Breakthrough Portuguese Academy

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An academy for learners who want to improve their comprehension skills with regular and engaging resources.

Get all the input and support you need here!

Levels: lower-intermediate to advanced

Are you struggling to understand native speakers? 


That has to be the hardest thing ever, right?

You start by learning the basics, and soon enough you can communicate your basic needs with simple sentences.  

But what people say to you doesn't sound like Portuguese at all! Have you been learning an entirely different language all this time? 

I feel your pain. I've been there myself before, and I'm going through it now with the language I'm currently learning.  

Native speakers speak fast, they connect words and eat letters all the time. And that's the way all languages work!  


So why can't you understand the language you have been learning for some time? 



  • you are used to listening to slow audio (and real people speak fast).

  • you are used to reading subtitles (and real-life has no subtitles).

  • you don't have the necessary vocabulary to understand what's being said.

  • you are unaware of the language's connected speech (the way the words and sounds change in fast speech).

  • you don't expose yourself to enough input (listening + reading) that allows you to get used to the sounds of the language and grow your vocabulary and grammar awareness.

  • you can't find the right resources that can help you improve your listening and reading skills.


That's where the Breakthrough Portuguese Academy comes in.


It's a space for learners, such as yourself, who want to expose themselves to real, authentic and engaging Portuguese content to improve overall comprehension. 

The focus on listening and reading is part of the input-based method for language learning. This means that it is the constant contact and exposure to audio and text that deepens your knowledge of the grammar, grows your vocabulary, and improves your pronunciation. Without you even being aware of it! 

Learning a language is a long process. Being in constant contact with the language is what guarantees your success in the long run. 

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What to expect?


New weekly content

New weekly content so you can choose the most interesting and motivating content for you.


Engaging resources

A variety of topics from fiction and authentic dialogues to the news, articles about Portugal and the use of idioms!


Support & community

Ask questions, share experiences, and learn from other members' posts in the forum.

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You will love!


Real dialogues

Conversations between native Portuguese speakers about a variety of topics. Get in contact with the authentic spoken language.


Speaking drills

Speaking practice with simulated dialogues where you are the active element in the conversation.


Short stories

Short stories to help you acquire grammar and vocabulary in context. The natural way!

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Discover Portugal

Articles about culture, history, nature and Portuguese music.

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Scripted dialogues

Scripted dialogues focused on a variety of different common situations.

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Flash stories

Mini stories that help you improve specific grammar topics.


The news

News that prepare you to read real newspapers and watch television.



Plug and play resources that help your everyday life in Portugal.

You can work with




It also includes a list of key vocabulary translation and grammar notes in English.



Listen to the audio on the site or download it and listen on the go.




Practice your comprehension with the interactive quiz and receive immediate feedback.



Practice the key vocabulary with a series of interactive tasks including flashcards.


The short stories

Immerse yourself in compelling stories!

This is an effective and enjoyable way of acquiring grammar and vocabulary in context.

The first short story available in the academy is a mystery set in the Discoveries period. It tells the story of a young sailor embarking on a dangerous journey.

New chapters of the story are published at regular intervals.

Be ready to read your first story in Portuguese from start to finish!

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BEST VALUE: Pay for only 10 months !

Recurring yearly payment

30-day money-back guarantee

(100% secure payment)

Note: If you are living in the EU, this purchase will be subject to compulsory EU VAT charges.

What about speaking? 


Speaking and writing (output) are as important as any other language skills. If you want to get comfortable at speaking, you should definitely speak! That's the only way to lose any fears you might have. The same goes for writing.

Notice, however, that your capacity to speak and write beyond the beginner's sentences depends on how much input you have been exposed to. Only due to listening and reading will your comprehension grow, and with that, your ability to express yourself (in speaking and writing).  

If you only focus on speaking and saying what you already know, you'll be really good at... saying what you already know!

Grow your passive skills to grow your active skills! 


What about grammar? 


Grammar is important when you want to make a conscious effort to understand how or why some sentence or expression is the way it is. Knowing the rules helps you to identify patterns in the language and express yourself with more confidence.

But there's no need to memorize rules! This doesn't mean that practicing with grammar exercises is a futile task. Not at all! I'm a grammar lover myself, and I'm fully aware grammar has helped me enormously in taking my languages to the next level; in being correct and precise when I speak and write.

That's why I've included a grammar course in the Breakthrough Portuguese Academy! 

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Gramática intermédia-avançada

Intermediate-advanced grammar course

This course available in the Breakthrough Portuguese Academy guides you through the Portuguese grammar structures and verbs from intermediate to advanced so that you can better understand Portuguese and enrich your own use of the language.

But I don't have time to learn! 


Not a problem!

I share with you a system that allows you to work through the content with just 15 minutes a day - and achieve attainable goals every month.

All you have to do is choose from the variety of available content according to what interests you the most.

That's the fun part! 

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What early members are saying

As an independent language learner, I would definitely recommend the Breakthrough Portuguese Academy to those who want to make progress in mastering their European Portuguese saving their time and money. With the help of the Academy you can practice reading, listening, writing, and even speaking (by uploading texts, audio and video). (...) And most of all I find it very useful that at the Academy you will always have the instructor ready to reply to your questions and clear your doubts.
— Volha Shapka, Belarus (living in Portugal for two years)
After two years of studying Portuguese at a Beginner level I was wondering how to inject new life into my studies and move to an Intermediate level. The Breakthrough Portuguese Academy provided the answer. (...) The best part of the Academy is its strong focus on comprehensible and compelling materials for developing reading/listening skills beyond the Beginner level. For the burgeoning Intermediate level student the Academy is a rich resource for engaging listening and reading.
— Paul Dangel, USA
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I am a regular follower of Portuguese Lab and I have recently signed up for the BPA. My initial reaction is that everything is incredible and the quality meets and exceeds the very high standards I have come to expect from Portuguese Lab content. I haven’t found a lot of well-structured and comprehensive resources for the intermediate level, so you have hit the sweet-spot for me. There is only so much time that I can listen to television programs or native-language podcasts without getting depressed about my lack of progress. Your content keeps me engaged and is at a length where I can maintain focus. Brilliant!!!
— Harold Buehl, USA (living in Portugal for one year)
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Take a look inside the Academy

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Access the complete Portuguese Lab Podcast’s resources for intermediate-advanced learners.

It includes 30 episodes from dialogues to short stories with audio, transcripts and extra exercises.

Portuguese Lab Podcast resources

Still unsure if the Academy is for you?

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  • You are at least a lower-intermediate learner (beginning of the B1 level).

  • You struggle with understanding native speakers (listening comprehension).

  • You need to grow your vocabulary.

  • You want to practice your reading skills.

  • You enjoy studying independently.

  • You are motivated to work hard.

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  • You are a beginner (levels A1-A2).

  • You have studied the beginner topics only superficially. You know what they are but you can’t use them.

  • You have trouble understanding a simple text for beginners when reading and/or listening.

  • You want a quick win.

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BEST VALUE: Pay for only 10 months !

Recurring yearly payment

30-day money-back guarantee

(100% secure payment)

Note: If you are living in the EU, this purchase will be subject to compulsory EU VAT charges.

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30-day money-back guarantee

I genuinely want you to succeed, which is why I offer a generous 30-day money back guarantee. Simply let me know within 30 days if you’d like a refund, and I’ll give you one, no questions asked.

Frequently Asked Questions

+ What variety of Portuguese is the content in?

100% European Portuguese!

+ Is the Academy a course?

No, it's a resource hub with everything you need to improve your comprehension fo the language. To become fluent it's not enough to take a course or read a book! You need constant access and exposure to input that is interesting and a little above your level.

The Academy also includes a complete intermediate-advanced grammar course with a sequence you can follow.

+ I'm a beginner. Is this for me?

No! A course is more appropriate for beginners. It gives you the right sequence and structure to build a solid foundation of the language. Once the walls are in place, the marathon begins!

If you're a beginner, or you want to revisit the basics, please see the beginner course.

+ How long does it take to become fluent?

There's no set period of time to reach fluency. Every learner learns at a different pace. But I can guarantee you it's a long process!

+ Are there explanations and translations in English?

The content is in Portuguese (that's the whole point!). But don't worry! You have access to the translation of the key vocabulary and I won't let your questions be unanswered. You can ask questions in English in the forum for students.

Also, the grammar course available in the Academy has explanations in English.

+ What's the difference between the free content and the Academy?

  • The membership offers exclusive content not available anywhere else:
    • real dialogues between native speakers, to get you in contact with the authentic spoken language
    • the news, so you can read newspapers, listen to the radio and watch the news on television
    • short stories to tackle a particular grammar point and learn grammar naturally
    • material for speaking practice
  • You work towards small, specific goals by following a step by step system.
  • As a student, you have access to me. I answer your questions and offer you feedback.
  • You are part of the student's community, where you can learn more from other students.

+ How can I access the content?

You can access the content using a computer and an internet connection.

You can also access the MP3 and PDF files offline by downloading them. If you prefer to listen to the audio files on a mobile device, it's advisable to transfer them to your mobile device first.

The platform is optimized for a desktop computer and the following browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

+ What do I have access to?

  • audio files (MP3)
  • transcripts and vocabulary lists (PDF)
  • videos (MP4)
  • interactive quizzes

+ What previous knowledge / materials do I need?

  • You need basic Portuguese knowledge (pre-intermediate - at least end of the A2 level).
  • You don't need any learning materials; they are all included in the platform.
  • You need a computer with internet access. For better performance, I suggest using a laptop.
  • You can also access the materials offline by downloading them.

+ Can I study at my own pace?

You certainly can! The Academy is designed to give you all the flexibility you need. So you can learn whenever, wherever you want.

+ How do I have access to the teacher?

The Academy includes discussion forums, where you can ask your questions, and learn from other student's questions. I personally reply to all comments aquestions.

+ Is there a money-back guarantee?

Of course! I genuinely want you to succeed, which is why I offer a generous 30-day money back guarantee. Simply let me know within 30 days if you’d like a refund, and I’ll give you one, no questions asked.

+ Can I pay in a different currency?

Our payment gateway only accepts payments in one currency and since our audience is international the obvious choice was US dollars. But don't worry! The currency conversion happens automatically at checkout.