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Portuguese takes seventh in the list of top 10 most influential languages in the word. That is not strange, considering Portuguese has more than 210 million native speakers. In addition to Portugal, Portuguese is also the official language of emerging economies such as Brazil, Angola and Mozambique.

Portuguese can be interesting for you as a student, too. You could suddenly become an exchange student to Brazil or do volunteer work in one of the many countries where Portuguese is spoken. Or maybe you take your annual summer vacation on the Portuguese coast. Whichever situation applies to you, survival skills in the language are something you can’t do without.

The Language Center offers the course ‘Portuguese for Beginners’.

Portuguese for Beginners

13x 3-hour classes, 8 hours self-study per week, 6 ECTS

This course teaches you the basics of Portuguese, with an emphasis on reading, listening and writing. One assignment you will have is to write a text about a normal day in your life. You will also visit a cultural event where Portuguese is spoken and afterwards you will share your experiences with the rest of the group. Each class deals with a different topic. An interesting detail: you will also learn a few contemporary Portuguese songs that are related to the topic.

The two varieties of Portuguese will be explained: European Portuguese, which is spoken in Portugal, and Brazilian Portuguese. What are the differences in sentence structure, pronunciation and vocabulary? The instructor’s mother language is Brazilian Portuguese, so you will learn a great deal of this variation of the language.

At the end of the course, you will be able to introduce yourself, ask for information, write short texts and understand a simple conversation. You will have reached the A1 level of the Common European Reference Framework.