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Portuguese Language Courses

Learn Portuguese with our Portuguese language courses, which are delivered using a proven learning method. Our Portuguese lessons will give you the confidence to write and speak Portuguese from day one. You will learn Portuguese with a continued sense of progression and achievement.

  • Learn to speak and write in Portuguese
  • Experienced and qualified teachers
  • Choose a course that suits you

Learn Portuguese your way


Learn from anywhere in the world

Class size: average 6, maximum 10

10-week & conversation courses

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers


Located in central London

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers


Located in central Brighton

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers


Located in central Cambridge

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers


Located in central Edinburgh

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

11-week courses available

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers


Located in central Leeds

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers


Located in central Manchester

Class size: average 6, maximum 12

10-week courses available

Taught by qualified Portuguese teachers

Private Classes

Learn anywhere in the world

Face-to-face and online classes

Corporate and professional lessons

For individuals and companies

About our Portuguese courses


General Courses

  20 hours in total
  1h 50 min / 2 hour classes
  1 lesson per week (6:00-7:50pm or 6:30-8:30pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  10-week or 11-week courses
  In-person or online Portuguese lessons

Conversation Courses

  8 hours in total
  1 hour classes
  2 classes per week (8:00-9:00am or 5:00-6:00pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  4-week conversational courses
  Live online Portuguese classes

Learning Portuguese with Cactus

Cactus group Portuguese language courses will help you learn through small group classes. Native-speaking, experienced and qualified Portuguese teachers use the communicative approach. Students will be focusing on developing speaking and listening Portuguese skills. Your writing and reading Portuguese skills will be stimulated as well.

You will engage in pair-work and group-work during the course. This will support you to maximise your opportunities to use Portuguese during class time.

Cactus also offers you the opportunity to keep up the momentum by progressing through the levels. Lessons are offered from Beginners (A1) through to Advanced (C1).

How to Learn Portuguese

If you are looking to learn Portuguese, Cactus is the place to start. With Cactus you can study face-to-face or online with the help of a native-speaking teacher.

There are many levels but if you have no knowledge you can join our beginners lessons. Teachers will be able to support you on your language journey.

The first step is to understand if you prefer to join an online group language class or prefer to attend a face-to-face course.

Portuguese Classes Levels

If you are not at beginner levels you can study Portuguese from elementary through to proficient. At lower level such as elementary Portuguese you will cover the basics. A great option if you have basic knowledge.

At mid levels as intermediate and upper-intermediate Portuguese, you will gain a solid understanding. If you are looking to progress to a higher level it’s the perfect option. You must have completed A2 or B1 level (CEFR levels) to attend these levels.

At advanced and proficient Portuguese level you will be able to express yourself fluently. Enhance your Portuguese pronunciation and conversation skills. Your knowledge of the language will reach a new height.

You can take our level test and check the course content before taking a Portuguese class with Cactus.

Conversational Portuguese Classes

Are you looking to improve your Portuguese conversation skills? Join our online Portuguese conversation classes. You will be practicing your pronunciation and a range of topics so you can become fluent in Portuguese.

Learn new Portuguese phrases, greetings and vocabulary whilst improving your Portuguese speaking skills. Get more confident at speaking Portuguese with our affordable online Portuguese conversation practice.

Portuguese from Portugal or Brazil?

Cactus Portuguese classes are based on European Portuguese course materials. However, your teacher may be European Portuguese or Brazilian Portuguese. The teacher will teach their accent and vocabulary. We cannot confirm whether your teacher will be Brazilian Portuguese or European until one week before the start of the course. The difference between the two is similar to the difference between American English and British English. There are differences in accent, vocabulary and minor syntax and grammatical differences.

If you have a strong preference for either you must state this, in writing, at the time of booking. We will endeavour to place you in a class with a teacher of the preferred accent/origin. If you fail to inform us in writing at the time of the booking we will not be able to accommodate it. In this case, a refund request on the basis that the teacher does not match your preference will be rejected.

Meet our Portuguese teachers

Our experienced native-speaking Portuguese teachers are carefully assessed. Teachers can guide you to speak the language from the very beginning. Find out more about a few of our Portuguese teachers.


Originally from:São Paulo
Location:London & Online
Teaching experience:6
Years with Cactus:4 years
Education:PhD in Immunopathology and Medical Microbiology


Originally from:Brazil
Teaching experience:20 years
Years with Cactus:3 years
Education:MA in Portuguese Language and Literature


Originally from:Salvador, Brazil
Teaching experience:4+ years
Years with Cactus:4 years
Education:BA in Interdisciplinary Study in Humanities and a Licentiate’s degree in Portuguese


Originally from:São Paulo
Teaching experience:7+ years
Years with Cactus:4 years
Education:BA in Social Sciences


Originally from:Lisbon
Teaching experience:
Years with Cactus:2 years
Education:QTS and international experience

What our students say about us


How to book with Cactus

Select language

Simply select which language you would like to learn and from the box below and click lets go.

Take level test

This is a quick test to help you find the right course for your current level of knowledge.

Book your course

Use our simple online booking system to select your course.

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn?

Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.

How do I know what level I am?

Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.

Do I receive a qualification or certificate?

At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)

Do I need a course book?

You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.

Still have questions?

Start Learning Portuguese

Portuguese is one the most significant languages in the world. Spoken by over 250 million people across the world, from Portugal to Brazil to many African countries. As such, Portuguese is appealing to an ever-growing number of language learners.

With so many learning options available ranging it is often difficult to know where to start. From Portuguese intensive classes to online lessons there are many options. It’s important to assess which type of language course or combination is the most appropriate for you.

You should also take into account different aspects when learning the language. Studying standardised Portuguese will enable you to speak with people from everywhere. Attending Portuguese speaking lessons will help develop your conversation skills. You will improve your vocabulary, accent and pronunciation in Portuguese.

The easiest way to learn Portuguese is to speak it from day one. You can learn it faster by full immersion. You will study in a classroom environment and practise everything in the real world.

So what are the best ways to start learning Portuguese?

Why Learn Portuguese?

A language of growing popularity, Portuguese is the official language of Portugal and 8 other countries. Learning Portuguese will be a great way to uncover a variety of wonderful cultures, landscapes and accents.

Why do you want to learn Portuguese? It could be so you can discover the fascinating cultures and gastronomy of the lusophone world. It could be to improve your career prospects. Whatever the reason why you want to take a Portuguese language course, our classes will help you connect with Portuguese speakers.

There are many benefits of learning Portuguese. Not only you will be able to communicate with native speakers you will also be able to immerse in the culture. You will also enhance your business Portuguese skills for work purposes. Ultimately, you can move abroad to a Portuguese-speaking country.

As a Romance language you will find Portuguese easier if you have prior knowledge of French or Spanish.

Learning Portuguese will equip you with the skills you need to get by, have a conversation or become proficient.

Beginners Portuguese Lessons

Are you a beginner? If so, we have a comprehensive range of Portuguese language lessons for beginners. Whether you are a complete beginner or a false beginner. Find out which level to choose and what to expect with our beginner level language learner page.

Other Portuguese Course Options

For those who prefer individual tuition we offer one-to-one Portuguese classes. More information on our Private Portuguese Classes division. Cactus also offers Portuguese language holidays in Portugal and other countries.

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