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Interested in learning European Portuguese?

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ahaserendipity
7/24/2019 12:30 EST

*** Looking for learning partners! My husband and I have been working with a great European Portuguese tutor (based in Braga and online). We would now like to form a small group to enhance our learning experience with others and to work in a structured A1/A2 environment. For a small group (4-5 people, including us), we can work with Ricardo for 50€ / per person / per month. He will take our group from the start of A1 and work with us through A2 preparation, which we can be ready for by late Spring next year if we begin in September. Ricardo will provide 2 online learning sessions per week and ongoing support to the group through WhatsApp. Ricardo has extensive experience teaching European Portuguese to non-native speakers, as well as being academically trained in teaching European Portuguese. He has a wonderful, patient style and wants expats to expand their appreciation of Portuguese culture through language learning. If interested, please PM me! We are looking for 2-3 others maximum!

Learn more about Ricardo Costa here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/vivaemportugues/about/?ref=page_internal

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bkkb
7/25/2019 06:44 EST

Hello - my wife and I are moving to Portugal in late August for the start of the school year for our kids. We are both in serious need to learn the language and are potentially interested. We'd love to start in September...are these only online classes or actualy physical classes...? We will be living in Lisbon.

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ahaserendipity
7/25/2019 17:30 EST

Classes would be all online...* Cost is 50€ / per person / per month. All classes will be video-taped and provided online for us to refer to afterwards. I will PM you more information!

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dancebert
7/26/2019 09:54 EST

You can start now by learning pronunciation. It doesn't do you or the listener any good if you know a word by can't pronounce it in a way the listener understands. It works in reverse. Studies have shown it's far easier to hear the sounds of a language if you know how to make them correctly.

Best place to start is learning how to correctly make the sound of Portuguese phonemes that don't exist in English. What's a phoneme? It's the smallest unit of sound in a language, e.g., the 'p' in 'tap', a word with 2 phonemes. The online course I took teaches the correct mouth shape, tongue position, and breath for most of the sounds in European Portuguese.

After my second trip to Portugal, I learned pronunciation at mimicmethod.com before learning vocabulary. On my third trip, I loved the smiles I got when pronouncing words correctly.

The course ain't cheap. Also, when I took it they didn't deliver on everything they promised, in that the video content couldn't be downloaded. Only the audio and pdfs could. I took advantage of their 60-day money back guarantee, which they honored with no questions asked.

https://www.mimicmethod.com
One of the Portuguese lessons (don't know if it's BR or EU, they offer both) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljQzLjWN-co
Vowels have more than one sound, created mostly by tongue position. Explanation, exercise and audio: https://www.mimicmethod.com/how-to-tune-your-foreign-language-vowel-pronunciation/

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Daro1950
7/26/2019 17:55 EST

This is so very helpful.
I hope you are receiving lots of notes of appreciation.

You really go out of your way to be of assistance.

Thank you so very much.

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PFH
7/27/2019 01:59 EST

To Dancebert, that is an excellent response about learning Portuguese. Their pronunciation is so different from how we as English speaking would pronounce the words. And the locals do appreciate us trying to speak their language with the proper pronunciation. Thanks for the response.

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Helene01
7/27/2019 05:36 EST

Just for info, I am taking a class in Porto from native speakers, but I also have a subscription to www.practiceportuguese, com which I really like.....very good program with lots of instant support, all for $13 a month.
Best wishes.

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dancebert
7/28/2019 15:21 EST

@Daro1950
You're welcome. I'm glad to have been of assistance.

It's not much out of my way, actually. From the time I became interested in Portugal until now I've saved quotes, text, URLs, and my notes and summaries for anything of potential future use in a tagged and searchable form. Writing is easy and I enjoy it, so it doesn't take much to create the text to join the bits together in a coherent post.

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dancebert
7/28/2019 15:31 EST

@PFH
I appreciate that. You're welcome. Smiles from the locals for pronouncing words correctly help motivate me.

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Merc
7/28/2019 18:25 EST

Dancebert, your response made me feel less ..... teachable. I had purchased and downloaded the Pimsleur courses in European Portugese but found that I could not begin to incorporate these words I had learned into different sentences because obviously i had combined two or more words in the original, all the while thinking it was one. I was constantly going online and using a translator just to have a visual reference for pronunciation.

I’m moving to Portugal in October. I think I will hang up this Pimsleur approach and find a tutor.

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Merc
7/28/2019 18:29 EST

Correction in my response to Dancebert. I meant that your response made me feel less stupid and *more* teachable than I’ve been feeling in regard to learning Portuguese.

Geez, ya think I should master my native tongue before tackling another? ??

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bkkb
9/13/2019 07:39 EST

Just checking how your lessons are going and if it was worth your while...we are in Portugal and only just setteling, but have to start learning the language rather sooner than later...any help is appreciated...

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ahaserendipity
9/15/2019 14:20 EST

It's going well!! There are a few small groups that have formed over the past few weeks, so if interested, please email Ricardo and schedule a time to discuss your learning goals and to see if there is a group that will fit your schedule!

* Meet 2 times per week (1 hour each session), online, through A2 exam readiness.
* All sessions will be video-recorded and provided online to refer to after the class.
* Ricardo will provide ongoing support to the group through WhatsApp group text.
* Ricardo has extensive experience teaching European Portuguese to non-native speakers, as well as being academically trained in teaching European Portuguese. He has a wonderful, patient style and wants expats to expand their appreciation of Portuguese culture through language learning. Learn more about Ricardo Costa here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/vivaemportugues/about/?ref=page_internal

**If interested, please contact Ricardo to schedule a short introductory meeting and to talk about your learning goals, etc. He can be reached at: info.vivaemportugues@gmail.com

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tmac100
9/15/2019 14:48 EST

Great to learn of your progress wrt learning Portuguese. DO NOT WORRY about getting to A1, A2, or whatever. Just learn to talk with Portuguese people. I'll bet they do NOT have any certificates in Portuguese proficiency. Just learn to communicate WITH THE PORTUGUESE. No certificates matter, do they?
WFIW, the Facebook link does not work for me.
Adeus.

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dancebert
9/15/2019 15:21 EST

> DO NOT WORRY about getting to A1, A2,

Changing from a residence permit to permanent residency requires passing an A2 Portuguese language test. Worrying is optional.

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