Brazilian level 8

Course information

In the Brazilian level 8 course you will take your Brazilian Portuguese language skills to a high degree of proficiency. After this course you will, among other things, be able to:

  • make your opinion and position clear, using examples
  • listen to the news
  • write a CV and conduct a job interview

Who is it for?

Brazilian level 8 is the right course for you if you have a fairly high knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese. For example, you can understand conversations even when spoken quickly and you can enter into a conversation fairly spontaneously without having to think too much about it. You also have experience of writing longer emails, instructions and requests.

What will you learn?

During Brazilian level 8, you will improve your Brazilian Portuguese reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. By the end of this course you will be able to talk about something that began in the past and will continue in the future, such as in eu já tinha parado de pagar o seguro quando bati o carro (I had already stopped paying the insurance when I wrote off the car). You will learn how to extract the most important information from a text and summarise it.

You will write in direct and indirect speech using different grammatical constructions. For example: Eu estou cansado porque trabalhei muito hoje (I am tired because I worked hard today) and Ele disse que estava cansado porque tinha trabalhado muito naquele dia (He said that he was tired because he had worked hard that day). You will also learn how to express a suspicion or supposition and how to politely ask for someone's opinion. During the course you will listen to a lot of music and news items, which you will be able to understand easily by the end of the course, and you will read about typical Brazilian topics, such as coffee.

And grammar?

The grammar you learn during this course includes:

  • adverbs of time in the present perfect indicative tense, such as in nos últimos meses temos lido vários livros (in the last few months we have read a lot of books)
  • turning direct speech into indirect speech, for example from eu vi ontem este filme (I saw this film yesterday) into ela disse que tinha visto aquele filme no dia anterior (she said that she had seen the film the day before)
  • verbs with two perfect participles prender, prendido, preso (imprisoned) and matar, matado, morto (killed)
If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate showing the level you have attained.


The intake procedure for this course comprises: intake interview

After you have registered for this course, we will invite you for an assessment to determine your level. We recommend that you enrol at least two weeks before the start of the course. If you enrol later than this, we cannot guarantee there will be time for the intake procedure.

If you have completed the Brazilian level 7 course at UvA Talen, an assessment will not be necessary.

Course materials

The course material is not included in the course price. If you choose to follow lessons in class, you can buy your books through us. You then receive them during the first lesson. If you are going to take an online course, you will buy the books yourself.