Essential Portuguese teaches you the fundamentals of European Portuguese in just 5 classes. Attend all 5 or drop-in on just a few. Perfect for beginner and intermediate level language learners.
Class will take place on Tuesday's from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm on the following dates:
Class 1 - June 18, 2019
Class 2 - June 25, 2019
Class 3 - July 2, 2019
Class 4 - July 9, 2019
Class 5 - July 16, 2019
PORTUGUESE on POINT.
Essential Portuguese is a 5-class educational series on the Portuguese language and culture, that takes place in Point Loma, home to San Diego's vibrant Portuguese community. Amanda da Rosa and Gabrielle Horta will take you on a journey of Portugal from the comforts of a modern, community work space right next to the San Diego Bay. Along the way, you will learn the fundamentals of European Portuguese, gain new insights into the Portuguese culture, and meet a few new friends.
It's all relative
Family and Friends
- Grammar of Words
- Identifying & Describing People
- Intro to Verbs
End of Class Goal:
Briefly describe a friend or family member
connect the dots
Review of Classes 1 - 4
- Overview of Previous Grammar Topics
- Structure of a Sentence
- Expand on Cultural Points
End of Class Goal:
Feel confident communicating essential information in Portuguese
Amanda is a Point Loma native, but was raised speaking Portuguese in the home. With a B.A. in International Business and Management, Amanda has lived, studied and worked in Portugal. She has been teaching Portuguese privately for over 10 years.
Gabrielle is also a San Diego native who was raised speaking Portuguese with her family. She holds a B.S. in Business Marketing and an M.A. in European Political Science. She is a marketing and education professional, who also tutors privately.
Attendance & Class Rules
What if I'm running late?
It is your responsibility to inform the instructors via phone call or text message if you are going to be late to class. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late without notice will be considered a “no-show” and will not receive a refund. If arriving late, previously-covered material will not be reviewed nor are partial refunds granted.
I bought the 5-class package. What if I miss a class?
Students who need to miss a class will be provided class materials if they have purchased a 5-class package. However, old material will not be covered by the instructor during regular class time, and no partial refunds will be granted. Private tutoring with one of the instructors can be made available to you at a discounted rate to review old material, if needed.
What is a drop-in?
A drop-in is when you sign up to attend one class at a time instead of the whole five-class series. Drop-in classes are $35 per class. Our classes are designed to be stand-alone lessons, meaning you don't need to attend class 1 to understand class 2 or 3, etc. However, if you have never taken a Portuguese class before, we recommend you take class 1 before any of the other classes.
Can I bring a guest to class with me?
As a courtesy to your fellow classmates and instructors, we ask that children and pets stay home. If you have a guest interested in taking one or more classes, they may attend class at the drop-in rate of $35 per class, and must pay the instructor upon arrival, if not sooner. Please contact instructors beforehand to ensure that there is still space available.
Can I bring food and/or drink?
Light snacks and beverages are permitted in the classroom, within reason, however we ask you respect the space and clean up after yourself. Trash bins and restrooms will be available, and water will be supplied by your instructors.
Registration, Payment, & Refunds
What payment methods do you accept?
I want to cancel my registration. Can I get a refund?
To cancel, you must email us at least 48 hours before the start of class or contact your instructors directly. If you cancel with at least 48 hours' notice, you will receive a full refund via the same method your payment was submitted. Please note that if you want to cancel a 5-class package, you must cancel at least 48 hours BEFORE the start of class 1 on June 18.
When is payment due?
Payment is due within 48 hours after you submit the registration form. You will receive payment instructions in your registration confirmation email. If you do not pay the class fee within that time, your spot in the class will be forfeited.
When is the deadline to register for classes?
For the 5-class package, you must register by June 15. For drop-in classes, you can register up to 48 hours before the start of class. If you would like to attend a class and cannot register at least 48 hours in advance, you can email us with your request. If there is still space available, we may be able to accommodate you.
I registered for class. Now what?
Do I need to buy a textbook?
What do I need to bring to class?
When are classes? How long are they?
Classes are to be held every Tuesday evening, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, beginning June 18, 2019, and ending July 16, 2019. Please be prompt. Breaks may be taken during class, as needed.
Where will classes take place?
Classes will take place at Moniker Commons, located in Point Loma's Liberty Station. The address is 2869 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106. Please note that this is not the Moniker coffee shop in Liberty Station. The Commons workspace is located nearby though on the south side of Public Market, closest to the water. You can find ample free parking behind Corvette Diner.
How are classes structured?
Each of the five classes will have a language and cultural component with a main objective for each class. Each session will be a complete lesson, so you can attend all five or drop-in on the classes you're most interested in. You do not need to attend class 1 to understand class 2. However, if you have never taken a Portuguese class before, we recommend taking class 1 before any of the other classes.
Is this class for beginner, intermediate, or advanced Portuguese students?
I don't live in San Diego. Can I attend?
In the future, we may livestream classes for students who do not live in San Diego. However, this service is not available at this time. Therefore, only students who can attend this class in San Diego should sign up.
Can kids sign up?
Attendees must be at least 15 years old. The learning needs of young children differ greatly from that of an adult, which is why we have set a minimum age requirement.