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Portuguese language and culture lessons with a native speaker

De echte Portugese ervaring!

Advantages of learning a new language:

Learning a new language is fun. But what I’m (and you should be) after is not bilingualism but instead biculturalism. We think by aid of words. Therefore language shapes thought. In part this is because working in a second language slows down the thinking. No wonder people feel different when speaking a second language. And no wonder they feel looser, more spontaneous, perhaps more assertive or funnier or blunter.
Studies show that being able to speak another language is generally linked to a more flexible brain, developing the brain’s ability to plan and prioritize. Also it betters our defenses against dementia in old age.

Advantages of learning Portuguese:

• 250 million native speakers worldwide
• 5th most common language in the world
• It has been an official language since 1297
• It’s usage is spread over 4 continents (Europe, South America, Africa, Asia)

Now business,

For the past 5 years I've had more than 50 students and based on experience I recommend the following lesson duration (minutes):
Age gap 0-6 | 7-12 | 13-17 | 18-45 | 45-64 | 65+
Duration 30 | 30-60 | 60 | 90 | 90-60 | 45

Focus on diverse subjects is possible, for example, grammar, diction, reading comprehension, written production, conversational skills. Because the goal of most students is the ability to communicate, I’ve been developing my classes that way. I have acquired extra audio media specially for you :) to hear Portuguese being spoken at a different pace, accent and voice tone.

My method is based on a book (that I myself bring to the class and the student doesn’t need to acquire) which I'm fairly familiar by now. But what I really like is to talk to the student. So the book will be used to present the gramatical structure of the language while also serving as an inspiration platform for conversation topics.
Periodically we will evaluate how the classes are evolving so as to rapidly and effectively shift focus to where it is needed.

Extra information

Groups of students are also accepted

Location

Online via webcam
At student's location: Around Amsterdam, Netherlands

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General info

suitcase iconSkills:
Portuguese for adults
Age:
Infants (0-3 years old)
Preschool children (4-6 years old)
Children (7-12 years old)
Teenagers (13-17 years old)
Adults (18-64 years old)
Seniors (65+ years old)
Student level:
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Duration:
60 minutes
90 minutes
The class is taught in:English, Portuguese, Dutch, French

About Me

26 year old person born in Lisboa, Portugal. This is my 4th year living in the Netherlands where I found the world is larger than what I previously expected.
I’ve completed my MSc in Chemical Engineering at TUDelft. The past few years I have developed a great passion for people, arts and literature. Some years ago my family and I accommodated an Italian girl for the whole academic year. It was during that time I found I love to teach people how to talk and understand Portuguese.
Over the past years I've done a lot of homestays where I live with children and families, sharing a house and meals, making new friends

Education

One and a half years of university level Biochemistry before changing areas.
BSc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lisbon 2018.
MSc in Chemical Engineering at TUDelft 2021.

Experience / Qualifications

Despite my academic path having nothing to do with linguistics I'm fully capable to teach you Portuguese :) I read 15 books a year and I'm consistently trying to improve different areas of expertise, most of them non related to my scientific academia pursuit.

Reviews (8)

Very nice, enthusiastic teacher!
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Very good material used by Gonçalo! He is very patient, very focused on laying a good foundation so you can really understand the fundamentals of the language. He works in a structured and adapts to the student as well. I am very pleased with the lessons of Gonçalo, they really gave me good insights. I want to immerse myself with the language and culture even more now. Thank you very much, Gonçalo!!!
Super patient, friendly and clear. I'm learning a lot
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It's nice to get (online) private lessons. Gonçalo explains clearly and calmly and repeats where necessary. I am very satisfied.
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Gonçalo teaches well, takes his time and explains everything carefully and calmly
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Are you moving to Portugal and want your kid to learn a bit before moving there? Are you Portuguese native speakers who are living abroad and want to understand how your child is developing? Is one of the parents of your child a Portuguese native speaker? Do you want a babysitter who can teach your child a language in the meantime? Is your child transitioning from an international school to one with a Portuguese curriculum? These are only some of the few encounters I’ve had in the past with kids who learned Portuguese language in a fun and engaging way. If your kid talks PT/EN/FR/NL/SP I can speak with them. My strongest suit as a teacher is patience and I can connect to children quite easily (maybe because my mum is a kindergarten teacher). I know how hard it is to hold a kid’s attention for long stretches of time. Thus I try to turn the classroom into a playground and make it as interactive as possible. The focus will be to learn vocabulary as opposed to writing complex sentences, depending on your child’s proficiency of the language. My method is super flexible and I adjust it to every student. I usually share my screen and make use of audiovisual material such as books, songs, videos and games. The latter seems to have the most success so far as we cheerfully shout Portuguese vocabulary such as animals, numbers, letters, colors etc.
The real Portuguese adventure! Advantages of learning a new language: Learning a new language is fun. But what I’m (and you should be) after is not bilingualism but instead biculturalism. We think by aid of words. Therefore language shapes thought. In part this is because working in a second language slows down the thinking. No wonder people feel different when speaking a second language. And no wonder they feel looser, more spontaneous, perhaps more assertive or funnier or blunter. Studies show that being able to speak another language is generally linked to a more flexible brain, developing the brain’s ability to plan and prioritize. Also it betters our defenses against dementia in old age. Advantages of learning Portuguese: • 250 million native speakers worldwide • 5th most common language in the world • It has been an official language since 1297 • It’s usage is spread over 4 continents (Europe, South America, Africa, Asia) Now business, The pace, duration, frequency and schedule of the classes is totally up to the student to decide. The best case scenario is 1-2x per week depending on both parties availability. Focus on diverse subjects is possible, for example, grammar, diction, reading comprehension, written production, conversational skills. In case the student has no specific requests, together we will follow the guidelines of a trusted book (that I myself bring to the class and the student doesn’t need to acquire). The classes will rely also on bilingual children’s books and audio media. This double edged approach allows for fun learning ways and cultural assimilation. In every class the student will be directly influenced by worldwide Portuguese culture ( music, history, geography). Periodically we will evaluate how the classes are evolving so as to rapidly and effectively shift focus to where it is needed.
The wonderful Portuguese adventure! Advantages of learning a new language: Learning a new language is fun. But what I’m (and you should be) after is not bilingualism but instead biculturalism. We think by aid of words. Therefore language shapes thought. In part this is because working in a second language slows down the thinking. No wonder people feel different when speaking a second language. And no wonder they feel looser, more spontaneous, perhaps more assertive or funnier or blunter. Studies show that being able to speak another language is generally linked to a more flexible brain, developing the brain’s ability to plan and prioritize. Also it betters our defenses against dementia in old age. Advantages of learning Portuguese: • 250 million native speakers worldwide • 5th most common language in the world • It has been an official language since 1297 • It’s usage is spread over 4 continents (Europe, South America, Africa, Asia) Now business, The pace, duration, frequency and schedule of the classes is totally up to the student to decide. The best case scenario is 1-2x per week depending on both parties availability. Focus on diverse subjects is possible, for example, grammar, diction, reading comprehension, written production, conversational skills. In case the student has no specific requests, together we will follow the guidelines of a trusted book (that I myself bring to the class and the student doesn’t need to acquire). In every class the student will be directly influenced by worldwide Portuguese culture ( music, history, geography). Periodically we will evaluate how the classes are evolving so as to rapidly and effectively shift focus to where it is needed.

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