SISAI Spanish School in Xela, Guatemala

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, or Xela (SHAY-la) for short, has a reputation among serious Spanish learners as an ideal location for language study. Despite being Guatemala’s second-largest city, Xela is off the tourist trail and few locals speak English, offering a great opportunity for total Spanish immersion.

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Best Portuguese Books for Learners

Reading in Portuguese is a fun way to improve vocabulary and boost your fluency. Neuroscience shows that we learn best when engaged emotionally, so pick a book that intrigues you. To get started, here’s a list of some of the best Portuguese books for learners.

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Learning Portuguese in Brazil at Caminhos Language Centre

In April 2019, I attended Caminhos Language Centre in Rio de Janeiro for three weeks and had a great experience. If you’re interested in learning Portuguese in Brazil, Caminhos is an excellent option.

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Practical Resources for Learning Brazilian Portuguese

In April 2019 I attended Caminhos Portuguese school in Rio for three weeks. To get the most out of my Brazilian immersion experience, I began a course of self-study five months before my trip.

Here are the resources I found most useful for learning Brazilian Portuguese. Note that these are just the Portuguese language resources that worked for me personally; it’s not meant to be an exhaustive list!

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Best Brazilian TV Shows on Netflix

Watching Brazilian series on Netflix is a great way to practice vocabulary and listening skills and gain cultural insights. Fortunately, Netflix is rapidly adding new binge-worthy original Brazilian shows.

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