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

Total No. of Reviews: 241
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 
(241 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
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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Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
2. Aug. 2011
51. (24 years)  -  United States
51. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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I loved the sense of community I felt within the student body and between the students and faculty. Not only was the facility accessible and comfortable, the classes were extremely helpful in my language development and created a fun environment to explore language and culture.
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Pastéis de Belem!
2. Aug. 2011
52. (23 years)  -  Belgium
52. Portuguese 1.5h / Day + 5 Surf Lessons / Week - 2 weeks

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Good location and friendly teachers.
17. Jul. 2011
53. (37 years)  - 
53. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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I really appreciated the help that the teachers gave me both on a personal and professional level.
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Portuguese is a difficult language but it is very beautiful and interesting.
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I really enjoyed participating in the recreational and cultural activities.
4. Jul. 2011
54. (29 years)  -  Spain
54. Group + Workshop - 4 weeks

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There were many people from different countries and there were few people in each class, so you had to speak in Portuguese. That was good!
1. May. 2011
55. Terry (23 years)  -  Luxembourg
55. Private Lessons (8); - 1 week

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15. Apr. 2011
56. (41 years)  - 
56. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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4. Apr. 2011
57. (56 years)  -  Ireland
57. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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There is a high level of focus and consistency in placing you in a class at the appropriate level. I find all the teachers very friendly people and the course materials are excellent.
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Please ensure to bring a dictionary and a book of verbs.
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Hopefully there will be a level 5 class available when I go back again.
31. Mar. 2011
58. (47 years)  - 
58. Standard Course - 1 week

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I had a very good teacher and the class had a comfortable size of 6-8 students.
10. Jan. 2011
59. (65 years)  - 
59. 2 weeks

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Friendly, efficient staff.
4. Dec. 2010
60. (46 years)  -  United States
60. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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really helpful and friendly staff, great range of students, and interesting cultural program
29. Nov. 2010
61. (56 years)  -  Ireland
61. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Good communication with teachers
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Bring a dictionary and buy the grammar books on sale in the school.
1. Nov. 2010
62. (59 years)  - 
62. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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- Quality of education - Meeting other international students.
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It would be better to stay 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
1. Nov. 2010
63. (56 years)  -  Ireland
63. 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
64. Christian (27 years)  - 
64. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Dinner with live Fado music, very authentic and impressive
18. Oct. 2010
65. (40 years)  - 
65. 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
66. Sophie (23 years)  - 
66. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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20. Sep. 2010
68. (32 years)  - 
68. 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
69. (23 years)  -  Italy
69. 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
70. (27 years)  - 
70. 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
71. (29 years)  -  Germany
71. 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
72. (51 years)  - 
72. 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
73. (39 years)  - 
73. 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
74. José ángel (33 years)  - 
74. Standard Course - 1 week

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19. Jul. 2010
75. Marcus (20 years)  - 
75. 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
76. (60 years)  - 
76. Standard Course - 1 week

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Classes in small groups, great teacher.
16. Jun. 2010
77. (28 years)  -  Denmark
77. 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
78. (48 years)  -  Germany
78. 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
79. Helmut (56 years)  - 
79. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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

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6. Apr. 2010
82. (69 years)  -  Canada
82. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks

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The teaching was extremely good
8. Mar. 2010
83. (39 years)  -  Netherlands
83. 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
84. (34 years)  - 
84. 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
85. (36 years)  -  Norway
85. Standard Course - 1 week

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Solid and flexible teacher
3. Jan. 2010
86. (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
87. (55 years)  -  Ireland
87. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Buy a dictionary and a book of verbs
27. Oct. 2009
88. (42 years)  -  United States
88. 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
89. (55 years)  -  Ireland
89. 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
90. (60 years)  - 
90. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 1 week

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

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people (teachers, other students)
6. Oct. 2009
92. (23 years)  - 
92. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Lessons, Teacher
6. Oct. 2009
93. (59 years)  -  United States
93. 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
94. (57 years)  - 
94. 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
95. (41 years)  -  United Kingdom
95. 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
96. Filippo (31 years)  - 
96. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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11. Sep. 2009
97. (38 years)  -  Luxembourg
97. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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

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22. Jun. 2009
99. (21 years)  -  United States
99. Summer Group Course - 5 weeks

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The teachers there were good
4. May. 2009
100. (53 years)  -  Poland
100. 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.

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