• Dec
  • 26
  • 2019

European and Brazilian Portuguese can not be taught together

The differences between Portuguese from Portugal and Portuguese from Brazil are vast and complex. Some non-specialised providers in London offer mixed classes of the two Portuguese variants. Such classes simply don't work effectively. Portuguese teaching of quality requires separate courses of European and Brazilian Portuguese, as we do.

The temptation of doing mixed classes is understandable due to the difficulty in putting together groups with sufficient numbers to make them economically profitable. But that is a recipe for disaster. The differences between Brazilian and European Portuguese are much greater than, for example, those between British and American English. Mixed classes of the European and Brazilian variants are a painful exercise for teacher and students, and very inefficient. As an old Portuguese saying goes (with a little update for our times) such classes "are neither fish or meat or vegan!"... :)

Portuguese Global is the UK's largest school of Portuguese. Dealing with large numbers of learners allows us to offer European and Brazilian Portugues in separate classes, at all levels, taught by native speaker teachers.
Although we don't do "cheap courses", our courses are not expensive either. Actually, considering that we offer 26 hours of training with each course (20 hour course + 6 hours of revising & catching up workshops) for £239.40 (£9.20 per hour) this is possibly the most cost effective Portuguese courses on offer among the major providers in London.

Going back to the importance of teaching Europan and Brazilain Portuguese separately, the CPLP (Community of countries of Portuguese language) is formed of nine countries from four continents. All countries have their specificities in the way Portuguese is spoken, but Brazil is by far the country with more linguistic singularities relatively to the others, which are closer to European Portuguese.
If the learner's objective is to speak and be understood in Brazil, as opposed to, say, in Portugal, then s/he must be taught by a native speaker of Brasil, using learning materials from Brasil, in dedicated classes of Brazilian Portuguese.
Conversely, if the learner aims at using European Portuguese, then s/he must be taught by a native speaker of European Portuguese, in dedicated classes, and with dedicated learning materials of European Portuguese.
Learning the proper variant separately is necessary to "sound right", understand, and be understood by the native speaker of that variant. We help students interested in learning seriously and effectively, to do so in the only way possible: in separate classes.
Have a look to our schedule of separate classes of European and Brazilian Portuguese, at all levels, in 17 different courses.