Portuguese in Christchurch
Famed for its European heritage and panoramic vistas, Christchurch’s culture is the perfect mix of forward-thinking contemporary, deep-rooted history, and ethnic diversity, welcoming immigrants from all over the world, year in, year out. One of the most prominent communities living in the city is that of the Portuguese, with more than 900 people claiming Portuguese as their native language. This collective is recognised as an official community of Christchurch, and it holds several annual meetings and celebrations for everyone to enjoy, such as Portugal Day. Furthermore, the Brazilian community in Christchurch is very substantial, as well, with more than 800 residents claiming Brazilian heritage (according to the 2011 census). So, if you would like to communicate with these groups on a deeper level and make the most out of the exciting Brazilian and Portuguese festivals held around the city, contact Language Trainers and sign up for a Portuguese course today.
Why Study Portuguese in Christchurch
For Work: Brazil and New Zealand enjoy a friendly relationship, dominated by business investment, including licensing of technologies and services (such as education, tourism, investment advisory services, environmental services and agricultural and land-use services). In terms of imports and exports, the main goods traded are dairy, fruit and fish, coffee grains and tobacco. So, if you are working in any of those fields, then learning Portuguese can certainly help you advance in your career as there are often positions available in organisations around the city in need of people who can improve international communication. Similarly, more and more companies are expanding worldwide and establishing business partnerships with entrepreneurs and companies in Brazil and Portugal. So, they need bilingual employees to build and maintain friendly relations with their partners and customers abroad. Some local companies always hiring Portuguese speakers are Automotive Employment and Hundop NZ Limited, so start learning Portuguese to stand out against monolingual candidates at your next job interview!
For Culture: If you are not actively job-seeking but would like to experience the Brazilian and Portuguese cultures instead, you will find many opportunities for doing so in Christchurch. For example, you can take part in the celebrations of the Brazilian Independence Day that takes place every September in Little Neighbourhood on Victoria Street. You can attend and enjoy Brazilian samba, capoeira and axé performances, live music and even workshops where you can learn to make feijoada like a true Brazilian! And if you are more interested in dancing, you can take some lessons at the Brazilian Beatz Dance Academy on Tuam Street. Learn how to move your body to the rhythm of samba from world-class instructors who come all the way from Brazil. Impress them with your language skills and understand all the song lyrics after taking some lessons with us at Language Trainers!
For Social: And if you are more interested in getting to know others who also love the Portuguese language and its associated cultures, you can join some language exchange groups around the city. In addition to making new friends, you can put what you learn in your classes with us into practice. For example, the InterNations space for the Portuguese in Christchurch is a great option where you can put your language skills into play in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. You will get to know Portuguese expats and other students of the language like you! The group welcomes anyone with an interest in the language, regardless of their age or level of proficiency, so take advantage of this opportunity to practise, even if you are just starting your language course!
Where to Learn Portuguese in and around Christchurch
Start learning Portuguese with us at Language Trainers and become proficient in a short time. Our instructors are native-speaking professionals of the language and have guided many to fluency. So, contact us and you can start learning in the comfort of your home or office. If you prefer, you can meet your teacher in a public place, such as Portershed Specialty Cafe on Lincoln Road, C1 Espresso on High Street or the South Christchurch Library on Colombo Street.
And if you are not based in downtown Christchurch but live in one of the nearby areas, you can still learn Portuguese with us. Our teachers are waiting for your calleverywhere from Rapaki, Lincoln and Lyttelton, to Prebbleton and Merivale.
Take the plunge and start today! Let’s go, vamos-lá! And if you have studied the language before, please take our free online Portuguese Level Test, so we can gauge your level exactly and offer you the best course pack for your requirements.
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1-on-1 General Portuguese Course in Christchurch
Our general one-on-one courses in Christchurch 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 Christchurch
Our Portuguese courses in Christchurch 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 Christchurch (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.
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