Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal - Page 2

Total No. of Reviews: 229
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(229 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.7/5.0 
Social activities 3.8/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.3/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
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Host Family 4.0/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 3.9/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
1. Nov. 2010
51. (56 years)  -  Ireland
51. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Teaching standards are high, teachers are helpful and can access solutions very quickly.
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You need a good dictionary and a specialized book on verbs, don't miss any classes and make sure you do the homework.
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I will come again.
24. Oct. 2010
52. Christian (27 years)  - 
52. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Dinner with live Fado music, very authentic and impressive
18. Oct. 2010
53. (40 years)  - 
53. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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The friendliness of the teachers, the breaks on the terrace, vending machines with coffee and snack options
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Thanks a lot! - I really had fun!
21. Sep. 2010
54. Sophie (23 years)  - 
54. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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21. Sep. 2010
55. Cian (24 years)  -  Germany
55. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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20. Sep. 2010
56. (32 years)  - 
56. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Availability and efficiency of teachers and staff in general.
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Although it's inevitable, there are some participants in the same course who have a different learning speed and a different level of preparation.
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Definitely an experience to be repeated. The afternoon activities and services like the library and videos should be explained and promoted more comprehensively.
16. Sep. 2010
57. (23 years)  -  Italy
57. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Small groups. Personal approach.
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The school also offers a special promotion for surf classes.
8. Sep. 2010
58. (27 years)  - 
58. Summer Group Course - 2 weeks

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The afternoon activities
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My structure (Cial 41) was not very well equipped ...
1. Sep. 2010
59. (29 years)  -  Germany
59. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Friendly atmosphere.
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The bus to Costa da Caparica (nice beach, awful buildings) leaves from the "Praça de Espanha". Otherwise by ferry from Cais do Sodre to Cacilhas and then by bus.
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Nice teachers. Some of the excursions were really nice (with funny Miguel).
24. Aug. 2010
60. (51 years)  - 
60. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The pleasant climate in the school, the very polite and extremely competent teachers, the very dedicated people in the Secretariat, the great coffee from the vending machines, recreational activities, ie: just EVERYTHING! There were two great weeks you shouldn´t miss! A big thank you to each individual and the organization!
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There is so much offered, just watch and participate, it's worth determined.
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I would recommend CIAL anyone who would like to learn our language, I have been most successful with CIAL.
19. Aug. 2010
61. (39 years)  - 
61. Standard Course - 1 week

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Paulo was an excellent teacher, they gave me a book and a cd.
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Make sure you are put into the correct class.
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I was not assessed and put into a complete beginners' class. I am a language teacher of French and Spanish and already had a good understanding of the basics of Portuguese - indeed i could communicate basically in Portuguese!!! I asked to be moved and was half way through the second day!!!
4. Aug. 2010
62. José ángel (33 years)  - 
62. Standard Course - 1 week

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19. Jul. 2010
63. Marcus (20 years)  - 
63. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Try and go on the cultural visits the school offers because they are free whereas to go alone you have to pay at least 5 euro. Also in Lisbon buy a month metro pass even if you are only staying for 2 weeks because its only 28 euro and you will no doubt pay more if you travel about lisbon buying individual tickets!
12. Jul. 2010
64. (60 years)  - 
64. Standard Course - 1 week

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Classes in small groups, great teacher.
16. Jun. 2010
65. (28 years)  -  Denmark
65. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Great atmosphere, high level of lessons, and a lot of social activities and integration with other students. Miguel was creating a great atmosphere during city trips and sightseeing.
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Use as much of the social offer as possible - that was great extension to language classes.
14. Jun. 2010
66. (48 years)  -  Germany
66. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Excellent teachers, and a small group in my case.
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Be sure to rinse well in advance when exactly you have to leave your accommodation. Otherwise, there0sthe possibility runs the risk of being expelled from the house...
12. May. 2010
67. Helmut (56 years)  - 
67. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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9. May. 2010
68. Franca Alberta (46 years)  - 
68. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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6. Apr. 2010
69. Ekaterina (30 years)  -  Russian Federation
69. INDIVIDUAL LESSONS - 3 weeks

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6. Apr. 2010
70. (69 years)  -  Canada
70. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks

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The teaching was extremely good
8. Mar. 2010
71. (39 years)  -  Netherlands
71. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 2 weeks

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the people and especially my teacher (Isabelle)
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Make sure your hotelroom has a table, to make your homework
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Lisbon can be cold in February and heating is not common in all houses in Portugal.
22. Feb. 2010
72. (34 years)  - 
72. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The center houses have no heating
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2 weeks, equivalent to 13 nights and 14. equivalent to 6 nights a week instead of 7. Caution
18. Jan. 2010
73. (36 years)  -  Norway
73. Standard Course - 1 week

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Solid and flexible teacher
3. Jan. 2010
74. (64 years)  -  United Kingdom

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Great organisation and reception
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I particularly enjoyed the listening exercises and Senhor Couto's style of teaching. He made notes of everything that cropped up during the lessons.
30. Nov. 2009
75. (55 years)  -  Ireland
75. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Buy a dictionary and a book of verbs
27. Oct. 2009
76. (42 years)  -  United States
76. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Unfortunately I had to work in the off hours, but the social activities looked good.
27. Oct. 2009
77. (55 years)  -  Ireland
77. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Eugenia Lucas is an excellent teacher
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It is important to attend all classes
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It is important to study. Is there a distance learning course?
14. Oct. 2009
78. (60 years)  - 
78. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 1 week

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well organized and enthusiastic
7. Oct. 2009
79.  -  United Kingdom
79. Standard Course - 1 week

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people (teachers, other students)
6. Oct. 2009
80. (23 years)  - 
80. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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6. Oct. 2009
81. (59 years)  -  United States
81. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks

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instructors were extremely knowledgeable
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excursions are very good
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The school didn't have any technical features, except the computers (which were for private use, NOT instructional) This was very surprising. Even for the final test, she READ it (as opposed to listening to it on the computer, etc.)
4. Oct. 2009
82. (57 years)  - 
82. Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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super professors, international contacts, super cultural program
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cultural program, contacts to the other students
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More help or possibilities for renting an apartment, for example
1. Oct. 2009
83. (41 years)  -  United Kingdom
83. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks

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The new layout, the quality of the teaching and the overall welcoming feeling.
24. Sep. 2009
84. Filippo (31 years)  - 
84. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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11. Sep. 2009
85. (38 years)  -  Luxembourg
85. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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7. Aug. 2009
86. Gudrun (42 years)  - 
86. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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22. Jun. 2009
87. (21 years)  -  United States
87. Summer Group Course - 5 weeks

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The teachers there were good
4. May. 2009
88. (53 years)  -  Poland
88. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 3 weeks

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The teaching was first class.
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Like all courses the more you put into it the more you get out. I therefore think that it would be useful to tell beginners that they should do some learning of background material before they start the course. In my class 80% of the students had done that but the few that didn't found it quite tough and slowed the others down.
16. Apr. 2009
89. (45 years)  - 
89. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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It's very difficult for me to mention what I liked mostly about the school, because I liked it all. Teachers are very good and professional, the school is very well organised, books are very good, and the atmosphere at school is very friendly and warm. I'm going to go back to that school next year or in two years to continue studying portuguese. I was fully satisfied with CIAL and recommend that school to others.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Exact information about the weather in Portugal.
Other comments
I think the school should forbid students using the mobiles during the lessons and very clearly inform them about switching them off for the time of the lessons.
30. Mar. 2009
90. (59 years)  -  Austria
90. Standard Course - 1 week

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Small classes.
26. Mar. 2009
91. (24 years)  - 
91. Standard Course - 1 week

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small class, friendly teacher with a good sense of humour
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I had an amazing time in Lisbon. I enjoyed sightseeing as well as going to the language school. It's a great school!
20. Mar. 2009
92. (20 years)  - 
92. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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the good asmosphere of the school.
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the school and the teachers were good and relaxing so really good place to start speaking the language.
24. Feb. 2009
93. (54 years)  -  Ireland
93. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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21. Jan. 2009
94. (27 years)  -  Denmark
94. 1 week

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Marta Pereira- my teacher who was very professional and helpful
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Make sure you take part in the day trips/arrangements organised by the school. They're allready paid for :-)
24. Dec. 2008
95. (53 years)  -  United States
95. 1 week

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can't say, only took private classes
23. Dec. 2008
96. (65 years)  -  United States
96. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (3hrs) - 3 weeks

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The instructors were very well qualified and very professional.
16. Dec. 2008
97. Ole (35 years)  -  Norway
97. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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9. Dec. 2008
98. (31 years)  -  Germany
98. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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it had internet facilities free of charge
19. Nov. 2008
99. Martijn (31 years)  -  Netherlands
99. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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17. Nov. 2008
100. (31 years)  -  Russian Federation
100. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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lessons
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private lessons should take place early, cause otherwise they won't be able to participate in activities
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everything was very nice! people, studies, guide Miguel, host flat (though a little cold, take warm things to sleep)

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