I highly recommend the language program of Português Carioca because the focus is on speaking. Most of us expatriates are only here in Rio for a couple of years and what we really want and need is to be able to communicate verbally with the locals. Professora Marcia teaches you to sound like a Carioca. She has a very energetic teaching style that encourages her students to learn the language. No English is spoken in her class, but she is able to communicate in very creative and entertaining methods. The book is extremely helpful for the little time spent reading and writing. In the 2nd week of class we did four tenses at once (present, past, present continuous, future) and it made complete sense! I have lived in Rio for 1 year. Initially I studied Portuguese with a private tutor. Without a doubt I have learned more in the first 3 weeks of her course than I did in the 3 months of private lessons. Now I am more comfortable talking with the Porteiros and vegetable market vendors…and they understand me. Thank you Marcia!!!
It’s recommended to the tourists who want to combine part-time study and vacation in Rio in a short time (30 hours).
The goal of the course is to help students communicate the everyday situations a tourist encounters while on vacation in Brazil.
The book used in class is divided into 10 effective lessons designed to help the student communicate in Portuguese during his/her staying in Rio as a tourist. The lessons bring up real situations in short dialogs: greetings, taking a taxi, dealing with laundry, exchanging currency, answering the doorbell, ordering food, shopping, asking for directions , spending time at the beach, making an appointment, telling time, speaking to a travel agency, talking to the pharmacist. At the end of the course the students will be able to comunicate in the situations mentioned above.
Remember: This course is recommended for those who wish to acquire basic knowledge of Portuguese to “survive” in Brazil during vacation. Therefore, the oral skills of the language are limited to the topics used in the book.