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December 6, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - January 31, 2022 @ 8:30 pm

Click here to apply and fill out an assessment form for this course


Continuing students: contact your instructor to get the registration link

Português Intermediário 1 will blend the needs of Básico 3 for Spanish-speakers with a beginner’s intermediate class. The focus will be on deepening listening, speaking and developing communication skills in Portuguese in a conversational style, without translating into one’s native language.

You will learn more vocabulary, composed verbal structures, and more elaborate conversations with Portuguese native speakers.

This course has a fast-paced approach for people who already speak basic Portuguese and have taken at least the Basic 1 & 2 courses or can match the level of these courses.

New intermediate students are welcome to apply, and will be accepted upon filling out an application and an assessment form, and qualifying for the level of this class.

During the course we will use visual materials, music, literature, and conversation, focusing on Brazilian Portuguese and social movements in Brazil.

We will also examine key differences between Brazilian, African, South Asian and European/Continental Portuguese. The program will deepen grammar structures in practical ways, and include writing and speaking exercises.

We will engage with the history of Brazilian people, its revolutionary struggles, and other means of resistance.

Join us for an Intermediate course on Portuguese with a glimpse on historical and contemporary contexts of the working classes and social movements in Brazil, and other Portuguese-speaking countries.


  • Course runs on Mondays every week (for 8 weeks) on Zoom from December 6 – January 31 (no class on December 27;  January 17 class will be held on January 19 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day) 
  • 6:30pm – 8:30pm EST
  • $160 – $320 sliding scale cost for students*

Click here to apply and fill out an assessment form


If you are not sure whether this class is for you, take this Assessment and your instructor will contact you:


If you have any questions, you can contact the instructor at: portugueseny@gmail.com

* We will be offering the introductory Basic Portuguese 1 course and the Advanced course again in the late Winter/ Spring 2022.

Portuguese is a language with roots in Portugal and also the official language spoken today in 10 countries: Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Portuguese is arguably among the 9 or 10 most spoken languages in the world, but only 5 percent of its speakers live in its original home Portugal. It is estimated that 270 million people speak Portuguese today, amongst which nearly 254 million are native speakers. It is the second most spoken Romance language, after Spanish. Brazil’s 211 million people is the largest Portuguese-speaking population in the world.

As a colonial language, it suffered many transformations, particular to each locale. It is nowadays also a result of cultural resistance of the indigenous and enslaved people during colonialism. It is spoken in the U.S particularly in the Northeast, in California and in Florida, where native Portuguese speakers, who are immigrants from Africa, South Asia, Europe and Brazil have concentrated historically. In nearby regions, it is more widely spoken in areas of Newark, New Jersey; Astoria, Queens; in the coastal regions of Connecticut, and Massachusetts.

Background: Since the 16th century Brazilians started to incorporate dialects, words and sounds into Portuguese, particularly from the Tupi and Guarani indigenous linguistic branches that make up the majority of the pre-Columbian indigenous languages of Brazil’s current territory. With enslaved workers brought from Africa, more heavily during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, many different languages and backgrounds were also influential.

Brazilian Portuguese continued to evolve as the common language amongst all living in Brazil, and the one permitted to be spoken by the colonizers. However, new words referring to foods, materials and relationships with no correlations in Europe, started to influence Continental Portuguese, even though the grammar and syntax structures remained the same.

Revolutionary literacy methods created for adults, by the influential educator Paulo Freire in the 1960s, author of the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, finally started to prioritize local people’s needs and generate wider political consciousness about the role of language in political emancipation to the elite oppressors. It is still used to combat illiteracy and poverty, and to help achieve freedom, much beyond Brazil’s borders.


  • Natalia de Campos
    Natalia de Campos, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is a performance and theater artist, producer, writer, educator, translator, and activist. Natalia has taught English and Portuguese to non-native speakers since she was 19 years-old in various settings. She moved to New York in 1998, founded the multidisciplinary arts collaborative Syncretic … Read More ›


December 6, 2021 @ 6:30 pm
January 31, 2022 @ 8:30 pm
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