Reviews of Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal

Total No. of Reviews: 75
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Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal
4.4/5.0 
(75 reviews)
City 4.6/5.0 
Organisation 4.5/5.0 
Facilities 4.1/5.0 
Social activities 4.3/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
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Shared flat (apartment) 4.2/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
15. Sep. 2014
1. (54 years)  -  Spain
1. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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very friendly and pleasant atmosphere
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if you want to study portuguese in Portugal, you have to choose this school
21. Aug. 2014
2. (51 years)  - 
2. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The courses, the atmosphere and the relationships with the teachers. They were there to help and encourage me. The quality of the courses was excellent, it was perfect.
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Group excursions, exploring the city, visiting the wine cellars of Porto. A concert of Fado. Typical restaurants in Vila Nova de Gaia. Go and meet the local people, who are very welcoming and open-minded. Home stay is a great opportunity to understand the lives of families, to meet people, and to practice the language outside the classrooms. For me, it was also a great experience to share these two weeks with this family, with who I kept in touch up to now.
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This school has excellent standards, with a warm and very competent staff, you feel at home and the atmosphere is great. I lost my fear of speaking in public and I have learnt a lot in two weeks. It was a great experience that I intend to renew next year.
28. Jun. 2014
3. (53 years)  - 
3. Private Executive - 1 week

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The rapid detection and targeted classes according to my weaknesses, as well as the all-round pleasant atmosphere.
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The market "Mercado do Bolhão" just around the corner
19. Mar. 2014
4. (37 years)  - 
4. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The school is very welcoming, the staff available and helpful.
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In the school's neighborhood, bakeries and grocery stores are numerous and typical, ideal for testing the knowledge and practice one's speaking skills.
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Missing audiovisual work. The method is based on reading and reading comprehension. I would have liked to work on authentic documents (different from the given textbook) and have more oral interaction with day-to-day situations (in a shop for example).
2. Jan. 2014
5. (58 years)  -  Germany
5. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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The teachers were very helpful, patient and knowledgeable, not just about grammar and history of their own language, but also about their city and country and several of their students' languages.
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Clovís' restaurant suggestions!!
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Everything ran very smoothly. There was a general tendency amongst the students to adopt Southern European punctuality, but the teachers were ALWAYS on time!
17. Dec. 2013
6. (39 years)  - 
6. Group Super Intensive - 1 week

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Very nice team and very committed. Wifi included and small kitchenette for self catering. Centrally located near the subway.
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Porto
6. Oct. 2013
7. Heather (21 years)  -  Canada
7. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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Truly amazing school. The faculty make a great effort to make the whole school community warm and welcoming.
3. Aug. 2013
8. (24 years)  -  United States
8. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 6 weeks

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The Location.
25. Jun. 2013
9. (29 years)  - 
9. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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24. Jun. 2013
10. (50 years)  -  United Kingdom
10. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Friendly atmosphere and good teaching.
4. Oct. 2012
11. (71 years)  - 
11. Group Intensive - 1 week

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We were very few students, the lessons were intense. The teacher are very caring, the students motivated to learn. I will be back soon.
19. Sep. 2012
12. (66 years)  - 
12. Private Super Intensive - 1 week

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the kindness and availability of the teachers
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It gives you the opportunity to learn a language and at the same time to know a city not as "tourists"
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It seems to me a very good school, greatest kindness, excellent teachers and convenient location
28. Aug. 2012
13. (35 years)  - 
13. Group Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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Relaxed comfortble atmosphere, everybody was friendly.
28. Aug. 2012
14. Marianne (25 years)  -  Belgium
14. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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27. Aug. 2012
15. (36 years)  -  France
15. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Teachers are excellent and all administrative staff. Classrooms are big.
25. Aug. 2012
16. (58 years)  - 
16. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The small size was an advantage : hospitality and atmosphere, availability of all the team, very central location.
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the great view over the Douro river from the Luis 1er bridge. The Lello bookshop, the english beach, the trip to Guimmaraes
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The level of my class was lower than the one I was in Lisbon or Faro, due to a low number of students
20. Aug. 2012
17. (29 years)  -  Netherlands
17. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The ambiance in the school is good, nice and good teachers.
13. Aug. 2012
18. (26 years)  -  Belgium
18. Private Intensive (20 lessons/week) - 1 week

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Meeting new people, learning and the good teachers.
23. Jul. 2012
19. (60 years)  - 
19. Private Intensive - 1 week

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Very professional and efficient
28. Jun. 2012
20. Dirk (42 years)  - 
20. Group Super Intensive (1 Woche) + Group Intensive (1 Woche) - 2 weeks

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26. Jun. 2012
21. (36 years)  - 
21. Group Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very very good and could explain everything with fun and enthusiasm. Week per week we had to conduct a presentation.
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The location of the school is great, you can go everywhere by foot. It's situated in the centre are there are many shopping facilities. Leisure time and tourism is planed monthly and the school can give you recommendations as well. The teachers also visited the city with us, so ... it was amazing! I chose a apartment hotel but there are many accommodation options and it is not expensive. At lunch, you can to a restaurant with the school, where they offer different things every day and which has a good menu.
28. May. 2012
22. (31 years)  - 
22. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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The contact between teaching staff and students
21. May. 2012
23. (49 years)  - 
23. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Great teachers, good atmosphere, friendly contact, coffee and water
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Unfortunately, I had to participate in an already active group and I couldn't really keep up.
22. Feb. 2012
24. (44 years)  -  Netherlands
24. Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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The professionalism of the teachers and the good combination of fun and learning , plus their devotion to teach Portuguese.
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Exploring the City.
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Fast forward strives to help each individual student to his or her ability and it seems to me a personal goal of each teacher to install the love for their language in the students they teach.
2. Feb. 2012
25. (18 years)  -  Spain
25. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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I really improved my language skills. The teachers met all my expectations.
24. Jan. 2012
26. (59 years)  -  Netherlands
26. Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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Friendly and professional teachers
29. Nov. 2011
27. (30 years)  -  Netherlands
27. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The teachers, staff and students
10. Oct. 2011
28. (21 years)  - 
28. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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6. Sep. 2011
29. (21 years)  -  Switzerland
29. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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That the teachers really care about the students. It didn't feel like it was all about the money, but about socializing.
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all the activities
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Would have been nice to learn about Portugal's history in class.
30. May. 2011
30. (51 years)  - 
30. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The ambiance, the organisation.
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The visit to the old city, Ribeira quarter, the Luis 2 bridge.
27. May. 2011
31. (54 years)  - 
31. Group Intensive - 1 week

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25. Apr. 2011
32. (33 years)  - 
32. Private Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers all have an incredibly high degree of competence. The family atmosphere was the second, but not the least, factor that made me adore this experience in Porto in the Fast Forward Institute.
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You will be treated with the utmost respect, cordiality and you should treat them the same way. The Portuguese people are very humble but very sensitive.
29. Nov. 2010
33. (49 years)  - 
33. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Personal approach of the entire team
27. Oct. 2010
34. Heinlin (51 years)  - 
34. Group Intensive - 1 week

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13. Sep. 2010
35. (59 years)  - 
35. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 1 week

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Relatively small school, objective, very personal and pleasant atmosphere. High quality of teaching.
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Private lessons (in the afternoon).
7. Sep. 2010
36. (31 years)  -  United Kingdom
36. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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Very friendly and welcoming with a good sense of humour.
31. Aug. 2010
37. (43 years)  -  Spain
37. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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Quality of teaching and general ambience in the school.
13. Aug. 2010
38. Alvaro Iñigo (22 years)  - 
38. Group Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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10. Aug. 2010
39. (55 years)  - 
39. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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3. Aug. 2010
40. (28 years)  -  Denmark
40. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Very, very friendly teachers. The school is relatively small and very cozy, which makes you feel like in a family :) The quality of teaching is high, and adjusted to students individual needs. I strongly recommend this school to everyone who would like to learn wonderful Portuguese language, and spend time in a social, friendly, entertaining manner.
12. Jul. 2010
41. Alessia Giovanna (25 years)  - 
41. Group Intensive - 8 weeks

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15. Apr. 2010
42. (62 years)  - 
42. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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The teacher de Engageman
18. Nov. 2009
43. (39 years)  - 
43. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 1 week

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The staff of the school is very nice and personable.
16. Nov. 2009
44. (46 years)  - 
44. Private Intensive - 1 week

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relaxed atmosphere with good standard of classes
16. Jun. 2009
45. (26 years)  -  United Kingdom
45. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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Staff very friendly and helpful, felt like a family
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take advantage of the guided tours, they're really interesting and usually for free
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very good. consultant spotted an error in my booking dates and contacted me straight away, meaning it was sorted well in advance
10. Jun. 2009
46. (64 years)  - 
46. Group Intensive - 1 week

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excellent atmosphere, professional and welcoming
3. Jun. 2009
47. (40 years)  - 
47. Group Intensive - 1 week

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very fexibel, very friendly, the most teachers are great and support the learner a lot
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experience with different teachers
17. Feb. 2009
48. (22 years)  - 
48. Group Intensive - 1 week

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atmosphere
16. Nov. 2008
49. (58 years)  - 
49. Private Intensive - 1 week

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My teacher Elisabetta Silva
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It is clean and the service is good and very nice and helpful.
15. Nov. 2008
50. (44 years)  -  Germany
50. 6 weeks

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Adaptation of individual classes to the needs and capacity of the students.
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Take more than just one week, as you probably won't want to leave.
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The teaching concept is very good. The teachers have all completed higher education/university language courses and thus can teach linguistically very sound classes. They also have infinite patience. The family atmosphere at Fast Forward is very special. I have taken a 6 week 6 h a day course of individual lessons. It took all that time to break me of my Spanish speaking habits. Now I am working in Angola and have no communication problems.

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