Our Portuguese Fast-Track programme is a more intensive evening course for those learning to speak the Portuguese language for the first time.

This Portuguese course allows you to take two Portuguese levels in 6 weeks and progress more quickly. 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

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.


Class information

  • Average class size 8 – 10 (maximum 14)
  • Minimum student age for Portuguese evening classes – 18 years +
  • Language level for Portuguese evening language programme: no knowledge of Portuguese required
  • Classes will take place at either our Stukeley Street or Southampton Row sites TBC. Both are 5 minutes walk from Holborn tube station. 


Class schedule

  • Class length is 4 hours per week –  2 hours, twice a week on weekday evenings
  • Portuguese classes run from 18.30 – 20.30
  • Course runs for 6 weeks


Mondays + Wednesdays 24/02/2020 – 01/04/2020
Tuesdays + Thursdays 19/05/2020 – 25/06/2020: ONLINE
Mondays + Wednesdays 17/08/2020 – 23/09/2020
Tuesdays + Thursdays 10/11/2020 – 17/12/2020

* If your class falls on a Bank Holiday, the class is rescheduled to the Friday of the same week at the same time.


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.

FAQs – Foreign Languages

Portuguese Courses Brochure

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

  1. Course selection
  2. Personal details
  3. Transfer
  4. Accommodation
  5. Insurance
  6. Confirm & pay

Book the Portuguese Fast-track Levels 1&2 | Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu course

Course price

Portuguese Fast-track Levels 1&2 | Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu
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