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Reviews of Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal

Total number of reviews: 90
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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Based on 90 reviews of former students of Fast Forward Institute
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Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal
4.4/5.0 
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.6/5.0 
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Social activities 4.3/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
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Homestay 4.3/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.2/5.0 
other 4.2/5.0 

Individual Reviews

Fast Forward Institute
16. Oct. 2017
1.   - Mozambique
101. Course:  Group Intensive [Portuguese] - 3 weeks

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4. Sep. 2017
2. Johann  (70 years) - Austria
102. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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11. Jul. 2017
3.   - United States
103. Course:  Group 20 + 10 individual lessons - 2 weeks

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30. May. 2017
4.  (57 years) - 
104. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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It was super organized. Very very nice teachers. Everything was perfect, I can only recommend it!!!
21. Mar. 2017
5. Mathilde (27 years) - 
105. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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13. Mar. 2017
6.  (40 years) - Germany
106. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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restaurant Tapabento
21. Feb. 2017
7. Mariacristina (30 years) - Germany
107. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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6. Sep. 2016
8.  (50 years) - 
108. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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The location, the staff, the cleanliness, the order and the reception. There was also the coffee machine and the water dispenser!
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I's a pity going out to see the Church of San Francesco with someone who knew anything about that!
29. Aug. 2016
9. Adrian (26 years) - 
109. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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18. Jul. 2016
10.  (30 years) - 
110. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The friendly and helpful nature of the school management and the teachers, and how the lessons were individually tailored to the strengths or weaknesses of the student.
21. Apr. 2016
11.  (22 years) - United Kingdom
111. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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The staff were so friendly and helpful, and willing to do whatever they could to help me improve my language. My teachers were Clóvis and Mafalda, and I really enjoyed learning from them. I especially recommend taking individual classes alongside the group classes, as you can ask directly about any doubts you have. During my individual lessons, Mafalda made everything very clear and easy to follow, even things that I had been really confused about in the past.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Participate in the organised trips and activities (that include Ribeira, the river, Praça de aliados and the Torre dos Clérigos). The centre of Porto is small enough that you can see a lot in a week and it is really beautiful.
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I really enjoyed learning there, the atmosphere was great and as I said, the staff was really lovely. I feel that I really learned a lot in the week (and it counted as a nice holiday too) and I couldn't recommend FastForward Institute in Porto more.
24. Aug. 2015
12.  (17 years) - 
112. Course:  Group Super Intensive - 1 week

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Socializing, great organization.
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The trips organized by the school.
20. Aug. 2015
13.  (26 years) - United States
113. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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Really nice teachers and staff, very helpful. Easy to meet and connect with other students.
11. Aug. 2015
14.  (31 years) - 
114. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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22. Jun. 2015
15.  (47 years) - 
115. Course:  Group Intensive - 9 weeks

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great organization, flexible class times and above all very competent and humorous professorts... High level of learning ...
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Take some trips to other cities as well: Ribeira, Palácio da Bolsa, Rua das Flores, São Bento, Clérigos, Livraria Lello and much more ... It is best to discover them on your own ...
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During my 9 week course at Fast Forward I felt very very comfortable and well cared for. Highly recommendable!!!
15. Sep. 2014
16.  (54 years) - Spain
116. Course:  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
17.  (51 years) - 
117. Course:  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
18.  (53 years) - 
118. Course:  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
19.  (37 years) - 
119. Course:  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
20.  (58 years) - Germany
120. Course:  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
21.  (39 years) - 
121. Course:  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
22. Heather (21 years) - Canada
122. Course:  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
23.  (24 years) - United States
123. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 6 weeks

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The Location.
25. Jun. 2013
24.  (29 years) - 
124. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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24. Jun. 2013
25.  (50 years) - United Kingdom
125. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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Friendly atmosphere and good teaching.
4. Oct. 2012
26.  (71 years) - 
126. Course:  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
27.  (66 years) - 
127. Course:  Private Super Intensive - 1 week

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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
28.  (35 years) - 
128. Course:  Group Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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

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27. Aug. 2012
30.  (36 years) - France
130. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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Teachers are excellent and all administrative staff. Classrooms are big.
25. Aug. 2012
31.  (58 years) - 
131. Course:  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
32.  (29 years) - Netherlands
132. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The ambiance in the school is good, nice and good teachers.
13. Aug. 2012
33.  (26 years) - Belgium
133. Course:  Private Intensive (20 lessons/week) - 1 week

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Meeting new people, learning and the good teachers.
23. Jul. 2012
34.  (60 years) - 
134. Course:  Private Intensive - 1 week

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

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26. Jun. 2012
36.  (36 years) - 
136. Course:  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
37.  (31 years) - 
137. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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21. May. 2012
38.  (49 years) - 
138. Course:  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
39.  (44 years) - Netherlands
139. Course:  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
40.  (18 years) - Spain
140. Course:  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
41.  (59 years) - Netherlands
141. Course:  Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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Friendly and professional teachers
29. Nov. 2011
42.  (30 years) - Netherlands
142. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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10. Oct. 2011
43.  (21 years) - 
143. Course:  Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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6. Sep. 2011
44.  (21 years) - Switzerland
144. Course:  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
45.  (51 years) - 
145. Course:  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
46.  (54 years) - 
146. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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25. Apr. 2011
47.  (33 years) - 
147. Course:  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
48.  (49 years) - 
148. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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

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13. Sep. 2010
50.  (59 years) - 
150. Course:  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
51.  (31 years) - United Kingdom
151. Course:  Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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Very friendly and welcoming with a good sense of humour.
31. Aug. 2010
52.  (43 years) - Spain
152. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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

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10. Aug. 2010
54.  (55 years) - 
154. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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Familiar atmosphere, very friendly
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I changed family that's why this evalution is quite difficult. The second family was kind and the school in walking distance (25-30 minutes). The teachers were different, too: The first group was full of Spanish speaking students which wasn't easy for the teacher. In the second group there were only 3 really interested learners with a good teacher.
3. Aug. 2010
55.  (28 years) - Denmark
155. Course:  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
56. Alessia Giovanna (25 years) - 
156. Course:  Group Intensive - 8 weeks

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15. Apr. 2010
57.  (62 years) - 
157. Course:  Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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The teacher de Engageman
18. Nov. 2009
58.  (39 years) - 
158. Course:  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
59.  (46 years) - 
159. Course:  Private Intensive - 1 week

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relaxed atmosphere with good standard of classes
16. Jun. 2009
60.  (26 years) - United Kingdom
160. Course:  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
61.  (64 years) - 
161. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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excellent atmosphere, professional and welcoming
3. Jun. 2009
62.  (40 years) - 
162. Course:  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
63.  (22 years) - 
163. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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16. Nov. 2008
64.  (58 years) - 
164. Course:  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
65.  (44 years) - Germany
165. Course:  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.
31. Oct. 2008
66.  (64 years) - United States
166. Course:  Group Intensive  - 2 weeks

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The teachers did a very good job and the staff was very nice.
31. Oct. 2008
67.  (21 years) - France
167. Course:  Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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The melting Pot with other students
23. Jul. 2008
68.  (35 years) - Norway
168. Course:  Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 3 weeks

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Tania
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Cemetery gives Agramonte
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Teachers are skilled, and the staff is always helpful. If you want to have maximum education value, you should give feedback during the course (not just after the course has ended). Some private lessons in between classes are also very efficient.
2. Apr. 2008
69.  (65 years) - United States
169. Course:  Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 3 weeks

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Luciana Spine
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In winter there are fewer students
6. Feb. 2008
70.  (24 years) - 
170. Course:  Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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Ambience, teacher, director
27. Jan. 2008
71.  (40 years) - 
171. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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all the staff is an example of kindness and Helpfulness
4. Jan. 2008
72.  (47 years) - Spain
172. Course:  Combined Course 4+3 - 3 weeks

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If you go in the Winter, take warm clothes with you! Appartments usually don't have heating!
14. Nov. 2007
73.  (56 years) - United Kingdom
173. Course:  Combined Course 4+2 - 1 week

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Make sure you've got the right zones for your "andante" card if using public transport.
29. Oct. 2007
74.  (32 years) - 
174. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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Cultural visits organized and team very nice
26. Oct. 2007
75.  (27 years) - 
175. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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everything
10. Oct. 2007
76.  (42 years) - 
176. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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family atmosphere in school, very helpful teachers and staff
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Porto and surroundings offer a great choice of trips. See on weekend also cities of Braga, Guimaraes or others to reach easily by train.
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Good offer of leisure activities, high involvement of teachers, I recommand the school to everyone being interested in learning Portuguese, excellent accomodation in family
4. Oct. 2007
77. Uwe (37 years) - 
177. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 - 2 weeks

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3. Oct. 2007
78.  (35 years) - 
178. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 - 2 weeks

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friendly and open-hearted teacher
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good service
19. Sep. 2007
79.  (42 years) - 
179. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 - 1 week

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Very good atmosphere, the teachers are very good
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The team at school is very professional and the people are very friendly. For me it was important that is was small. Good communication between the teachers. Exactly what the students needed. For me it was the right school.
12. Sep. 2007
80.  (26 years) - 
180. Course:  Group Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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The solidarity between everyone
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Porto!
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I would like to come back to this language school, I really think they are honest and good. So far, there was always the possibility to get a space on short notice.
10. Sep. 2007
81.   - Spain
181. Course:  Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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A small school with an excellent familiar atmosphere. It is nearly impossible to feel bad among such people. A perfect combination between studying and holidays.
5. Sep. 2007
82.  (28 years) - Switzerland
182. Course:  Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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the friendly staff that made you feel like studying Portuguese in a family rather than a school environment
11. Jul. 2007
83.  (66 years) - 
183. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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no idea
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nice
18. Apr. 2007
84.  (35 years) - 
184. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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I like the activities
19. Mar. 2007
85. Annette  - 
185. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 - 1 week

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13. Feb. 2007
86.  (56 years) - United States
186. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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the staff
29. Oct. 2006
87.  (47 years) - 
187. Course:  Combined Course 4+1 - 3 weeks

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Small groups, flexible schedule
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Good and pleasant school environment, teachers and go a very competent iS learning content to be desired.
20. Sep. 2006
88.  (22 years) - Poland
188. Course:  Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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friendly atmosphere, small classes
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book as early as possible
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very helpful staff, very efficient teachers, the only problem was that because of a small number of students the classes were made of a mixed level
9. Sep. 2006
89.  (35 years) - 
189. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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29. Jun. 2006
90.  (26 years) - 
190. Course:  Group Intensive - 1 week

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The family atmosphere.
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The metropolis Porto!
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Nice to always be able to write everything in German, and to always get precise and quick answers. It`s worth it.