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I’m Luciana, the founder. Since its beginning in 2008, Street Smart Brazil’s focus has been on helping our clients speak Brazilian Portuguese to create and deepen relationships.
We understand that learning Portuguese goes beyond words, to the stories and human connections that language weaves.
Our Mission and Our Promise to You
With this in our hearts and minds, our mission is to teach you Portuguese in a simple, practical way, to help you gain the ability to communicate in Portuguese with ease and navigate Brazilian culture with confidence.
Our Brazilian Portuguese Language Teachers
Being a native speaker isn’t enough to be a great language teacher, don’t you think?
Our teachers are Brazilian, but that’s just the starting point. Our Brazilian Portuguese language teachers are also experts in the Brazilian language, culture, and lifestyle.
When you learn Portuguese with us, you’ll be guided by language teachers who are:
- Native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese
- Fluent in English, which is especially helpful when navigating those complex grammar topics
- Professionally trained language instructors with teaching experience both in Brazil and internationally
Learning with well-trained and seasoned teachers makes all the difference in our clients’ experiences, as you can see by visiting our Testimonials page.
Ready to Learn Portuguese? Here’s Our Proven Approach
Why do we venture into learning a new language? It’s because we want to connect and engage. Whether it’s for for personal or professional reasons, picking up a new language is a key to unlocking the doors to a different culture, fresh perspectives, and new friendships.
With this goal in mind, our teaching philosophy centers around a communicative method. We prioritize practical Portuguese, taught through real-world scenarios you’re likely to face.
Are you a fan of grammar? Wonderful, we share your enthusiasm! Not so keen on grammar? No worries at all, we keep it practical and straightforward, ensuring it’s completely effective without overwhelming you.
Our lessons are infused with cultural insights to ensure you gain not just language fluency, but also cultural fluency. After all, how effective is speaking a foreign language if one can’t navigate its cultural nuances?
Here are the core principles that make the Street Smart Brazil experience unique and effective:
- A communicative approach to get you functioning in Portuguese as quickly as possible.
- A focus on real-life situations to develop your ability to live and do business in Portuguese.
- Cultural coaching to enrich your experiences in and with Brazil.
- Original content, which I adore creating using articles from the media, videos, and audio.
- Personalized learning when you opt for our one-on-one lessons tailored to your specific needs and goals.
The 30-Day Brazilian Idioms Experience: Our Self-Paced Online Course
So, you’ve reached a comfortable place with your Portuguese – you can hold a conversation, navigate through a typical day’s activities, and even impress with some vocab you’ve picked up along the way.
But there’s an annoying feeling that you’re skating on the surface; you’re missing the spice, the color, the zing of Brazilian Portuguese.
And then comes that awkward pause when a Brazilian friend casually mentions monkeys on a branch, or you encounter a headline claiming someone has hit the hammer.
You sense there’s a hidden layer of meaning or reference just beyond your grasp.
If you are an intermediate Brazilian Portuguese speaker but feel like a lot still gets lost in translation during real-life conversations, this course is for you!
Here, you’ll learn and memorize expressions that elevate your communication. But that’s not all! This course will also enrich your vocabulary, enhance your listening skills, and sharpen your verb conjugation.
Our One-on-One Brazilian Portuguese lessons
Since 2008, Street Smart Brazil has been enabling learners from around the globe to converse fluently in Brazilian Portuguese through personalized, one-on-one lessons. Enjoy a learning experience that’s tailored to your unique needs and goals:
- Customize Your Learning: Direct your learning path to focus on what interests you most.
- Set Your Own Pace: Accelerate or slow down based on your comfort level, without the pressure of keeping up with a group.
- Maximize Speaking Practice: Progress faster with nore opportunities to speak and improve your fluency.
- Control Your Schedule: Pick a consistent lesson time or opt for flexible scheduling to suit your busy life.
Ready to begin?
The best way to start is with a Trial Lesson. It serves as the perfect introduction to our approach and offers a low-cost way for you to experience our Portuguese lessons firsthand. Book your trial lesson now and take the first step towards speaking Brazilian Portuguese.
Street Smart Brazil: The Story Behind Your Portuguese Learning Experience
Teaching Portuguese and sharing my culture is a magical process of falling in love again and again with everything Brazilian. – Luciana Lage
I founded Street Smart Brazil in 2008. My teaching approach is based on teaching my native language using original content, focusing on class customization, and emphasizing the cultural experience.
Along the way, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley, and at the University of San Francisco. These were fantastic working and learning experiences for which I am so grateful and proud.
The inspiration to start my own school came from my client, Blake, who is now my friend. Time and time again, Blake encouraged me to start my own teaching practice. I fondly refer to him as my founding client. 😊
Then there was Brian, a client who was learning via Skype from Brazil. Back in 2008, not many people were teaching Portuguese via video meetings, and there was no Zoom or Google Meet. I recall one day, in the middle of a class, Brian exclaimed, “I wish I had done this before. I finally feel I am learning what I need to in order to live here.” After we finished our lesson, something just clicked in my brain. I turned to my husband, Carl, and said, “That’s it! I am in business, and I am Street Smart Brazil.”
Over the years, Street Smart Brazil has enabled me to meet a wonderful multicultural community engaged in speaking Portuguese and learning about Brazil. It is this deep sense of community and connection that inspires and motivates me every day to give my very best in sharing my culture and teaching my beautiful language.