Centre for Continuing Education

Brazilian Portuguese Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

Brazilian Portuguese. Learn Brazilian Portuguese with us.

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Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This beginner’s course focuses on basic greetings, personal information, expressing oneself and introductory grammatical structures. You will also be introduced to elements of the culture. No prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • introduce yourself and others
  • provide personal information
  • describe people
  • formulate basic sentences using verbs in present tense.


This course covers the following topics:

  • pronunciation – pronunciation can be easily learned by following some simple rules.
  • greetings – how to provide and understand personal information
  • the Alphabet – understanding and pronouncing the alphabet, which is a little different to English
  • personal Pronouns (I, you) – In a sentence, understanding the difference between I, you and we is important in any language
  • verbs: how to learn and use the most common verbs such as ‘to be’, ‘to be named’, ‘to live’, ‘to like’ and ‘to go’ – and also the common regular verbs ending in -AR
  • gender: feminine/masculine/singular/plural
  • introducing someone: by his/her nationality, occupation; age
  • introducing your family and friends: demonstrative (this/these/those) and possessive pronouns (my/mine, yours)
  • describing people: adjectives (pretty/handsome, friendly, etc)
  • articles (the/a/an)
  • numbers 0-1000
  • prepositions – in English, these include: by, at, from, in
  • present tense of regular and Irregular verbs – we will start by focussing on the present tense such as how you’re feeling, where you’re going and what you’re saying
  • structuring a sentence – how to form basic sentences.

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Brazilian Portuguese: Beginner 1, 2018 (3rd. edition) by Dr Rita Ferraro, Australia.
ISBN: 978-0-646-99580-9

Suggested textbook supplier

Language Book Centre

Take your enrolment confirmation and a copy of this page to the Language Book Centre to receive a 10% discount off the price of the recommended text.

Please note that in some cases, our suggested supplier may not stock your prescribed text. Please check stock availability prior to signing up for any membership.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • A really fantastic tutor who is engaging, and very clearly explains all of the linguistic eccentricities in a way that makes a new language accessible. Definitely keen for the next course!

  • Our tutor was lovely and patient with the class. We had lots of fun learning and a delight to learn all the necessary basics. Overall would recommend to others to attend before they travel to Brasil. Thanks!

  • The course and the tutor were impressive – well structured and well taught. The tutor was able to meet the needs of students from varying backgrounds and make it all fun and comprehensible.

  • An awesome introduction to Portuguese. The tutor did a great job.

  • I enjoyed the Beginners 101 course very much and have enrolled for the next one! My tutor was excellent and lovely too!

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What others say.

  • A really enthusiastic tutor and an excellent course - great structure that is easy to follow. I had a great class.
  • Fun and relaxed environment with a very good tutor. Will be coming back for Brazillian Portuguese 102.
  • A really well organised and structured course. Easy enough to follow. The tutor explained things really well - he’s funny, patient and makes learning a new language enjoyable.
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