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

Total number of reviews: 271
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 
(271 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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Homestay 4.0/5.0 
Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
1. Sep. 2010
101.(29 years) - Germany
101.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
102.(51 years) - 
102.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
103.(39 years) - 
103.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
104.José ángel(33 years) - 
104.Standard Course-1 week

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19. Jul. 2010
105.Marcus(20 years) - 
105.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
106.(60 years) - 
106.Standard Course-1 week

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Classes in small groups, great teacher.
16. Jun. 2010
107.(28 years) - Denmark
107.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
108.(48 years) - Germany
108.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
109.Helmut(56 years) - 
109.Standard Course-2 weeks

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

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

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6. Apr. 2010
112.(69 years) - Canada
112.Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr)-4 weeks

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The teaching was extremely good
8. Mar. 2010
113.(39 years) - Netherlands
113.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
114.(34 years) - 
114.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
115.(36 years) - Norway
115.Standard Course-1 week

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Solid and flexible teacher
3. Jan. 2010
116.(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
117.(55 years) - Ireland
117.Standard Course-2 weeks

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Buy a dictionary and a book of verbs
27. Oct. 2009
118.(42 years) - United States
118.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
119.(55 years) - Ireland
119.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
120.(60 years) - 
120.Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs)-1 week

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

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6. Oct. 2009
122.(23 years) - 
122.Standard Course-2 weeks

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6. Oct. 2009
123.(59 years) - United States
123.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
124.(57 years) - 
124.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
125.(41 years) - United Kingdom
125.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
126.Filippo(31 years) - 
126.Standard Course-2 weeks

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11. Sep. 2009
127.(38 years) - Luxembourg
127.Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr)-2 weeks

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

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22. Jun. 2009
129.(21 years) - United States
129.Summer Group Course-5 weeks

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The teachers there were good
4. May. 2009
130.(53 years) - Poland
130.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
131.(45 years) - 
131.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.
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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
132.(59 years) - Austria
132.Standard Course-1 week

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Small classes.
26. Mar. 2009
133.(24 years) - 
133.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
134.(20 years) - 
134.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
135.(54 years) - Ireland
135.Standard Course-2 weeks

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21. Jan. 2009
136.(27 years) - Denmark
136.1 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
137.(53 years) - United States
137.1 week

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can't say, only took private classes
23. Dec. 2008
138.(65 years) - United States
138.Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (3hrs)-3 weeks

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

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9. Dec. 2008
140.(31 years) - Germany
140.Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr)-1 week

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

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17. Nov. 2008
142.(31 years) - Russian Federation
142.Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr)-2 weeks

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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
143.(23 years) - 
143.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
144.(27 years) - United States
144.Summer Group Course-1 week

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n/a
23. Oct. 2008
145.(33 years) - Italy
145.Standard Course-2 weeks

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clearness of the organization, competence of the teachers
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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
146.(26 years) - Italy
146.Summer Group Course-2 weeks

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I enjoy this holiday a lot!
22. Oct. 2008
147.(34 years) - Germany
147.Summer Group Course-2 weeks

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

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22. Oct. 2008
149.(26 years) - Germany
149.Standard Course-4 weeks

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So amazing classes with a reduced number of students
5. Sep. 2008
150. - 
150.Standard Course-3 weeks

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The teacher!
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Take at least 4 weeks lessons

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