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Learn how to communicate with confidence to create and deepen connections for business and for life!

If your goal is to speak Portuguese comfortably and with confidence, this is the best next step in your language journey: Book a Trial Lesson to see the difference it makes to learn with friendly and professional instructors who know how to facilitate your learning and to get you fluent.

There is only so much that books, software, and apps can do for your Portuguese. You cannot compare that with learning with instructors who are:

  • Native Brazilian speakers
  • Fluent in English and additional languages
  • College-educated
  • Trained professionals with work experience in Brazil and abroad

Street Smart Brazil specializes in Brazilian Portuguese lessons via Skype. It is a simple, convenient, and effective way to learn Portuguese. You will quickly see how learning can be fun and engaging when you have your own, well trained, private instructor.

Over Skype, it’s just like face to face. You will be completely engaged with your instructor.

Easily book your lessons online at any day, any time.

Challenging schedule? No problem! We have instructors in different time zones, so don’t worry about inconvenient timing – whatever your schedule is, 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. And if you cannot find a good time for your lesson, we will refund your payment right away.

Keep up with your lesson from anywhere.

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 progress.

The best placement test is a trial lesson.

A Trial Lesson is the best placement test you can take. Your instructor will work with you from the start to develop a course of learning that starts from where you are and moves toward meeting your needs and delivering your goals.

How It Works

1. Upon completion of payment, you will receive an email with a link to our online scheduling tool.

2. Choose the instructor and time that best suit your needs, and book your trial session.

3. In 24 hours you will receive a welcome email from your instructor. This email contains all the information you need for your lesson, including class materials.

It’s that easy.

Don’t struggle with Portuguese!

Book a 30-minute Trial Lesson to see how we can help you speak Portuguese comfortably.

Investment: $7.95

Remember to check your Inbox after checkout for instructions on how to book your lesson!

There is a limit of 1 Trial Session per person.

Product Description

Welcome! We are glad that you will test-drive our Portuguese lessons via webcam. We are confident that you will enjoy learning Portuguese with Street Smart Brazil.

This 30-minute trial session is conveniently offered via Skype. This is not your typical eLearning course in which you learn on your own. Our webcam lessons are face to face. You will be completely engaged with your instructor.

We offer complete programs from absolute beginner to completely fluent, whether you are learning Portuguese for personal or professional reasons.

We customize our program to match your proficiency level and attend to your goals.

Our Instructors

Our instructors are well prepared to help you learn Portuguese effectively. They are experts in the language, culture, and lifestyle of Brazil.

Our instructors are:

  • Native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese
  • Fluent in English and other languages
  • College-educated
  • Trained professionals who have work experience in Brazil and abroad

The Most Effective Way to Learn Portuguese

  1. With one-on-one lessons you can move at your pace. If you want to move fast, you can. If you prefer to take it easy, that is fine too.
  2. With one-on-one lessons you do not share your learning time with anyone. During class you are actively learning 100% of the time.
  3. Our experienced instructors can tailor the lessons to your needs and goals. They help you practice the language as you will find it in real life. They can fine-tune your speaking and help you tune in your ears.

Flexibility and Convenience

We understand that you have a busy lifestyle. And that is why we offer you convenience and flexibility.

Lessons via Skype:

  • Our lessons via Skype are very effective and convenient. You can learn from anywhere. All you need is Skype and internet connection.
  • They fit well in the busiest of schedules because you can learn from your home or office, and even during trips.
  • With shared audio and video, it works like a face to face meeting. You will be totally engaged with your instructor.

Flexible Scheduling:

  • You can easily book your lessons online.
  • We offer classes virtually any day and any time because we have instructors in different time zones.
  • You can book your lessons with any of our instructors. We share class reports to ensure continuity between lessons even if you are booking with different teachers.

Exclusive Class Materials

We are very proud of our original content class materials. We create them with text, audio, and videos from the media. This way you learn relevant vocabulary that is up to date and become comfortable discussing current topics in Portuguese.

The Street Smart Brazil Approach

  • We use a communicative approach to teach you Portuguese in a practical way and to get you functioning in the language as soon as possible.
  • We focus on real-life situations to develop your ability to live and do business in Portuguese.
  • All of our classes are packed with cultural content to help you achieve language and cultural proficiency.
  • We give you Personalized learning to attend to your specific needs and objectives. When you take one-on-one lessons with us, we guarantee that we will customize our program to match your proficiency level and attend to your goals.

Book a 30-minute trial session now to experience our teaching and get your Portuguese going.

There is a limit of 1 Trial Session per person.

 

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  • Class material
  • Easy booking: book your lessons online
  • Flexible scheduling: book your lessons with any of our instructors. We offer lessons virtually any day, any time because we have instructors in different time zones.
  • Program customization to attend to your goals and needs
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  • Trained instructors who can teach you perfect Portuguese in a practical way
  • Communicative approach to get you functioning in the language as soon as possible
  • Focus on real-life situations to develop your ability to live and do business in Portuguese
  • Cultural content throughout the program to help you achieve language and cultural proficiency
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Are your instructors native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese?
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 don’t like to study or read online. Can I really learn Portuguese via webcam? How does it work?
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.
I am very busy. How often do I need to have classes?

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.

Is Portuguese difficult to learn?
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!

Do I have to pay a registration fee?
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?

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.

Will I have homework and material to study between sessions?
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?

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.

What is your lesson cancellation policy?

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.

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