3 Minute Portuguese - Free taster course | Beginner lessons

Learn to speak Portuguese you can use in everyday real-world situations - all in just 3-minute chunks!
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16,314 students
Speak Portuguese confidently and comfortably in everyday situations
Understand what's being said back to you
Be more than just an average tourist when travelling to Portuguese speaking countries
Go from complete beginner to building your own sentences after the very first lesson
Build a solid base vocabulary of words and phrases you can use straight away in the real world
Understand and use grammatical and linguistic features of the Portuguese language with ease
Understand the structure of the Portuguese language
Get to grips with Portuguese pronunciation


  • The good thing about this course is that it is taught under the assumption that you know no Portuguese and nothing about languages
  • Everything is explained clearly and thoroughly without the use of confusing terminology


Olá! Hello and welcome to 3 Minute Portuguese :-)

3 Minute Portuguese is a collection of online lessons that helps the complete beginner learn to speak Portuguese in simple, bite-sized chunks.

The lessons start off by giving you a few words that you can use to build your own sentences. For example, in lesson one, you'll learn these words and phrases:

bom - good
é - it is
fantástico - fantastic
aqui - here
muito - very
não é - it isn't

With those words, you can build sentences like these:

It's good.
It's fantastic here.
It's very good here.
It isn't good here.
It isn't good; it's fantastic!

(See if you can translate those five sentences above into Portuguese just by using those words and phrases.)

The lessons continuously build on what you've been learning, enabling you to express yourself fluently in Portuguese. As you move through the course, you'll pick up new vocabulary, useful grammar points and interesting ways to look at the structure of the Portuguese language that will give you plenty of "Aha!" moments.

The reason it's called "3 Minute Portuguese" is because the lessons are broken down into very short, three-minute chunks. Everybody, no matter how busy you are, has time to fit in a single three-minute lesson once a day, and in fact, by keeping learning to such short chunks, you'll reap huge benefits. Short but consistent daily lessons are more effective than a longer lesson once or twice a week, because you'll find you maintain enthusiasm, develop a learning habit and you'll also memorise everything much better.

If you've never learnt Portuguese before, or if you have had a bad experience with learning this beautiful language, the 3 Minute Portuguese lessons will help you to succeed.

Obrigado :-)


Who this course is for:

  • You really want to learn to speak Portuguese in a very simple and very quick way
  • You are going to spend a holiday/vacation in Portugal or another Portuguese speaking country
  • You have failed to learn Portuguese in the past, but really want to give it one more go
  • You have no experience with Portuguese, but you would like to learn fast
  • You have always wanted to learn a new language, but you are very busy and can never find the time

Course content

6 sections21 lectures1h 6m total length
  • Portuguese in just three minutes?


3 Minute Languages, 303,000+ students
Kieran Ball
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Hello, bonjour, hola, hallo, ciao and olá! 

I’m Kieran and I’m a language tutor based in the UK, and I also  create online courses and write books to make language learning accessible to all.

My books and online courses are based on the methodology I developed  for teaching languages, which I've been using in all my classes for many  years. The methodology will get you speaking quickly, without the  struggle normally associated with language learning.

I’ll not bore you with my life story or intricate details of the  history of the methodology; I know you probably just want to start  learning now, so I’ll let you get on with it.

I have created three series of language courses available in French,  Spanish, German, Italian and Portuguese. They're called: '3 Minute  Languages', 'Building Structures' and 'Quick Guides'.

3 Minute Languages

The 3 Minute Languages courses are perfect for the complete beginner.  They will get you speaking a language from scratch, assuming you know  absolutely nothing. You will be amazed at how quickly you’re able to put  sentences together. And you will memorise new words and phrases easily  without even trying.

Building Structures

The Building Structures courses are a revolutionary way to look at  foreign language acquisition; you will learn how any language can be  broken down into around fifteen structures. Each course focuses on a  different structure, and you will learn how to form it, make it negative  and turn it into a question. Each structure gives you a huge amount to  say, and once you’ve learnt all fifteen structures, you will know  everything about the language. All you have to do is fill in the gaps  with words to form a sentence. These courses are for students who are  slightly familiar with the language, and what to boost their progress.

Quick Guides

The Quick Guides are grammar guides. I recommend these for students  who have already been learning the language, and would like to  accelerate your learning. The Quick Guides are perfect for anybody who  wants an in-depth look at a specific grammar point within the language.

I've also created one extra course focusing on English grammar for speakers of other languages: Fly Through English - Verb Tenses

And I'm in the process of creating a series of maths courses. Currently, you can get 3 Minute Maths - Fractions and 3 Minute Maths - Percentages

I hope you enjoy, and "Happy Learning" :-)