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Published September 30th 2014
Learn Brazilian Portuguese and be ready to explore Brazil
Student in Class; Uploaded by AlbertHerring; picture from wikimedia; Author: Tulane Public Relations
Is Brazilian Portuguese your next step in learning foreign languages?
Have you watched football World Cup 2014 in Brazil and you felt like exploring this culturally rich country? Or have you been longing for years to visit Copa Cabana beach? Now you finally got all the money, booked your flight but you cannot even say "hello" in Brazilian Portuguese? So why not take a course and learn even more over the next couple of months?
I am not planning to visit Brazil any time soon but, who knows, maybe in the future, and as a fan of foreign languages I decided to give a try at Brazilian Portuguese and went on a trial lesson at Lingua Diversa Group in Holborn. At least I'll be able to impress some Brazilians living in London, when I get to meet them. The lesson was so much fun and didn't look at all like Colin Firth learning Portuguese in "Love Actually". The trial lesson lasted for an hour but if you decide to take on the full course it will be 1.5 hours once a week.
I and other students were greeted by Lucio who teaches Italian and who guided us to the room where the class with Marcelo was taking place. After a short introduction we went straight on to getting to know the basics of Brazilian Portuguese. From the very beginning Marcelo was talking to us in the language, so we immediately had a chance to listen to how it sounds and start learning the pronunciation. Here are some words and expressions we learnt during the trial class:
Bom dia! – Good morning Meu nome é… - My name is… Chá da tarde – afternoon tea Muito prazer! – to say "nice to meet you" (literally very pleased)
At the end of the lesson we were able to carry out a short dialogue between people who meet each other for the first time, exchange our phone numbers and count up to 10. I think that's a lot for the first lesson of a language we had no clue about before and it is a good perspective for the rest of the beginner course which starts on Monday, Oct. 13th and will be in total 15 weeks until mid-December. The cost is ₤185 and you can get ₤20 off if you refer a friend.
The school also offers other language courses if you fell in love with another country. You can study French, German, Spanish, Italian in groups no bigger than 8 people as well as Japanese, Arabic or Chinese on a 1:1 basis. The school organizes also social events where you have a chance to practice a life language.