Spanish Speakers at Português Carioca
False beginners – That’s how we call those students who are fluent in Spanish. They have almost no difficulties in understanding what is said by the teacher during the Portuguese classes, as both languages are quite similar grammatically. Though, when it comes to the speaking part, they mix Portuguese with Spanish and it their Portuguese becomes what we call “Portunhol”. Even though, we don’t have special groups for Spanish speakers, as we would like them to socialize by meeting people from different nationalities than Latin language-based countries, so that they can try to practice Portuguese in order to communicate with their schoolmates instead of speaking Spanish out of the class environment.
Here are the main points to observe in a Spanish speaker:
- False cognates
When Spanish speakers come to our school, we do the following:
- We offer them an assessment test, so that they can jump into a group class that is in progress or even have one-to-one classes if they like to. Some students prefer just to start from the very beginning;
- Then we tailor some private classes, so that they will feel comfortable on the level they will be placed on avoiding, this way, those common mistakes Spanish speakers usually make due to the similarities between the two languages;
- After that, they will have to follow our Phonetics Program for Spanish Speakers(12 hours);
- Then the student will be ready to join any of our classes based on the assessment test.