The Lusa Blog is your resource for language and travel tips in Lisbon, general advice, and stories from our students and staff.

It’s common for native Portuguese speakers to speak several other languages. But is it all just luck and natural talent? Here’s four facts you might know about why the Portuguese speakers have such a strong upper hand in foreign languages.   Universal Grammar Universal grammar is a linguistic concept, used to describe the way in which speakers are innately born with the ability to understand language. As children grow older, certain sounds are lost as
It’s that magical time of the year again! No, we’re not talking about Christmas – it’s the time Lisbon comes to life with parties, music and laughter.  What is it? The Popular Saints Festival is celebrated throughout June in Portugal. The festival in Lisbon is celebrated primarily on the 12th and 13th of June, in memory of Saint Anthony. Saint Peter and Saint John are also celebrated during the month, but to a lesser extent.

Dia da Liberdade

Posted on April 21, 2017

Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day) comes to Portugal next week on the 25th of April, as the people of Portugal celebrate the end of the dictatorship which happened on the same day in 1974. The revolution, known as Revolução dos Cravos (Carnation Revolution), marked the end of dictatorship in the country and lit the touch papers for a new era of democracy and civil rights. Unlike many revolutions elsewhere over time and across the globe,
Looking to get bendy in the city of seven hills? Here are five great spots for yoginis in Lisbon: Gayatri Yoga This spot is located in Baixa, right in the city centre. Boasting several different yoga teachers, Gayatri’s teachers offer a range of different styles, including laughter yoga, or ‘yoga do riso’. Classes have a strong spiritual element and emphasis on the philosophy of yoga. The classes are taught in Portuguese, a great way to
Lisbon is home to many different neighbourhoods. Each has its own exciting things to feel and different things to discover. Here’s just a few of the areas which you can explore here in the city: 1. Alfama/Graça Alfama is the oldest neighbourhood in Lisbon and the area from which the city sprawled from to become modern-day Lisbon. The cobbled streets are narrow and the tiny houses are toppled on top of each other in a seemingly

4 Christmas facts about Portuguese

Posted on December 21, 2016

Like many other countries, Christmas is a big affair in Portugal, filled with food, laughter, and more food! Boas festas! or Feliz Natal! means ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Portuguese. In the weeks leading up to the festive period, you will often see Chistmas lights spelling out this phrase around Portugal. To kick-start your Portuguese journey this winter, take a look at these five facts about Christmas in Portugal:   Weather If Christmas just isn’t Christmas without
Lisbon has a number of excellent places to stay while you study at LUSA! But finding a great place on a distance can be difficult if you don’t know where to look. In this blog, we try to outline the different options to make preparing for your stay easier! Apartments and AirBnb If you are travelling to Portugal with a group or with family, or even alone, you also have the option to rent an apartment. This is
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5 Reasons to Learn Portuguese in Lisbon

Posted on November 21, 2016

Lisbon is becoming an increasingly popular destination to travel, and there could not be a more exciting time to learn Portuguese in this fun and exciting capital city. Affordability and lifestyle Although Lisbon is a capital city, it manages to retain a small-town, relaxed feel. Life is slow and locals and visitors alike adopt a laid-back attitude here! Despite this, there is an abundance of activities to do at a very low cost if you
Every language has its own traditional sayings. But if you ever visit Portuguese and start to understand our language, you will probably find some of the most typical Portuguese sayings very funny indeed. Desenmerda-te (Unshit yourself) If someone says this to you, they are simply telling you to be unleashed and to un-do your own mess. It is a funny and somehow respectful phrase. Since Portuguese people are  very practical people, you will probably hear it a lot
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Where to eat in Lisbon

Posted on November 6, 2016

Are you into your food? Is it the first thing you think of when you wake up and the last thing you think of when you go to sleep? Will you never love anyone like you love food? Then you will find your oasis in Lisbon, which is a city bursting with places to satisfy your appetite, from the traditional Portuguese eateries, to the modern, progressive and multicultural spots. Below are a few of my
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