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Crash Course for Absolute Beginners

This programme is designed for both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese.

COURSE OUTLINE - Beginner Crash Course


COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE - CAN DO OBJECTIVE VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
MEETING PEOPLE
- Introducing oneself
- Greeting people
- Saying goodbye
- Asking and giving personal information
- Introducing other people
Vocabulary:
Name
Address
Nationality
Countries/Cities
Professions
Numbers from 0 to 10
Enhanced personal information (I live/work in...)
Family relations

Grammar:
Personal pronouns
Basic verbs used for personal information
Definite and indefinite articles
Interrogatives
Possessives 1
Prepositions 1
LIVING IN THE CITY AND AT HOME
- Describing places in the city
- Asking / giving information about locations in the city and inside the house
- Describing the house, rooms and furniture
- Describing objects and their location in the room
- Counting
Vocabulary:
Places in the city
Parts of the house
Home and office furniture
Addresses
Numbers 11 to 100

Grammar:
Contrast verbs ser / estar (to be)
Regular verbs - Present (indicative)
Possessives 2
Demonstratives 1
Verbs haver, ficar (locations)
Adverbs of place
Prepositions 2
Adjectives
Contractions of prepositions with articles and demonstratives.
DEALING WITH EVERYDAY LIFE
- Ordering food /drinks in a café
- Expressing preferences
- Describing day to day life
- Asking and telling the time
- Expressing likes and dislikes
Vocabulary:
Small meals / café
Numbers from 101 to 1000.000
Parts of the day
Days of the week

Grammar:
Reflexive verbs
Prepositions for time
The use of sempre, nunca, às vezes
The expressions queria (...) / gostava (...)
Estar a + infinitive
GOING TO RESTAURANTS AND DEALING WITH PRACTICALITIES
- Booking a table, ordering food, paying at the restaurant
- Booking a room in a hotel, arriving at the hotel
- Arriving at the airport
- Taking a taxi
- Expressing dates
- Buying in shops
Vocabulary:
Lunch and dinner / restaurant
Food and drinks
Menu
Vocabulary for the airport, taxi, hotel
Shops / shopping and paying
Months and dates
Ordinal numbers

Grammar:
Irregular verbs - Present (indicative) tense: ir, poder, ver, ler, vir
Personal pronouns (indirect complement)
Expression ter de
The structure Ir + Infinitive
MOVING AROUND SOCIALISING
Topics include: using means of transport; going to the movies / concerts / exhibitions;
communicating by letter /email/ phone, using social media
- Inviting / accepting / refusing
- Agreeing / disagreeing
- Buying tickets for shows and transports
- Writing letters / postcards/ emails/ sms
- Using computers and the internet
- Speaking on the phone
Vocabulary:
Vocabulary for public venues, going to concerts, exhibitions, etc.
Means of transport
Initiating and ending letters / postcards/ emails/ sms
Vocabulary for the internet, email, computers and telephone

Grammar:
Irregular verbs - Present (indicative) tense: fazer, querer, saber, dizer, sair, trazer, pôr
Ir + Infinitive
The expressions and desde
Personal pronouns (direct complement)
Introduction to the use of the past tenses
Contrast Pretérito Perfeito Simple (PPS) / Imperfeito