This Sunday course is designed for complete beginner students and it is an ideal introduction to the language and culture for holiday makers and short business trips.

Language classes at IH London are dynamic and interactive. Your teacher will speak in the target language and will use teaching aids to help you understand. Emphasis will be on spoken communication and interaction from lesson 1! You will be encouraged to work in pairs and in groups to maximise your learning: you will take part in simulations of common situations and role-plays; to help you build the foundations of the language you will also work systematically 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

First steps in Portugal/Brazil

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

Meeting People

  • Greeting at different times of the day
  • Farewell expressions
  • Practicing numbers
  • Verb “ter”
  • Asking someone how they are doing
  • Being introduced and introducing people
  • Culture: common names and surnames

Holidays: making complaints and requests

  • Asking for information at the hotel reception
  • Making complaints
  • Making requests
  • Responding to complaints and wishes
  • Holiday preferences

Living spaces

  • Different types of living spaces
  • House description
  • Comparing: advantages and disadvantages

Food and drink

  • The supermarket: naming different products
  • Weights and measures
  • At the restaurant: ordering from a menu
  •  Assessing foods and drinks
  • Verbs: ‘estar’, ‘servir’, ‘pedir’

Parties and celebrations

  • Describing people’s characters
  • Different parties and celebrations

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


Is this level right for me?

This course is for complete beginners.


Course information

  • 2.5 hours of class per day
  • Courses run for 10 weeks
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Average class size: 9
  • 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



Sundays 10.30-13.00

12/01/2020 – 15/03/2020
19/04/2020 – 21/06/2020: ONLINE
05/07/2020 – 06/09/2020
27/09/2020 – 29/11/2020

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Portuguese Fast-track Levels 1&2 | Sundays
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