The Portuguese language course is entirely focused on improving the conversational skills of the student. The Portuguese teacher will use a range of topics, music and games to help stimulate the conversation, better enabling students to talk and think in Portuguese. Located in Ipanema, the center is 3 blocks away from the metro and 4 from the beach.
The conversational group courses are from Monday to Friday, 1,5 hours per day (7,5 hours per week). Please note that there must be a minimum of 3 students per class, and that basic Portuguese may be required depending on the available course at the moment.
For the Conversational course, no books are needed.
For the Intensive Course, the required books are: The Grammar Ativa N° 1 book (which has 3 cds), or the Gram At 2 book (which has no cds).
Rio is a diverse, lively city so it’s a good idea to prepare yourself and find out as much as possible about where you are heading before you leave, so read on.
With white sandy beaches in one direction, lush green mountains in another, and the famous Christ Redeemer statue perched above it all, Rio de Janeiro is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. And that’s just the view! Discover why Rio is the "Cidade Maravilhosa" as you meet friendly locals, kick back in the relaxed atmosphere, and samba in the sultry tropical air. "Cariocas" (Rio natives) are famous for their hospitality, openness, and warmth. You won’t have any trouble meeting them - just head to the beach or look in a nightclub where you’ll find them dancing the night away!
Despite a hefty (and well-deserved) reputation for wild nightlife, endless parties, and Carnival carousing, there is more to Rio than the party scene. Headquarters to some of Brazil’s largest companies, Rio de Janeiro is a hub of national and international business and economy. This cosmopolitan city also offers a wide variety of historic and cultural sites, museums, restaurants, shopping, and tourist attractions. With beautiful beaches, a friendly populace, and an array of cultural offerings, Rio provides an unforgettable backdrop for learning Portuguese in Brazil.
Enjoy amazing walks and fantastic scenery in the Tijuca National Park, the world’s second largest natural parkland area within a city. Discover new perspectives of the city from up at o morro, Pedra da Gávea (842 meters); enjoy and relax in nature, and if you dare, hang glide (ala delta) down to the city while enjoying a unique view as you soar from above. Rio is one of the favorite places for climbers because of the spectacular views while climbing the mountain rock faces. And if you have lots of energy, discover the city’s most famous hill, the Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of the most spectacular and most historic sites in Rio de Janeiro. Or for a more relaxed plan, you can stroll through the botanical gardens and explore its every corner, like the orchid garden.
Enjoy the beaches and life on the streets of Rio. Meander around or go by bike or go jogging around the Lagoa (lake) in the city. Discover Santa Teresa’s bohemian neighborhood and the most exclusive shops in Leblon and Ipanema. Lose yourself by exploring all of the city beaches. Go up to Sugar Loaf Mountain on its historic cable car and discover views from every corner of the city. There will never be enough days to explore and discover everything Rio has to offer. At night, dance and have fun, find the best places in the city where you can enjoy all styles of music, and especially the samba!
Music & Samba
Proof that Rio de Janeiro is historically linked to music is found with the famous nickname "Cidade Maravilhosa". The name comes from a 1930's song, and shows how Rio de Janeiro has always been central to the urban music of Brazil. Of course, you’ll know that Rio was also greatly popularized with the song "A Girl from Ipanema". Composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes in the 1960's, the song has been performed many times over the years by musicians such as Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The song is the standard of the Bossa Nova, a musical style born in Rio de Janeiro. Music is alive everywhere, and you feel it continually around the city on every corner, where you can enjoy an energetic roda de samba.
Art & Architecture
Stroll through the city’s old quarter and come across its colonial architecture. The streets are populated with houses in a multitude of colors, which is hard to find in any other city. Visit the History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. Stroll through Cinelandia, Praça XV and arrive at the Paço Imperial.
The variety of food and dishes surprises many visitors to Brazil. Besides the popular national dish Feijoada, numerous varieties of dishes can be savored every day. "Sucos" (juice of many fruits) deserves a special mention because many of the fruits will be exotically unknown to you and some are only found in Brazil.
Brazil is a country where racial differences and the color of the skin really lose their importance. Infinite colors and customs live together in Rio de Janeiro, making everyone feel comfortable.
Outside of Rio
Around the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, you can find amazing places like Paraty, Angra dos Reis, Barra da Tijuca, Petropolis, Ilha Grande and many more. Despite not being as well known as the sites and sounds found within the city, they are also unforgettable places.