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Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal - Page 3

Total number of reviews: 263
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(263 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
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 3.9/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
12. May. 2010
101. Helmut (56 years)  - 
101. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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

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6. Apr. 2010
104. (69 years)  -  Canada
104. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks

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The teaching was extremely good
8. Mar. 2010
105. (39 years)  -  Netherlands
105. 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
106. (34 years)  - 
106. 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
107. (36 years)  -  Norway
107. Standard Course - 1 week

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Solid and flexible teacher
3. Jan. 2010
108. (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
109. (55 years)  -  Ireland
109. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Buy a dictionary and a book of verbs
27. Oct. 2009
110. (42 years)  -  United States
110. 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
111. (55 years)  -  Ireland
111. 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
112. (60 years)  - 
112. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 1 week

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

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people (teachers, other students)
6. Oct. 2009
114. (23 years)  - 
114. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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6. Oct. 2009
115. (59 years)  -  United States
115. 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
116. (57 years)  - 
116. 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
117. (41 years)  -  United Kingdom
117. 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
118. Filippo (31 years)  - 
118. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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11. Sep. 2009
119. (38 years)  -  Luxembourg
119. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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

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22. Jun. 2009
121. (21 years)  -  United States
121. Summer Group Course - 5 weeks

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The teachers there were good
4. May. 2009
122. (53 years)  -  Poland
122. 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
123. (45 years)  - 
123. 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
124. (59 years)  -  Austria
124. Standard Course - 1 week

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Small classes.
26. Mar. 2009
125. (24 years)  - 
125. 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
126. (20 years)  - 
126. 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
127. (54 years)  -  Ireland
127. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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21. Jan. 2009
128. (27 years)  -  Denmark
128. 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
129. (53 years)  -  United States
129. 1 week

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can't say, only took private classes
23. Dec. 2008
130. (65 years)  -  United States
130. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (3hrs) - 3 weeks

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

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9. Dec. 2008
132. (31 years)  -  Germany
132. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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

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17. Nov. 2008
134. (31 years)  -  Russian Federation
134. 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)
14. Nov. 2008
135. (23 years)  - 
135. Standard Course - 1 week

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teacher's preparation
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the city is beautiful
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nothing else
28. Oct. 2008
136. (27 years)  -  United States
136. Summer Group Course - 1 week

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23. Oct. 2008
137. (33 years)  -  Italy
137. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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clearness of the organization, competence of the teachers
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
take at least a 2-week course
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It would have been better if we spoke a little more portuguese and a little less english during the lessons
23. Oct. 2008
138. (26 years)  -  Italy
138. Summer Group Course - 2 weeks

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I enjoy this holiday a lot!
22. Oct. 2008
139. (34 years)  -  Germany
139. Summer Group Course - 2 weeks

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Friendliness and free internet access
22. Oct. 2008
140. Sarah (25 years)  - 
140. Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
141. (26 years)  -  Germany
141. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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So amazing classes with a reduced number of students
5. Sep. 2008
142.  - 
142. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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The teacher!
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Take at least 4 weeks lessons
3. Sep. 2008
143. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
143. Standard Course - 8 weeks

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I loved the location of the school and the friendliness of the staff.
24. Jul. 2008
144. (25 years)  -  Netherlands
144. Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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Friday night dinners!
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Individual classes helped me a lot. But, I had 2 hours each day, in the afternoon. Therefore, I could not participate in many of the activities, since they started early in the afternoon.
28. May. 2008
145. (49 years)  - 
145. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The atmosphere is nice
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?????
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Too bad that the course duration is too short. It would have been more effective to complete courses at 13h instead of 12h, especially since it is a half hour break
6. May. 2008
146. (23 years)  - 
146. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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very good atmosphere
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activities in the afternoon
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I loved my month in CIAL. People are very nice and helpful, and it is also a very good opportunity to meet new people and start friendships for life with other students! Afternoon activities are a very ggod option to spend time and get to know the city, and also to know the other students and practice portuguese! The only 'bad' thing of the schhol is the organisation: it may happen that new people come on Mondays, and the professor would do the same programme again, so if you arrived one week earlier, you will be obliged to do everthing once again.
21. Apr. 2008
147. (36 years)  - 
147. Standard Course - 12 weeks

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The teachers and the students ! I had the chance to attend the classes of 4 of them; all are amazing people not only because of their competencies. They turned out to be interesting,kind, patient, funny and helpful. I wish all future pupils could meet Ana, Isabel, Orlando and last but not least, Carlos. I must have been lucky. The students ! I now have an American and Bulgarian friend. This has no value...
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Parc of Nations (North Lisbon) & Ericeira (on the coast)
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This school allows you to meet people from all over the world ON TOP of learning portuguese. You should be able to make the most of your trip to Lisbon.
5. Mar. 2008
148. Maxime (28 years)  -  Canada
148. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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28. Feb. 2008
149. (40 years)  - 
149. Standard Course - 1 week

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Very good teacher.
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Additional program in the afternoon. Above all Belem!
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They have no separation between grammar and conversation class. That means that there is only 1 theacher (and 1 kind of pronunciation). Usually in language-schools this separation exists. I think it ist important to know this. Some colleagues said that they were in families who did not talk to them. I was lucky, my mum was retired and happy to have someone to talk to.
8. Dec. 2007
150. (66 years)  - 
150. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Since the first moment, I apreciated the atmosphere, very warm and professional at the same time.
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Social activities should be made exclusively in Portuguese, not in English as it happened most of times.

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