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Please note that this course is a Zoom only course and there is no in-person component.

  • • Term 1 (Feb-Apr ) and Term 3 (Jul-Sep) each year, pending sufficient enrolment.

  • • This course is offered as a live-streamed course via Zoom, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

Date & Time:

Begins Tuesday 27 February 2024

  • • Our 2024 Term 1 Portuguese 101 course meets on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm beginning on Tuesday 27 February 2024 (New Zealand time) and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions. The last class of the Term is held on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

  • • If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent below:

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 1-2 days after each live session.

  • Hawai’i: begins Mon 26 Feb 2024, 5:00-6:30pm

  • US Pacific: begins Mon 26 Feb 2024, 7:00-8:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Mon 26 Feb 2024, 10:00-11:30pm

  • London, UK: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 3:00-4:30am

  • Paris, France: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 4:00-5:30am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 8:30- 10:00am

  • Bangkok: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 10:00-11:30am

  • Singapore: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 12:00-1:30pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Tue 27 Feb 2024, 2:00-3:30pm


Introductory Portuguese 101, Part 1

  • • This is Part 1 of a four-part Introduction course taught over 4 successive school terms specifically designed for beginning Portuguese learners. All of our language courses focus on acquiring reading and conversational skills, and learning about local culture. Our courses are designed for busy people: we do not expect you to study outside of class, nor do we assign homework (unless you’d like some!). Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Portuguese and about Portuguese culture, and have some fun too!

  • • 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 are taught to empower learners to feel encouraged to build their sentences. Distinctive aspects of the Portuguese language, such as the two translations 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 are discussed.

  • • Subsequent Term courses continue with Introductory Portuguese (i.e. our Portuguese 102-104 courses) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, introductory grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation practice and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

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. 20240227 T1.1 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. Portuguese alphabet (audio file - 25 secs)

    3. Portuguese vowels and syllables (audio file - 22 secs)

    4. 20240226 T1.1 Portuguese 101 video

    1. 20240305 T1.2 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. 20240305 T1.2 Portuguese 101 video

    1. 20240312 T1.3 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. País Tropical - Jorge Ben Jor (LETRA) video

    3. Jorge Ben Jor - Bom dia, boa tarde, boa noite mp3 file

    4. inverno.wav audio file

    5. outono.wav audio file

    6. primavera.wav audio file

    7. verão.wav audio file

    8. 20240312 T1.3 Portuguese 101 video

    1. 20240319 T1.4 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. bom vs bem e mau vs mal PDF

    3. 20240319 T1.4 Portuguese 101 video

    1. 20240326 T1.5 Portuguese 101 PDF

    2. 20240326 T1.5 Portuguese 101

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins Tue 27 Feb 2024
  • NZ time: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30pm

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 is a live-streamed course only and accessible via Zoom.

If you'd like to visit the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, we’re 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 out front, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course is offered via distance learning only and has no in-person component. Students have two options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • 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 options:

Live Zoom sessions or Video-Recordings

  • • 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 are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. • Unwaged includes students, seniors, retirees and unemployed. • Prices remain the same regardless of your chosen method for accessing this course.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

  • • This course has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

  • • You will not need to purchase any Language instruction materials.

  • • All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

  • • There are no refunds for missed classes. If you miss a class, you can watch the video recording!

  • • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

  • • If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!


All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files as the course progresses.

  • • Course materials are provided to all registered students as digital materials made available to you on the course webpage for download (accessible after registration). There is no need to purchase any additional textbooks for this course, although you may choose to do so to supplement your learning.

  • • You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on our class digital notepad are posted to the class webpage on your dashboard as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.


A keen desire to begin learning Portuguese!

  • • There are no prerequisites for this course.

  • • This course is open to all learners aged 10 years and above.