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If you believe newspapers, Lisbon is on its way up. Maybe it’s not quite on the scale of Berlin or Barcelona but many travellers and expats are waking up to the charm of this beautiful city. The affordable cost of living, temperate climate, and the famed Pastéis de Nata are only some of the reasons people keep getting stuck in this fabulous city.

If you are one of the increasing number of expats calling Lisbon their home, learning Portuguese must be at least somewhere near the top of your To Do list. Luckily, there are a few options available to you. For example, you should check out the Lisbon Portuguese English Exchange sooner rather than later.

What?

While Lisbon is welcoming more and more expats, the language exchange scene has not expanded to offer too many options for free conversation practice that you can find in many of the more traditional destinations. But that is slowly beginning to change.

Lisbon Portuguese English Exchange is a great Meetup group for practicing either of the languages their name mentions. The group was only started in 2016 – a sign of the growing popularity of Lisbon as an expat destination. Since the start, they have been organising language exchange events for their members.

The group is rather popular among prospective language learners, having reached a membership of over 2000 people. The regular events they organise are usually visited by around 40 people who get the chance to practice both their English and Portuguese.

Where?

The events take place regularly in the centre of Lisbon.

The meetings are held at the Casa Independente – a very hip venue which hosts various alternative events located inside an apartment building. The exact address of the place is Largo do Intendente Pina Manique 45. The nearest metro stop is Intendente.

On warmer days, you can usually find the language exchange event at the terrace behind the bar, or check out the rooms on the first floor when it’s cooler outside. The meetings are a regular happening at the venue, so if you can’t find the event, just ask the staff and they’ll point you in the right direction.

When?

Right now, the Lisbon Portuguese English Exchange hosts a regular weekly meeting every Thursday.

The events are called English – Portuguese Conversation and they start at 7:30 pm every week. During the events, you get the chance to practice each of the languages equally – 45 minutes for English and then switch to Portuguese.

You get the most up-to-date info on the upcoming events by keeping an eye on the group’s calendar.

Why?

This is currently the most active and biggest Meetup group in Lisbon focussed on language exchange events. Their events are regular, frequent, and attract a varied group of language learners.

You are welcome to join the events regardless of your level and will probably find someone to practice with thanks to the high number of people participating. For beginners, the fun and relaxed environment will definitely help to keep their motivation high and anxiety low.

Photo credit: Lisbon Portuguese English Exchange photo album.


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