Anyone spending time in Portugal’s capital should consider diving into the local language – though it may be tempting to get by with English (and it’s entirely possible in Lisbon), learning Portuguese is invaluable when travelling around the country. Here’s our pick of the best language schools in Lisbon.
Language learning at Portuguese Connection is divided into three main categories: immersive, custom designed, and extensive. Students are able to develop a program to suit their specific needs – a number of interesting custom courses integrate interests such as surfing and arts (there is even a wine course). Class sizes are also small so students receive more attention and experience.
The CIAL Centro de Linguas (Center of Languages) has a school in the Algarve in addition to Lisbon, and has been teaching Portuguese since 1959. In addition to traditional classes, language exchange, and lessons based around favorite activities, the Centro de Linguas also offers business-related courses. There are options to learn Brazilian and African Portuguese languages too, as well as cultural programs that will get students out and seeing more of Lisbon.
This is another central school, located in bustling Bairro Alto, that offers flexible programs and small-medium class sizes (from two to ten students per group, depending on the program chosen). Anyone wanting to learn Portuguese as quickly as possible should consider the Lisbon Language School since the programs are divided into regular extensive (two-and-a-half months), an intensive course (two to three weeks), and a small groups course where the students choose their schedule.