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The Essential Course for Beginners

Learn Brazilian Portuguese online without giving up personal contact with a real teacher.

The Essential Course for Beginners is the most comprehensive course for beginners you will find online.

The course is intensive, and it will give you a solid foundation in the language in only 3 months.

The Essential Course for Beginners
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About the course:

The Essential Course for Beginners offers easy-to-follow lessons and a perfect balance between grammar and conversation practice that will guide you to start speaking Portuguese from the first week!

In addition to the extensive course material available on the website, you have the option to choose the Premium access, which includes live classes once a week via Zoom with a Brazilian teacher and a small group of students.

This course is suitable for beginners who are studying Portuguese for the first time and those who have already been studying the language for some time and would like to brush up their Portuguese.

If you are not a beginner, take a look at the other courses we offer:

Pre-Intermediate Workshop (Upper beginner level - A2)

Grammar in Conversation Workshop (Intermediate level - B1)

Speaking Brazilian Academy (Upper-intermediate and advanced level - B2+C1)

Not sure what your level is? Click here to take a placement test.

Your Enrollment Includes

12 interactive live classes via Zoom (Premium Plan)

Practice your Portuguese live with a Brazilian teacher and a small group of students once a week for 12 weeks (6-10 students per class). Class replays are available for 30 days.

Q&A Sessions with teacher Virginia* (Premium Plan)

Every week, you'll be invited for a Q&A class with teacher Virginia via Zoom.

* Subject to her availability.

Comprehensive study material

Every week, you'll have access to a new Module, including videos, printable PDFs, pronunciation exercises, quizzes, and other assignments.

Feedback on homework assignments and personalized support

You will have access to an online community where you can post your homework to receive feedback from our teachers. This space can also be used to ask questions at any time.

Lifetime access to the course

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.

Live Class Schedule (Premium Plan)

September - December 2022

Q&A Sessions with teacher Virginia: Saturday at 12 pm EST (NY time)

* Subject to her availability.

Weekly Classes via Zoom for 12 weeks: September 19 - December 11

Live classes last 55 minutes (6-10 students per class)

When you enroll in the course, you will be able to choose one of the following options (limited spots per class).

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If necessary, we will open new classes to accommodate all students. All classes are recorded. If you miss a class, you can watch a replay later.

Course Curriculum

Part 1 (4 modules): Learn the essential vocabulary, grammar, and basic conversation skills

  • You’ll get familiar with the most basic grammar, vocabulary, and useful expressions.

  • You’ll learn how to conjugate the most common verbs in Portuguese.

  • You’ll learn how to ask and answer basic questions such as “where are you from?”, “where do you live?”, “where are you?”, “what do you do?”, and many others.

  • You’ll learn how to talk about your routine and how to ask and answer questions using: why?, how?, where?, when?, and other interrogative words.

 

Part 2 (4 modules): Learn how to talk about things you like, express your opinion, and much more!

  • You’ll learn how to describe things using the most common adjectives.

  • You’ll learn the essential vocabulary about food, shopping, and transportation.

  • You’ll learn how to ask and give directions and how to order food in a restaurant.

  • You’ll learn how to talk about things you like and express your opinion about simple things.

 

Part 3 (4 modules): Improve your conversation skills and review the most important content.

  • You’ll learn how to talk about your next trip, how to check-in at the airport, and book a hotel using the phone.

  • You’ll learn how to talk about things you did in the past and the most common expressions to use in the past tense.

  • You’ll learn the difference between the past perfect and imperfect and how to use these two tenses in conversation.

  • You’ll review all the previous modules to make sure you remember the most important content you’ve learned so far.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

"I loved this course! I have tried a few different methods for learning Portuguese in the last year or so, and Speaking Brazilian has by far improved my skills the most. I valued having classes led by native speakers, weekly live courses to practice speaking, and easy access to comprehensive materials to work on throughout the week! I recently got married, my husband is Brazilian, and he has noted my improvements in understanding and speaking Portuguese after taking this course. Thank you!!"

—  Sydney A.

Meet the Team

Virginia Langhammer

Virginia Langhammer - Founder and Director

Teaching Portuguese as a second language has become my passion since I moved to NYC in 2013. 

 

I created this online school in 2018, and since then I’ve been teaching students from all over the world, helping them with their personal and professional goals.

 

I've been always passionate about languages. I speak Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. My knowledge of foreign language learning gives me the best tools to help my students in their learning journey.

Now, I’m happy to introduce you to my team. In addition to years of experience as Portuguese teachers, they have also been trained by me to be in tune with Speaking Brazilian School style and standards.

 

I'm sure you'll learn a lot from them!

Your teacher,

Virginia

Brazilian Teachers

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Teacher Monica Schmidt - From São Paulo City

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Teacher Venus Santos - From São Paulo City

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Teacher Gleice Vakhraneva - From Rio de Janeiro State

Basic or Premium?

You can choose between the basic plan with pre-recorded lessons or the premium plan, which includes live classes via Zoom in small groups and a weekly Q&A. 

You can enroll in the Basic Plan at any time. The Premium Plan is only offered a few times a year.

 

Choose your plan below.

 
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PREMIUM

Sep 19 - Dec 11

[RECOMMENDED]

Complete Course Material

12 live classes via Zoom (once a week)

Q&A sessions

Best Value

One payment of

$397

+ tax

or

Payment Plan

3 payments of

$143

+ tax

(3 equal payments of $143)

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BASIC

Self-paced

Complete Course Material

* This option does not include live classes via Zoom.

Best Value

One payment of

$297

+ tax

or

Payment Plan

3 payments of

$109

+ tax

(3 equal payments of $109)

The Essential Bundle
Enroll in 3 courses and SAVE $200

If you are committed to learning Portuguese, this bundle is for you. The Essential Bundle includes three courses:

1. The Essential Course for Beginners (12 weeks - September to December 2022)

2. Pre-Intermediate Workshop (12 weeks - February to April 2023)

3. Grammar in Conversation Workshop (12 weeks - May to July 2023)

 

These courses are designed to give you a solid foundation in the Portuguese language and prepare you for real-life conversations.

Please note that you will not have access to all courses at the same time. You will be able to take the next course after completing the previous one. Once you gain access to a course, you will have lifetime access to it.

You can choose between the basic plan with pre-recorded lessons or the premium plan, which includes live classes via Zoom in small groups and a weekly Q&A.

 

You can enroll in the Basic Plan at any time. The Premium Plan is only offered a few times a year.

 

Choose your plan below.

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PREMIUM BUNDLE

Sep 2022 - July 2023

[RECOMMENDED]

Complete Course Material - 3 courses

36 live classes via Zoom (once a week)

Q&A sessions

Best Value

One payment of

$991

+ tax

or

Payment Plan

3 payments of