Reviews: European Portuguese Master Course by Mia Esmeriz Academy

Last Updated: July 24, 2023 / 4 Comments

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Mia Esmeriz is a Portuguese language teacher from Porto with a masters in teaching Portuguese to foreigners from Porto University. Her courses, which cover A1 to B2 European Portuguese, combine more than 10 years of teaching experience which she has picked up both as a Portuguese teacher and a language learner.

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Each course from the Mia Esmeriz Academy is taught through a series of around 10 videos, and each video is roughly 40-60 minutes on average. There is usually a quiz at the end of each lesson, and there are occasional segments where you pause the video to do a mini quiz.

The videos primarily focus on grammar, but there’s usually some useful vocabulary thrown in as well and sometimes a sample conversation too. A typical lesson might focus on prepositions (learning how to say something is on, under, in front of, etc.) while also learning essential vocab for somewhere like the hospital or the supermarket.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Mia’s friendly demeanour makes digesting this fairly heavy material easier, but the style of the course is quite similar to sitting in a classroom. In the age of Duolingo and gamified learning, where many of us have the attention spans of a goldfish, that can be tough going. (Of course, you don’t have to watch the entire video in one go. You can do a bit at a time).

Regardless of whether you watch it in 20-minute chunks or 60 minutes at a time, you do need to concentrate. The style doesn’t lend itself well to listening along while driving or in the gym in the way that the courses from Pimsleur or Michel Thomas do, so you’ll need to actually block out some study time for this course.

If it seems like a lot of information, don’t worry: there’s also a printable PDF recap that comes with every lesson. And, even though you spend a lot of time listening rather than practicing forming sentences, the end of the lesson usually includes a quiz. There are also some exercises dotted around each lesson to keep things engaging.

Grammar is definitely the main strength of this course, and Mia does a great job of explaining things, but the courses aren’t as strong in areas like listening, speaking, and reading. (It’s worth pointing out that there isn’t a perfect course out there: each course has is strong in some areas and less so in others).

Mia does have other courses, such as her speech course which covers pronunciation, but you may still going to need to look at other courses and resources to top up some of the other areas.

Besides grammar, the courses definitely have other strengths.

A strength of this course, over say a textbook, is hearing Mia, a native Portuguese speaker, pronounce each of the words. Portuguese rarely sounds like we English speakers think it should, and so it’s best to hear each word spoken when learning them for the first time.

Another strength is that Mia responds to all of the comments from her students and, if you write in Portuguese, she’ll correct any mistakes. That’s something that’s definitely unique among language courses, and one of the reasons she has so many positive reviews on her site.

Finally, the course covers A1, A2, B1, and B2 Portuguese, so you can stick with one teacher from beginner right through to upper-intermediate. And, unlike some other language products out there, the cost is a one-time fee rather than a monthly subscription.


Most courses are sold as part of a bundle (e.g. A1 & A2 or B1 & B2). There’s also a big bundle which includes the A1, A2, B1, and B2 courses as well as lots of bonus material. As this includes the pronunciation course as well, it makes sense to go for the big bundle if you can afford it and are planning on eventually buying all of the courses anyway.

A standard 2-course bundle (e.g. A1 and A2) typically costs around $399 + VAT, which varies from country to country but can add on around another $80.

There is 30-Day money back guarantee if you don’t like the course.

The courses can be found at

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  1. I have not taken the course so maybe I should not comment but just wanted to say I am trying to learn Portuguese and I subscribe to a number of YouTube channels and I find that how Mia presents and speaks so clearly (plus really good content) really stands out.
    So for my next phase of learning it is likely that I will choose a course from Mia. I am sure it is worth every penny, dollar, cent! I just came here out of interest to see what the reviewers say.

  2. After returning from a trip to Portugal and wanting to learn the language for a future move there, we signed up for Mia’s Free Kickstarter Course. We saw the potential and purchased the A1-A2 Beginner Master Course (and since have subscribed to her new Story Time). We are still on the A1 Course and can say that we have learned quite a bit in just the first few lectures. Each lecture is different, focusing on various aspects of the language, (structure, grammar, pronunciation). There are also quizzes at the end of each lecture which are fun and very helpful. Her Story Time is enjoyable and I believe a great addition to the Courses. It gets you to really listen closely, learn sentence structure and comprehend how the language is spoken. In addition, her Blog contains a lot of essential supplementary learning information & materials that are most definitely helpful. Mia is such a cheery, funny and skilled teacher, you cannot help but learn from her! She also encourages you to contact her with questions and you will get a quick response. We intend to continue with her B1-B2 Intermediate Course when the time comes. We highly recommend Mia's Learn European Portuguese Online courses to anybody who wants to learn European Portuguese, whatever the incentive is. We are thoroughly enjoying learning Portuguese with Mia!

  3. I have her course and I find her the best .It goes slow,but what you say ,the pronouncation is very good. I write most of the vourse down and in front the foenetic pronouncation as it sounds for me. That helps a lot. 1 lesson for me takes longer. The good thing is I can stop where I want,I can go back.

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