Our 10 week Introduction to Portuguese course is ideal for students who have never studied the language before and want to ease their way in before taking the full plunge.

Classes go at a more relaxed pace than our Level 1 courses and are a great taster to the language. Upon completion, students who wish to continue can progress to Level 2. Evening language classes at IH London are dynamic and interactive. Your teacher speaks in the target language and use teaching aids to help you understand. Emphasis is on spoken communication and interaction; this is achieved through pair and group work, simulations and role-plays, and is supported by systematic work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.


Course content

Personal details

  • Ask and answer simple questions about yourself
  • Numbers
  • The Alphabet
  • Culture: common tourist information
  • Nationalities
  • Work: professions
  • Gender rules

Everyday life

  • Daily routines vocabulary
  • Present tense of regular verbs ending in  -AR, -ER, -IR
  • Personal pronouns
  • Telling and asking the time

Family and friends

  • Family members vocabulary
  • Possessive pronouns
  • Verb “ser”
  • Describing a person’s physical appearance

The weekend

  • Weekend activities vocabulary
  • Days of the week
  • Verbs “querer” and “ir”
  • Expressing your personal qualities and interests
  • Writing a short e-mail inviting a friend to go out for the weekend
  • Brazilian culture: cheek kissing

First steps in Portugal/Brazil

  • Survival vocabulary for arriving in Portugal/Brazil
  • Expressing reasons and intentions
  • Calendar months
  • Pronunciation: ç (“cê cedilhado”)
  • Asking for prices and products on the first day of arrival


* There may be slight content variations. Additional content might be included when general progress is good, or content may vary according to students’ interests.


Course information

  • 90 minutes of class a week
  • Courses run for 10 weeks
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Average class size: 4
  • Classes will take place at either our Stukeley Street or Southampton Row sites TBC. Both are 5 minutes walk from Holborn tube station.
  • Lesson summaries and notes are available on our Moodle eLearning site


Class schedule

 Fridays 18.00 – 19.30

17/01/2020 – 20/03/2020
17/04/2020 – 19/06/2020: ONLINE
10/07/2020 – 11/09/2020
02/10/2020 – 04/12/2020

*If your class falls on a Bank Holiday it will be rescheduled to another day TBC.


The language programme includes:

Lesson summaries, notes and resources online

Support and advice from Portuguese language teachers

Need assistance choosing your course?

Take a look at our FAQs page which has lots of information about our classes.

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Portuguese Courses Brochure

Download the Portuguese section of our Foreign Languages brochure to find out about our wide range of Portuguese language courses.

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  3. Transfer
  4. Accommodation
  5. Insurance
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