Like any language study, learning Portuguese has its pros and cons. It's challenging, but also truly rewarding for students around Australia.

Some students might be wondering if Portuguese is the right language for them to spend their time studying. While it's true that it's not as widely spoken as, say, Mandarin or Spanish, it's still spoken by more than  200 million native speakers across the world.

While the biggest Portuguese speaking populations are, of course, in Portugal and Brazil, it's also an official language in a variety of countries from Angola to Mozambique. 

In Australia, there are around 50,000 Portuguese speakers, including recent immigrants and those with Portuguese-speaking heritage, so the pros that learning this language offers could include getting to know people in your community better.

Given that not many students decide to study Portuguese to an advanced level, another it's also quite a niche skill that could help your CV stand out.

If you're interested in moving to one of the many countries where Portuguese is spoken, European or otherwise, it's essential to have at least intermediate knowledge, in order to really get to know your new community.

Knowing vocabulary, grammar and more can even allow you to better appreciate Portuguese and Brazilian music by improving your audio and listening skills.

Finally, learning Portuguese can open the door to studying a variety of other European Romantic languages from Spanish to French, because of their similarities in grammar and vocabulary.

If you're not convinced to book your first lesson, here are more reasons why studying Portuguese might be a great choice for you!

While there are no real cons to studying new languages, any type of language lesson will have its challenges. To get to an advanced level, students need to study grammar concepts from articles to gender, or vocabulary like idioms.

This just means that students have to be consistent in their studies, and spend the time lesson by lesson on improving. With a little hard work, even beginners can get going on their language learning journey.

Before getting started with private classes, you'll need to find a great teacher to help with learning this great European language. While that search can sometimes be overwhelming, with the tips below, it should be much easier.

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How to Find and Contact a Great Private Teacher

Once you've made the decision to study the language of Portugal and Brazil, the next step is to decide on what learning resources you as a student want to take advantage of on your way from a beginner to advanced.

One option is using apps like Babbel, which offers some classes for free and some for a certain price per month. However, it can be difficult to continue using content on apps like Babbel after a while.

For any student who has issues keeping up their motivation, hiring a private teacher is a useful option. While the price might be a little hire, a teacher is one of the best possible resources for language learning.

Not only can they pass on the knowledge that they've learned through years of experience, but they can also use great audio and reading content in classes to help anyone from beginners to intermediate and advanced students practice their skills.

You can find even look for a teacher that specializes in different types of Portuguese.

There are three main dialects of European Portuguese, plus the dialect spoken in Brazil.

Once you've made the decision to try a private class, there are a few places where you can look for a teacher:

  • Online;
  • At local Portuguese associations; or
  • At schools, universities or other learning institutions.

Schools are interesting options to look for possible tutors, but it's important to note that not many schools in Australia teach this minority language.

Some universities may offer a Diploma of Language course or other types of class in Portuguese, but this may depend on which Australian city you find yourself in.

Local associations are a great place to look and contact potential teachers as they are often native speakers and are likely part of your local community.

Many people usually go straight to the first option by doing a free, quick online search. The pros of this method are that you'll get plenty of options to contact for a variety of Portuguese class types and prices. But this wide choice is also one of the main cons as it can be overwhelming.

One of these great online resources is Superprof, which offers a large network of teachers around Australia that students can contact quickly and easily. There are tutors who specialise in Brazilian Portuguese, courses for beginners or practice in a particular area like grammar or audio skills.

Look for a Brazilian Portuguese online course here.

Choosing the Best Portuguese Tutor for You

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All of these options can make it difficult to know which tutor to contact. This is why it's useful to start your search with some search criteria already in mind:

  • The type of lessons you'd like (focus on grammar, speaking, exam preparation etc.);
  • Any specialist areas you require (Brazilian Portuguese, language for business etc.); or
  • What price you're able to pay per lesson and for resources like books and audio CDs.

Knowing the answers to these questions in advance can make it much easier to choose the tutor who will be the best for you.

You can also think about your ability level and match that to the ability you need from your tutor. For example, complete beginners probably don't need the expertise of a native speaker to practice, as you'll mostly be learning basic vocabulary and grammar.

Someone who has studied the language for a few years, like an undergraduate student, should have enough knowledge to be able to get you to an intermediate level, with another of the pros being the lower price.

For students that want to reach an advanced level, perhaps to go and live in Brazil or Portugal, then you'll need a tutor who has the resources and experience to get you there.

Find Portuguese classes Sydney here on Superprof.

Knowing What You Should Pay for Portuguese Courses

Working out the price of a Portuguese lesson isn't always an easy task. It depends on a variety of factors, from what you want to learn to how often you need to practice.

For hour-long classes, the average price of tuition in Australia varies from about $25-$40. Some aspects that can affect the cost of courses include:

  • where the lessons are delivered (online, in-person, whether the tutor needs to travel)
  • lesson type (exam preparation and business courses generally cost more than conversation practice)
  • amount and frequency of lessons (tutors might offer discounts for a certain amount of lessons)
  • experience and training (teachers with higher qualifications will charge more);

While it can be tempting to just choose the option that costs the least, remember that there are always pros and cons! If you need to save as much as you can on classes, you can consider online courses, which often cost less as teachers don't have to travel.

Remember that the ultimate goal is to look for someone who not only has the skills to develop your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills, but also someone who you feel comfortable with.

Many Superprof tutors offer a free trial lesson, so you can get an idea of how you feel in the room before making your final decision. Make sure to read each profile thoroughly, so you know who is in your local area, what they specialise in and how much you'll have to pay.

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Revising Outside of Your Lessons

Whether you've already started your practice of Portuguese or you're a complete beginner, it's important to note that you can't learn properly if you only practice in your classes.

Knowing how to revise and review what you learn on your own is an essential skill, for a few reasons:

  • Going over what you learn allows you to remember and consolidate vocabulary, grammar and more;
  • You won't have to waste time during your lessons reviewing what you covered the week before; and
  • It's a good opportunity to check any areas that you don't fully understand so you can prepare questions for your next class.

Revision techniques vary for different people, and what works well for you might be terrible for another student. Here are a few of the more common practice options:

  • Flashcards (good for reviewing vocabulary);
  • Worksheets (can cover anything from how to read to specific grammar points);
  • Audio and Video Resources (movies, TV and music can help consolidate what you learn); and
  • Apps like Duolingo or Babbel (a quick way to have fun while you practice)

If you're not sure where to look for these types of content, teachers are generally able to suggest a few options that can match your ability and knowledge.

So now that you know where to look and how to look for great Portuguese teachers, the only step left is to get going!

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Giulietta

Giulietta is an English-language teacher currently working in Italy who loves fashion, history and finding the best restaurants in whichever city she finds herself in!