• Term 1 (Feb-Apr ) and Term 3 (Aug-Sep) each year pending sufficient enrollment.

Date & Time:

  • Portuguese 101 is next offered in 2023 Term 1 on Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:30pm (NZ time).

  • The first class is held on 16 February and continues for 8 consecutive weeks. The last class on Thursday 6 April 2023.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Wed 15 Feb 2023, 6:00-7:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Wed 15 Feb 2023, 8:00-9:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Wed 15 Feb 2023, 11:00pm-12:30am

  • London, UK: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 4:00-5:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 5:00-6:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 9:30-11:00am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Singapore: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 12:00-1:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Thu 16 Feb 2023, 3:00-4:30pm


  • Please note that this course will only be offered if sufficient numbers register. Please contact us if you are unsure about registering. If you do register, and this course is cancelled due to low enrolment, please be advised that we will refund your tuition in full.

  • Portuguese is spoken by approximately 250 million people around the world; it provides direct access to the Portuguese, Brazilian, Angolan and Mozambican cultures, to name the most prominent ones. As a “gateway language,” it allows you to understand countless words in Italian, French and Romanian, and right from the start you will be able to grasp much of written Spanish.

  • Our Introductory Portuguese 101 course begins with a practical explanation of the Portuguese language sound system to create a sense of assurance and confidence in learners right from the start. Basic everyday vocabulary and expressions will be taught, always with a view to empowering learners so that they feel encouraged to build their own sentences. Distinctive aspects of the Portuguese language, like the two translations that it offers for the verb to be, will also be addressed, along with simple present and past forms of essential verbs in short sentences. A good portion of the learning will happen through songs and selected poetry. Every class has its culture tip moment, in which the cultural differences between Portuguese-speaking countries and the Anglosphere will be discussed.

Meet our Instructor:

Portuguese Instructor

Cristina Schumacher, MA

Cristina Schumacher is a Brazilian linguist based in New Zealand and an expert in language learning and teaching, having completed her Masters Degree in Administration from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil in 1995. With 28 titles published since 1999, she is also a coach, translator, evaluator and consultant to large international companies. Her work is focused on language awareness and on how language knowledge can become a highly effective self-development tool. In addition to her native Portuguese and the knowledge of a range of other linguistic systems, Cristina is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish. As our Director of Language Programmes and key member of our organisational team, Cristina oversees the growth of our language offerings, sees to the needs of our language students, and is helping to design a standardised methodology and pedagogy for our language programme. She also teaches Portuguese for EarthDiverse.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning option:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in New Zealand Dollars

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

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    • EarthDiverse Zoom instructions


  • Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


  • An Introductory Brazilian Portuguese textbook, written by the Course Instructor, Cristina Schumacher, will be used throughout the course and is included in the course fees. This will be distributed as a PDF via email, which you can print at home and add to your own loose-leaf notebook. This will be supplemented by additional materials containing a collage of exercises. You will require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking notes, and perhaps a recording app on your phone to record yourself and your spoken progress. Any notes that your instructor writes on the class whiteboard will be emailed to you as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

  • Other resources you may wish to consider are:

  • Portuguese. One Minute An Hour (Em Portuguese do Brasil) (Portuguese Brazilian), paperback by Cristina Schumacher

  • Português na Prática Para Falantes de Inglês (Portuguese Brazilian), paperback by Francisco Araujo da Costa

  • Falar… Ler… Escrever… Português – Um Curso para Estrangeiros, Emma Eberlein and Samira Iunes

  • Novo Avenida Brasil 1, Emma Lima, Lutz Rohrmann, Tokiko Ishihara, Samira Iunes and Cristián Bergweiler


  • There are no prerequisites for this course.