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Portuguese Lessons in Toronto

Toronto is one of the cities in Canada where Portuguese is most widely spread, as there are more than 59,000 residents that speak the language. In fact, according to the 2016 census, Portuguese is the sixth-most commonly used non-official language, which is not rare if you take into consideration that the Portuguese community is one of the largest immigrant groups in the city. If you’re interested in learning this wonderful language, you should consider visiting Little Portugal, located in the downtown west end of Toronto. Here you’ll find many stores, restaurants and institutions that celebrate the Portuguese culture, as well as have the opportunity to meet many natives who live or work in the area. However, although the Portuguese are one of the most visible Lusophone communities, they are not the only ones, as you can also find many other Portuguese-speaking residents from countries like Brazil, Mozambique, Angola and East Timor in many suburbs around the city. This means that if you decide to become a fluent Portuguese speaker, you’ll be able to get closer to these various communities and experience Toronto in a totally different way.

Why Study Portuguese in Toronto?

Learn Portuguese for Work and Travel

Being multilingual is the best way to stand out in any job interview in the city. This is especially true if you choose to study a popular language like Portuguese, as local employers are really interested in applicants who can help them attract a larger clientele within the foreign-born community. On top of this, if you speak Portuguese you’ll be able to access some of the positions in Toronto that are exclusive for bilinguals, such as Portuguese-speaking Accountant for Lank Football Group, Bilingual Portuguese Customer Service for BlueSky and Portuguese-speaking Field Solutions Engineer for Cloudflare.

Learning Portuguese will also change the world you travel, as you’ll be able to visit amazing locations in Brazil, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, and Angola and not feel like a tourist. In addition to being able to connect more deeply with the locals, you’ll have the possibility to find one-of-a-kind opportunities in these countries that can turn your life around forever.

Learn Portuguese for Social

Toronto is home to the biggest Brazilian festival in Canada, the BrazilFest. Held every year in June at Earlscourt Park, located between St. Clair Ave W and Lansdowne Ave, this celebration of Brazilian culture offers locals the chance to immerse themselves in Brazilian music and enjoy twelve hours of pure entertainment that includes live bands and amazing performances. What’s more, there will be many food stalls with traditional Brazilian food and try some of the freshly made drinks like caipirinha, and other activities that include Samba dancing, Capoeira and dances for kids.

Learn Portuguese for Culture

In a multicultural city like Toronto, you have many opportunities to practise Portuguese. If you’re looking for a great language exchange where you can check how good your skills are, you should attend the events organized by TorontoBabel. Here you’ll find native speakers from all over the world that will help you work on your Portuguese in exchange for your English skills. These events take place at Grace O’Malley’s, located at 14 Duncan Street, and the way they work is when you get to the event, you introduce yourself to the organizer, Eduardo, and he’ll place you in a group with Portuguese native speakers who want to practise English. After you find your new language partners, you can socialize freely in both languages for the rest of the evening.

Another great group you should check out is GUCanada Capoeira, which holds regular meetings at High Park in Toronto where you can practise Capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts that encompasses music, dance, acrobatics and the Portuguese language. Attending this event is a great chance to meet many Brazilian native speakers in the area as well as other locals interested in the Brazilian culture, so if you fancy socializing while learning about this unique martial art, you shouldn’t miss it.

Where to learn Portuguese in and around Toronto?

If you’re new to Portuguese and want to get exposed to the language, you should check out some of the films available at the Toronto Public Library, located at 789 Yonge Street. You can start by watching Xingu, a great Brazilian film directed by Cao Hamburger based on the true story of three brothers who enlisted on an expedition to tame Central Brazil and ended up going on an amazing adventure that changed their lives. If you prefer dramas, The Moving Creatures, directed by Caetano Gotardo, is a fascinating story about three families in three different situations that have to deal with a sudden loss. Finally, if you are interested in watching films from Portugal, you can’t miss Horse Money, a 2014 piercing piece of modern cinema directed by Pedro Costa that explores the life of a Cape Verdean immigrant called Ventura that lives in Lisbon. In short, watching films in Portuguese is a great way to hear different accents and start getting used to the rhythm of the language.

However, if you truly want to sound like a native and understand people from different Lusophone countries, starting a language course at Listen & Learn is the best choice. We have qualified native tutors that will help you become fluent as fast as possible. All you have to do is send us a quick inquiry and one of our team members will pair you up with a teacher that will create a flexible Portuguese course that meets all of your requirements. The best thing is that you can choose to have the lesson at your home or office in Toronto or have it online from wherever you are. Get started now and you’ll be speaking Portuguese in no time!

The type of courses we offer:

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) General Portuguese

This set of Portuguese tutorials are less specific and more targeted at those who want to get a range of different things from learning Portuguese. Even though all novice students will cover survival Portuguese: enough Portuguese to make a visit to the country or make good contacts with the locals, but what do you do from there? It depends on your needs. Those who have benefitted from these lessons have been those moving or investing overseas, spouses of overseas nationals, people who love to travel all over the world, those interested in Portuguese culture, and those who just want to pass a specific examination in Portuguese. Inquire now about our Portuguese Courses or Take A Free Portuguese Level Test

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) Business Portuguese

These Portuguese Lessons are intended for people who really need to learn Portuguese to help make that difference in their work. For beginners, it will be useful to learn greetings and basic business etiquette, at higher levels reading and then writing become more important. Typical students include those involved in import/export, international negotiations and acquisitions, jobseekers in multinational companies where an additional language is required, and those working with international colleagues, academia and government. Even on our most basic lesson for Beginners, students should expect to end the lesson with basic Telephone Portuguese and e-mail Portuguese skills for communications as well as Survival Portuguese required for short visits to a country. Inquire now about our Portuguese Courses or Take A Free Portuguese Level Test

Face-to-Face Closed (Private) Group General or Business Portuguese

2 or more people can benefit studying Portuguese together as these Portuguese lessons are also offered to groups (Two-to-One Portuguese Lesson or Small Group In-Company Portuguese Lesson). Every student must have the same degree of knowledge of the language, the same business or language needs and the ability to study at the same time and place as everybody else. The booking has to be made for all students at the same time. Listen & Learn do not advocate group sessions of more than 6-8 people, though Taster Portuguese Lessons can be experienced by up to 12 people. Inquire now about our Portuguese Courses or Take A Free Portuguese Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online 1-to-1 (Individual) General or Business Portuguese

You and your group can be trained by our native speaker qualified Portuguese teachers, and can meet at your place of work or home at a time convenient to you. Tutorials can take place any day of the week, including weekends, and can be scheduled for the morning, afternoon or evening. If your home or office is not suitable for you, you can attend the lesson at the teacher's offices. You will be provided with all relevant lesson materials. Inquire now about our Portuguese Courses or Take A Free Portuguese Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online Group (Closed or Open) General or Business Portuguese

If there are 2 or more of you with the same level of Portuguese, the same targets within the language, and be able to study at the same time and location, then you'll be happy to know that these Portuguese lessons can also be made available for Two-to-One Portuguese Lessons or Small Group In-Company Portuguese Lessons. Listen & Learn do not generally recommend classes of more than 6-8 people, although Taster lessons in Portuguese can run with up to 12 people. Bookings must be made for all participants at the same time. Inquire now about our Portuguese Courses or Take A Free Portuguese Level Test

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portuguese Songs

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Garota de Ipanema- Jobim & Moraes

This is one of the most well-known Brazilian songs of all time. Garota (girl) from Ipanema has very easy-to-follow lyrics and a beautiful rhythm that makes it a great learning resources for Portuguese students of all levels. For instance, beginners will practice regular verbs that end in -ar (like passar), -er (prencher), and -ir (existir). For more advanced students, there irregular as well, verbs like vir, ficar or estar. There’s even an English version of the song by Frank Sinatra, so it’s a great idea to listen to both to compare the (very different) lyrics! Dance to the rhythm of this catchy song!

portuguese Songs

Ja Sei Namorar- Tribalistas

Tribalistas is a highly popular (though short-lived) Brazilian group. They produced only one record, of which Ja sei namorar was the first track. It became so famous that it was chosen as the main theme of the FIFA video game in 2004. Listen to this song to brighten your day while putting your Portuguese skills to use! Learn how to use the infinitive and present tenses and pick up some words related to falling in love, such as namorar (make someone like you), beijar (to kiss), and sonhar (to dream). Click here to listen to the song!

Construção- Chico Buarque

Construção is a very popular song by Chico Buarque, a great bossa nova singer with a pleasant voice. The song was composed during the military dictatorship that took place in Brazil decades ago and talks about difficult topics, like censorship, persecution, and death, by telling the story of a man who goes to work and never returns home. The song is most suitable for intermediate or even advanced learners of Portuguese, as it features complicated tenses like mixed conditionals and informal vocabulary like quatro paredes sólidas (4 solid walls) or um pacote flácido (a bland package) that won’t be understood by beginners. Dance to the rhythm of this catchy song!

portuguese Youtube Channels

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5inco Minutos

Run by actress Kéfera Buchmann, this is one of the most popular Brazilian YouTube channels today. It focuses on funny vlogs and parodies of famous Brazilian programs and artists. Even though the channel name translates as “5 minutes,” this YouTuber uploads content that is much longer! As the videos feature famous artists from Brazil, you will get familiar with Brazilian Portuguese pop culture and slang. This channel is best suited for advanced students due to its speed of delivery and use of colloquialisms. Subscribe to 5inco Minutos and you will learn Brazilian Portuguese while having fun learning about the things you enjoy. Watch these videos here!

portuguese Youtube Channels

D4rkFrame

If you love conspiracy theories and crazy experiments, and would like to combine this with learning Brazilian Portuguese, you should definitely subscribe to D4rkFrame’s YouTube channel. From trendy craft projects to car explosions, you will find eccentric content that caters to every preference. For example, he is always playing jokes on his wife, so you will learn vocabulary used to refer to a loved one, such as “minha namorada.” And the best part is that it includes English subtitles, so you will be able to understand what the Youtuber is saying, even if you only know Portuguese to a beginner level. Watch these videos here!

AulaLivre

If you would like to level up your Brazilian Portuguese skills while learning something new, AulaLivre is the channel for you. The owners upload weekly content related to culture, science, arts, linguistics, and more. The videos are well suited to advanced language learners, as the channel has no subtitles and most teachers speak really fast and use a lot of slang. Fortunately, you will also find content related to the learning of Portuguese, which you can watch regardless of your proficiency level, as these videos feature tips on writing and pronunciation, punctuation, word order, and more! Watch these videos here!

portuguese News

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R7

Do you want to keep up with what is going on in Brazil while practicing your Portuguese? R7 is a website that publishes daily news articles about sports, entertainment, lifestyle, and current affairs. The articles are very short (less than 300 words) and use simple vocabulary, so are great resources for beginners to practice reading real-life materials. Some of the words used are quite similar to their English counterparts, too; terms like proposta (proposal), apresentada (presented), or autorizado (authorized). But others are more advanced, making this website a great place for Portuguese of all levels. Watch R7 for free here!

portuguese News

Globo News

Globo News is the most famous news channel in Brazil. If you are based in Brazil, you can tune in to watch the daily news on TV (Jornal Nacional). But don’t worry if that’s not the case for you: they run an online live stream daily, and you can read what is going on in their articles, as well. Further, You will see plenty of William Bonner, the iconic newsreader who has been with Globo for over 20 years. If you are interested in specific cities, you can check out regional Globo news, too. Watch GloboNews for free here!

Noticias ao Minuto

Noticias ao Minuto is one of the most well-known news outlets in Portugal. Its website features news articles categorized by topic, such as culture, tech, celebrities, economy, and more. The focus is Portugal, though it also has a lot of articles related to Spain, its neighbor. Most of the materials here are short and simple (under 400 words) and the most relevant news is accompanied by videos, so they can be easily understood by intermediate-level students. They publish an impressive number of articles per day (more than 20 per category), so you will never run out of material to read. Watch the news for free here!

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