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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    Do these sentences sound natural?

    Hi everyone!

    I'm working on the advertisement for Portuguese as a foreign language classes. I'd be extremely grateful if you could confirm whether the following sentences/expressions sound natural in English (and if not, could you please suggest corrections?):

    - Portuguese for tourists
    - Take a bit of Portugal with you
    - To know, you need to communicate
    - SOS Portuguese in 2 hours
    - To those who visit us

    Many thanks in advance!

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    #2

    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    They all sound natural. As far as advertising is concerned, I would eliminate the last as insufficiently specific. Portuguese in two hours might be stronger without the SOS.

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    #3

    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by hpimentel View Post
    Hi everyone!

    I'm working on the an advertisement for Portuguese as a foreign language classes a course/class in learning Portuguese as a foreign language. I'd be extremely grateful if you could confirm whether the following sentences/expressions sound natural in English (and if not, could you please suggest corrections?):

    - Portuguese for tourists
    - Take a bit of Portugal with you
    - To know, you need to communicate
    - SOS Portuguese in 2 hours without SOS, as probus suggested
    - To those who visit us To our visitors

    Many thanks in advance!
    not a teacher

  3. Newbie
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    #4

    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    Thank you very much for your suggestions, probus and tedmc! :)
    I took "SOS" out, maybe I could add "cram course" to that one?
    As far as the last sentence is concerned, I totally agree with you but the decision-maker insisted on keeping it...

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    #5

    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    I have no problem with "SOS Portuguese in 2 hours."
    The last phrase is meaningless.
    "To know, you need to communicate". What does this mean? It doesn't sound true.

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    #6

    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    Thank you very much for your feedback, Raymott :)
    Again, the last sentence should mention the target audience of the course: tourists and foreigners living in Portugal, and I agree that "To those who visit us" does not specify anything.
    I have actually changed the last sentence to "Knowledge encompasses communication", which again should say something else, but the decision-maker wanted to keep it vague...

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    #7

    Re: Do these sentences sound natural?

    OK, at least you are making clear that you don't offer courses to people who don't come near you (which could be useful, I guess <shrug>).

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