Portuguese in Vancouver

Portuguese is the world’s 6th most-spoken language, with an estimated 220 million native speakers worldwide, and almost 450,000 of them live in Canada, according to the 2011 census. Vancouver, in particular, has a growing population of people of Portuguese origin, which in 2016 amounted to 20,000, according to a report published by the Canadian government. Their cultural influence on the city is undeniable: in Vancouver, there is a Portuguese Catholic Church, the Portuguese Canadian Senior's Society (among other institutions) and several folk-dance groups and traditional restaurants. Studying Portuguese is a great idea if you would like to experience the Luso and Brazilian cultures on a different level, understand menus in Portuguese and make the most out of your trips to Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique. Get in touch with us at Language Trainers today and we will design a program to fit your language requirements and abilities!


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For Work and Studies: Learning Portuguese can open many professional opportunities for you. If you are actively looking for a new job, you can get in touch with the Brazilian Trade Promotion Sector on Burrard Street, an institution whose mission it is to promote Brazilian exports to Canada, attract investment and tourists to Brazil, and provide support to companies who would like to enter the Brazilian market. We are certain you will be able to impress them with your Portuguese after a few classes with us! And those who would like to take up higher education in Portuguese will find many opportunities to do so. For example, you can enrol in the Portuguese program at the University of British Columbia, designed to enhance active communication skills and to develop an appreciation of the various cultures throughout the Portuguese-speaking world.

For Culture: The Portuguese language also serves as a gateway to the rich diversity of Lusophone history, music, literature, cinema and art present in Vancouver. If you would like to experience some Portuguese culture in your city, you can join the Portuguese Club of Vancouver on Commercial Dr, who organize “Friday Lunches” so that their members can get to know each other while speaking in Portuguese. And you can also celebrate the Festa De Nossa Senhora De Fátima every October. The festivities include traditional Portuguese food, a bazaar and folklore dancing, not to mention providing the perfect opportunity to socialize with other Portuguese speakers. Even the masses are delivered in Portuguese, so take advantage of these fantastic opportunities to put your language skills to use! Like Portugal, Brazil has also contributed immensely to the city’s culture through soccer, music, cinema and literature. For example, the Brazilian Community Association on 12th Avenue, founded in 1996, promotes the Brazilian culture by organizing thrilling cultural events, such as Brazilfest Vancouver, Carnaval Brasileiro, Festa Junina and more!

For Social: Those who would like to attend themed events to get to know people with a similar passion for Portuguese can attend the Annual Bazaar organized by the Portuguese Cultural Centre on Imperial Street. And if you would like to make some new Brazilian friends, you should join the InterNations’ group for Brazilians in Vancouver. They get together once a week to practise the language, share recommendations (for example, where to go for a good feijoada) and have some fun! Don’t hesitate to attend the meetings to practise what you learn with us at Language Trainers outside of the classroom!


Where to Learn Portuguese in and around Vancouver

Get started with Portuguese today! Studying with us is very simple.  Just contact us and we will design a program tailored to your needs and skills. You can take your lessons at your home or office or a public place if you prefer, like the Vancouver Public Library on Georgia St., Kafka’s Coffee and Tea on Main St. or Nemesis Coffee on Hastings St.

And if you do not live in downtown Vancouver, don’t worry: you can still study with us, as we have language tutors ready to start teaching in Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby.

What are you waiting for? Let’s go, vamos-lá! And if you have studied Portuguese before, you can take one of our free Portuguese Level Tests so we can design a course that truly suits your requirements and abilities!

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1-on-1 General Portuguese Course in Vancouver

Our general one-on-one courses in Vancouver 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 Vancouver

Our Portuguese courses in Vancouver 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 Vancouver (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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How to Book

Take our Portuguese Language Level Test.

Let us know why you need to learn Portuguese and include the time and location that best suit you.

Review our quote and, if you are happy with it, receive our invoice and Agreement form.

Sign our Agreement form and submit a deposit* for the course.

Receive confirmation from our team with your Portuguese tutor’s details.

Begin your Portuguese training and receive your Portuguese course book.

Throughout your Portuguese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate.
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