Many weeks ago when arriving in Brazil I wrote an article on “Picking up Portuguese“. Since then, I did in fact visit the Rio & Learn language school I mentioned. I had an excellent time there improving my Portuguese so I thought I’d write about my experience.
Rio & Learn is a Portuguese language school based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is focused on teaching Brazilian Portuguese to foreigners. The centre is run by two very organised and kind directors with a group of teachers who are all native Brazilians and who seemed very passionate about teaching their language. The location of the school is great! Right on Copacabana beach and a 5 minute walk from Siquera Campos metro station. (Went to the beach a couple of times after lesson!) The building is quiet, friendly and very safe with a locked gate and security guard.
The motto of this school is to have fun! You spend the morning in the classroom with the text-book and interactive white board and then activities are organised every afternoon. The students can go out and get to know each other and keep conversing in Portuguese amongst locals whilst experiencing the wonders of the city. I found this a great way to keep practising but in a more natural way without feeling too self-conscious.
Some of the activities include treats such as visiting a famous Rio Samba School, watching the views from Sugarloaf Mountain, seeing the Sun set from the rock at Ipanema and of course hanging out in the infamous Lapa on Friday nights!
An important point I noticed whilst I was there on Rio & Learn’s basic course was that if you picked up the language slower or faster than the other classmates, each week you can be moved around to the level that you feel most comfortable with.
Students have the choice of various types of classes. You can go for the total immersion course which offers private contact time 8 hours a day with your teacher who will also turn into your best friend! You can also learn in groups and Rio & Learn even offers business courses which is so important now as Brazil is fast becoming one of the world’s major global powers especially with the huge World Cup and Olympic Games on its way!
I had a great time and enjoyed meeting new people from around the world – I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to grasp the beautiful language that is Portuguese!
I actually liked them so much I made them a video! You can watch it here: