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 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'll also have a live class 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

Speaking Brazilian Academy.

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

Your Enrollment Includes

12 interactive live classes via Zoom

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.

3 Review + Q&A Sessions with teacher Virginia

Once a month, you'll be invited for a Review class with teacher Virginia via Zoom.

Downloadable videos, audio files, and worksheets.

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

Lifetime access to the course

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

Live Class Schedule

May - July 2021

Review Classes with Teacher Virginia: ​Sunday, 1 pm (NY time) - May 23, Jun 20, Jul 18.

Weekly Live Classes via Zoom for 12 weeks: May 3 - July 25

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 sections (limited spots per class). If you miss a class, you can watch a replay later. Class replays are available for 30 days.

Wednesday 7 pm (New York Time)

Thursday 6 pm (New York Time)

Friday 12 pm (New York Time)

Saturday 11 am (New York Time)

Saturday 12 pm (New York Time)

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 - 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

Teacher Alexandra Turner

- From São Paulo State

Teacher Monica Schmidt - From São Paulo City

Teacher Venus Santos -From São Paulo City

Teacher Gleice Vakhraneva - From Rio de Janeiro State

Things you need to know

Who should take this course?


This course is suitable for beginners who are studying Portuguese for the first time, or for those who already have been studying the language for some time and would like to brush up their Portuguese. The minimum enrollment age is 18 years old. Not sure what your level is? Click here to take a placement test.




How does the course work?


The course is a combination of pre-recorded lessons and live classes with a Brazilian teacher in a small group setting. Once you're enrolled, you'll have access to a new module per week. If you get behind, don't worry. Come back to the lessons when you have time! All modules offer a textbook, video lessons, audio lessons, pronunciation training, conversation exercises, and a quiz to test what you’ve learned. Once a week for 12 weeks, you’ll receive a link for a live lesson with your teacher via Zoom. If you can’t attend the live class, you can watch a replay later. All classes are recorded and a replay is available for 30 days.




When does the course start and finish?


This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. However, if you want to take advantage of the weekly live classes and be on the same page as the other students, we suggest that you complete each module as they are being released, once a week for 12 weeks, from the moment you sign up.




How long do I have access to the course?


How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. Live classes are limited to 12 weeks from the moment you sign up.




When does the enrollment begin?


New classes start every month of February, May, August and November. Registration for each class is open at the end of the month prior to each class. Add your name to the waiting list to be notified when registration begins.




How much does it cost?


The Essential Course for Beginners (complete course) costs US$ 297 (includes 1 review session/month), or US$397 (includes 1 live class/week + 1 review/month). Payment plans are also available.




What if I am unhappy with the course?


We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days (from the day of purchase) and we will give you a full refund.




Are live classes interactive?


Yes! All students are invited to participate in class with video and audio via Zoom. Live classes are not mandatory to complete this course, but they are recommended. If you miss a class, you can watch a replay later. All classes are recorded and available for replay for 30 days. If you join a live class, you agree to have the class recorded and to participate in class conversation and exercises. If you don't want to participate in class, we recommend that you watch a replay instead.




What is the schedule of classes?


Once a week, you'll have access to a new Module with a group of lessons to study at your own pace. In addition to the lessons available on the course's website, you have the option of attenting live classes via Zoom with a Brazilian teacher and a small group of students once a week for 12 weeks. When you enroll, you'll be able to choose the best schedule for you. Places per class are limited. All classes include a Review + Q&A session with teacher Virginia once a month (for 3 months). Live classes via Zoom last 55 minutes.





Next Enrollment Period: April 25 - May 1

 

PREMIUM

May 3 - July 25

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Complete Course Material

12 live classes via Zoom (once a week)

3 Review Classes (once a month)

Best Value

One payment of

$397

or

Payment Plan

3 payments of

$143

(3 equal payments of $143)

BASIC

May 3 - July 25

Complete Course Material

3 Review Classes (once a month)

* This option does not include weekly live classes via Zoom.

Best Value

One payment of

$297

or

Payment Plan

3 payments of

$109

(3 equal payments of $109)

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

You are 100% safe to try this course.

Feel free to try it for 30 days to see if it works for you. 

If for some reason you're not happy with this course, just let us know within 30 days from the day of purchase, and you'll get all your money back.

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