Portuguese in Chicago

Taking Portuguese lessons in Chicago will give you the chance to explore the exciting Brazilian themed events and festivals that take place in the city each year. Learning the language will also open up employment opportunities in Portuguese speaking companies in Chicago while giving you all the confidence you need to visit either Portugal or Brazil on vacation. With our fun and flexible Portuguese courses at Language Trainers, you can choose the time and venue of your lessons to suit your daily life. 

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Why Study Portuguese in Chicago

Work: Learning Portuguese in Chicago can really help you to find new employment opportunities in the city. Did you know that 400 major corporations that include 36 Fortune 500 firms have their main headquarters in Chicago? Aside from the multitude of multinational companies that operate in the city’s financial district, Chicago is also home to a vast choice of Brazilian companies where Portuguese speaking is a desirable skillset. Taking Portuguese lessons could help you to find employment across several Brazil-based companies that operate in Chicago such as St. Mary’s and Prarie Materials (Votorantrim), WEG, Valid SA and Oxiteno. The Brazilian investment company 3G Capital also has offices in Chicago and was one of the major investors when Kraft merged with Heinz in March 2015. 

For Culture: Learning Portuguese can really help you to explore the Brazilian and Portuguese events and festivals that make Chicago a colorful city of culture. The annual Chicago Latino Film Festival takes place every year in March and April. 2019 was the 35th year of the event. The festival is a great place to get familiar with the Portuguese language as some of the Brazilian language movies at the event also have English subtitles. Learning traditional Brazilian dance such as Samba will also give you a fascinating insight into the culture of the Portuguese-speaking inhabitants of the city. Chicago Samba is a musical ensemble where you can learn to dance and also learn some Portuguese on the frontline. Nothing gets you closer to culture than sampling its cuisine. Visiting one of Chicago’s finest Portuguese or Brazilian eateries will not only give you a taste of the culture but will give you the chance to listen to authentic Portuguese speakers. You can even speak to the waiter to practice your language skills. The most highly recommended Portuguese restaurant in Chicago is Petisco on Diversey Ave. Some of the most popular Brazilian restaurants in Chicago are Sinhá on Adams Street and Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse at Rosemont. 


For Social: When you want to meet like-minded people in Chicago who already speak the language or are in the early stages of learning, the Chicago Brazilian Portuguese Group has over 600 members, and can really help you to improve your Portuguese. The group meets several times every week to discover Portuguese speaking movies, music, and culture. The Chicago Language Café is another group that is for people who already know some Portuguese or want to practice what they already know. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month. 


Where to Learn Portuguese in and around Chicago

Our Portuguese lessons at Language Trainers are structured so you are in total control of the time and place of the meeting. You decide the destination for your lessons, which could be in the comfort of your own home, at or near to your workplace, or in and around Chicago. Taking Portuguese lessons at a Latino-inspired café such as the Brasil Legal Café on Western Ave creates the perfect atmosphere for learning the language. If you want a quiet yet central place in Chicago to meet our tutor, Burnham Park, Lincoln Park and Millennium Park are all conveniently located in the city center. The Harold Washington Library Center, and the Bezazian Branch Chicago Public Library are also peaceful places to learn a language. If you live outside the city center in Chicago’s surrounding areas, our Language Trainers tutors are available for Portuguese lessons in local areas such as Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Peora, Elgin and Naperville. 

Are you ready to learn Portuguese in Chicago? Let’s go, vamos lá! To find out your current Portuguese speaking level, you can take our free level test so we can offer you the best packages that suit your language standards.

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Interesting Language Facts

Over 50% of company recruiters look for language skills on potential employee's resumes.

On average, bilingual pay differentials range between 5 and 20% per hour more than the position's base rate.

Bilingual men earn 3.6% more and bilingual women earn 6.6% more than their monolingual counterparts.
WHY people learn PORTUGUESE?
Work abroad in Portuguese-speaking countries
Travel and personal interest in cultures in Portuguese-speaking countries
Personal reasons (communicating with friends or family abroad)

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1-on-1 General Portuguese Course in Chicago

Our general one-on-one courses in Chicago 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 Chicago

Our Portuguese courses in Chicago 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 Chicago (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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An English-French bilingual born and raised in France, Linda has extensive experience teaching the two languages to learners of all ages and skill levels, in both France and the United States. She holds a Master's in English, as well as a French teaching certification. She has special experience preparing students for language examinations.

Language Taught: Polish, German

Anna is a native speaker of both Polish and German, and has over seven years of experience teaching both languages. She currently holds a Master's degree in German Literature and History. She is also a regular participant in conferences related to German language and culture. 

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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.

Throughout your Portuguese course, the Language Trainers Academic Team will be on hand to help you with any queries.
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After the first lesson or two, our team will contact you to ensure you are happy with your trainer. If necessary, we will change the focus of the course to better suit your needs.
After finishing your course, we will send you a course attendance and completion certificate..
Our team will provide you with follow-up learning opportunities, including: self study material, language courses in Portuguese-speaking countries, and more advanced courses with Language Trainers.
*Deposit payable by check, credit card, wire transfer, or PayPal. Your quote will include the number of classes and cost. A typical course lasts 30 hours per level, with classes of 2 hours each.

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