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Brazil Nuts Valentine's Day Bake Sale

Come out and support Brazil Nuts! We will be selling brigadeiros and beijinhos, typical Brazilian desserts. February 14, 2014, Lower Level of William Pitt Union, between 12-2:00. Two for $1.00/Five for $2.00 - cash only! Contact for additional information. Please click here for pdf flyer.


Brazil Nuts Events

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Here is a video about our Portuguese program here at the University of Pittsburgh:


Portuguese Writing Center

All writing center appointments will take place on the 13th floor of the Cathedral of Learning unless otherwise noted. We will be at the big wooden table by the elevators.

Whitney Allen:

Mark Bladel:

Emily Koellner:

Kaitlyn Livingstone:

Mary Mallampalli:

Sara Provost:


10-11:00 11-12:00





Mary Mallampalli Mary Mallampalli     Kaitlyn Livingstone
Tue.   Sara Provost    

Mark Bladel

Wed. Mary Mallampalli Whitney Allen Kaitlyn Livingstone    
Thur.   Sara Provost     Mark Bladel
Fri.     Emily Koellner Emily Koellner  


The Portuguese Minor

Many of our students opt to complement their undergraduate major in Spanish with a minor in Portuguese.

Students must complete Elementary Portuguese 1 or take a placement test to enroll in the Portuguese minor. Academic advisers can provide more detailed information about this process.


Why study Portuguese?


  • 1 out every 3 Latin Americans (1 out of every 2 South Americans) speaks Portuguese, and Brazil is the industrial and economic super power of Latin America.
  •  Brazil has become the 5th largest economy in the world (over taking Britain & France). Brazil is also part of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India & China) which are each increasingly influential world economies.
  • Portuguese is the 7th most spoken language in the world with over 240 million speakers world-wide.
  • Portuguese is the 2nd most spoken Romance language - second only to its sister language, Spanish.
  • World-wide there are more native speakers of Portuguese than of French, German, Japanese, or Italian.
  • Portuguese is not only spoken in Portugal and Brazil, but also in the African countries of Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde Islands, Sao Tome, Principe; on the Indian subcontinent in Goa, Damsa and Diu; in the Chinese enclave of Macao; in Timor; in the Azores and in Madeira!




Having Portuguese language in your résumé can enhance your chances in the job market. You need only 17 credits to complete the requirements for the minor. Take advantage of this great opportunity!!   Please note:  a) you need 3 years to complete the course requirements (1 course per semester), and b) you can take up to 6 credits abroad (with the approval of the Portuguese language coordinator).


Portuguese Minor Requirements

Course Title
Elementary Portuguese 2 -- PORT 0002                  5 credits         Elementary Portuguese 2
Intermediate Portuguese 3 -- PORT 0003                3 credits Intermediate Portuguese 3
Intermediate Portuguese 4 -- PORT 0004                3 credits Intermediate Portuguese 4
Conversation -- PORT 0020                                  3 credits Conversation
Grammar & Composition -- PORT 0025                    3 credits Grammar & Composition
Total Requirement                                                    17 credits 17

*For the Related Area Certificate you need only 12 credits. 


For information contact:

Prof. Ana Paula Carvalho, Portuguese Language Coordinator


For advising contact:

Prof. Bobby Chamberlain, Portuguese Adviser



Spanish Majors who are also completing the Portuguese minor:

  • PORT 0001 is a requirement for all those who major in Spanish
  • PORT 0002 can replace any upper level Spanish course (14XX, 16XX, 17XX and 18XX -- except for 1400 and 1600) for the Spanish major requirement for any student who is also completing the Portuguese minor.


Portuguese Course Offerings

PORT 0001 Elementary Portuguese 1 (Fall and Spring)

Basic elements of Brazilian Portuguese emphasizing a development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Grammatical structures, vocabulary and readings are presented as tools for developing good communication skills. Students will also be exposed to Brazilian culture. Audiovisual materials such as slides, music, and film, when possible, will be utilized in this course.
*Sometimes offered in the evening

PORT 0002 Elementary Portuguese 2 (Fall and Spring)

The second half of this introductory course continues to develop skills in the speaking, listening, reading, and writing of Portuguese 0001, and pertinent aspects of Brazilian culture will also be presented. Audiovisual materials such as slides, music, and film, when possible, will also be utilized in this course.

PORT 0003 Intermediate Portuguese 3 (Fall)

A continuation of the development of conversational as well as reading and writing skills. There will be an emphasis on vocabulary expansion, correction of problematic structures, and introduction to some texts of Brazilian literature.

PORT 0020 Conversation (Fall)

A course designed to enhance fluency and the development of oral proficiency in Portuguese. Although the emphasis is on speaking and listening skills, reading and writing assignments are an important part of this class. Audiovisual materials such as newspaper articles, music, film, and other authentic materials will be utilized in this course in order to promote ample opportunities for conversation.

PORT 0025 Grammar and Composition (Spring)

(Graduate students should register for Port 1004 if they want to take this course.) This course is a continuation of Portuguese 0003, a consolidation of speaking, reading and writing skills. There will be a review of troublesome or difficult structures and an emphasis on the reading of short stories and articles. Audiovisual materials such as slides, music, and film, when possible, will also be utilized in this course. Students are required to write short compositions.

PORT1010 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (Spring)

Portuguese for Spanish Speakers is designed as an accelerated introductory course for native speakers of Spanish or English speakers with fluency in Spanish. It will be the equivalent of Port 0001/1001 and Port 0002/1002. This course concentrates on aspects of the Portuguese language that are most difficult for Spanish speakers, such as pronunciation, vocabulary, idioms, and grammatical structures particular to Portuguese.

*Please, check with the department for requirements, and on how often this course is offered.