Learn Portuguese with Street Smart Brazil: A Unique Way to Learn
Are you looking for a made-to-order package, tailored to you, to speak Portuguese? Maybe you need a grasp of the language to help you with your work or your business? Maybe you need it for everyday life, or for travel? Perhaps you just want to learn for your own pleasure? We don’t blame you, it’s a beautiful language.
Whatever your reason, or current level of skill, we guess you’re looking for a way that’s as simple, efficient, and convenient as possible to learn Portuguese. Right? Let’s look at how we can deliver that with our flexible, unique service that uses the simple technology of Skype to provide you with one-to-one tuition anywhere in the world.
- You have real conversations with a real person, a native speaker (who’s also fluent in English and college educated). Over Skype, it’s just like face to face. Unlike learning with software, CD’s, or videos, you’ll learn to actually converse and sound natural.
- We have top-class instructors in different time zones, so don’t worry about inconvenient timing – whatever zone you’re in, we’ll be able to provide a lesson at a sensible time. Book your lessons online, for any time that suits you best. We’re flexible.
- Because your learning is done via Skype, all you need is an internet connection and a computer with a web cam, wherever you are. If your work takes you traveling, you’ll still be able to continue your lessons. That’s important. If you’ve ever tried to learn a language, you’ll know how crucial it is to keep at it – breaking off for weeks just doesn’t allow for great progress.
- Your instructor will work with you from the start to develop a course of learning that meets your needs and delivers your goals. If you need the language for understanding business meetings, you might not want to be learning vocabulary for buying fruit at the market!
- We offer two payment options – Flex Pay, which allows you to purchase bundles of lessons that you can book at your convenience, and Smart Subscription, our best value offer. This allows you to schedule a fixed number of hours per 4 week block. Whichever you choose, all learning materials are included, making it an even better value.
- Ordering, booking lessons, and paying, as well as the classes themselves, are all done right here online, making it so convenient for you, and saving you valuable time.
So, that’s why we think our made-to-order, one-to-one, learning packages are right for you. If you tend to agree, please get in touch and we’ll get things moving.
“I highly recommend Street Smart Brazil. They’ll have you speaking Portuguese in surprisingly little time and you’ll learn a lot about Brazil and its people and culture.”
“The quality of the instruction is outstanding. The instructors are flexible to schedule classes in times which are convenient. Being able to use SKYPE for face to face without traveling place to place is also a great plus.”
Smart Subscriptions for Portuguese for Fluency
With a Smart Subscription, one-on-one lessons via webcam are $45 per hour – save 25%. You also save time and don’t have to worry about due dates. Subscriptions run for 4 weeks and are automatically renewed. You can cancel your subscription at any time.
1 hour of class per week: $180.00 every 4 weeks
1.5 hours of class per week: $270.00 every 4 weeks
2 hours of class per week: $360.00 every 4 weeks
3 hours of class per week: $540.00 every 4 weeks
From: $180.00 every 4 weeks
Are your instructors native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese?
I don’t like to study or read online. Can I really learn Portuguese via webcam? How does it work?
Yes, absolutely! All of Street Smart Brazil’s language instructors are native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese, born and raised in Brazil. Additionally, our instructors are fluent in English and college educated. They have professional experience in Brazil and abroad, and are trained with the Street Smart Brazil approach to deliver an excellent learning experience. They are also very friendly and passionate about sharing our language and culture. Meet our instructors here.
I am very busy. How often do I need to have classes?
Our webcam lessons are as effective as lessons in person. You meet with your instructor real-time, face to face, in a video-conference. You will be totally engaged with your instructor. We use Skype or Google Hangouts with video. Both are free. You can see and hear your instructor just as if she were sitting across from you. You will receive your class materials ahead of time via email. You can print them or have them on your screen during your lesson. And we use the chat screen as our white board. We invite you to book a trial session
to see for yourself how well it works.
Is Portuguese difficult to learn?
You can take classes whenever you have time to fit them in your schedule. When you choose one-on-one lessons, you can set your pace. With that said, consistency and practice are key to learning and developing fluency. We recommend starting with at least 1 hour per week. Practicing regularly between meetings will speed up the learning process.
If you are getting ready to take the Celpe-Bras exam, how often you take classes will depend on how soon your test is and how advanced your Portuguese is.
Do I have to pay a registration fee?
Learning a language is challenging, but Portuguese is not particularly difficult. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State says Portuguese is among the easiest languages to learn, side by side with Spanish. Their scale of difficulty is based on the length of time it typically takes to achieve General Professional Proficiency in speaking and reading. You can learn more about this here
Other articles that share this point of view that Portuguese is a very learnable language:
We encourage you to try for yourself!
No, there is no registration fee and no charge for class materials. You just pay for your lessons.
Do I need to purchase class material and books?
Will I have homework and material to study between sessions?
The quality and variety of class materials that we use cannot be found in any other Portuguese language course. We use our exclusive original content workbook in combination with materials from textbooks, the web, and other resources. There is no additional charge for the materials. We believe that you will learn better by using a variety of learning tools.
With that said, if you are interested in buying a book, we have a review of the best books to learn Portuguese on our website. You will also find a list of additional materials including books, movies, and CDs at our Amazon Store.
Yes, you will always have study materials and homework. The more you practice between sessions, the faster your Portuguese will advance. With that said, we understand that many of our clients are very busy. How much homework you will do between sessions is a personal decision. We are here to help. If you cannot do any homework, your instructor will work with you through the exercises during your sessions. That is perfectly fine too.
What is the difference between Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese from Portugal?
What is your lesson cancellation policy?
There are differences in pronunciation and grammar between Brazilian Portuguese and Continental Portuguese. The main difference is in pronunciation. Imagine a foreigner learning English in the US and then traveling to England or Australia. This person will need to adjust to how the language sounds in the new country. The same is true for Brazilian and European Portuguese.
For additional insight into this issue, we recommend reading the blog posts below. They were written by an American who learned Brazilian Portuguese and then moved to Portugal:
The best way to choose which language you should learn is by considering who you will be communicating with when using the language. If you will be communicating with Brazilians, then Brazilian Portuguese would be the best option.
For one-on-one lessons, you need to inform us of any cancelations or changes in schedule at least 48 hours before your class. This is because last-minute notices do not allow us to fill the time slot saved for you. Please call or send a text message directly to your instructor if you need to cancel or change a class. More advance notice is appreciated. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Pacific.
Lessons canceled without a 48-hour advance notice will be charged. No-shows will be charged.
When you cancel a lesson with 48-hour notice you have a nonrefundable credit for a makeup class. Credits are valid for 45 days from the original date of the cancelled lesson. After 45 days credits will be forfeited. This applies to all payment plans.