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!
so you can learn by yourself at your own pace.
so you always know what step to take next.
so you can learn through different means and not get bored.
so you always have answers to your questions.
In-depth, step-by-step programs from beginner to intermediate.
Content to help you improve your listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Charts and templates to make your learning process easier.
Ask questions, share text, audio and video, and receive feedback.
In-depth course for beginners and intermediate learners
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.
Structures included in the Jump-start Portuguese course
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.
Structures included in the Breakthrough Portuguese course
pretérito perfeito composto
pretérito mais-que-perfeito composto
infinitivo pessoal e impessoal
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
gerúndio simples e composto
Content to help you improve your listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Authentic conversations with native speakers.
Dialogues on specific topics of everyday life.
Learn naturally in a fun and entertaining way.
Practice a specific grammar topic in context.
Get ready for the real newspaper.
Practice and learn more about the country.
Boost your speaking skills with the speaking drills.
Improve your writing with writing tasks.
Tools, charts and quick-wins to help you in your learning journey.
Short videos where I explain the use of common words or expressions.
Content focused on everyday life phrases and lists of vocabulary.
Access and download the complete library of episodes of the Portuguese Lab Podcast for extra practice.
Reference material to help you with specific topics at a glance of an eye.
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!
Prices in USD.
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.
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.
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.
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
“[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
“I have learned a lot in two months just by listening and doing recommend exercises.”Ioan, Romenia
“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
“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
“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
“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
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!
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.
100% European Portuguese!
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.
You can access the Academy on your computer or on your mobile device with an internet connection.
You can remain a member for as long as you want or need! This will highly depend on your personal goals regarding learning Portuguese.
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!
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).
You certainly can! This Academy is designed to give you all the flexibility you need. So you can learn whenever, wherever you want.
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.
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.
You can pay by Credit Card or PayPal. The prices are in USD.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Prices in USD.