Portuguese is the eighth most widely spoken language in the world, and the fifth in Toronto. Brazil alone has 184 million Portuguese speakers waiting to welcome you warmly and show you their natural wonderland. Just think of the rhythms of Carnival, the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, and adventure in the Amazon jungle. If that's not enough, imagine yourself visiting some of the most beautiful islands in the world, off the coast of Portugal. In addition, Portuguese will help you on the road to understanding other Latin languages, including Italian, Spanish and French.
Group Portuguese Courses in Toronto
Hansa offers three levels of group Portuguese classes, all of which use the book Fala Brasil (by Pierre Coudry & Elizabeth Fontao) as the primary resource. The curriculum is focused on Portuguese as it is spoken in Brazil; however, there will also be discussion of how European Portuguese differs from Brazilian Portuguese.
These eight-week programs are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Books and materials are included in the course fee. Payment and registration must be received before the registration deadline.
Our introductory Portuguese course is ideal for students without any prior knowledge of the language. Units 1 to 5 of Fala Brasil (textbook included in course fee) will be covered. Themes covered include the following: introductions, vocabulary for common topics (seasons, weather, colours, food, sports, hobbies, the human body, familiar objects, clothing, etc.), describing places and people, ordering food in a restaurant, making hotel and travel reservations, and speaking on the phone. Grammar topics include masculine and feminine nouns, singular and plural forms, regular verbs (and common irregular ones), questions and negation, past and future tenses, articles, possessives and demonstratives.
The Level 2 Portuguese course reviews units 1 to 5 of Fala Brasil and goes on to cover units 6 to 10. Themes include money, shopping, work, Brazilian regional culture, clothing, family, and music. Grammar topics include present continuous, irregular verbs, comparatives and superlatives, haver, ficar, saber, poder, querer, pronouns, diminutive forms, past tenses including past perfect, prepositions (para, por, de, até), pronouns (reflexive, direct object, indirect object), direct and indirect speech.
Hansa's Level 3 Portuguese course reviews everything in level 1 and 2 and goes on to finish Fala Brasil. Themes include haircuts, renting an apartment, correspondence, reading fiction, phone conversations, emergencies, eating out. Grammar topics include suffixes, prepositions, present and past perfect, passive voice, imperatives, continuous tenses, conjunctions, and the subjunctive.
Please note: material will be covered at the pace of the class; some of the above topics may not be covered, as the course will be geared towards the needs of the class as a whole. Some of the curriculum may be modified at the instructor's discretion.
Comments from former students:
"The instructor was really knowledgeable and fun"
"The teacher had all the students participate in the class"
"Lessons were fun and well prepared"
"Class was fun and very interactive"
"I liked how it was relaxed and I was not afraid to make mistakes"
Private Portuguese Language Programs:
Please note: All Portuguese lessons are held at Hansa's 2160 Yonge Street campus. For private classes held off campus, within Toronto, an additional 35% surcharge will be added to the course fee.