Learn European Portuguese from scratch to fluency

In-depth courses, content to practice your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills, and all the feedback and support you need. From true beginner to upper-intermediate.

Do you identify with this?

You live or want to live in Portugal, be independent and feel integrated in your community;

You frequently spend time in Portugal and you want to take your experience to the next level;

You want to finally connect with friends and family members who speak Portuguese.

But… You don’t know how to get started;

You can’t find European Portuguese resources;

You need a program that is flexible and suits your availability;

You need a step-by-step system to keep you motivated.


Then you’re in the right place!

What is the Portuguese Lab Academy?

The Academy is a subscription site, that has what you need to learn European Portuguese from true beginner all the way up to the upper intermediate level. It offers:


so you can learn by yourself at your own pace, wherever you are.

Structure and sequence

so you always know what step to take next.


so you can learn through different means and not get bored.

My feedback and support

so you always have answers to your questions.

Ways to learn in the Portuguese Lab Academy


In-depth, step-by-step programs from beginner to intermediate.

Skills builder

Content to help you improve your listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Grammar vault

Reference resources and exercises to improve your grammar.


Ask questions, share text, audio and video, and receive feedback.

The courses

In-depth course for beginners and intermediate learners

Jump-start Portuguese – for beginners

In this step-by-step course, you learn the fundamentals of the Portuguese language through an exciting mystery story.

By immersing yourself in the story and doing the suggested exercises, you practice all skills of the language and learn grammar and vocabulary in context.

The course refers to the levels A1-A2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Each of the 41 lessons includes listening and speaking exercises, explanatory videos and writing exercises.


  • permanent characteristics (ser)
  • momentary characteristics (estar)
  • talk about events happening now
  • talk about frequent activities
  • talk about events in the future
  • express desires
  • identify and describe objects
  • identify objects and people in space
  • express possession
  • singular and plural
  • express having to do something
  • express needing to do something
  • express knowing how to do something
  • say the time
  • say when an event takes place
  • talk about occasional events
  • express how to do something to yourself
  • talk about something that you usually do
  • express how long/since when an event is going on
  • permanent characteristics (ser)
  • momentary characteristics (estar)
  • talk about events happening now
  • talk about frequent activities
  • talk about events in the future
  • express desires
  • identify and describe objects
  • identify objects and people in space
  • express possession
  • singular and plural
  • express having to do something
  • express needing to do something
  • express knowing how to do something
  • say the time
  • say when an event takes place
  • talk about occasional events
  • express how to do something to yourself
  • talk about something that you usually do
  • express how long/since when an event is going on

Breakthrough Portuguese – for intermediate learners

This course takes you through the most important grammar topics of the intermediate level.

The course refers to the levels B1-B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Each of the lessons includes explanatory videos, quizzes, and several exercises.


  • particípio passado

  • pretérito perfeito composto

  • pretérito mais-que-perfeito composto

  • infinitivo pessoal e impessoal

  • futuro imperfeito

  • condicional presente

  • conjugação pronominal

  • presente do conjuntivo

  • pretérito imperfeito do conjuntivo

  • futuro do conjuntivo

  • pretérito perfeito composto do conjuntivo

  • pretérito mais-que-perfeito do conjuntivo

  • futuro perfeito composto do conjuntivo

  • infinitivo pessoal composto

  • futuro perfeito

  • condicional pretérito

  • gerúndio simples e composto

Clear Portuguese Pronunciation

In this course, you learn the different isolated sounds that make up the European Portuguese language.

The course covers:

  • How the sounds are produced in your mouth;
  • How to identify the sounds;
  • How to produce the sounds.

The course also includes a variety of exercises so you can consolidate your knowledge.


  • How to learn and produce new sounds
  • Fixed oral vowels
  • Oral diphthongs
  • Fixed nasal vowels
  • Nasal diphthongs
  • Bilabial consonants
  • Labiodental consonants
  • Dental consonants
  • Alveolar consonants
  • Postalveolar consonants
  • Velar consonants
  • Consonant clusters

Verb Booster – A2

This course includes speaking drills. The goal of the Verb Booster course is to help you learn the verb conjugations by building a reflex, allowing you to produce them fast when speaking. Besides that, you’ll also learn and practice their pronunciation.

TheVerb Booster focuses on three verb tenses of irregular verbs, one to talk about the present and two to talk about the past: presente (present), pretérito perfeito simples (simple past) and pretérito imperfeito (imperfect).


  • ser (to be)
  • estar (to be)
  • ter (to have)
  • dar (to give)
  • dizer (to say)
  • fazer (to do, to make)
  • ir (to go)


  • pôr (to put, to place)
  • vir (to come)
  • ler (to read)
  • ver (to see)
  • pedir (to ask for, to request)
  • poder (can, may)
  • querer (to want)

Everyday Portuguese – for all levels

Learn the fundamental everyday vocabulary.

This brand new course is divided into subject categories where you can learn and practice the words and structures. Each lesson has the following sections:

  • 1. Listen and repeat
  • 2. Recognize
  • 3. Activate
  • 4. Speak


  • fruta (fruits)
  • ervas aromáticas (herbs)
  • legumes (vegetables)
  • roupa (clothing)
  • corpo humano (human body)
  • burocracia (bureaucracy)
  • casa (home)
  • expressões (expressions)

Coming soon

  • dinheiro (money)
  • trabalho (work)
  • bebidas (beverages)
  • mercearia (groceries)
  • and more…

Skills builder

Content to help you improve your listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Real dialogues

Authentic conversations with native speakers.

Scripted dialogues

Dialogues on specific topics of everyday life.

Short stories

Learn naturally in a fun and entertaining way.


Practice reading and listening with the news and articles about the country.

CAPLE exams

Improve your writing and practice for the official CAPLE exams.


Access and download the episodes of the Portuguese Lab Podcast for extra practice.

Meet your teacher

Olá, eu sou a Susana! I am your teacher. 🙂

You guessed right, I am a Portuguese teacher! I’m an alfacinha (born in Lisboa) with a special love for languages. I have collected a few languages throughout the years (and hundreds of books, as you can see) including English. German, Spanish, French, Mandarin and I am now dedicated to Russian. Now and then I also play around with Latin and Ancient Egyptian (you never know when that might come in handy…).

Following the true Portuguese spirit, I am curious about the world and other cultures, and I am now reaching out to teach an endangered species, European Portuguese.

I like to push my students, so you can consider me your accountability partner!

I have the help of a fantastic team, helping you as well to achieve your goals:

Volha (community support)

Rúben (translation/proofreading)

Tiago (content creation/technical support)

Prices in USD.

30-day money-back guarantee

I genuinely want you to succeed, which is why I offer a generous 30-day money back guarantee.

Simply let me know within 30 days if you’d like a refund, and I’ll give you one, no questions asked.

A good investment?

If you want to go from true beginner to intermediate learner and you wish to enroll in a classroom course, an online course or buy lesson packages from an online language teacher you’ll invest in average  €600 to €800 (that’s up to $1000). And depending on the country you’re in, even more.

And what happens in most cases is that you’re being taught how the language works, not actually doing active work!


You can access quality materials that allow you to learn by doing, have time and space flexibility, experience an exciting and innovative method for a fraction of the cost by joining the Portuguese Lab Academy.

Still unsure if the Academy is for you?

It’s for you

You want to learn European Portuguese.

You enjoy learning independently.

You are willing to work hard to achieve your goal.

You are interested in learning with stories, articles and dialogues.


It’s not for you

You want to learn Brazilian Portuguese.

You are looking for a fast solution.

You want something that is easy.

You don’t have time to learn.

What students are saying

Don’t just take it from me, let students do the talking!

“As an independent language learner, I would definitely recommend it to those who want to make progress in mastering their European Portuguese saving their time and money.

With the help of the Academy you can practice reading, listening, writing, and even speaking (by uploading texts, audio and video).

And most of all I find it very useful that at the Academy you will always have the instructor ready to reply to your questions and clear your doubts.”

Volha Shapka, Belarus

living in Portugal

“I love the vocabulary lists with short phrases followed by active dialogue.
The interviews with local speakers – farm, weather, etc are also fantastic – and short stories illustrating grammar.
So many formats are great…..
We are so lucky that the best language resources available are in European Português – thanks to you!!”


“[The best aspect of the course is] the very structured way to learn grammar together with the availability of the teacher.

I manage to write almost all my text messages in Portuguese to my friends.

They say even if I make mistakes, they understand the content.”

Vanessa, Belgium

student of the beginner's course

“I have learned a lot in two months just by listening and doing recommend exercises.”

Ioan, Romenia

student of the beginner's course

“I haven’t found a lot of well-structured and comprehensive resources for the intermediate level, so you have hit the sweet-spot for me.

Your content keeps me engaged and is at a length where I can maintain focus. Brilliant!!!”

Harold Buehl, USA

living in Portugal

“If you are keen on learning proper European Portuguese, chances are you already searched the internet and found only a handful options out there. I can hereby say with confidence and clear conscious that Portuguese Lab Academy is simply the best among these (having tried all the others’ trial versions) when it comes to a structured and organized way of learning, achieving this by an aesthetically appealing and top quality web interface.

I had started out EU Portuguese on my own through various free apps like Duolingo, Memrise and Drops which equipped me with considerable vocabulary, but it was only in PLA where I obtained a solid grammar foundation, specifically tailored to EU Portuguese.

Almost no aspect is forgotten here: there is EU Portuguese Pronunciation course for learning how to speak like a native, there are A1/A2/B1/B2 level formal courses, there are many useful Podcasts of all levels to learn vocabulary and grammar which are also immensely useful for your Listening Comprehension (which I think is the most challenging aspect of the language!) and yet even Speaking exercises where your submitted sound recordings gets evaluated by Susana in terms of Oral Expression.

Last but not least, there is the Community section which is a vast resource of useful questions asked by students (you learn a great deal of stuff from other students’ questions!) and answered back in no time by Susana personally. She creates wonders in explaining complicated stuff in such easy ways that all your doubts and questions are cleared seamlessly.

I had enrolled in PLA since its inception half a year ago. I can easily say that it equipped me with everything I needed for the CIPLE A2 exam that I just had recently. Almost 1 year after starting learning EU Portuguese, I am now expecting to obtain my CIPLE certificate shortly. If you are a serious student willing to invest the necessary time daily, PLA and Susana will be your best companion along the way.”

Efe A.


“After two years of studying Portuguese at a Beginner level I was wondering how to inject new life into my studies and move to an Intermediate level.

The best part of the Academy is its strong focus on comprehensible and compelling materials for developing reading/listening skills beyond the Beginner level.

For the burgeoning Intermediate level student the Academy is a rich resource for engaging listening and reading.”

Paul Dangel, USA

“I absolutely love the course. Wish I knew about it when I arrived to Portugal, about a year ago!!

The most interesting aspect of the course in my view is , that even the most complex parts of the language are explained with simple examples and short explanation.

That to me is the most important factor when it comes to rate a language teacher. Well done!”

Hamid Monsef

living in Portugal

“For me, the Portuguese Lab Academy is fantastic. As a lapsed Portuguese learner, I needed something not just to get me going again but to keep me engaged and motivated.

The content, with the steady stream of new material make it compelling and stimulating. The monthly planner gives me a relatively easy to achieve schedule – which I usually exceed.

I am now confident that with the Academy I will not stop until both my short term goals and my longer term goal have been achieved.”

John, UK

“I’m very happy with the decision to join the Portuguese Lab Academy.
The system takes you from the very basic to be proficient in the Portuguese language, at your own pace.

Each theme includes not only a sound explanation but also plenty of material to practice, in a very complete platform making the online experience very rich. Aside from that Susanna answers every one of your doubts in an open way for anybody to learn about it.

I recommend the Portuguese Lab Academy without any doubt.”


“Thank you for contacting me. I really like your courses. I find your teaching style and presented material extremely helpful and prepared on a highly professional level. After half a year, with your guidance, I have started to understand spoken and written (magazines and newspapers) European Portuguese. I am working on pronunciation and learning to express myself.”

Olga O.

“I’ve been enjoying Portuguese Lab website, which is in fact one of the few European Portuguese resources on the Internet, for the past two years, and having been enrolled in the Portuguese Lab Academy for about half a year can definetely recommend it.

I think that whatever approach you prefer, Portuguese Lab is flexible enough and will help with learning this beautiful language.”


Russian Federation

“The Portuguese Lab Academy is a brilliant site if you want to learn European Portuguese. There are excellent resources ranging from structured grammer lessons for each level A1 to B2, coresponding podcasts which cover all areas to help to learn and brush up your vocabulary and pronunciation.

Most importantly, there is regular encouragement from the Portuguese Lab Academy teacher, each week with new material to keep you stimulated and motivated. There is also a community where you can ask any questions on the Portuguese language with an excellent response rate, so you can progress quickly. I highly recommend this site for learning Portuguese and have been very impressed with my progress in learning Portuguese from scratch in such a short space of time. “



“Olá Susana! So happy to be here. Among everything else here you’ve so carefully and thoughtfully prepared, it’s also incredible to have such great tools for EP pronunciation!

After months with Duolingo and its Brazilian Portuguese default, I can now go forward with confidence on how to correctly pronounce each and every syllable.

Thank you for the perfectly times pauses between words, I am repeating with confidence and also cementing in my head, thanks to you :)”

Amy Thoner

student of the beginner's course

“WOW…I could not imagine a more thorough and organized online course!

Thank you for the time and attention you have put into this to make it the best that is out there!

I have looked far and wide and tried several others! Please keep up the great work, Susana!”

Robert La Coste

student of the beginner's course

“This is a comprehensive course that covers the European Portuguese language not only in a grammatical way but also with the use of themes, expressions, and landmarks. I love how I was able to practice using different points of view in the exercises.

You’ll sound like a local in no time because Susana adds handy phrases for everyday life like “pois não?” or “acho que.. ?”. She also adds expressions (like “so”, “well” and “oh”) which made the language feel more natural to me.

When I arrived in Lisbon, places were familiar to me already because Susana has integrated them in the lessons like Praça Luis de Camões.

The best part is that she was able to blend in interesting narratives while covering the technical aspects of the language.”


“I have tried a large number of methods of learning languages; books, CDs, one-on-one classes etc and none have come close to Portuguese Lab.

Why you ask? Well there is a multitude of reasons but an important one is that, I feel that Susana has realized that you can’t be spared from the real world of Portuguese speakers. They speak fast, mix up half the syllables, apparently adding extras and dropping the rest, or so it seems at first.

With Portuguese Labs systematic and parallel build up of grammar and vocabulary as well as dialogues to listen to, you can adapt theory and practice side by side. You even start to understand what is being dropped in spoken language (but I haven’t figured out why!)

What’s more this can be done at your own pace, and by concentrating on the method that best suits you.
Unlike other methods you’ll understand that Susana is behind you all the way and never far away when things get difficult.

I can highly recommend Portuguese Lab and if nothing else you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Remember, no pain no gain.”


Sweden, living in Lisboa

“If you’re interested in learning European Portuguese, then the Portuguese Lab Academy is the place to be.
The courses are well planned, efficient and effective and will give you the skills you need to speak and understand, and read and write European Portuguese.

The lessons are step by step. The words and grammar from each lesson are woven into an entertaining story that makes them easy to remember. In addition to the main course, there is a wealth of extra material to expand your understanding of the language and culture of Portugal.

Also included are weekly emails from “Professora” Susana with grammar concepts, speaking challenges, culture and music info and “What’s going on in the forum”, the language chat room for Academy students.

I’ve tried four other online courses for French and Portuguese. Portuguese Lab Academy is the most comprehensive and a great value for the money!”

Rod L.

San Francisco, California, USA.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Academy work?

The Academy is a subscription site with a recurring monthly or annual payment. This means you have access to the content for as long as you remain a member.

What variety of Portuguese is the content in?

100% European Portuguese!

What do I have access to?

As a member you have immediate access to everything in the Portuguese Lab Academy: courses, content library, exercises, videos, and forum. You can access the Academy on your computer or on mobile with an internet connection.

How do I access the Academy?

You can access the Academy on your computer or on your mobile device with an internet connection. For better performance, I recommend using the browser Chrome.

How long do I need to remain a member?

You can remain a member for as long as you want or need! This will highly depend on your personal goals regarding learning Portuguese.

How often is new content released?

New content is added each week. You’ll receive an email when new content is released so that you can check it out right away!

What level do I need to have to join the Academy?

The Academy is for you if you are just getting started (true beginner), if you already have the basics of the language (beginner), or if you want to take your Portuguese to the next level (intermediate).

Can I study at my own pace?

You certainly can! This Academy is designed to give you all the flexibility you need. So you can learn whenever, wherever you want.

Can I cancel at any time?

Yes! You can cancel your subscription at any moment by accessing your account and selecting the “cancel” option. When you do this, you will keep your access to the Academy for the remainder of the period you paid for, but you will not be charged again when that period (monthly or annual) is over.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Of course! I genuinely want you to succeed, which is why I offer a generous 30-day money back guarantee. Simply let me know within 30 days if you’d like a refund, and I’ll give you one, no questions asked. This guarantee is valid after your first purchase, not after subscription renewals.

How can I pay?

You can pay by Credit Card or PayPal. The prices are in USD.

How does the billing work?

If you choose the monthly subscription you will automatically be charged monthly. If you chose the annual subscription, you get 12 months for the price of 10 and you will be charged automatically annually.

Your membership fee is locked in for the lifetime of your membership. This means the price does not change, even if there’s a price increase for new members.

Is this a one-time payment?

No, it’s a recurring payment. If you choose the monthly option, you are billed every month; if you choose the annual option, you are billed every year.

How do I know what my level is?

The Academy offers a roadmap so you know where to start according to your level. But you can always change that if you feel what you are learning at the time is too easy or too hard!

  • Beginner (A1-A2)

You have just started learning, or you have been learning for a while, but your Portuguese is still very basic, you understand very little, and you find it hard to have a simple conversation.

  • Intermediate (B1-B2)

You have been learning for some time, and you feel more comfortable with the language. You know the basic grammar and vocabulary, and you can hold a basic conversation, but you want to improve your level and grow your confidence, especially when listening and speaking.

  • Advanced (C1-C2)

You know Portuguese and can speak it well. You can read and hold conversations about a variety of topics, explaining yourself with confidence. You can understand native speakers with ease, even if you don’t recognize every word. You’re looking for ways to improve your vocabulary, use of idioms and complex grammar structures.

What's the difference between the free and paid content?
  • The Academy gives you the structure and sequence you need to improve consistently.
  • It’s a step-by-step system; you don’t have to guess what to do next.
  • It explores all the language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing).
  • It includes in-depth explanations about how the language works, so you build a good foundation of the language.
  • As a student, you have access to me. I answer your questions and offer you feedback.
  • You are part of the student’s community, where you can learn more from other students!

The free content doesn’t offer any of the above.

Prices in USD.

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