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Behind Leo's passion FOR LANGUAGES

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Olá! My name is Leonardo and I’m the creator of Portuguese With Leo

My name is Leonardo Coelho and I was born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal. Life has taken me on many different paths over the years, but it was my passion for language learning that led me here. Here’s my story.

Leo working as a doctor in the Emergency Room of a hospital

Formative years

I had a happy upbringing and followed a very typical career path which saw me graduate Med School in 2017. During my college years I had the chance to live in Italy and Germany, which helped me develop a passion for languages and an openness to other cultures.

Leo looking at Machu Picchu, in Peru

Becoming a doctor and then quitting

After getting my degree, I worked as a doctor for almost a year before realizing that it wasn't the lifestyle that I wanted. I decided to dedicate myself to languages and started working as a freelance translator, which allowed me to travel through Southeast Asia and South America for over half a year while working from my laptop.

Leo taking tourists on a tour through the heart of Lisbon

Working as a tour guide in Lisbon until…

Back in Lisbon, I started working as a tour guide while continuing my side gig as a freelance translator, but when the pandemic hit and the tourism industry came to a grinding halt, I suddenly found myself with a lot of time on my hands and a need to reinvent myself.

Leo sitting at his computer, working on content creation for Portuguese With Leo

The birth of Portuguese With Leo

That's when I created Portuguese With Leo. I realized that there was a lack of interesting content for people learning European Portuguese, and that I could fill that gap, all the while sharing my passion for language learning and for Portuguese History and Culture.

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More than a YouTube channel

What started as a passion project is now the biggest European Portuguese channel on YouTube, and a one-stop shop for anyone looking to learn more about Portugal, its History, its Culture, its People, and obviously, its Language. As the size and scope of this project grew, so did the workload and the need to surround myself with talented people. I couldn't do this without them!


Meet the Team

Get to know the talented individuals behind Portuguese With Leo

Leonardo Coelho

Leonardo Coelho

Salvador Cabral

Salvador Cabral

Content manager
Álvaro Berbel

Álvaro Berbel

Video editor
Bernardo Ríos

Bernardo Ríos

Lara Rainho

Lara Rainho


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