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

Date & Time:

  • Portuguese 101 is currently offered in 2023 Term 1 on Monday evenings from 5:30-7:00pm (New Zealand time).

  • The first class is held on Monday 13 February and continues for eight consecutive weeks. The last class of the Term is held on Monday 3 April 2023.

  • Check below for the time zone equivalents for live-streaming our class from New Zealand to your location:

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Sun 12 Feb 2023, 6:30-8:00pm

  • US Pacific: begins Sun 12 Feb 2023, 8:30-10:00pm

  • US Eastern: begins Sun 12 Feb 2023, 11:30pm-1:00am

  • London, UK: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 4:30-6:00am

  • Paris, France: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 5:30-7:00am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 10:00-11:30am

  • Bangkok: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 11:30am-1:00pm

  • Singapore: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 12:30-2:00pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 1:30-3:00pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Mon 13 Feb 2023, 3:30-5:00pm


  • 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 & Italian Instructor Mônica Salerno, PhD

Hello! My name is Mônica Senna Salerno and I’m a Brazilian scientist born in Rio de Janeiro. I hold a MSc from Brazil and a PhD from Australia. I’m a native Portuguese speaker, and fluent in English and Italian, having lived and worked in Brazil, Australia, Italy, and NZ. The experience of working effectively as part of teams with very diverse cultural backgrounds (scientific labs are real Babel Towers in miniature) have allowed me to develop a broad understanding and proficiency in working on multicultural environments. However, Aotearoa is the place I call home. Besides the biological sciences I have a special interest in mythology, and I enjoy literature, cinema, pottery and football (the real one) and cheese making (I had an award winning boutique goat cheese company). Language is culture, and I am hoping to be able to help students enjoy themselves while attaining new knowledge.


This class is a hybrid class with both in-person sessions in our classrooms and streamed live via Zoom.

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 NZ dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

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.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20230213 T1.1 Portuguese 101 video

    2. 20230213 T1.1 Portuguese 101 PDF

    1. 20230220 T1.2 Portuguese 101 video

    2. 20230220 T1.2 Portuguese 101 PDF

    1. 20230301 T1.3 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. 20230301 T1.3 Portuguese 101 video

    1. 20230306 T1.4 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. 20230306 T1.4 Portuguese 101 video

    1. 20230313 T1.5 Portuguese 101 video

    2. 20230313 T1.5 Portuguese 101 PDF

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Mon 13 Feb 2023
  • NZ time: Mondays 5:30 - 7:00pm


  • 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 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 digital whiteboard will be posted to the course webpage 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.