Richard Campbell, United Kingdom 2015-03-30 14:37:28
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!
Paula and Eddie, United Kingdom 2015-03-16 12:40:55
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.
Judith Strohmaier, USA 2015-03-09 06:36:15
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.
Alfredo Fernandez, Spain 2015-03-03 02:33:24
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.
Amanda Handel, Germany 2014-12-15 14:38:50
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.
Carla Blumenthal Baumann, Switzerland 2014-11-17 03:51:53
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
Claus-Dieter König, Germany 2014-11-07 11:00:49
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.
Dilek Keklik, Turkey 2014-11-07 09:20:28
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
Gisela Jaeger, Germany 2014-11-07 09:20:11
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....
Anna, Germany 2014-11-04 10:46:25
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!