Offered to beginner, intermediate, advanced, and professional students with specific needs. Classes start any Monday, and are held Monday through Friday. Choosing individual classes has, of course, its own advantages. You can benefit from a private teacher, one-to-one lessons, focusing on your special needs more easily, identifying your areas for improvement, and constant feedback on your language progress. The teacher can actually tailor his or her teaching style to your abilities as a student. You can learn at your own pace and in a more effective way.
If you want to learn Portuguese, The Portuguese Connection is the best way. Everything, from the very beginning to the end, worked perfectly.That is what I like . Some representative of the school (Marco) takes you from the airport to your apartment, usually a few minutes far from the school. And the school is 10 minutes walking from the historical centre of Lisboa. Laurie prepares some evening programmes and invites you for a nice walk to see the beautiful secluded places of Lisboa or to taste some little speciality in a bar. But what I enjoyed most were the clases with my colleague Guido and our teacher, and the director of the school, Joana. I have been teaching languages for more than 10 years and I have to tell that Joana’s work is highly professional! We spent enough of time learning grammar as well as talking about many interesting topics. She has taught me so much and really inspired me. So, now I‘m using some of her methods in my classes .
Honestly, I think my lessons with Portuguese Connection were some of the best lessons I've ever taken. The team they have is great, location is great, and there are perfectly located coffee shops, just outside the school, where you can grab quick coffee and some delicious pastries during your study break.
Our office organised a two months Portuguese course for us international employees! We had the fortune to end up with Joana, the most patient and motivated Portuguese teacher on earth!!! Thank you Joana and Portuguese Connection! :)
Portekizce ogrenmek isteyen herkes icin Joana ve ogretme tarzi bugune dek karsilastigim en etkili ve en kolay tarz...ben ogrenemem dedim o olur dedi ben cok zor dedim o yaparsin dedi....sonrasinda hem portekizceyi hem portekizi hemde onu cok ama cok severek dondum Turkiye ye... Olali portekizce ogrenmek ister isen mutlaka Joana ve okulunu denemeden baska bir yere gitmeyin...Eglenin ,ogrenin....Dertlesin ogrenin, dedikodu yapin ogrenin.... Hem siz hem ruhunuz keyifle bir dil ogrenmenin tadini cikarin... Dilek Keklik İstanbul
Joana is definitely the best language teacher I have ever had! Extremely knowledgeable and having that innate- natural talent for teaching with great approach towards the students. Her classes were always very well structured, and always ready to provide you with extra examples and situations in order to help you fully understand the material. And always fun! :) Beijinhos
I appreciated a lot the international and friendly atmosphere of the school. The teachers are very nice and always ready to help. If you want to learning portuguese very well, You have to come here!
I've attended classes at Portuguese Connection 3 times now during my visits to Lisbon and I always have a valuable experience. It's located across the street from Principe Real park so it's easy to walk to from the major areas of Lisbon. Plenty of cafes and shops nearby to visit on your break. Learning a new language as an adult can be daunting, especially the European Portuguese accent. The entire team of instructors are professional, warm and friendly, and create a valuable learning experience for adults trying to learn the complexities of European Portuguese. If you take private lessons, the instructor will make sure that your learning style is considered and that you are making progress. They offer a wide variety of class options from intensive group lessons, individualized, weekly reading clubs, and even experiential & cultural learning. This isn't just a place to memorize new words and grammar, but rather an immersive and blended learning experience. You learn so much more when you relate the language back to the culture and history.
Portuguese Connection is an excellent place to learn Portuguese. Over the course of four weeks, I worked with three different instructors and I learned so much from each of them. Not only are they personable and enjoy their work, but they also make each class challenging and engaging.
Excellents cours en petits groupes pour progresser rapidement, ambiance sympa, situation parfaite à Principe Real. // Excellent classes in small groups, perfect to make quick progress. Nice atmosphere and great location in Principe Real.
I was able to meet the culture, the people, the food and wine of Portugal through the musicality, expressiveness and passion of the wonderful Portuguese language. A big thank you to Joana, who with her enthusiasm, professionalism , expertise and human connection makes each lesson a time for learning, sharing and reflection. Great! Até breve Una delle esperienze di studio della lingua straniera più belle e coinvolgenti in assoluto. Ho potuto incontrare la cultura, la gente, il cibo e il vino del meraviglioso Portogallo attraverso la musicalità, l'espressività e la passione della lingua portoghese. Un grandissimo grazie a Joana, che col suo entusiasmo, professionalità , esperienza ed empatia umana riesce a rendere ogni singola lezione un momento di apprendimento, di scambio e di riflessione. Grandiosa!
For me, the experience was quite nice with the school, it´s not only targeting teaching the language...it´s teaching more about the Portuguese culture, which is I found it very interesting... The teaching style is fun and far from being boring; I would say that this teaching style really should be the way to teach any language! smile emoticon My teacher was Joana who I gained with her some confidence during my A2.1 classes to start some conversation and practice more, which was a great achievement for me! And Of course I´m looking forward to start A2.2 very soon!! wink emoticon
We loved every minute of our time with Joana at Portuguese Connection. The lessons were varied and full of fun but at the same time disciplined, a very difficult objective to achieve. Each class was fitted to our needs and if Joana felt we needed help in a particular area a few hours later a bespoke lesson covering that particular area was produced. Joana and Marco make the whole experience thoroughly worthwhile. It was a joy and a pleasure to study with Joana. Unfortunately we are suffering from withdrawal symptoms now as we miss our classes so much. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Portuguese Connection to anybody. We are in our 60s and 70s and studied for 6 very enjoyable hours everyday. Our confidence in our ability to communicate has increased dramatically.
Amazing school in the centre of Lisbon with great friendly open and very kind teachers who could managed increase my level of Portuguese as from Earth to the Moon :)) every week the teachers switch that's why you gonna have an an option to talk and work with different person and his manner of teaching, and, of course it helps to improve your skills in talking and understanding other Portuguese people. The great idea is that explanations are mostly in Portuguese so you are fully going inside the language. I enjoyed a lot! Thanks so much! beijos
I will begin by saying I have not had a big expectations about the Portuguese language course. Better to say I was not sure what to expect from the course. I had no previous knowledge of Portuguese language and the course was arranged to be online as I was unable to attend in person classes in Lisbon. After 10 classes and thanks to Joana's great teaching and interpersonal skills I can speak Portuguese and can understand others when talking. Believe me it is helpful when your partner in this case a wife is Portuguese. Joana is remarkable teacher and person. During the course we became friends and I am a richer for knowing her and Marco too. I would strongly recommend the Portuguese Connection School to anyone who has a desire to learn the Portuguese language. Marco and the team are passionated, devoted, skilled, helpful and good people. Thanks Joana and Marco for everything!
Olá caros estudantes de Portugues: Joana was my teacher 2 years ago, while I was in Porto learning Portuguese. Anything I could say about her would fall short of the real thing.I enjoyed her lessons enormously specially her passion to inculcate in me every meaning of various Portuguese words. It is very unusual nowadays to find someone like her really enjoying teaching their mother tongue. But then a salesman is convincing only if they love what they're selling. In a word - I most definitely would recommend her as a teacher.
As someone who had been living in Lisbon for over a year, but found engagement with the language very difficult, I was nervous about starting classes, but the teachers at Portuguese Connection are very friendly, helpful and encouraging, so these fears soon faded. I have now completed two courses with PC and hope to complete more in the future!
I learned Portuguese with Joana and I really appreciated her serious, passionate, open-minded way of teaching, her charismatic communication style and all the progress I made thanks to her work in the classroom. You will have an extremely well prepared teacher who will nevertheless always be attentive to her students' needs as she has a huge experience in teaching beginners as well as advanced and ambitioned learners. Moreover, she will make you laugh and have a good time in Lisbon! I can only recommend this great teacher and her school, without hesitating! Muito obrigado, Joana!
This is a wonderful and lovely language school and I had such a cool experience there. All the teachers are super friendly snd competent, the owners Joana and Marco are the best ever - such a cool, young, professional couple :-O, AND I really learned a lot during my two courses and am looking forward to maybe doing a third one since I am living in Lisbon :) Muitos beijinhos a todos :-*
Thirty days @ six hours a day equals six weeks of hard work, excitement, challenges, accomplishments, adventure, unending fun, and surprises. That’s how I can best describe studying Portuguese at Portuguese Connection this past summer. From the first email conversations with Laurie and Marco, to the final day of classes with Joana and Raquel, I knew my choice was perfect for me. Laurie and Marco provided an invaluable and supportive structure to this language school, from administrative details to suggestions for activities and restaurants to neighborhood tours. For me, however, the most impressive element of my stay were the classroom skills and creative pedagogy of Joana and Raquel. I had group lessons each morning with one of them and private instruction each afternoon with the other, which means each day I had both of them. Their teaching styles are markedly different, but both of them are committed to learner-centered teaching, so I felt my learning style and desire to learn were their focus, not some need to cover certain material as a prescribed pace. They tracked my progress as I was handed back-and-forth, and my own performance and interests guided much of the curriculum they crafted and revised for me. Grammar was continuously reinforced with conversation, writing, and speaking, and they were able to work gently with my anxieties in the classroom to open space for my learning. My goal of reaching the B1 Level could not have been possible without the team approach that these four persons demonstrated every day. Thank you to each one of you. How grateful and lucky I am to have spent six weeks with you.
I spend every summer learning a language in a foreign country since I was 16 and this 5 weeks at Portuguese Connection went far beyond my expectations. I started as a complete beginner (meaning I could barely smile when somebody asked me how was my day) and a left yesterday with a B1 certificate. Both the school and the classes are small, which I learned by experience is a major pro since you have the chance to speak more, practise more, exercise more. Raquel and Joana are both great and dedicated teachers, always arranging interesting classes according to your goals and always with a smile on their face: my very first day I would never thought I would be able to speak by the end of my stay, but they helped me any time I had dubts, made me improve quickly and made grammar more comprehensible by explaining not only the rules but also the logic process behind that. The whole staff is always really welcoming, positive and helpful: Laorie was always there to answer my questions, Marco has great tips for everything (totally earned the nickname WikiMarco) and if you are planning to visit the country you should definitely ask Joana her To Do List about Porto and rely on Raquelif you’re going to spend a weekend in Algarve. The relationship with all the staff goes far beyond the student-teacher bond and all of them will make you fall in love not only with the language, but also with the city, the country and the culture. So thanks to all at once at to each one of you, guys: até a pròxima
These last four weeks were truly special. Great teachers, beautiful school, and a mascot dog, too! Go for it. You will learn. You will laugh. You will love it.
I spent one week in an immersion class here. I took the group class from 9 to 1, then one hour of individual lessons in the afternoon. I think that was the perfect combination. The teachers and staff are wonderful here. I learned a lot, and very much enjoyed the two afternoon tours of Lisbon, given by the very energetic and outgoing Annalisa. I also took the surf classes, which were good, but quite far from the school. It is difficult to get to the surf classes after school, so this option would probably be better if you can do it on a weekend. The host family I stayed with was absolutely wonderful. They spoke English very well, but very patiently spoke to me in Portuguese to help me learn.
I participated in the 4 week intensive language learning course and couldn't have had a better experience. The PC crew were super welcoming and accommodating even before we arrived, and were helpful throughout the duration of the course even if it wasn't at all relevant to the school! They helped me with settling into Lisbon life and I am so grateful. All the teachers are clearly highly skilled and all have a passion for teaching and sharing their beautiful language. Most of all, I laughed so much and had fun in all of my classes, which is definitely the best way to learn for sure. Muito obrigado Portuguese Connection, ate proxima!!
Ich habe zwei Kurse (einen Intensiv und einen Extensiv Course) bei Portuguese Connection gemacht. Ich fand beide wirklich toll und kann die Sprachschule nur weiterempfehlen. Auf meinem Weg zum Flughafen nach fünf Monaten in Lissabon hatte ich mich mit dem Taxifahrer auf Portugiesisch unterhalten und er fragte mich, wie lange ich denn die Sprache schon lerne. Als ich ihm antwortete meinte er, ich solle doch noch fünf Monate bleiben, dann wäre ich bestimmt fließend! (Kleine Notiz am Rande für all jene, die sich gerade denken auch in fünf Monaten könne man fließend werden - ich bin extrem schlecht mit Sprachen und wäre ohne Portuguese Connection nicht einmal so weit gekommen.) Außerdem sind alle Mitarbeiter extrem freundlich! Ich musste für meine Bachelorarbeit einen Fragebogen auf Portugiesisch übersetzen und Joana hat sich extra die Zeit genommen um mir damit zu helfen.
A minha experiência em Portuguese Connection Language School foi muito boa. Eu aprendi muito mais portugûes do que já tinha estudado e as pessoas que trabalham lá são muito bons profissionais e o ambiente e muito simpático. Eu voltaria lá para melhorar ainda mais o meu português sem nenhuma dúvida.
Graças a uma grêve no agosto, tinha aulas privadas com a Joana (os outros estudiantes não podiam chegar). Por isso podia desejar os temas das lições e aprendi muito. A Joana é uma professora muito boa, bastante severa (isso ö importante) e simpatica. As lições foram interessantes, intensas, mas tambem rimos. Queria ir outra vez á Lisboa na escola da Joana. Beijinos Carla
I can hardly imagine my lessons of Portuguese with Portuguese Connection could be even better. I was lucky to have an opportunity to find out how great job has been Marco, Joana and their whole team doing for their students. Joana is amazing teacher. I liked the way she ran their classes: we spent a lot of time talking about the matters that emerged from the dialogues. We went through some not-so-easy grammar topics also and mentioned some idioms as well. The atmosphere in the school, during the classes and the activities was very relaxed and friendly. Besides the school itself I was delighted with the city of Lisbon. I found the portuguese capital the amazing place and will be happy to be back. I wish all the best to Portuguese Connection.
After moving to Lisbon, I knew I would need help to learn Portuguese. I am so happy that I have begun lessons with The Portuguese Connection. The entire staff are so friendly and welcoming. My teacher Carla is wonderful! She is patient, and made me feel comfortable asking when I wasn't sure about something. One evening, Annalisa took us across town to see a short play, part of the Teatro das Compras, one of the many artistic events that happen during the Festas de Lisboa in June. The Portuguese Connection is passionate about helping you to learn the language, but also, in connecting you to the Portuguese culture. I am looking forward to the lessons I'm taking in the next few weeks!
I loved every minute of my week at Portuguese connection. There is an extremely friendly atmosphere around the school, and all of the teachers are extremely friendly. The location and the facilities are also very good. Throughout the course of just 4 days of individual lessons, my spoken Portuguese undoubtedly improved dramatically, and I immediately felt the confidence to go out into the great city of Lisbon and talk with the locals! Would certainly recommend to anyone who wants to improve their language, whilst also meeting some very good people along the way.
Hi, my experience was really good, in three weeks i was able to progress of a full level if not more and i left Lisbon actually speaking some portuguese. I definitely recommend this school. Excellent location as well. Cheers;
I have had an opportunity to work with Joana both in group and private classes. Joana is an excellent teacher. She is very engaging. She sees through that every student understands. She is methodical and thorough in her grammar explanations and goes an extra mile to make sure the students have understood the patterns. She always adds a bit more content, something that the students will learn at a higher level, in order for them to get the fuller picture. Her classes are fun, she struck me by always suggesting interesting topics and asking debate provoking questions. I wish I could have her here in Luxembourg where I live and work now! Michaela
Portuguese connection has it all, great courses, flexibility, a great location in central Lisbon, fantastic teachers and most of all it's very much a warm and "feel good kinda place". People are sweet and always happy and cheerful which inevitably rubbs off on the students. I had a one week intensive course with Sofia and it couldn't have been better. I learned so much and feel much more confident and fluent compared to when I started. Sofia's pedagogical way of explaining things and making them seem easy combined with her humor makes every class great fun. Can't wait to come back for more classes next time I'm in Lisbon. I warmly recommend PC!!!!!
At the age of 58 I relocated to Lisbon and commenced a 3 week intensive course with Portuguese Connection. Although previously I'd had some success in learning German and French, I found the course really tough. European Portuguese is not an easy language for English-speaking people to learn, the grammar is difficult and the pronunciation is also a challenge. But thanks to the best language teaching I'd ever experienced, by the end of the course I could already start to communicate. Now, after an additional year of private tuition with one of their top notch teachers, I'm really starting to feel comfortable with the language. In addition, Portuguese Connection has offered me so much more than just the language. Joana, Marco, Annalisa and Maggie have, through their kindness and support, enabled me to really feel a part of Lisbon from the very first week. They have gone out of their way to encourage me on my shaky path towards proficiency in Portuguese, to advise on the many problems that one inevitably has when moving to a new country and to help connect me with other students who have subsequently become great friends. I can't recommend Portuguese Connection highly enough!!!
My experience at the school was very positive, everyone was so nice and friendly. I made a lot of friends and also learned a lot of Portuguese! It's such a beautiful language. Regarding the city, Lisbon is an incredible place in which people always do something! There are many different things to do every day, you'll never get bored of it. Can´t wait to come back!
I was fortunate to have classes with Joana on two different occasions, and I have experienced her teaching style in group settings, one-on-one settings, and in courses that did not revolve around language acquisition such as phonetics. As a teacher myself, I can say that Joana is very organized and creative in the classroom. She really goes out of her way to make sure you achieve your goals. She is a wonderful person, and she really helped to enhance my language learning experience in Portugal. I guarantee you that she knows what she is doing, and it is great that she has opened her own school.
It's fabulous. Far more excellent than I can ever imagined. 在這之前我從來沒學過葡萄牙語，上課的方式非常有邏輯而且有趣，基礎的發音文法交錯著日常對話，氣氛融洽，沒有壓力又可以學到東西，並且願意開口說葡萄牙語，在上課的過程中也會交流各國的文化，不論是老師或者其他工作人員人都超好，讓我覺得不只是來學一個全新的語言，還交了好幾個朋友，而他們是真的非常樂意幫助你，即使你的問題可能只是今天下午不知道要去哪裡玩，從沒想過要上什麼課離開的時候會這麼捨不得，這是第一次，讓我覺得繼續學葡萄牙語的意願大增。
I took the one week combined course (4 hours of group classes in the morning, 2 hours of private tutorial in the afternoon) in April. The standard of instruction is excellent and the tutors are friendly and encouraging. Having lived in Portugal for 10 years - and having tried many different ways of learning Portuguese, with limited success - I found this course incredibly helpful. I now feel able to communicate with my neighbours and will definitely take a follow up course later this year. Be prepared to work hard, swallow your nerves and participate as much as possible and you will have the best chance of success! Thank you to everyone at Portuguese Connection!
I'm from Mexico and i can say that this "opportunity of life" was a great experience for me and not just because i traveled; it was because i mixed my ADVENTURE with one COURSE guided by a teacher specialized to teach portuguese to foreign people where i can say that her method is unique (i can confirm that, with a personal opinion as a person who have accredited a lot of courses)... The third part was INMERSION where i met a lot of great people but talking in deep of this course: I met 5 main people whom shared his whole being with me!... Thanks for all!.
Had a fantastic experience here taking both group and 1-on-1 classes. The entire process, from registration to the taking of classes, was very simple and straight forward and the school was also able to accommodate my sometimes difficult schedule when I registered for 1-on-1 classes. All-in-all, nothing but positive things to say!
A great school with perfect teachers and a great and dynamic atmosphere. That's probably all I need to describe Portuguese Connection! I've had a great time during my extensive course and learned a lot. I really progressed in terms of speaking, reading and writing Portuguese. I will continue my studies and will come back very soon to get even better and reach the B2 level! Portuguese Connection is just GREAT!
The main reason why I decided to go to Lisbon and learn Portugues was my Double Degree Program in Brazil. I was aware that the Portuguese in Portugal and Brazil is quite different. So one of my focus was on understanding the difference between brazilian and portuguese Portuguse. Even though the teachers I met were from Portugal they always mentioned it if there was any difference between those two languages. Other amazing reasons why I would choose Portuguese Connection are: the class rooms are small l (Between 2 and 5 people), efficient learning (4h/day), perfect mix between grammer, reading, listening, writing and speaking and of course the nice people there. Teachers are always there to help, even in the break. I mostly had a drink near by with the teacher and spoke portuguese during the whole break. Great exercise to improve your speaking!
Normaly i don't like schools - even when I'm willing to learn, but the 4 weeks I had an language course at Portuguese Connection where just great! I enjoyed the time so much and I think I learned a lot as well! The teachers and the whole team are nice and funny! Thank you for this experience. Gostava muito e muito obrigada! <3
The best language school ever!! I am Japanese, who lived in UK and live now in Germany. I was in more than 30 language schools in my life. The Portuguese Connection is the best school I ever been. WHY? : 1. class has a system and very organised, 2. teaching skill is incredible (they make sure always to "write on a board". It's very important especially for a beginner; and always different topics so you don't get bored in a class), 3 staffs are very friendly and funny, helpful and always smiling (they make sure you're fine and enjoying classes), 4. location is great and surrounded by nice park, shops and restaurants. I was 2 weeks, taking intensive course for a beginner. In 2 weeks, I learnt many vocabulary and grammar. I will come back for sure! I am looking forward for it :D
I am so glad that I have taken a course with Portuguese Connection Language School. I started from scratch as a complete beginner but after just a two weeks intensive course was able to speak. For the record, the lady doing check-in at the airport on my way back was very impressed!:-) Everyone at the school is so nice and helpful and really does care about their students. What I also appreciate is that the course is flexible in the meaning that it is adjusted to your needs. Apart from the language course itself, the school also offers a range of different free of charge activities after classes such as for example sightseeing. The last but not least, Lisbon is simply an amazing place, full of colours, sun, almost tangible light, sounds and quiteness at the same time. It has so much to offer. Take your time to discover its beautiful soul!
I feel very fortunate to have met Joana and taken Portuguese lessons with her. She is a resourceful teacher with the flexibility to meet your particular language needs while maintaining a rigorous method in the classroom. Our son was marrying into a huge Portuguese family, so my husband asked her for a one-week crash course to give us enough Portuguese to participate fully in the wedding celebrations. She did this and happily helped us write speeches and coached us in the delivery. We are really pleased to have been able to converse with the new relatives on the "big day". It was a pleasure to be in Joana's classes as she is a kind person with a passion for her work. Having previously studied Spanish in some very good schools, we appreciate the quality of Joana's teaching and look forward to returning to her exceptional Portuguese Connection Language School.
Great school, incredible teachers! Definitely a place to go if you are motivated to learn Portuguese. The school is in a very nice neighborhood, the prices are very good and the teachers are highly qualified. I had an amazing month studying there, and I highly recommend it !!! Cecilia.
What a wonderful place to learn Portuguese. I took only a short course as I was in Lisbon only a short time but given the chance I would love to return. Everyone was very welcoming and my teachers Joana and Sílvia were not only very friendly and helpful but also great fun. I really enjoyed my short course. Plus I got a great understanding of the beautiful Portuguese language. With a great site in the Praça do Principe Real in the wonderful city of Lisbon it is hard to imagine anything better. I would happily recommend Portuguese Connection to anyone.
Fun environment and good teachers. They really care about what they do. The school is in a lovely neighbourhood too.
My husband and I have just spend the most wonderful learning experience at Portuguese connection language school. We both did five mornings of Portuguese language and in the afternoons I did a painting course and my husband did wine-tasting. The teachers were such fun and even my reticent husband thoroughly enjoyed the language part,so if he can do it ,everyone can. We both love our afternoon courses. My teacher Paula gave me so much more time than she needed to and we saw exhibitions, painted a Portuguese tile and did watercolour en plein air. We became good friends and even shared a few meals. Greg's group were great fun and they learned a lot about wine and also had a day trip to a vineyard. Greg and I stayed in the Caso do Principe hotel in the same building. Not only was it a bijou hotel, but we were in our classrooms five minutes after breakfast. Being in the centre of Lisbon allowed us to experience the culture of this fabulous city. Muito obrigada a todos and muitos beijinhos.
Ha sido estupendo tenerte de profesora Joana. He disfrutado cada dia de aulas contigo y sobre todo has conseguido algo que no ha conseguido nadie en los ultimos 30 anos : que me interese aprender gramática, algo fundamental para aprender otra lengua. Ya estoy deseando tenerte otra vez de profesora el ano que viene en Enero ! Gracias Joana Es war sehr hilfreich die unterricht vergangen Januar mit Joana. Habe ich sogar spass gehabt jedentag in unsere aulas. Sie hat etwas geschaft ,dass keine bis jetz geschaft hat in 30 Jahren : meine interesse für die gramatik ! also etwas notwendig für eine sprache zu lernen. Warte ich ungeduldig auf unsere nexte stufe: B2 nexte jahr 2016 Januar. Danke vielmals Joana.
The week I spent in Joana's class was unique! It´s not only the way of teaching, but also the combination of her huge knowledge and love about the language, portuguese history and nice places (don´t miss her info about restaurants!) made it a lot of fun, too. Joana adapts very fast on the individual language skills. With great enthusiasm she encourages everyone to develop quickly and will not give up before you reach your goal. If you want to learn portuguese - portuguese connetion is the place to be! Die Woche, die ich mit Joana in einer Klasse verbringen durfte, war großartig! Nicht nur die Art, wie sie unterrichtet ist großartig, sondern die Kombination aus ihrem weitreichenden Wissen über die Sprache, portugiesische Geschichte und sehenswerte Orte (ihre Lokaltipps sind spitze!) haben diese Woche für mich und die anderen Studenten zu einer tollen und lustigen Wochen gemacht. Joana erfasst sehr schnell das individuelle Können ihrer Studenten und Studentinnen. Mit grosser Begeisterung versucht sie, das Beste aus jedem Einzelnen herauszuholen und gibt nicht auf, bevor sie das gewünschte Ziel erreicht hat. Wenn sie Portugiesisch lernen wollen - die Sprachschule von Joana kann ich wärmstens empfehlen!!
Although I just started learning Portuguese and have spent only one week at Portuguese Connection, they made me feel like a little part of charming Lisbon. I learned enough to have small, simple conversations in restaurants, on the street, etc.... Special thanks to my teacher Isabel for her affords to teach as much as possible in one week and giving us all the insider tips around Lisbon! The team of Portuguese Connection works with passion and knows every single student, no matter how long he stays. They even prepared a birthday surprise for one student. I can recommend the school if you not only want to improve language skills but also want to enjoy the welcoming, Portuguese culture!
Joana y Marco son grandes anfitriones, desde el primer día nos recibieron con los brazos abiertos y nos hicieron sentir parte de esta pequeña pero GRAN familia que es Portuguese Connection. Tal y como describiría la escuela: acogedora y familiar, situada en uno de los barrios más céntricos y coloridos de la capital portuguesa; el lugar perfecto para hacer amigos y aprender la lengua de Camões. Una escuela no sería nada sin los profesores y Portuguese Connection reúne un elenco de grandes profesionales que comparten la pasión por la enseñanza y la transmiten en cada una de sus clases. Como es el caso de nuestro profesor Iván que, no sólo por su metodología y profesionalidad, sino también por su buen sentido del humor y carácter, hacen de cada clase una tarde divertida de estudio y risas. Los grupos de estudiantes son reducidos, lo que facilita la interacción entre alumnos y una evolución más visible a corto plazo. La competitividad se deja tras la puerta, una vez que la clase ha comenzado, por lo que siempre habrá alguien, a tu derecha o izquierda, dispuesto a echarte una mano y compartir lo que sabe contigo. Os esperamos en la ciudad de la luz, ¿aún estáis dudando?
Portekizce'yi öğrenmek için tüm koşulların en iyilerinin olduğu özel bir okul. Gerek merkezî konumu,gerekse eğitim kalitesi,,sağladıkları kolaylıklar gerçekten takdire şayan. Şahsen,bana özel ders veren ve 4 hafta gibi kısa bir sürede konuşmamı sağlayan Joana Doliveira ve tüm personele çok teşekkür ediyorum. Lizbon'da geçirdiğim güzel günler de böyle bir kazancın cabası
I had a fantastic experience at the Portuguese Connection Language School from start to finish. As someone who has studied at language schools in Spain and Germany, I highly recommend Portuguese Connection. The school's administrative team were friendly and professional and my teacher, Ivan, was knowledgeable and interesting. I especially enjoyed the small class size and good mix of students of different nationalities. The's school's location in Lisbon is also perfect and my school-arranged host family lived only two minutes away by foot. In short, Portuguese Connection is a wonderful place to learn Portuguese, and I look forward to the chance to study there again.
I really loved my experience at Portuguese Connection school. I did one week of the intensive course when I was just arrived in Lisbon and it helped me a lot. The atmosphere is so familiar and welcoming. And the school it's right in the heart of the city! I would suggest it to anyone :) Muito obrigada
Hi joana, I am glad you opened your own school. This one is even more professional then the one I appreciated in Porto. And Lisbon offers still more possibilities for sight-seeing than the "Northern Capital". Keep it up! Hans
I spent four weeks doing the combined classes, and I could not be happier with the results! Portuguese Connection completely exceeded my expectations! Towards the end of my time in Lisbon, I started receiving compliments from locals that I spoke clearly and understandably. Joana and Raquel are both incredible teachers that offered challenging and interesting lessons. The school has a welcoming atmosphere with attentive staff. It is located in a lovely area close to many cute shops and restaurants. I also decided to take some surfing lessons and would definitely recommend them to those who are interested. I was so pleased by my experience that I am continuing with Online Lessons now that I am back in the US. Muito Obrigado! -Alek
I got an intensive week of lessons at Portuguese Connection, I learned a lot with very dynamic teachers Joana and Carla. There is a great interaction between the teachers and students which make the class very interesting. The lessons are focused on a day to day conversation so it's really helpful to understand the basics but also to develop some skills in speaking. I will be back soon to improve my portuguese with this amazing team. You should definitely learn portuguese with Portuguese Connection!
I have no hesitation in recommending Portuguese Connection as the perfect gateway to learning the language in a relaxed and fun environment. The school has friendly and knowledgable teachers who go the extra mile to making the cultural and linguistic journey such an enriching experience. I found the classes exceptionally enjoyable as well as a deeply rewarding way to meet like-minded people from around the world - and all walks of life. Situated in the vibrant heart of Principe Real, the location couldn't be a better way to learn the language of poets in the enchanting city of Lisboa!
Ciao a tutti, di questa scuola non posso che parlar bene, ho fatto tre corsi raggiungendo il livello A2 e il mio portoghese, con la Professora Joana, che è anche la vulcanica direttrice della scuola, e la Professora Susana, altro ottimo elemento, il mio portoghese è migliorato giorno dopo giorno. La cosa che mi ha fatto più affezionare a questa scuola è l'ambiente giovane e dinamico, e la confidenza che sei da subito in grado di instaurare con lo staff. Che siate qui per qualche mese o per più tempo, portuguese connection è il miglior modo per imparare il portoghese a Lisbona. Buon portoghese a tutti!! Ps: il rapporto qualità-prezzo è imbattibile ;)
The highlight for me was the friendly atmosphere. Joana is a fantastic teacher and all the staff were helpful and really approachable. The school is in a really nice location in Lisbon close to the Bairro Alto. Although I could only attend a one week course my level really improved. I highly recommend the Portuguese Connection Language School and would definitely return.
I had an amazing experience with the Portuguese connection! Everything was just perfect - from the booking process to the school location and the class rooms to the teachers and the atmosphere. It's the place I will definitely come again, even if I only be in town for a couple of days. Totally recommended for any types of classes!
I started a course in Portuguese Connection to improve my portuguese skills and Joana and all the team of Portuguese Connection helped me with this a lot. She is a very good teacher, very sympathetic and always smiling, spending time on classes learning the language was a pleasure. Before the course, Joana checked the level of knowledge of my Portuguese and what we should work on. The course was full of various creative activities and finally I achieved my goal. I recommend it to anybody who want to study Portugese.
Great school, great teachers. I came without any previous knowledge of the Portuguese language and now I start to talk. I can't wait to start my next course. Apart from the knowledge I went out from school with a few new friends. And what is most important in school is that you will feel like at home surrounded with family. That is "Portuguese connection", family. Love you guys!
I would like to say that for the last 3 years I have attended a foreign language class in three different countries, and I have to confess that maybe I have never had a teacher like Joana. She has been one of the best. Like portuguese people she is a very good host, with her you will lose your shyness and you won't have any problem in asking your doubt. She is very attentive to her students, and she can adapted to the needs of the group with an incredible ease. You will learn more than in other class that you have had before, and you will see that the time goes by too quickly with her. So if you are thinking of taking Portuguese classes Portuguese Connection would be a very good choice. If Joana is your teacher, don't try to argue with her! It is a joke. Good luck with your Portuguese!
Unfortunately I could only spend one week with Joana learning Portuguese. I learnt a lot and Joana is a competent, motivating and encouraging teacher. Her classes were never boring and she has the capability to explain complex issues clearly. She was very responsive to each student and answered even my 100th question patiently. I`m very happy to have chosen “Portuguese Connection” and definitely come back! Até logo!
Ho trovato i loro contatti su internet e fin da subito ho captato "good vibes" da Portuguese Connection inizialmente nella persona di Annalisa. Le sensazioni positive hanno trovato conferma anche con tutte le altre persone che ho poi incontrato durante la mia frequenza della scuola: professionali, cortesi e premurose. Una esperienza che mi sento di raccomandare a chiunque.
I had an amazing week learning Portuguese and exploring Lisbon! Joana is a great teacher with a passion for the language and a genuine desire to help you learn. The classes were well structured with a variety of different teaching methods It was an intense week in which I learnt a lot and went from barely being able to string a sentence together to holding basic conversations. The school has a very warm atmosphere and everyone is very welcoming, my only regret is that I couldn’t stay longer! Thank you and I hope to return one day ! I would definitely recommend the school to anyone considering learning Portuguese!
Die 2 Wochen des Portugiesisch Sprachkurses vergingen wie im Flug und am Ende wäre ich wirklich gerne noch länger geblieben! Die ersten Erfahrungen mit der Portugiesischen Sprache habe ich während eines Semesters an der Universität gesammelt, fühlte mich jedoch gar nicht sicher und von Unterhaltungen war wirklich nicht die Rede.. doch mit jedem Tag bei Joana und Ana-Rita fühlte ich mich sicherer und sicherer! :-) Das Gesamtpaket war einfach überzeugend: Der Unterricht wird nie langweilig, denn es gibt viel zu lachen und zu erzählen.. auf portugiesisch natürlich und dabei wird spielerisch Grammatik und Wortschatz vermittelt.. immer individuell an die eigenen Bedürfnisse angepasst. Marco hat sich mit viel Liebe und Hingebung um Unterkunft und Rahmenaktivitäten gekümmert und sich immer wieder vergewissert, dass alle glücklich sind :-) Ich bin so froh mich für Portuguese Connection entschieden zu haben und danke Joana, Ana-Rita und Marco für die unvergesslich Zeit!! Das wunderschöne Lisboa, die portugiesische Kultur, die tollen Menschen die dort leben und natürlich leckeres Essen und guter Wein haben das ganze noch perfekt abgerundet :-) Ich komme wieder!! Obrigadíssima, meninos! ;-)
Ich habe bereits in Hamburg bei unterschiedlich en Lehrern Portugiesisch gelernt und bin selber Spanischdozenti n: Der Unterricht bei Joana war spitzenmäßig: Sie ist äußerst qualifiziert und stets engagiert und es hat großen Spass gemacht. Ich habe in einer Woche mehr gelernt als in den 2 Jahren davor.Joana hat die Grammatik und die Ausspracheregel n (an denen mir besonders gelegen war)ausgesproch en klar vermittelt und mit entsprechenden Übungen gefestigt.Das war nicht mein letzter Kurs bei ihr!!
I had a perfect 3-week experience with the school! Professional teachers and staff creating a perfect atmosphere within the school + very convenient location in old city center + great teaching style + clean and well-equipped school ... My highest recommendation!
I spent two wonderful months (July and August 2017) in Portuguese Connection and i can't remember a single day, when i didn't want to go classes. I found the school by chance, as i was planning to go to Portugal this summer and i just asked myself «What don't i study portuguese?». Immediately after making this question to myself, i started searching for a course in internet and i found Portuguese Connection. After reading comments and reviews left by former students, i made up my mind: i was definitely going to this school. The staff was very friendly and helpful, every time i asked something about lessons or accomodation, so i was really looking forward for coming. And, my expectations were the right ones: the school turned out to be absolutely wondeful. I strongly believe that, when people work with so much dedication and love, you can easily feel it. And it was all about the school. The staff (Joana, Marco e Annalisa) are those people who care about each student who comes to the school, who try to do their best in order to provide everything you need (even if sometimes it doesn't refer to studying process) and make you feel at home. All teachers are very friendly and positive as well, each one has her/his own approach for teaching you, some of them are excellent at explaining grammar, some of them dedicate more time to talking, but all of them perfectly know how to teach and try to make the lessons interesting. And of course, i can't help mentioning a very special member of the team – a dog Maggie, who keeps an eye on students and creates a cosy home atmosfere with her presence. I also think that this school attracts very special people and that is one more reason to choose it, if you are searching for new friendships or just want to meet people from all over the world who can share your way of thinking. So, if after reading this review of mine, you are still in doubt, please, stop hesitating: you already found the place, where you will have an unforgettable experience.
I did a week's intensive group course here with an extra hour of individual classes every day on the side. A lovely company who really like to get to know their students and personalise their teaching, I felt welcome from the moment I walked in! The teachers really know how to get their point across and I felt my Portuguese improved massively over the course of just one week. I'd thoroughly recommend! Até já.
Portuguese Connection is a great school! I came with no knowledge of the Portuguese language and I have learned so much in the little time I have been in Lisbon. It has been a great experience! The teachers are great and really friendly. The classes are well prepared but at the same time fun. I would recommend anyone to go this language school.
Olá estudantes! In doubt if this could be the Portuguese language school for you? Don't be! With Joana you get not only the best teacher you will ever have, you also will meet the nicest person! A demanding, very intelligent teacher with a great sense of humour. And if you (the student) are nice too, you will also get a good friend in Joana... so go and learn some Portuguese! I definitely had two of the best months of my life in her class! Muito obrigado! Beijinhos, Dirk
ポルトガル語を学ぶためにリスボンへの留学を考えている方がいるならこの学校をお勧めします。先生のジョアンナはとても優しく、フレンドリーで、困っていた時にはすごく丁寧に手伝ってくれますし、授業もとても面白く、毎日学校に通うのが楽しくて仕方ありませんでした。 ポルトガル語ができなくても１からしっかりと教えてくれるので不安になる必要はありません。 勉強だけでなく、素晴らしい時間を一緒に過ごせたみんなに会う機会を与えてくれた素晴らしい学校、先生方にとても感謝しています。 Obrigado Joana ;)
I had wanted to learn Portuguese for some time and really wanted to do it in Portugal. When I was finally ready to take the plunge, I started looking for a school. I talked to someone who took just one week of combined classes at Portuguese Connection and he was really impressed, so I made contact. The entire team at Portuguese Connection is so professional and Annalisa responded immediately, gave me all the information I needed and answered any questions I had. Marco helped me locate an apartment to rent less than a 5-minute walk from the school, which is really is in a fantastic location. I loved spending time across the street in the park and ate my lunch there often. Marco and Joana have assembled a fantastic team, all of the instructors are very well prepared and constantly communicate with one another about each student’s progress and needs. I originally signed up for 4 weeks of combined classes and then added another two. I had group classes until 1pm and then one hour individual classes in the afternoon. The group class teachers rotated so I think I worked with all of the teachers except maybe two. This was good because you heard different people speaking from different parts of the country. They do a great job of always using Portuguese and encouraging all students to speak as much as possible. The individual classes cover whatever is needed, customized for each student. Again, all the teachers in the school display very impressive skills. But of course it isn’t just about the classes and school. Your whole experience is important to this group. They will assist with all kinds of issues. Annalisa is a jack-of-all-trades. Ask her about anything, if she doesn’t know, but she probably does, she will find out. She knows Lisbon better than the natives. Her weekly tours are fantastic, fun and informative, and it is another chance to practice your Portuguese. After my classes ended, I wanted to plan a two-week road trip and cover as much of Portugal as possible. These guys were fantastic. Each person added to list of things to see, places to stop, best spots to eat the best foods and pastries across the country. Thank you Susana, Silvia, Annalisa, Joana and Marco. They were my travel planning team. From the time I arrived and now I have been here for more than two and a half months, these people have made me feel special and part of the family, because yes, they are like a family. They can make you feel that way too. No matter your age, country of origin, or language level, they can make your stay in Portugal so much more than just learning the language. Give it a go, you won’t be sorry. And don’t forget to give Maggie a pat on the head and a scratch on the belly if you see here at school. She is the cutest thing ever and loves all of the students at Portuguese Connection.
I just spent a little week at Portuguese Connection. All I can say from what I experienced is positive : the teacher I had was really nice and just made me like even more Portuguese. The staff is great, kind and professional. The school is also well located in Lisboa, which is already an amazing city. Actually, the teachers, the staff, the students, the atmosphere...even the dog, make you feel very comfortable. The school looks like a welcoming big family. Studying there every day was a real pleasure. Muito obrigado !
I only spent one week at Portuguese Connnection, but in that one week I learned an enormous amount. The teachers and the staff go out of their way to make everyone feel welcome, to make the classes a lot of fun, and to make learning Portuguese easy. I recommend Portuguese Connection 100% to anyone looking for a friendly, fun environment in which to learn Portuguese during their time in Lisbon.
I highly recommend Portuguese Connection to anyone wishing to study Portuguese in Lisbon. My teachers were Raquel and Joana (also the director), both of whom were absolutely excellent. Their lessons were always stimulating and lots of fun; their approach to teaching was very patient and professional (without being formal), and their classes always seemed very well-organised, with both teachers being completely 'on top' of their subject. They ensured that the students developed their confidence in communicating whilst at the same time always being challenged. I have attended a few language schools over the years, but I can honestly say that Portuguese Connection is the friendliest one that I have been to. Both the teachers and the rest of the other staff (Marco and Laurie) are wonderfully warm, genuine and welcoming, and the school has a relaxed, almost 'family' atmosphere. I will continue to study Portuguese, and I dearly hope to return to Portuguese Connection!
If you are looking to learn Portuguese in Lisbon, I don't think you could do better than learning at Portuguese Connection. I spent three months learning Portuguese with their fantastic teachers, and I left the country with confidence that I had reached a really good level of fluency. Their teachers are friendly and approachable, you always feel you can ask questions. The classroom activities are always dynamic which makes the learning experience really fun. The teachers obviously cared a lot about their students, and put in a lot of effort into organising their classes. I rate their language school, and their teaching, very highly.
One of the best language learning experience a person could every ask for!!! The team at Portuguese Connection were just wonderful. They assisted me through the entire process to including finding lodging with a Very nice Portuguese family less than 5 mins walk from the the school, arrangements for transportation to and from the airport and weekend cultural experiences. To top it of, the classes were great! The entire team are professional and really know how to tailor a language learning program to fit your needs. I spent three weeks at the school and my Portuguese greatly improved. I will be returning next year for two weeks, but in the meantime, will likely take advantage of their online Skype one on one course! Muito obrigado os amigos de Portuguese Connection!!!
I just had intensive classes for two weeks and I can but recommend Portuguese Connection. My teacher was Joana Paiva, who succeeds in explaining the most complex issues of Portuguese grammar in a way that they seem easy. Well-planned exercises do their part to make you know how to apply. Finally, when we did conversation, she magically made my use what I thought I would never be able to use spontaneously. I have done Spanish and Italian in similar schools. However, Portuguese Connection offers a quality of language education I have not experienced before. I will certainly come back.
I would highly recommend this language school for anyone seeking to improve their Portuguese. It's still a small school, but very cosy and they have a great team. Our first contact with the school was with Laurie. She answered all our questions with a lot of patience and she made us feel very comfortable about going to this school. She also helped us finding a place to stay for 2 weeks in Lisbon. Thank you Laurie for all your help! Marco and Joana, the owners of the school, are lovely as well! Always prepared to help and to answer all your questions. Joana is a great, passionate teacher who gives very interactive classes and pushes you to the next level. She does it with a smile and with a lot of humor. The same goes for our teacher of the 2nd week, Raquel. She also gave our Portuguese a boost by making us speak a lot. And off course there's Maggie, the dog/ the mascot of the school. She is Always happy to see you in the morning and prepared to have some play time ;)
Great school and nice people. Good choice if you want to improve your portuguese.
This December I did my second two-week class with Joana's school. After having been her student once before when she was still an employee in Porto. Joana has succeeded to have a superb staff that upholds the high standard of teaching that I knew from herself. Management of the school is excellent and my hosts were the nicest and most interesting people to meet. On leaving, I felt quite comfortable speaking Portuguese. I will come again, and again, and again.
I have only positive emotions about the school! I would say that these lessons were some of the best I have ever taken. Atmosphere was friendly and the teachers were great! I had individual classes and I loved them indeed, because in spite of that the lessons were well structured, they were also quite flexible. Joanna, Sofia, Marco, Annalisa, thank you alot for a wonderful time and new knowledge! Miss you all
Bien qu'au Portugal depuis de nombreux mois, j'avais beaucoup d'appréhension à me lancer dans l'apprentissage du portugais. Toute l'équipe de Portuguese connection m'a alors aidée à sauter le pas, grâce notamment à son énergie et sa bonne humeur, aussi contagieuse l'une que l'autre. J'ai pu voir très rapidemment mes progrès, mes doutes et peurs de comprendre et parler se sont estompés petit à petit. J'ai déjà effectué deux formations de 30 heures chacune afin de compléter le niveau B1, et ai hâte de pouvoir continuer la formation et entamer le niveau B2!
Best language school in town! The teachers are always friendly and super qualified. My 1 month intensive course was fun and I learned a lot! Muito obrigada por tudo!
I was looking for a Portuguese language school for a long time and It took me a while to decide where to go - I was hesitating - maybe it would be better to go to Brazil or somewhere else where Portuguese is spoken, actually It was hard because there is a wide range of schools and each one seems to be great. Now I know that my choice was the best one I could ever make - my experience with this school was wonderful and I do recommend this school - with passion as Joana and other teachers have, you'll go through learning Portuguese faster than you ever thought! Przez długi czas szukałam odpowiedniego miejsca do nauki języka portugalskiego i nie mogłam się zdecydować, jaką szkołę wybrać... Może lepiej by było pojechać do Brazylii, albo innego kraju gdzie język portugalski jest językiem oficjalnym? Teraz wiem, że mój wybór był jednym z najlepszych, jakich mogłam dokonać i polecam wszystkim pasjonatom portugalskiego tę szkołę. Nauczyciele mają w sobie wiele pasji do nauczania, dzięki czemu czas zajęć mija jak "w oka mgnieniu", a język "wchodzi jak po maśle". :)
Wow! What a great experience! From the minute I entered the offices of Portuguese Connection I felt welcomed. Joana, Marco and Laurie managed the trick of being both genuinely friendly and quietly competent in all their interactions with me. And I had some special demands, since my wife was an absolute beginner, and I had experience with the language going back many years. But Joana and Laurie accommodated us both without a second thought. It also helped that Maggie the dog could transcend any language barrier with a few affectionate licks. (What a brilliant idea: a language school with a dog fluent at expressing affection!) The second thing I noticed was how much fun the other students seemed to be having. Learning a language can be daunting, which is why it’s so critical that you learn in an environment that embraces both the didactic and the whimsical. For me, Portuguese Connection was exactly that kind of place. My teacher, Raquel, made even the driest subject interesting and relevant by playfully relating linguistic concepts to everyday life (I now know why the Portuguese talk about “puxando o autoclismo”). But behind her whimsy was a passionate love of the language, which I found infectious. So be warned: learning Portuguese at Portuguese Connection is a blast!
My experience of Lisbon was fantastic! It was made even more enjoyable by the opportunity to study Portuguese and practice speaking in public. The evening activities gave us a wonderful view of Lisbon through the eyes of a local. Thank you to the team at Portuguese Connection, I look forward to returning!
I really enjoyed my week learning Portuguese with Joana at Portuguese Connection. Joana is a great teacher and a great person to spend a week chatting with, mostly in Portuguese but with the benefit of Joana's excellent English to call upon as back-up when required. I had studied Portuguese semi-intensively in 2009 for a few months while living in Lisbon but had rarely used even a few words since then. Joana quickly assessed my level and speed of learning to tailor our lessons perfectly to my requirements so that I could progress quickly and leave Lisbon (sadly) really pleased with my achievements and the improvement in my conversations with waiters, taxi drivers and anyone else that would let me speak Portuguese with them. Joana and Marco were both incredibly friendly making me feel very welcome from the start - I quickly knew that I had made a good choice! My week studying with Joana has re-awakened my interest in learning Portuguese and I will soon embark on further language tuition in London. I would not hesitate to recommend Joana and Portuguese Connection to anybody wanting to study Portuguese in Lisbon. If you are thinking about it go ahead and book it - you won't regret it!
If you want to learn Portuguese while being surrounded with positive, warm and professional people (and an extremely welcoming dog - Maggie), then Portuguese Connection is the school for you. With a beautiful interior and surroundings, located in the centre of Lisbon - you just cross the street and have a beautiful green oasis to take deep breaths in - it was a pleasure just walking to the school every morning. The teachers are amazing - during the two weeks I stayed, my teachers were Ivan and Carla, both of which really nice and open. Everyone is flexible and they know how to make Portuguese lessons interesting and challenging, while still fun. I felt at home from the first day of school and it was so hard leaving, but I know I will definitely be coming back! Obrigada a todos por tudo! Beijinhos
I took two weeks of intensive group classes as a beginner, and I was impressed. They work by immersion, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff and teachers. In two weeks, we got a lot of vocabulary, regular and irregular verbs in present and past tense, numbers, and more: the final assignment was a short essay to be presented aloud. The other students were a diverse and interesting group. The school is in a comfortable suite of rooms across from a park (good for coffee during the break). The school helped arrange trips in and around Lisboa, as well.
This is a very good language school. The location is in the centre of Lisbon but still with quiet surroundings, a lovely park and many good cafés and restaurants. The staff was most helpful and good humoured at all times despite my many questions especially in advance. The teacher was brilliant. He could rapidly estimate my language capacity and adapt the level to that. He was patient with my lengthy attempts to speak portuguese, correcting errors but not overdoing. My ability to understand rapidly (that is normally...) spoken portuguese has markedly improved. I look forward to my next stay.
Portuguese Connection is fabulous - excellent teachers, great learning environment, centrally located, efficiently run and fun! I really enjoyed my two week course and wish I'd had booked to stay longer as I didn't want to leave :) Parabens e muito obrigada a equipe do Portuguese Connection !
Thank you for an awesome week in Lisbon. The team at the Portuguese Connection School made me feel like family in a new (and wonderful) city a long way from home. Will definitely be preaching you guys to my friends back in Australia!
Studying with Portuguese Connection was a wonderful experience. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and the my teacher was really very good at getting us to communicate in class. I also took the painting course offered by Portuguese Connection and was very happy with the tuition I received and with having the opportunity to see and draw different parts of Lisbon. Studying as part of my holiday allowed an intimacy with Lisbon that I would never have been able to have if I had simply arrived as a tourist.
I enjoyed it!! 旅行で3週間ほどポルトガルに滞在する予定でしたが、英語が通じない時がたまにあり、リスボンにいる間、挨拶程度でもポルトガル語を勉強してみることにしました。Portuguese Connectionでは生徒のスケジュールに合わせて1週間から授業をしてくれました。 ジョアナ先生と1週間授業してみて、最初はなんのことやらさっぱりで、うわ、難しい！と思っていたのですが、4日ほど経つと、先生の言っていることが少しずつ分かるようになってきました！宿題もありましたが、基本的な言葉の仕組みを学べました。しばらくぶりに語学を勉強してみてリフレッシュでき、これからも少しずつ勉強を続けていきたい、と思います！
Small school with family feeling! They really care about the students and love what they are doing! Excellent teachers, I learned so much in only 2 weeks. Great location and fun and helpful staff! Can only recommend this and will definitely go back!
j ai passé près de 4 mois chez Portuguese Connexions qui a su me montrer une totale disponibilité et attention durant tout ce temps. Cet apprentissage a été précieux pour structurer mon portugais et surtout me donner une autonomie et une aisance indispensables dans ma vie de tous les jours et ma vie professionnelle. Je remercie tout particulièrement mon professeur Ivan et l ensemble de l equipe qui a su faire de cet apprentissage un véritable plaisir, dont j ai la saudade...Benjamin Deltete
Best language school ever! I loved the teachers, our classes and the walking tours all together with Annalisa. I made such progresses thanks to their amazing and interesting classes! Hope to come back soon! I would definitely recommend it.
Este verano he vuelto a ir a un curso de portugués de Joana. Otra vez ha sido una experiencia óptima, pues Joana es sumamente competente en la materia tratada y sabe transmitirla de una forma muy clara y con muchos ejemplos. Además es una "chica" carinosa con sus alumnos y siempre está alegre. Así sus clases son sumamente amenas. Y por la tarde Joana hizo también de guía por el centro de Lisboa... He vuelto a aprender un montón!!! No será la última vez que me apunto a un curso suyo....
Hello everyone, I really appreciate the work of all the people at Portuguese Connection. It was a great and intense week with funny classmates, passionate teachers and a familiar atmosphere at the same time. For me it was a really good start for living in Lisbon and I think it helped a lot for understanding and listening the portuguese language. The personal calsses were also very helpful, Joana was very kind and tried to help with all the questions I had. It was a good choice and I can recommend the school to everyone who wants to learn more about these interesting language! Muito obrigado! Jan
My husband & I have been studying Portuguese at Portuguese Connection for almost two years now. It has become a very important part of our life in Lisbon. The staff at the school are amazing and energetic. We do private lessons, and they are totally customized to our skill level, needs & availability. Of course, the language instruction is top notch. But the school goes far and above just being a language school. Joana & Marco have done so much to make us feel welcome here: they have introduced us to many of the other students with whom we have become good friends, they have invited us on outings with the group to visit new places in & around Lisbon, and they have helped to explain mysterious cultural things, like futebol! Joana & Marco also work tirelessly to help us resolve issues outside of the school, whether it be proofreading documents for our son's school, recommending accountants & health insurers, or helping to arrange medical device rental for my parents when they came to visit Lisbon. There is nothing that this duo & their awesome team cannot do! We ❤️ Portuguese Connection!
My wife and I moved to Lisbon almost two years ago. At the time, we spoke no Portuguese whatsoever, and did not know anyone in Portugal. We started lessons at Portuguese Connection shortly after we arrived, and enjoy the experience so much that we have continued taking classes there every week and plan to continue doing so. The teaching quality is on par with Columbia University and Yale Law School, where my wife and I studied. Not only are the teachers highly qualified linguistics experts, but each teacher who we have studied with is an innately gifted educator. In our experience, the teachers are extremely passionate about instructing students, and genuinely care about their student's success - both in the Portuguese language AND outside of the classroom as well. The staff are constantly asking students how their experience in Lisbon is going, and offer invaluable advice - whether the student is just staying for a short visit in Lisbon, or looking to live here full time. For us, Portuguese Connection is far more than just a place to take language lessons. It's a real cornerstone of our experience living in Portugal. We've made close friends with other students at the school who feel exactly the same way as we do. For anyone who is looking to come to Lisbon and who wants a very in-depth experience learning about Portuguese language and culture, Portuguese Connection is a true gem.
Quando arrivi a scuola ti senti abbracciata da questa grande famiglia. Ho frequentato un mese di corso intensivo di gruppo e un mese di lezioni individuali, per questo mi sento di raccomandare entrambi. I professori sono preparati, sanno individuare le esigenze dei singoli e del gruppo e grazie alla loro simpatia le lezioni non sono mai noiose. I direttori (Marco e Joanna) sono sempre disponibili e attenti che tutto nella scuola funzioni alla perfezione. I tour di Annalisa sono un'ottima occasione per conoscere Lisbona con gli occhi di chi ci vive. Che dire poi di Maggie, la mascot della scuola? 40 kg di pura tenerezza. Grazie a tutti.
The best foreign language course in any language! I have taken several in many countries. Joana is concise, intelligent and thorough and her winning personality and consideration for her students makes the dynamic a bonding experience as in my experience the class becomes quite unified. It is a wonderful experience learning and getting to know people from different backgrounds at the same time as gaining knowledge for oneself. Some foreign language courses are cold and isolating experiences and not enjoyable. Joana´s courses are invigorating and life-giving and Portuguese is a beautiful language. In her hands it becomes a valuable life goal and she transmits the tools her students need to master it without suffering. I recommend Joana without hesitation as she is an outstanding person worth knowing socially and professionally.
I was so lucky to discover Portuguese Connection! Within 24hrs of my phone call (from Evora) l was enjoying private lessons with the wonderful teacher Ana. Nothing was too hard for Annalisa to arrange - even though l had no email at the time. Ana made me feel so relaxed that l could absorb and learn - l felt l really made progress in the week l had with her - l didn´t want to leave. Attending the school was a highlight of my two month cycle ride through the country. I loved Lisbon and would go back to Principe Real - it became my favourite area.
If I could give this place 30 stars I seriously would. If you're looking for a place to learn portuguese in Lisbon, STOP LOOKING RIGHT NOW CAUSE THIS IS IT. YOU FOUND IT. I cannot express enough how amazing this school is. It's not only the classes (which are extremely effective in teaching you the language) but it's the people who work there as well. I swear, ALL of them are the sweetest, friendliest, funniest, most dedicated and passionate humans beings ever. They care so much for all their students' well beings and are genuinely interested in our learning experiences. All the teachers carefully plan and execute the lessons beautifully! They are FUN and dynamic classes that will leave you wanting more. You will leave this school being able to FALAR portuguese like a PRO. I cannot recommend this place enough. Such an Amazing and happy experience here! xx PS : THEY HAVE A REALLY CUTE DOG NAMED MAGGIE which is SUCH a plus
I honestly do not know where to start but this was by far the best experience I have ever had at a language school. The teachers are extremely well trained and speak very clear and slow to help us understand exactly what they are talking about. The classes are very interactive and the teachers always ask us questions to enable us to practice our Portuguese. The vibe at the school is lovely, very warm, welcoming and homely - it felt like family that I knew after such a short time. Portuguese connection teaches you about the Portuguese culture, food (which I loved to talk about), places to go and of course the language which they are excellent at. They also have a lovely tour package which takes you to the best places in Lisbon with their guide, Laurie. I miss my classes already and wish that I could go back - it is not like school - yes, almost, as I learned so much in a short time but it is much much more fun. I can DEFINITELY recommend this school to you - You would learn and laugh at the same time. Thank you to Laurie, Joana, Raquel and Marco! I will come visit again just to see Maggie and of course you special people! Beijinhos
I look back at my time in the school and I realize I learned quite a bit in 6 weeks. The teachers were really fantastic at teaching you rules to the grammar followed by a few tricks to help you recall the rules more immediately and constant practice in speaking. I've taken online courses through other sites without the instruction of a teacher and I realized that I was missing the fundamentals to understand why you would use one verb tense over another. It didn't make sense to me until I took professional classes with Portuguese connection. i recognize this now as I am reviewing my studies. To sum it up in order to learn effectively I would highly recommend classes here and you'll be impressed with your progress.
A wonderful experience at the Portuguese Connection School with a really good method to learn Portuguese fast. Joana is a terrific professor who loves her own language and this makes the difference. The school environment and the staff make you feel really welcomed. I highly recommend this experience :))
If you want to learn portuguese in a relaxing and fun environment and with an effective method, Portuguese Connection is the place for you! I attended a two-week intensive course and I am very happy with this experience and now i feel much more confident with my speaking skills in Lisboa! My teachers Joana and Ana have been so nice and professional, each with their own teaching style, and they have been also helpful for any issue i had with my everyday life here. Obrigado to all of you!
I have just spent four weeks of private instruction in portuguese with Joana Paiva. I was able to immediately use all that I had learned in restaurants, super markets, taxi cabs. Time spent in the learning process was totally enjoyable. Joana is an excellent instructor and provides the perfect classroom to learn portuguese.
I've studied at this school for nearly 6 months, because I somehow always came back... My experience started with a super intensive 2 weeks course (4h group classes + 2 individual each day) in the beginning of September, to prepare me for Portuguese classes in my upcoming Erasmus semester. I spoke some Spanish before, but still I was amazed how quickly I actually could start to speak Portuguese in my daily life. Even though this program was a very tough one, my teachers managed to make every single class pleasant, interesting and informative. I was planning to go on with an extensive course (2h twice a week) anyway, but as I hardly had any classes in the morning at my university and I so much enjoyed learning Portuguese, I chose to go on with 1 week/month of group classes. The school was very helpful finding suitable groups for me in this time. As they knew my level and difficulties by then, and could connect them to similar students, I would say the result were the most productive classes I've ever been at. The extensive course was a nice extension to this as well, as its consistency helped me to continuously work on my language skills. During my time, I got to know several teachers at Portuguese Connection. All of them were enthusiastic, friendly and professional. Classes always were very interactive, we discussed a lot of political and social issues, joked and had fun. Next to that, we learned to speak fluently, simply 'by doing it'. At least for me, this extensive vocal training made it easy to also speak Portuguese outside the school. I even developed a certain way of stubbornness, sticking to Portuguese when my counterpart switched to English. Most of my classes I had with Joana. She is an awesome teacher, that truly loves her language and would love to show you all the little characteristics of her mother tongue. What especially impressed me was that she seems to have a natural talent to recognize perfectly how each person learns and perceives, and the manages to choose the corresponding method to facilitate your learning progress. Another point I'd like to mention is the pleasant atmosphere that I didn't know from any other school. They manage to keep a good balance between friendly and professional and do everything to make you feel welcome. Their mascot Maggie (a really friendly dog and the secret governor of the place) contributes to this to her abilities. Lisbon has become my home, and one of my favorite places on earth. I could spend weekends just walking around, visiting markets, find new places, sit in gardens and admire the beautiful facades of the old buildings. It offers a high quality of life, a vivid night life and a broad range of restaurants, cafes and bars. It sometimes reveals magical views and places so hidden but gorgeous you first don't believe they exist. At the moment, I think there is no better place for doing Erasmus. But even if you only come for a few days or a week, I'm sure you will enjoy Lisbon - and you will love Lisbon I wish all the best to the whole team of Portuguese Connection, and with a heard full of saudades hope to be back very soon.
Definitely the best language school I've ever been to, very highly recommended. As far as language schools go it is a bit on the smaller side, but this actually turned out to be one of the best things about it as it means more attention per student. The facilities are excellent (wifi, coffee machine, super comfy chairs), modern and really nice compared to some other places I've checked out. Right next to the metro with lots of cool cafés and restaurants close by. Ask for Joana! As a group teacher she's awesome, really friendly and always finds a way to make everyone feel involved. These days I'm having private lessons with her and loving it. Super cool vibe, easy to talk to and really interesting for general conversation. Helped me a lot with confidence in speaking portuguese, wish I'd discovered this place sooner.
Oláaaaa, bom dia! Have you ever thought that studying grammar can be a lot of fun? No? Then convince yourself and read other students’ reviews on this side. I tried it out myself and followed the one week intensive class. I found a wonderful location and a stunning team that lives for their professional commitment. The Portuguese Connection team not only stands for high professionalism and competence, but also for conviction, engagement, creativity and warmness. So don’t miss this life experience, hurry up and prepare your suitcase. Maybe we will meet there?! Beijinhos, Katherina
G'day from Australia! I was researching a Portuguese Language school for a short term stint and came across Portuguese Connection. I followed them for a few months on Facebook and enjoyed their newsletters and updates which meant that when it was time for me to book a class, I didn't have to do any more research and was very happy to book my week with them. Marco assisted greatly with accomodation and I stayed at Casa de Sao Mamede http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g189158-d235598-Reviews-Casa_De_Sao_Mamede-Lisbon_Lisbon_District_Central_Portugal.html Very convenient; thanks Marco! The school as well is fantastically located! My course schedule was for Goup morning classes (9am to 1pm) and private tutoring (2-4pm). Morning classes were with Raquel. Raquel was extremely engaging and full of interesting discussions on Politics, Social issues, Shopping, Portuguese history and a range of other topics. Raquel kept us engaged by speaking in Portuguese, with English explanations when we could not understand, and we gradually increased our Portuguese Language skills as well as our knowledge of this wonderful country and people. My afternoon private class was with Joanna (de Oliveira Fabiao) My challenge was bringing together the written Portuguese with the spoken Portuguese. Joanna patiently worked with my understanding of sounds and I picked up my listening and speaking skills significantly and increased my confidence as the week progressed. I would have loved to have done a second week as I could feel my skills and confidence growing by the end of the first week. Many thanks to Raquel and Joanna for their patience and for making our classes so interesting. Thanks also to Laurie for taking the time to take us around the city on 2 excursions...most enjoyable and informative. And finally, thanks to Joanna and Marco for creating such a supportive environment for us students of Portuguese. I'm sure there are other schools available, but I would have no hesitancy in coming back to (and recommending) Portuguese Connection for another stint.
Great language school. Staff were so friendly. Carla was a great teacher.
I came to study Portuguese for a week as a way of starting out with a new language. I did a combined course which included art lessons in the evenings. I went alone and was feeling slightly nervous as a result but the staff were so friendly and welcoming and after only five days I felt like I had known them all for ages. Joanna was an amazing teacher who encouraged, stretched and challenged us, she had a wonderful way of making you feel comfortable and confident and has an amazing knowledge of the origins and theory behind the language as well as its use. My Portuguese friends were impressed and surprised at how much I had learnt in just a week. Laurie and Marco were always so friendly and helpful. Paula my art teacher really helped and encouraged me to begin drawing and painting again after years of doing nothing and I was able to practice the art of Portuguese tile painting. I feel really grateful for the opportunity to study and intensive course and get quality teaching in such a lovely relaxed environment. I recommend this school for anyone wanting to learn Portuguese in Lisbon.
I took the combined classes for 2 weeks and I would always do the same again. Classes were well structured, the teacher was awesome, we had a great learning environment and so much fun! Highly recommended!!
A great place to learn portuguese; small, motivating classes with a friendly atmosphere that allows you to speak and interact with the other students - in portuguese. The professor was very dedicated and provided excellent follow up of each one of us. Furthermore, good location and pricing. Absolutely worth it!
I spent three weeks studying as a complete beginner and thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the school, location was accessible and in a pleasant area with the classrooms well lit naturally. The school has a very comfortable and personal atmosphere with the staff being very hospitable and enthusiastic for their work above and beyond their duty. Would certainly recommend to anyone interested in engaging with the language and Portuguese culture.
Био сам послом у Португалији и учио језик у овој школи преко годину дана. Професорка Жуана је уложила велики труд да ми приближи све језичке заврзламе, орасположи кад нисам могао да укапирам о чему се ради, да помогне кад запне и тако учинила да заволим одлазак на часове код ње (ја иначе нисам баш наклоњен учењу страних језика и немам пуно стпљења). Ако бих опет бирао школу - дефинитнвно Жуана! Свака част и само тако настави! Препорука!
I flew into Lisbon unable to speak a single word of Portugese. Three weeks later, I was able to get by in basic Portugese – thanks entirely to Portugese Connection. The three weeks at the school were among the most fun I have ever spent. Joana, Marco, Annalisa and all the staff were extremely friendly and they went out of their way to make sure that everyone was comfortable (I noticed that all teachers made sure to learn the names of students in other classes as well as their own.) The location of the school is a real plus as well – opposite a park, next to a great bunch of cafes in a great neighbourhood. My teachers – Carla, Joana, and Sofia – were energetic and motivated. Their classes were always were well structured. There were often laugh–out–loud funny moments during lessons. I felt extremely welcome – and was moved by the care Joana took to present gifts and certificates to each student at the end of their studies. Portugese Connection is a vibrant, energetic, fun place – I would recommend it without hesitation!
So much more than a language course! I tend to forget that while learning a language you also get to know a lot about the people, their culture and traditions. You could say that you get a glimpse of the Portuguese soul. This was certainly the case while studying at the Portuguese Connection Language School. The school itself, is very easy to reach, and was at 5 minutes walking distance from the Portuguese family where I was staying. It is small in size, but great in the way it approaches the task. The positive experience already began before my trip started, when Marco contacted me to take care of a practical issue involving my luggage. I immediately got a nice feeling about the school. Then, when I first went to the school my teacher Joana greeted me and my fellow student with a radiant smile. As I had already prepared my visit by studying intensively at home, it did not take long before we were talking in Portuguese. Even though I only booked for one week, it was very intensive, and I learned a lot of new grammar and vocabulary. Classes were never dull, and always felt very personal. In the afternoon I had also booked a private lesson, in which Joana let me decide on what I wanted to focus them. She also had some suggestions herself. I learned quite a lot, and the teacher was always there to assist me with any question I could have. Within a week I felt a lot more fluent and I feel much more fluent and self-confident when striking up a conversation with a Portuguese speaking person. Something more about the school: after classes you can -if you want to- use a different classroom to study a bit. For those who want to explore Lisbon a bit more, the school also has some group visits, and some suggestions of places to explore. In summary, I am very happy with the overall experience. I believe that I learned a lot, and got much more fluent at speaking Portuguese, even though I was there for only a week. I got onto the plane with a bit of 'saudades' with only a couple of 'pastéis de Belém' to ease the pain.
Portugeuse connection is a friendly team of happy people who encourage you to learn portuguese from the scratch, they reply at your mails on time and are always willing to help you in the best way possible! I attended portuguese classes there for 3 months, and finally I am able to communicate during my daily activities in Lisbon. The dog is the sweetest attraction !! Abraço, Eva .
Mieszkając w Lizbonie przez około 10 miesięcy, miałem przyjemność uczęszczania do kilku szkół językowych w i mogę śmiało powiedzieć, ze ta jest jedną z lepszych, jeśli nie najlepszą. Mam tu na myśli nie tylko lokalizacje i przyjazna atmosferę, ale także jakość nauczania, punktualność i profesjonalizm nauczycieli. A+++
Very good classes by enthusiastic teachers in small groups, and in which you actually learn to -speak- Portuguese. Also a very good price for the amount of hours of class; highly recommended!
I spent a week at PC in June and am so happy I did. My only regret is that I could not stay to study longer. The approach used is great for quick learning of a language. I have a background in French and Spanish (not fluent). The instructor (Isabel) was perfect for my learning style. I was in a beginning class and there was only one other student learning with me. It was almost like a one-on-one experience. I had private one hour classes in the afternoons that helped me to work on my personal interests. I can not think of one criticism. Joana, Marco, and Annalisa were extremely helpful, friendly, and welcoming. I will definitely return to study again. In the meantime, I will be working with PC in their online classes. By the way, I am a 50+ year old American and felt very much at ease with PC and the entire staff. The other students were great also. LOVE Portuguese Connection and can't wait to come back. Até o próximo ano!
Jag steg in på Portuguese Connections behagligt svala, rymliga och kreativt dekorerade lokaler när sommaren kom till Lissabon för ungefär två månader sedan. Förväntansfull, ivrig och aningen för enträgen. Jag hade aldrig studerat på en språkskola tidigare men var tillitsfull till mitt val som jag gjort uteslutande baserat på Portuguese Connections proffsiga, moderna och tydliga hemsida. Vad skulle jag få för pengarna? Mycket skulle det visa sig. Till att börja med, och viktigast, så lämnade jag skolan med ett starkt kvitto på den utveckling jag gjort tillsammans med Portuguese Connections kompetenta lärargrupp: jag uppnådde nivå C1 efter min intensiva månad med 80 grupplektioner och 20 individuella lektioner. Det är min övertygelse att detta inte skett om det inte hade varit för skolans och lärargruppens förmåga att anpassa undervisningen efter mina behov och dessutom göra den utmanande och förbannat rolig. Att den administrativa delen och att fritidsaktiviteterna utfördes med ett starkt organisatoriskt tänkande var en positiv överraskning för mig som svensk. Jag rekommenderar Portuguese Connection till den student som önskar lära sig portugisiska grundligt, till den som vill komma närmare den portugistalande delen av världen och framför allt till dig som känner att du behöver energi. Åk till Lissabon, det är annorlunda. Ett ödmjukt tack till alla er på Portuguese Connection. /Dani
I must say that learning portuguese with Joana is a true blessing. I really enjoyed every single minute of it. I went for four weeks in total and could confidentely speak, write and read portuguese when I left. All thanks to the proactive attitude of Joana, who is my favorite teacher of all time. She explained the difficult parts of the language paciently untill I understood it completely. It was a tailor made program, which I could really appreciate. Day by day I experienced that I was making lots of progress thanks to her. I really didn't feel insecure at all speaking a foreign language, because Joana made me confident whenever I was questioning my skills. Besides the fact that Joana is a very capable teacher, she has a very nice personality! She's friendly, funny and open minded. Her english is extremely good too! I can really recommend her as a portuguese teacher. I'm currently studying portuguese at my university in Holland. It turned out that the course in Lisbon really paid off, as my grades are very high. Even though I know a lot about the language now, I would still go to Joana, because she's always able to take it to a higher level. The school is located in the beautiful city of Lisbon. It's extremely amusing to learn portuguese in the capital city of Portugal and there are enough things to do. You've got nice restaurants, beaches and of course the historical city centre which is comparable with Rome and Barcelona. I have to say that is was an extremely useful and pleasant experience and I would love to go to this school again somewhere this summer! Adeus, Thomas
I am so happy I choose to undertake my Portuguese course with Portuguese connection. The team have been extremely helpful & supportive from the start, Portuguese connection is not just a school but also a little community. I've gained so much confidence in speaking Portuguese and also my writing skills has also improve. I would defiantly recommend Portuguese connection to anyone who is looking to learn the language.
Joana is one of the most gifted teachers I have ever had - she is passionate about teaching and ensuring that her students can learn. If one explanation or example doesn't work, she can present things again another way, till a student gets it. Her teaching methods are very creative - like listening to Rui Veloso (a popular singer) for listening comprehension practice, or visiting local sights or events. Most importantly, she encourages her students - I have never been afraid to try to speak Portuguese, unlike my experience learning French which left me terriried to try to speak. If you need to learn Portuguese - starting at any level - Joana is your best bet.
I did a one week intensive language course at Portuguese Connection and it was one of the best language courses ever! I have taken several language courses in different languages but this one was definitely my favourite. I like that the groups are small and thus allow for a very intensive course. Portuguese is not an easy language to learn but I was impressed by the fact how our teacher Carla could always explain us the grammar/rules for things we were uncertain about. The atmosphere in general is very positive and cheerful with coffee and cookies, free wifi and a study room as well. The location is also great! Very central with nice coffee and lunch places in the area. We lived in Bairro Alto, which was walking distance to the school. I hope I can come back next year again to take a second course to improve my Portuguese further. Muito obrigada!!
I joined the school only knowing a little bit of Portuguese and after 3 weeks on the intensive course, I left with much more knowledge and confidence. The school has a very friendly, relaxed feel and all the staff are lovely and try to help you in anyway they can. I really enjoyed my time there and I hope to go back soon to learn more.
We very much enjoyed the classes and love the enthusiasm that Joana and the team bring to the process of learning Portuguese. Starting to learn from scratch has been challenging but after four hours a day for a month we are definitely now much better equipped to enjoy Lisbon in Portuguese and plan to come back to do more classes later in the year. We have already recommended Portuguese Connection to a number of people and can only say great things about the school. Thank you!!
A great language school! Joana and Marco together with their great staff created a great environment for learning Portuguese. The school is state-of-the art, has a fancy interior design which stimulates creativity and has a great location in Lisbon. The whole staff is dedicated to provide a fantastic experience. I can highly recommend!
四月中復活節假期到里斯本玩了一個禮拜。因為之後還打算協同家人再重遊, 所以報了葡萄牙語課消磨一點時間。上了第一堂課之後, 我十分慶幸將了Portuguese Connection納入我的行程中。儘管我只待了一個禮拜, 語言學校所有的工作人員都對我十分熱情, 讓我的假期添了一絲里斯本特有的人情味。所有的老師都具教學實力, 且因為是小班制, 老師能徹底顧及每位學生。希望能早日再到里斯本上葡萄牙語課
I did 17 weeks in the Portuguese Connection school so it was pretty important that I liked the school from the start as I was going to be there for so long. I can easily say that from the moment I stepped foot in the school I was greeted by wonderful people all of whom helped me to enjoy my language learning experience and my time in Lisbon thoroughly. Marco and Anna-Lisa are pretty much always available to offer help or advice and sometimes I was surprised with how far they went. The majority of the time my teacher was Ivan who is a really cool guy with a passion for languages which comes across in his classes. With his and Joana's (another great teacher) help I managed to attain the level of B2 which I am very pleased with. I will definitely be returning in the future to attend a Summer Course which is full of great activities including an awesome day out at the beach. Obrigado amigos
I enjoyed the lessons and made rapid progress in two weeks. Our teacher Clara enunciates very clearly and was very helpful. The staff--Annalisa and Marco--are very friendly. The school has a very good atmosphere--laid back yet everyone there works hard and the students are eager to learn the language. Lisbon is a nice city with good transport links. The tours arranged through the school--one to Sintra and another to the Arrábida mountains and Sesimbra for dolphin-watching--were very good as well. I can certainly recommend it!
Professionnel teachers, friendly stuff, convenient location in old city center, makes sure a pleasant learning experience.
When I started to study Portuguese I was already speaking four different foreign languages and I was terrified to fail and make confusion with Spanish. My aim was to get to know the language within a month as the Company I was working for, demanded me to be their Portuguese back up for marketing purposes. The challenge was very taught and thanks to teachers as Joana who trusted in me unconditionally and made all her efforts to follow my needs in learning, that now I say I can speak Portuguese quite fluently. That's one of the most fascinating and passionate language I've ever spoken. Definitely. Joana taught me her culture and not only her language; her sense of humour, her intelligence and smartness in working and dealing with people and students, make her a special person and professional. Muito obrigada professora do meu coração, nunca vou esquecer-me de ti ;)
Daha once bircok Portekizce kursuna gitmis birisi olarak gonul rahatligi ile size en dogru adreste oldugunuzu soylebilirim. Buradaki egitim ozellikle Portekizce konusmak isteyenler icin mukemmel. Ilk dersten itibaren konusma becerinizi gelistirmek icin son derece sabirli ve profesyonel bir sekilde calisiyorlar. Ayrica inanilmaz sicak bir aile ortamina sahipler. Okulun yoneticisi Marco, bas ogretmeni Joana ve diger calisanlar size kendinizi tamamen bu ailenin bir parcasi olarak hissettiriyorlar. Burasi kesinlikle daha once gittigim kurslardan cok daha basarili ve suana kadar gordugum en iyi Portekizce kursu.
With the help of my teacher, Joana Fabião, I felt I made great progress in only a week. I had tried to learn Portuguese from a language tape and book. Learning with Joana helped me to connect many of the things that I had tried to learn on my own in a fun way. Lisbon was a wonderful city to visit. We especially enjoyed an after class excursion arranged by the school. I hope to return to Lisbon and to continue studies at the Portuguese Connection.
Definitivamente si necesitas aprender portugués yo por mi experiencia quedé encantada con la profesora Joana, son clases muy dinámicas, divertidas y lo mejor de todo es que aprendes sin ningún tipo de dificultad ya que ella adapta las clases a tu nivel y a tus necesidades, dentro de toda la oferta que hay en Lisboa en cuanto a idiomas sin dudarlo por relación calidad-precio Joana es un valor seguro, mi experiencia fue muy positiva y os animo a todos este método de aprender idiomas de una forma única y diferente Un saludo!
Best language school in town! The teachers are always friendly and super qualified. My 1 month intensive course was fun and I learned a lot! Muito obrigada por tudo!
Portuguese Connection was a great place to start learning Portuguese! The classes were a good combination of practicing the language and learning useful theory. Moreover, the teachers adopted the content of the classes to the student’s needs and learning goals. During two weeks in the beginner course I learnt a lot, examples are useful vocabulary, expressions typical in Portugal and important grammar. The school is located in a nice and central area of Lisbon, a city I would recommend to everyone! :)
四月中復活節假期到里斯本玩了一個禮拜。因為之後還打算協同家人再重遊, 所以報了葡萄牙語課消磨一點時間。上了第一堂課之後, 我十分慶幸將了Portuguese Connection納入我的行程中。儘管我只待了一個禮拜, 語言學校所有的工作人員都對我十分熱情, 讓我的假期添了一絲里斯本特有的人情味。所有的老師都具教學實力, 且因為是小班制, 老師能徹底顧及每位學生。希望能早日再到里斯本上葡萄牙語課 :)
Best people in the world! I had a fantastic time. The teaching is class A. See you next year x x
Hi Joana... I am so happy to hear you have your own school!!! I wish you all the luck under the rainbow...you are such an enthusiastic and passionate teacher that I know your school will be a great success! It would be lovely meeting you again. I would recommend your school to anybody that wishes to learn Portuguese....My week in Porto with you was an unforgettable experience....R aquel
From the first contact by email with Laurie to the final good bye at the end of a week of hard work in the classroom with teacher Joana (and my colleague Jitka) I had a great time and I can only say positive things about Portuguese Connection. I had chosen this school because of their flexibility, their professional approach and the great location in the city. These factors turned out to be the ideal mix to make a successful week of learning Portuguese in a serious but fun way. I managed to give my Portuguese skills a great boost and had a very good time staying in the neighborhood. One week was not enough, I hope to be back soon!
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Janeta, Bulgaria 2014-04-18 01:19:00
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Dan Phan, USA 2016-02-22 05:24:09
Amanda Eiser, USA 2016-02-26 08:29:18
Marie Buhler, France 2017-03-24 06:27:38
Antonio, Italy 2014-05-24 18:27:00
Ireny Gabra, Egypt 2016-04-22 12:41:11
Paula and Eddie, United Kingdom 2015-03-16 12:40:55
Katrin Ver, Russia 2015-08-31 13:44:18
Elvis Zutic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015-07-01 02:20:13
Marcos, España 2014-04-29 19:53:00
Olivia, Australia 2017-05-04 06:41:30
Alex F., Switzerland 2014-05-01 15:32:00
Stefanie Böck, Germany 2016-06-16 05:19:37
Steve Berneking, USA 2015-10-02 12:17:04
Giulia Oberti, Italy 2015-09-07 08:26:24
Vance Humphrey, USA 2017-06-16 13:36:31
Jens Olson, USA 2016-12-12 14:47:34
Kimberly Wright , United Kingdom 2016-05-02 13:21:38
Cornelia, Germany 2017-06-20 15:09:25
Laura Rodriguez, Spain 2015-05-11 09:36:56
Carla Blumenthal Baumann, Switzerland 2014-11-17 03:51:53
Dan Sochor, Czech Republic 2015-12-04 11:31:53
Haley, USA 2016-06-30 05:25:49
Henry Holmes, UK 2017-04-11 09:18:58
Marco Iacopini, Italy 2015-09-01 04:32:02
Michaela, Slovakia 2014-04-16 10:51:00
Jennie Folkunger, Sweden 2016-05-30 10:54:23
Colin Dun, Australia 2017-05-17 10:14:20
Laura Alejandra Suárez, Colombia 2016-07-28 13:48:15
Sydney, USA 2014-05-30 15:00:00
HSINYING, LI, Taiwan 2015-07-21 15:10:24
Sarah Wellband, UK 2017-05-05 11:35:44
Azael Navarro, Mexico 2015-04-06 10:31:44
Dustin Rusakiewicz - United States of America 2017-08-01 16:28:10
Lisa Deen, Netherlands 2016-03-04 10:13:52
Christian Marian, Germany 2016-07-21 01:47:21
Maite Dittmann, Germany 2016-05-31 09:05:35
Rika, Japan 2016-10-21 13:08:56
Katarina, Republic of Belarus 2015-09-02 17:48:23
Amanda Handel, Germany 2014-12-15 14:38:50
Cecilia, Spain/France 2015-07-20 04:57:25
Michael Smith, New Zealand 2016-11-22 14:13:46
Caterina Congiu, Italy 2016-04-29 12:22:53
Patricia Hannah, UK 2016-05-31 04:37:26
Alfredo Fernandez, Spain 2015-03-03 02:33:24
Stephan M., Vienna, Austria 2014-05-04 20:16:00
Linda Wehrenpfennig, Germany 2017-07-20 10:30:37
Lidia Bengoechea Pérez, Spain 2017-05-11 08:00:36
Ramazan Ekincier, Turkey 2016-01-08 09:56:41
Andrew Sharpe, USA 2016-03-26 17:15:07
Cecilia Sforzi, Italy 2016-03-15 12:01:24
hans zehentmeier, Germany 2014-04-24 10:34:00
Alek Wobeck, USA 2015-08-04 17:52:39
Maude Audet Morin, France 2016-02-24 04:34:19
Antony Watson, UK 2017-05-02 12:59:33
Antonino Castaldo, Italy 2017-05-15 04:31:44
Tony Baring, UK 2015-09-20 15:32:09
Karina Daniliants, Russia 2016-05-12 04:54:21
Damian Szczęch, Poland 2015-07-02 07:19:26
Vladimir Bobetic, Serbia 2015-05-14 16:00:11
Juanele, Spain 2014-04-23 18:07:00
Anna, Germany 2014-11-04 10:46:25
Marco Scapin, Italy 2016-11-23 08:48:42
Kemi Duroshola, United Kingdom 2015-06-07 11:09:01
Verena, Germany 2015-04-05 09:44:03
Gisela, Germany/Spain 2014-05-06 18:47:00
Lukas Wels, Germany 2016-08-17 05:26:22
Valeria, Russia 2017-09-11 05:30:32
Johnathan Doyle, UK 2017-04-03 06:21:26
Stefanie Henningsen, Denmark 2015-05-18 04:40:36
Dirk, Germany 2014-04-28 10:44:00
Shodai, Japan 2014-04-19 09:24:00
Georgiana (Gigi) Gallagher, USA 2017-05-15 18:58:53
Richard Sanviti, France 2016-04-18 18:32:08
Emily Kehrt, USA 2015-07-22 07:30:17
Cathal, Ireland 2015-11-13 14:24:12
Harriet, England 2014-04-14 16:23:00
Gerald Mathis, USA 2017-05-09 15:52:52
Claus-Dieter König, Germany 2014-11-07 11:00:49
Delphine Callewaert, Belgium 2015-09-20 16:42:43
Valentina Fonte, Italy 2016-04-21 09:09:22
Claus-Dieter König, Germany 2017-01-24 16:13:01
Olga Dyakova, Russia 2016-02-29 05:35:38
Florence, France 2015-07-21 16:40:53
Melina Eibs, Germany 2016-12-14 12:07:17
Justyna, Poland 2015-11-21 17:02:42
Leonard Xavier, USA 2015-10-25 20:45:39
Mary D'Souza, Australia 2015-06-08 23:52:08
Richard Campbell, United Kingdom 2015-03-30 14:37:28
Eva Feldman, CROATIA 2016-09-08 09:37:46
Kenneth Hodges, USA 2016-09-29 10:47:36
Richard, Sweden 2016-11-04 09:14:42
Neryl Lewis, Australia 2016-07-09 14:26:44
Lachlan Sean, Australia 2015-11-09 06:24:33
Debbie Clarke, UK 2016-07-22 08:12:33
Ikuko, Japan 2015-07-24 09:47:33
Marylene Santamaria, Belgium 2015-11-23 11:25:42
Benjamin Deltete, France 2017-01-29 15:42:54
Miriam Romano, Italy 2016-03-16 11:27:06
Gisela Jaeger, Germany 2014-11-07 09:20:11
Jan, Germany 2016-03-10 08:20:47
Noki Trias, USA 2017-05-12 07:13:00
Alex Trias, USA 2017-06-07 08:15:53
Valentina Brioschi, Italy 2017-07-21 07:21:52
Gabrielle Tanford, Oaxaca, México 2014-04-18 01:48:00
Mary Bickley, Australia 2016-06-16 05:13:42
Camila Quintero, Colombia 2017-04-06 05:16:17
Charlaine Claassen, South Africa 2015-10-19 15:53:59
Michele da Silva, USA 2017-01-29 18:08:56
Ida Bourjouane, France 2016-03-01 07:34:29
Marco Lorenzi, Italy 2016-03-15 08:23:22
Judith Strohmaier, USA 2015-03-09 06:36:15
Mirka Scharf, Germany 2016-02-23 06:57:14
Matt Handel, Australia 2014-04-14 15:47:00
Katherina Niemann, Germany 2016-04-20 10:54:20
Mario Mendonca, Australia 2015-10-20 18:28:10
Michael Guthrie, UK 2015-08-31 13:42:29
Sophia Nzeribe, UK 2015-08-05 16:51:50
Jonas Schindler, Germany 2016-01-26 14:45:24
Anja Aune Selmer, Norway 2016-03-02 06:52:18
Thomas, Ireland 2015-08-20 18:23:44
expat_M, Serbia 2014-04-16 09:27:00
James Reynolds, UK 2016-05-11 05:00:25
Filiep Geeraert, Belgium 2015-09-14 04:09:48
Eva Boleti, Greece 2017-02-01 05:20:29
Adam Laskarzewski, Poland 2017-05-10 04:53:14
Nadine Van Gelder, Netherlands 2016-02-26 04:39:28
Jana Gonsalves, USA 2017-07-15 20:25:12
Daniel Delgado, Orebro - Sweden 2015-07-23 18:48:35
Thomas, Holland 2014-04-17 19:24:00
Vaneza Lourenço, UK 2016-03-03 15:03:56
Cynthia, United Kingdom 2014-05-29 13:36:00
Pia Otte, Norway 2017-05-29 13:11:47
Sarah Douglas, UK 2016-03-21 08:51:41
Belinda and Geoff, United Kingdom 2015-06-19 09:01:15
Patrick Ernst, Germany 2016-02-27 08:47:34
Chang-Yu Hou, China 2017-05-19 12:46:28
Corin Wright, UK 2016-10-13 04:29:03
Su Fang, USA 2016-08-23 09:43:51
Yanli Qi, China 2016-03-22 05:35:53
Angelita, Italy 2014-04-24 13:46:00
Hakan Güzeliş, Turkey 2016-03-09 12:54:32
Becky Xavier, USA 2015-10-27 11:53:09
Cristina, Spain 2014-04-15 18:44:00
Melina Eibs, Germany 2016-08-08 17:26:43
Birgitte Ringstad, Norway 2015-09-23 17:49:59
Hou Chang Yu, Taiwan 2017-05-12 11:44:04
Christopher Hartridge, UK/Japan 2016-08-26 04:11:58
Raquel, Spain 2014-06-11 10:15:00
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This is the private course of 4 classes of 50 minutes every morning from 9 am to 12:50 pm. Recommended for those who want a more personalized and individual approach and faster paced learning. Whether you are an absolute beginner or advanced, these lessons are always better value because the teacher will be 100% focused on your individual language learning, ready to help you to improve and overcome any difficulties you may have. Besides, you can choose the subject you want to work on yourself. Some students prefer to have a class outside the school, for example, to go to the market, a cafe, a bookshop or elsewhere. It´s definitely a more flexible course regarding the teaching method. This course will help you get the best results possible in learning Portuguese during your time in Portugal. It is a great option.
You can also book as many lessons as you want (with a minimum number of 15 hours) for very a reasonable price.