About Us

LinguaDireta/Portuguese Global - International Academy of Portuguese is a registered trade mark of Portuguese language teaching.
LinguaDireta started off in 2007. Nine years on we became the biggest provider of Portuguese teaching in London and the only that fully specialises in all the variants of the language, training hundreds of adult learners each year, either under our brand name or in partnership with Cognissima Corporate Training Limited and Cognissima Global Training Limited.
We are proud of our strong portfolio of clients which includes major corporations and institutions operating in Portugal, Angola, Brazil, as well as individuals learning Brazilian or European Portuguese for personal reasons, and school and university students.
At LinguaDireta, we pride ourselves on offering a dedicated and personalised service provided by highly qualified teachers, first-class course materials and up-to-date methods and techniques.
All our teachers are native speakers with a relevant academic degree, exceptional skills and experience.
Our clients include the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, BNP Paribas, Hogan Lovells, Ernest & Young, and Exxon Mobil, among others. Individuals learning Portuguese for personal reasons constitute another important group of our clients.

Methodology

We understand that learning a new language is much more than getting to grips with different grammar and vocabulary. Most people need to use the language to interact: speaking and communicating with other Portuguese speakers. Our teachers therefore follow a communicative methodology. The method prioritises communicative oral performance, but the written aspect is not neglected. Of course, sometimes we have special requirements which require some focus on writing or reading skills - students preparing for their GCSEs, A Levels or university assignments, or corporate students who need to learn how to produce a report. Every course is always tailor-made according to the specific requirements of each student. Our attention also provides an understanding of the wider cultural context within which the language is being used and the particular issues that arise from that particular linguistic environment. We can equip you with the right tools to learn the language fast and in a culturally-sensitive way.

Our Field of Expertise

We provide teaching services focused on the Portuguese language and Portuguese-speaking cultures. We are always seeking to enrich our knowledge bases so we can respond to any demands about the languages and cultures we teach at any level. This includes teaching adults for personal or business reasons, teaching children, GCSE or A Level exams, special courses of Portuguese for Spanish speakers, or indeed any request in the domain of our target languages and cultures, including translations in either informal or technical domains.

Here's a list of typical situations that kept us busy recently:

  • Chris is an American who wants to be able to converse with his Portuguese fiancée's family and friends. He lives in London but actually took Skype lessons for convenience!
  • Anna has a house in the Algarve. She wants to be able to talk to the locals in Portuguese.
  • Alistair is a director at a multinational with business relations with Spain. He travels there once a week for meetings and needs to be able to socialise and also to participate in business meetings.
  • David is a partner in one of the Big Four. He travels frequently to Angola and wants to be able to converse socially and participate in meetings using Portuguese.
  • Mert works for a Bank located in Canary Wharf and wants to relocate do São Paulo, Brazil. Having a good grasp of the Portuguese language will give him a competitive edge to get the job.
  • Kate is starting Spanish and Portuguese studies at Cambridge this year. With some knowledge of Spanish but no previous knowledge of Portuguese, she is following the university advice and taking an intensive Portuguese course with us, prior to the start of the academic year.
  • Marco is preparing a GCSE exam in Portuguese.
  • Angelo and Hugo are two brothers of 7 and 12 respectively, the sons of a Portuguese father, both born in London. They speak little Portuguese. Their parents want to go back to their native Madeira later this year, and want to minimise the impact of them joining the Portuguese educational system.
  • A London based company is providing some traffic control devices to the Lisbon city council. LinguaDireta took up the task of translating the instruction manual.

Location

Our offices in London are located near St Paul's Cathedral: 88 Wood St. EC2V 7RS and in the Southbank area: 1-2 Hatfields, London SE1 9PG. Most of our group courses take place at our centre in 46 Bloomsbury Sq, London WC1A 2RA, a 2 min walk from Holborn tube station. One-to-one lessons take normally place at the client's company or home. We also deliver online courses via Skype or our dedicated online teaching platform, as well as full immersion courses in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.




TESTEMONIAL


I am very happy with both the way the course has been organised and my teacher Vera. I am slightly unusual in that I am English yet have learnt a good amount of Spanish. I therefore chose 1:1 training as I wanted lessons that could pace my acquisition of a similar language. Vera has been brilliant in this regard. She is very engaging and takes her lead from the pace at which I can assimilate the language. She is worth every penny of the fee.

Sarah Green, London
European Portuguese

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The lessons were a great introduction to Brazilian Portuguese and Brazilian business culture. Isabela was a great teacher who managed the lesson at a good pace and with good humour. We really enjoyed working with her and now feel more prepared for our visit to Brazil.

Angela Jowit, London
Brazilian Portuguese

TESTEMONIAL


I really like Isabela's interactive class: she involves all of us in the lesson, make us practice all the time using a variety of materials, role-play, etc., so that way the time in class is not as boring as going through a book. She always encourages and helps us.

Pilar Ocampo, London
Brazilian Portuguese

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Thank you for being so helpful with arranging courses at very short notice. Sofia was very good and I feel I learned a lot in a short space of time. Sofia responded well to my language needs as I was not a complete novice and I moved through different topics at varying speeds with my experience of Spanish

Andrew Fischer, London
Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

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The lessons with António are extremely enjoyable; he is an excellent teacher and picks up upon the things I wanted to learn. He is thorough, explains things very well and made connections to French (I’d told him I’d learnt French at school so understood grammar etc.) which made it easier for me. As I took notes, he told me that next time he’d bring notes for me which is very helpful. I am really pleased with my experience learning Portuguese.

Emma Murphy, London
European Portuguese

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This was an excellent experience. I have learned a lot of Portuguese and Gabriela has greatly increased my confidence. She paces lessons well with variety, is sensitive to my needs and interests and is charming company. I would highly recommend her and LinguaDireta.

Teresa Rossello, London
Brazilian Portuguese

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With a very hectic work schedule in an Investment Bank, combined with the desire to have customised one to one Portuguese lessons, I decided to sign up for lessons through LinguaDireta's Skype option. After a successful taster session, I found the personal lessons via Skype: productive, challenging, personable, and very convenient from the comfort of my own home.

Chris Bautista, London
European Portuguese

TESTEMONIAL


We've been taking Portuguese lessons from Manuel for a few months now, for 2 hours, twice per week. The lesson material is very varied which stops us getting bored and also individually designed for our needs and capabilities. Manuel is very patient (thankfully) and professional and always does much more than necessary to try to teach two ancient learners.

Chris Lefever, London
European Portuguese