible to get an exemption? There isn’t much … Read more

How to Learn Portuguese From Scratch

To learn Portuguese from absolute zero… Where would you even start? As a Portuguese teacher, this is one of the things I am asked the most by beginners, who feel completely lost. Should I get a textbook?  Which is the best one?  Should I start with grammar?  How do I practice listening?  When do I … Read more