|PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE COURSES IN RIO DE JANEIRO||
Would you like to learn Portuguese? Or maybe improve your existing knowledge of the language? You have just taken your first steps towards broadening your horizons... There is no better or easier way to learn a language than to live it and breathe it ... and there is no better place to study than in vibrant, beautiful Brazil!
Our Portuguese courses take place in the dazzling city of Rio de Janeiro. You can choose to only learn Portuguese during your time in Rio or you can combine a Portuguese Course with another project/s . When you have your first class the teacher will assess your level and will then develop a programme of learning appropriate to your standard, making learning a language easy and fun!
“I have been studying Portuguese now for two months and it has been a brilliant and enlightening experience! I have already learnt so much and it has helped me in all my day to day interactions with the locals. My teacher is fantastic and has encouraged me every step of the way. The learning programme has been fun and interactive, using a textbook and web based learning tools. The classes have been instrumental in making me feel more at home in this amazing country. It is also hugely satisfying to know that I am constantly improving my language skills.” Jessica Tinsley
& YOUR COURSE
Learning a language may appear difficult at first when trying to learn by yourself or in a segregated classroom at home. However, when you are living, working, socializing and breathing a new language – you learn fast – and the whole process is exciting, memorable and a lot of fun…. especially in Brazil…!!
You have two choices regarding the intensity of the course you'd like to do:
There are many benefits to learning a foreign language abroad. You can interact with the local people and understand and appreciate the greater subtleties of a culture, such as the local literature, music, art, and folklore. You’ll never regret studying a language abroad. It is a character-building experience that will help you to achieve an impressive personal goal and acquire skills that will help you to succeed in life.
... And it's an excellent addition to your CV that might give you an advantage over your competitors in a tough job market!
You will be enrolled to study Portuguese (Brazilian) within an established Language School in either Rio de Janeiro or Florianópolis. The language centre has an excellent reputation and has been chosen by Travellers for their track record in providing quality language lessons to 'foreigners' The experienced and dedicated teachers at both schools are incredibly friendly and will go out of their way to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience learning Portuguese in Brazil! Portuguese classes are normally held within walking distance of your accommodation.
Most of the time your lessons will be during the day on Monday to Friday, but it is possible that occasionally your lesson times will vary slightly. Teaching revolves around an intensive language program that utilizes innovative techniques on a one-teacher to one-student basis. You will receive individual tuition and lessons are prepared especially for you.
Portuguese lessons are strongly recommended if you are a complete beginner or if you are undergoing a teaching placement and want to improve your Portuguese at the same time.
ABOUT BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE
The Portuguese spoken in Brazil differs from Portuguese in Portugal in terms of pronunciation and certain vocabulary. When the Portuguese settled in Brazil in the 16th century they encountered a diverse mix of languages of the indigenous Indians as well as various idioms and dialects brought over with the African slaves. The result was quite an extensively transformed spoken Portuguese. Although the upcoming generation will be different, currently not many Brazilians speak English and a basic understanding of Brazilian Portuguese is extremely handy!
The more you can interact with the local people and culture the more rewarding your travelling experience will be. Brazilian Portuguese is a beautiful language with a passionate musicality to its rhythm.
Enhance your Programme with some exciting activities:
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Teachers try, where possible, to hold classes predominantly in Portuguese, but most teachers are fluent English speakers and will assist you in English if or when you get stuck. The fact that the classes are held in Portuguese helps to immerse you in the language and encourages you to converse and gain confidence in speaking Portuguese.
If you are doing another placement in Brazil you may want to consider taking some Portuguese lessons as a supplement - even some basic knowledge will be beneficial during your teaching assignment. For combination programmes, we will ensure that your timetable is arranged to give you plenty of time in between your different placements.
Any student attending a course should ensure to bring with them a good quality, compact dictionary that includes comprehensive Grammar tables. If you want to buy a phrasebook in preparation for your trip, ensure it is a Brazilian Portuguese phrasebook and not Portuguese.
you can do while on this Project:
|ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL|
You’ll be staying at the Art Hostel Rio, a hostel set up by an artist with a wish to create a hostel that is different to anything else in Rio. Set in a beautiful redeveloped building from the end of the 19th century, you will be surrounded by wonderful Brazilian art, dipping you straight into the culture from the first minute you arrive!
Accommodation is situated in the Flamengo region of Rio and just a short metro ride from Copacabana beach. This is a great place to be as you are only 3 minutes away from the metro station, opposite the Catete Palace and you will be able to visit Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ the Redeemer statue with great ease.
With 100 rooms, some decorated with an “art” theme you will be sure to meet like-minded travellers, other volunteers and artists from all over the world! You will have access to a kitchen and a couple of communal areas, where you can relax with friends or use the internet. From time to time the hostel has live Brazilian music and there is always a fantastically vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
You’ll be staying in a dorm room; however singles and doubles are also available. If you'd like to upgrade to a double or single room, just let us know at time of booking and we can arrange it for you, but there will be a supplement for upgrading. All rooms have their own bathroom and individual locker, but you must bring your own padlock.
You are located in the heart of Rio so there is an almost endless variety of dishes and restaurants available to you to sample - which is why we've provided the accommodation as breakfast only. Volunteers can also use the hostel’s kitchen facilities, exclusively for guests of the hostel
Food: Past experience has shown us that most of our volunteers regard eating out as one of the highlights of living in South America. Therefore, to enable you to sample the endless variety of dishes, Brazilian and otherwise while you're there, we have arranged for your accommodation to include breakfast only. The Brazilian twist to the continental breakfast is fantastic - natural fruit juice, fruits, coffee, milk, bread, cheese, ham, butter, jams, and sweet cakes (popular in Brazil for breakfast), biscuits, cereals and yogurts should also set you up for the day.
Lunch: This is the cheapest meal of the day. Volunteers often dine out together for lunch at ‘por kilo’ restaurants, which charge based on the weight of your food and can cost as little as (12 BRL) for a fantastic meal (this is at lunch time – dinner at these restaurants is more expensive (25 BRL). Another good option is to eat at cafes or ‘botecos’, where a ‘salgado’ (a type of savoury pastry filled with meat, cheese or chicken), ‘pao de queijo’ (literally ‘cheese balls’ – delicious little cheese and bread balls) and other things can cost as little as 2.50 BRL.
Dinner: Evening meals are more expensive, generally ranging from around 15-25 BRL depending on your location. A good way around spending too much money on this meal, if you have use of a kitchen at your accommodation, is to cook meals yourself. Staple foodstuff like rice, beans, a whole variety of vegetables and salads can be found very cheaply at supermarkets, and volunteers often buy large bags of rice and beans between them, then supplement this with treats to make really tasty meals.
Brazilian food and drink are some of the most diverse in the world, thanks to large immigrant groups from several continents that have made their way there. Being influenced by Portugal, the Amazon, West Africa, and Morocco, Brazilian cuisine is enticing and delicious. Many recipes are very regional and the food may contrast drastically from one part of the country to the other. Food in Brazil revolves around three key things, 1) arroz which is white rice, 2) feijao which are black or brown beans and 3) farinha which is like manioc flour. The other basic ingredients of Brazilian cuisine are coconut, chilli, onions, lime, fish, shrimp, cod and manioc.
Coconut water is a great drink option when chilling out on a Brazilian beach. You can also try the famous ‘guarana’, the Brazilian soft drink made of the Amazonian fruit or try the ‘açai’ in liquid form, which is another typically and exotic Brazilian fruit.
The Brazilian passion for food is reflected in the number of people you will see spending long, balmy evenings dining in restaurants and ‘ao ar livre / al fresco’ in the city’s buzzing streets, feasting on fare from the traditional Feijoada (black beans and pork stew) or Mariscada (seafood stew) to modern global cuisine rivaling that of any other international city! If you’re partial to a tipple, you might like to indulge in a caipiranha, Brazil’s traditional drink made with lime and cachaça, best enjoyed in the sunshine with a churrasco, which is a Brazilian barbeque of rice, meats, salads, sauces and – of course – samba the most popular Brazilian dance!
Evenings in Brazil will typically start with dinner at around 9 or 10 pm, usually at a local 'Churrascaria' on weekends. This is a traditional Brazilian BBQ where you'll help yourself to a buffet of salads, pastas and potatoes. Smartly dressed waiters then circulate the restaurant with an endless variety of flame grilled meat for you to choose from, which will be sliced straight onto your plate. A spoonful of Manioc flour (made from the locally grown cassava root) is then sprinkled on top of the meat. This gives a unique, slightly salty flavouring and is strangely moreish! The idea is eating as much as you can and you just need to pay a fee (average 40 BL).
Authentic experiences such as these are a great way to eat out affordably and provide the best opportunities to try out the variety of Brazilian cuisine available.
Area: The hostel is located only a 15 minute-walking distance away from the Arches of ‘Lapa’, ‘Cinelandia’ and ‘Flamengo’, from where you can visit Sugar Loaf Mountains (Pao de Acucar) and the Statue of Christ, the Redeemer; only 3 minutes away from ‘Catete’ Underground station, where you can catch the train and get to ‘Copacabana’ or ‘Ipanema’ beach in less than 15 minutes.
There are several
banks, ATMs, supermarkets, drugstores, cinema, hotels, shops, etc., all
within a couple of minutes away, which makes the area interesting and busy,
even at night! The options for entertainment are endless too; one
night you can choose to watch a film at the cinema, or you can just
chill out with friends in a local bar or pub.
As there is so much to do in Brazil, we recommend that you do some travelling around the country
once your placement has finished. If this is the case, we can arrange your
Support & Backup:
To read about the excellent Support
& Backup we provide before you leave and during
please click here.
As there is so much to do in Brazil, we recommend that you do some travelling around the country once your placement has finished. If this is the case, we can arrange your flights accordingly.
Support & Backup:
To read about the excellent Support
& Backup we provide before you leave and during
please click here.
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