Learn Portuguese in NYC :: Williamsburg

$325 for each 20-hour class

Our Portuguese classes are 20 hours each. Our Williamsburg classrooms are two blocks from the Graham Avenue L train stop.

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At Fluent City, the focus is on Portuguese as it is spoken in Brazil. However, we focus on the fundamental grammar structures of the language and how to think about the language as a whole, so the Portuguese you will learn in a Fluent City class will still prepare you for speaking in Portugal as well.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Level 1 is taught in English and is for those who want to start at the very beginning with Portuguese. If you’ve never taken a language class before, don’t worry – we will walk you through the basics and explain verb conjugations, vocab learning tips, etc.

If you can struggle through saying things in Portuguese like: I am American, I study Portuguese, I like football, or I have a dog, then you should check the Level 2 descriptions to be sure a Level 2 class isn't more appropriate for you.

Not totally ready for Level 2 but don’t want to start at the beginning? We recommend taking a few hours of private lessons and/or a Bridge Workshop to review Level 1 material.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Mondays 6:00-7:30pm
December 8 - March 23
* Skips Dec 29, Jan 19 and Feb 16
Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
January 26 - April 6, 2015
* Skips Feb 16

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who have studied Portuguese before, even if it's been a while. Level 2 is right for you if you can say a few things about yourself in Portuguese, even if only at a basic level in the present tense with a limited vocabulary. Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 2 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in Portuguese such as:

I live in Brooklyn.
My friend does not live in Brooklyn. (Or brother/sister does not live in Brooklyn if you don’t know the word for friend.)
I have a car.
I speak English.

2) Are you familiar with the idea of verb conjugation? Does the following make sense to you?

Falar means “to speak.” To turn it into “I speak/you speak/he speaks/etc” you take off the “ar” and replace it with these endings.

Eu Falo Nós Falamos
Você Fala Vocês Falam
Ele/Ela Fala Eles, Elas Falam

You get that IR is an irregular verb and would not be conjugated in the same way.

You understand that Portuguese has two verbs that both mean “to be” and are used in different contexts.

3) You get that nouns have a gender and that there is a difference between “a” vs “the.”

As an example, for masculine nouns:

um livro = a book
o livro = the book

and for feminine nouns:

uma mesa = a table
a mesa = the table

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 2 class. Level 2 is taught primarily in Portuguese with the first or second class designed to help you adjust to Portuguese being used in the classroom exclusively. If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 3 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 2 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 27 - March 31, 2015

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are starting to feel comfortable speaking in the present tense, and have knowledge of how the regular and irregular past tense works (trabalhei/tive). Here is a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 3 is right for you:

1) You can say short phrases in Portuguese such as:

I wake up at 7am every morning.
We are going to travel this weekend.
I eat a lot when I am hungry.
I have to work this Saturday.

2) You can recognize the differences between the two phrases in each of these three examples:

Sou americana. Vs. Estou feliz.
Falo com ele. vs. Falou com ele.
Estou no Brasil vs. Estive no Brasil.

3) You can say short phrases in Portuguese in the past tense such as:

I bought a car last week.
I went to the beach yesterday.
We spoke to the teacher after class.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 3 class. Level 3 is taught entirely in Portuguese. Level 3 will help you solidify the pretérito perfeito and the pretérito imperfeito (eu falava, ele comia, etc.) and provide an introduction to the conditional and the future tenses, with the goal of enabling students to speak comfortably about events that already happened.

If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 4 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.  

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
January 29 - April 2, 2015

Level 4

More about Level 4

Level 4 students are fairly comfortable putting together sentences in the present and the main past tenses and understand how the conditional (eu compraria) and future (eu comprarei) verb tenses work.

To determine if Level 4 is right for you, here is a list of things that you should be familiar with for the most part:

You should understand the differences between the following phrases:

Caminhei para o trabalho.
Caminhava para o trabalho.
Começou a chover quando eu estava caminhando para o trabalho.

2) You should understand the differences between the following:

Gostaria muito de visitar o Rio de Janeiro.
Visitarei o Rio de Janeiro no verão.

If the answer to these questions is yes, you would be able to keep up with a Level 4 class. In Level 4, you will practice the compound tenses (Tenho comido/tinha falado/teria falado) as well as learn and practice one of the harder verb tenses: the subjunctive (Ela quer que você fique).

If you are feeling very confident about all the above concepts, be sure to check the Level 5 description to be sure that level isn't more appropriate for you.  

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 5

More about Level 5

Here’s a list of things that you should be familiar with to know if Level 5 is right for you:

1) You can conjugate many common verbs in the present tense, the main past tenses, the conditional and the future tense. For example, you can use the verb “Caminhar” to say, “I walk, I walked, I was walking, I have been walking, I would walk, I will walk, I would have walked and I will have walked.”

2) You should be fairly comfortable with the present subjunctive, but will solidify the conjugation and use of the past subjunctive in Level 5.

In English, the conjugation of “to do” is:
I do
You do
He does

But notice how it’s "His parents require he do his homework…"

In Portuguese, the conjugation is:
Eu Faço
Você Faz
Ele Faz

But notice how it’s "Seus pais querem que ele faça o dever de casa."

Level 5 will help you get comfortable with phrases like the following:

Ela gostaria que você viesse para a fiesta.
Eu comparia uma casa maior se eu tivesse mais dinheiro.
Ela queria que você a tivesse convidado.
Ontem eu comprei flores para a minha mãe. Eu comprei-as para o aniversário dela. Eu lhe dei as flores durante o jantar.

Level 5 focuses on solidifying major grammar points.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!
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Advanced Conversation Practice

More about Advanced Conversation Practice

Advanced Conversation Practice is for students who have completed Level 5 at Fluent City or the equivalent elsewhere. Each 20-hour session is designed to be taken multiple times by any one student.*

Advanced students might need a quick grammar refresher here and there, but are comfortable speaking Portuguese, even if they are still making a lot of mistakes and still need to refine the details. Mini grammar reviews based on the group's specific weaknesses are part of each 2-hour session and increasing listening skills is also a major component of Advanced Conversation Practice class with the goal in mind of moving towards being able to comfortably have conversations with native Portuguese speakers. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; Portuguese and Brazilian musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in Portuguese-speaking countries and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more.

*Most students do about 60 hours of Advanced Conversation Practice (three 20-hour sessions) before moving to Expert Portuguese.

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Expert

More about Expert

Expert Portuguese is for students who need a weekly refresher to keep actively speaking fluent or near-fluent Portuguese and maintain the level they have already achieved at some point in their life. This class allows you to practice Portuguese in a guided conversation with a teacher offering corrections, insight into cultural slang, and creative conversational topics that allow you to learn new vocabulary. In class discussions may center around: recent movie releases, foreign films and classic cinema; trends in fashion; food and wine; Portuguese and Argentine musicians/bands as well as the local music scene; current events and news stories both in Portuguese-speaking countries and also around the globe; human rights issues; travel and cultural exploration; contemporary and classical literature; online dating and more. The conversation topics will largely depend on the interests of the students in the class. Students signing up for Expert Portuguese should feel comfortable having fairly robust conversations with native speakers.
 
80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!
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How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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