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Our Online Portuguese Courses

Online Portuguese courses offered at all levels, from beginners to advanced. Classes in small groups with qualified Portuguese tutors. Learn Portuguese online with our proven learning method.

About our Portuguese courses


10-week Courses

  20 hours in total
  2 hour classes
  1 lesson per week (6:30-8:30pm)
  Start dates: Every month
  Average of 5 students per group
  Live online Portuguese classes

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
  Average of 5 students per group
  Live online Portuguese classes

Learn Portuguese Online with Cactus

Whatever the reason you want to develop your Portuguese skills – our online Portuguese lessons will help you achieve your learning goals. Native-speaking, experienced and qualified Portuguese teachers use the communicative approach. Our classes replicate the face-to-face experience.

You will engage in pair work and group work in every class. Classes will also focus on teacher-student correction slots, speaking and communication activities, quizzes, games, reading skills and listening skills practice and grammar practice.

Cactus online Portuguese courses are offered at 6 core levels under the Common European Framework – CEFR. If you are not sure of your level, you can take our online Portuguese level test. You can also check the full online Portuguese course outline for more information.

How Virtual Portuguese Lessons Work

The virtual classrooms are hosted using an online platform which replicates the face-to-face environment. This allows teachers and students to interact and enjoy a classroom environment in an online setting. You can find out more about virtual classrooms below.

Online Portuguese Classes Levels

Are you a beginner in Portuguese? You can choose our Portuguese lessons online for beginners. Lessons designed for students with no knowledge of the language.

If you are not at beginner levels you can study Portuguese from elementary through to proficient. At lower level we offer online elementary Portuguese where you will be covering the basics.

At mid levels we offer intermediate and upper-intermediate Portuguese. Levels designed for you to gain a solid understanding.

At higher level of Portuguese we offer advanced and proficient. These levels are designed to develop the communication skills.

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

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.

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Meet our online Portuguese teachers

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

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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?

Online Portuguese Courses Resources

To help you get the most of your course, Cactus has made a compelling selection of helpful and useful tools to learn Portuguese online. Please check our online Portuguese Resources page. You can also download our free Portuguese Language Kit. Or check our Portuguese Language Facts before your next course with Cactus.

Beginners Online Portuguese Lessons

We have a comprehensive range of online 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.

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