Portuguese in Montreal
The language of fado, capoeira and samba, Portuguese is among the top 10 languages with the most native speakers worldwide, according to Ethnologue. With over 250 million speakers, you can find people who speak Portuguese all over the world, particularly in Canada. Over the years, Portuguese people have moved to Canada for the same reasons as many other population groups, including economic opportunity and underemployment in their countries of origin. In the 1950s, many Portuguese people arrived in Canada and were recruited to work in rural and isolated locations, but soon established themselves in larger cities, such as Montreal. Today, according to a recent census, over 480,000 people in Canada report being of Portuguese origin, and more than 30,000 of them live in Montreal. To honor their contribution to Montreal, Canada recognizes the entire month of June as "Portugal's History and Heritage Month." So, if you would like to make the most of the many and varied cultural, social and professional opportunities available to those who speak Portuguese in Montreal, sign up for a Language course today!
Why Study Portuguese in Montreal
For Work and Travel: Studying Portuguese will look great on your CV and help you land a new job or promotion, particularly if you are planning to apply for a job at the many companies that look for bilingual speakers as they expand into overseas markets. Some of these businesses are IQor, Reseau LC, Air Canada and LaSalle International. And if you would like to establish your own business and don’t know how to start, you should get in touch with the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Founded in 1973, this is a business association with the primary objective of fostering stronger commercial relations between Brazil and Canada. Though their main offices are in Toronto, the Chamber regularly organizes talks and events in Montreal to give its members opportunities to network. Learn Portuguese and impress these entrepreneurs and business owners with your language skills!
For Culture: Work aside, you can get to know more about Brazilian and Portuguese culture by attending events and festivals around the city. For example, the Portuguese Association of Canada on St Urbain Street promotes and preserves Portuguese culture via different activities all year round. For example, every Friday, they host a get-together to allow guests to taste delicious Portuguese food while having some fun. Montreal even has its own Little Portugal, a neighbourhood situated in the western portion of the borough of Le Plateau Mont-Royal, with Portuguese businesses along several blocks of Saint Laurent Boulevard between Pine and Marie-Anne Street. Here, you can find all the ingredients you need to prepare cozido a portuguesa as if you were cooking in Lisbon itself! And if you are more into parties and celebrations, you should not miss the Montreal International Portugual Festival, an annual outdoor event that puts a spotlight on Portuguese language, culture and cuisine, displaying an array of traditional meals. If you have a family, you can attend with your children and enjoy diverse family activities and the popular mascot, the Portuguese Rooster!
For Social: And if you are looking to put your new Portuguese skills to use in a social context, why not join the InterNations space for Brazilians in Montreal? Its members usually organize exciting events and activities to get to know each other and to practise their Portuguese. Another option is to join the Montreal Brazilian-Portuguese Meetup, an exchange group for anyone who has a passion for the Portuguese language and culture. Take advantage of these opportunities to practise what you learn in your lessons with us at Language Trainers in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Where to Learn Portuguese in and around Montreal
No matter your reasons for learning Portuguese, Language Trainers is here to help you. Our professional instructors can teach you in the comfort of your home or office, or you can take your lessons in a public place around the city, such as Banq Grande Bibliothèque on Boulevard de Maisonneuve East, Cafe Myriade on Mackay Street or Cafe Aunja on Sherbrooke Street.
If you are not directly based in Montreal but live nearby, we can still offer personalized lessons. We also have excellent Portuguese instructors in Longueuil, Pointe Claire, Bizard Island and Boucherville.
What are you waiting for to get started with Portuguese? Let’s go, vamos lá! Just take our free Portuguese Level Test, so we get familiar with your current skills and can start planning the best course for you.
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1-on-1 General Portuguese Course in Montreal
Our general one-on-one courses in Montreal will help students improve their Portuguese level quickly and efficiently, whatever their needs. One of the most exciting aspects of our courses is that they are developed entirely around the needs of the students. The fact that we offer our Portuguese classes on a One-on-One basis means that you can learn the words and phrases you need in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
1-on-1 Business Portuguese Course in Montreal
Our Portuguese courses in Montreal are taught on a one-on-one basis and will help you improve your business communication skills immensely. No matter what level you begin at we will soon have you dealing with business introductions comfortably before moving onto other matters. Beginner level students can expect to finish the course with basic telephone Portuguese and email skills, as well as a level of survival Portuguese, granting them the ability to work in a country where Portuguese is the native tongue.
2-to-1 and Small Group
Portuguese Courses in Montreal (closed group)
Our Portuguese courses are also available for small groups studying together (Two-to-One Portuguese Course or In-Company Small Group Portuguese Course). All participants must have the same language needs, be able to study at the same time at the same place and be at the same level. All participants should be booked at the same time. Language Trainers suggest that you do not look for classes with more than 8 students at one time. However, an In-Company Taster Portuguese Course can contain a maximum of 12 people.
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Some of our Language Teachers in Montreal
Ana Maria is a French teacher who has extensive teaching and travel experience. She's taught French to learners in Canada, Argentina, Israel, and Colombia. In addition, she holds a degree in Language Interpretation from Switzerland. She is trilingual in French, Spanish, and English.
Philip is a native Swahili speaker who also speaks English, French, and Luo. His academic background is extensive, and he holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Montreal.
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