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Two New Group Classes - May 9 & 10


I have good news: We have two new group classes beginning in May in San Francisco: READ MORE>

How Brazilians Wear Their Wedding Bands


Do Brazilians wear their wedding bands on their right or left hand? Does it differ for men and women? I just got these great questions from N da Silva, a member of the Street Smart Brazil Facebook community. READ MORE>

Brazilian Movie @ San Francisco International Film Festival 2012


The SF International Film Festival will show a movie by Kleber Mendonça Filho, who is from Recife, my hometown. I am excited -- and a little nervous -- to see the film! This is Kleber's first fiction feature film and is a contender to the New Directors Prize. You can watch a short trailer, read about the movie and the director, and buy tickets here. READ MORE>

Ai, Se Eu Te Pego! Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs - Video 5

Many of  you have asked for a lesson with the super popular song Ai Se Eu Te Pego, by Michel Teló. Here it is! We hope you have a ton of fun learning with our new video lesson. READ MORE>

Flashcard App: Set 3 Just Launched

Yay! We have just launched Set 3 of our Flashcards App for Android.

With Set 3 you will learn the Present and Past tenses of two irregular and widely used verbs: DAR & FAZER. Great, right? But there is more: This flashcard set is packed with idiomatic expressions to get you speaking like a Brazilian!  READ MORE>

Art Opening: Barron Bixler, A Pesca: Commercial Fishing in Northeastern Brazil

Street Smart Brazil former student Barron Bixler immersed himself in the lives of Brazilian fishermen. For several months he lived in a fishing community in the Northeastern Brazil and photographed his experience. I cannot wait to see the photos! It is a free event. Cash bar.

  • When: Saturday, April 7, 2012, 6:00 - 8PM
  • Where: 18 Reasons - 3674 18th Street (at Dolores), San Francisco, CA

I hope to see you there! READ MORE>

Great Free Videos to Take Your Portuguese Further

I would like to share with you three fantasctic learning tools by Professor Orlando Kelm from the University of Texas at Austin. These resources are sure to take your Portuguese many steps further. All the videos are available free. READ MORE>

Tips to Overcome Language Learning Frustration


I just read an excellent article entitled “Is Learning a Language Difficult?” by David Mansaray. The article brings the opinions of great language speakers and teachers, including Susanna Zaraysky from our series Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs.

I encourage you to read the article and would like to give my two cents. I would also love to hear your perspective on the topic. READ MORE>

Learn Brazilian Portuguese with Songs - Video 4

In this lesson we use the song Eu Vou Estar, by Brazilian band Capital Inicial, to teach you Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation, give you a couple of important grammar tips, and help your Portuguese become even more Street Smart. READ MORE>

Sergio & Odair Assad Live at Cal Performances

Muito obrigada, University of California, Berkeley & Cal Performances, for this wonderful opportunity to see the Brazilian duo Sergio and Odair Assad live. What a treat!

You might be wondering if Assad is a Brazilian name. The brothers were born in Brazil from a Lebanese family, just like me. In this new tour, they go back to their roots and offer us the wonderful results of their extraordinary talent and cross-cultural background. 


If you are ready to speak Portuguese, book your 30-minute demo class or email us for more info.