Rio & Learn

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.


 rio language school


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!


rio and learn


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:


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  • August 16, 2013 - 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Outstanding post! And the video is nicely done. I was a language student and always am drawn to things about learning to “live” in another language. Your experience was ideal for learning, and what a wonderful place to do it. Now, if only I could have the same experience -

    • maggie
      August 16, 2013 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

      Yes it’s a great way to learn, Tara had a fantastic time and spent a few days attending classes and filming.

  • August 17, 2013 - 11:45 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I took a Spanish immersion class in Mexico some years ago and it was the best way to learn, and so much fun. Good to know if/when we come to Brazil, we could do the same. I just wonder if I’d get all tongue-twisted between my Spanish and Portugese?!

    • maggie
      August 18, 2013 - 1:03 am | Permalink

      Yes I have to agree the best way for sure, thanks.:)

  • August 21, 2013 - 11:23 am | Permalink

    I noticed that learning by going out and using it even in the basic situation was helpful. Wish we did that where I volunteer, for ESL (English Second Language). We only spend two hours in a classroom and I feel it is a disservice to the students,matter fact I am gonna stop volunteering, I just feel frustrated, they need to get out and practice English in the environment not a classroom. I know once they leave after the two hours they go right back to their native tongue,which I don’t blame them, that is only natural, I would too :)
    Great video!!!

    • maggie
      August 21, 2013 - 3:26 pm | Permalink

      There you go Lucy you’ve just invented a new business for yourself, copy their idea and set up your own fun school.:) Of course the best way to learn, surprising more Language school don’t operate like this, seems obvious when you think about it. Thanks Lucy.:)

  • August 21, 2013 - 4:38 pm | Permalink

    As someone who speaks two languages, I can attest to the fact that the school has got it right. The more you use a language and hear it spoken, the easier it is. Lucy is right … they need an environment, not a classroom. Great post!

    • maggie
      August 29, 2013 - 10:04 pm | Permalink

      Couldn’t agree more, thanks Silvia.:)

  • Greg Williams
    September 30, 2013 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

    That was an excellent entry on the blog, and a really neat video. Thanks Tara and Maggie !

    • maggie
      October 1, 2013 - 12:11 am | Permalink

      Thanks Greg, i agree Tara did some great filming, hopefully we’ll see her again next year.

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