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BLS Adult Spring Term Language Courses 2022: Accelerate your language learning

Beginner 1 Course: [Tutor Patricia] online course
Monday, 6.20-7.50pm, 8 x 90 min. lessons [on 09, 16, 23, 30 May & 06, 13, 20, 27 June 2022] £115 Course Programme

Beginner 2 Course: [Tutor Patricia] online course
Monday, 8.10-9.40pm, 8 x 90 min. lessons [on 09, 16, 23, 30 May & 06, 13, 20, 27 June 2022] £115 Course Programme


Portugal is one of history’s most successful survivors. It […] made its mark on every corner of the globe through colonisation, emigration and commerce. Unlike the more prosperous Catalonia it succeeded in escaping from Spanish captivity in the seventeenth century. Unlike the equally dynamic Scotland it was not politically absorbed by its English economic patron in the eighteenth century. Unlike the middle-ranking kingdoms of Naples or Bavaria it was not cannibalised in the unification of the great nineteenth-century land empires of Europe. Unlike Germany and Italy it did not lose its African colonies in either the First or the Second World War. And unlike other farming countries such as Ireland or Denmark it remained outside the European Economic Community until the 1980s.

Portugal is a country of sandy coves, rugged landscapes, sophisticated cities, rural backwaters and sharply contrasting traditions. Its ten million people speak their own language, follow their own unique cultural traditions, and have a centuries-old history of proud independence.
[From David Birmingham, “A Concise History of Portugal”, Cambridge University Press, 2003, p. I. & Martin Symington, “Portugal”, Eyewitness Travel, 2008, p. 17.]

Additional information


Beginner 1 Course Apr-Jun 2022 (for 18+), Beginner 2 Course Apr-Jun 2022 (for 18+)


  1. Helen King (verified owner)

    I have been having Portuguese lessons with Patricia for three terms and am really enjoying the classes at the school and online. Patricia is a great teacher, really supportive and encouraging. Her knowledge of the country and culture also helps to bring the language alive. Initially I thought I would only stay to learn the basics but now I’m keen to continue to build my understanding and confidence. Highly recommended!

    • Kinga Macalla

      Many thanks for your positive comment, Helen! Especially your kind words about Patricia, your Portuguese tutor.

  2. Matteo Francescon (verified owner)

    I’ve been having Portuguese lessons for just about a semester and I’ve already learned a lot. Our tutor is Patricia, who’s very helpful and supportive. I enjoy talking and trying the things we learn right away, this helps me to consolidate the learning and makes me feel more confident. We’re learning about culture as well as grammar, which is very interesting. I always look forward to the classes and feel very thankful after. It’s been a great experience.

    • Kinga Macalla

      Many thanks for your beautifully-written feedback, Matteo. We’re happy to know you enjoy studying Portuguese with Patricia at BLS!

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