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.
In 2018 I began an intensive course of Portuguese self-study to achieve my dream of fluency. I did most of my learning independently, but also attended Caminhos Portuguese school in Rio for three weeks.
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. As always, experiment to see which ones work best for you.
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.
Brazilian Portuguese YouTube channels are an amazing free learning resource. Here are some of the top Brazilian YouTube channels to teach yourself Portuguese.
I’ve included a mix of educational channels for learners as well as native content for advanced students.
Portuguese podcasts let you get Portuguese listening practice on the go. I listen at the gym and while walking, doing household chores, or driving. Portuguese-language podcasts also help me survive long hours on planes and buses!
Watching Brazilian movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime is a great way to practice Portuguese vocabulary and listening skills. Brazilian films also allow you to learn about the culture and gain exposure to different regional accents and slang.
In summer 2016 I spent 11 days in the highlands of Ecuador visiting Quito, Otavalo, and Cuenca after spending three weeks in Colombia.
|1||Flight to Quito via Bogotá||Quito|
|3||Bus to Otavalo||Otavalo|
|4||Bus to Quito||Quito|
|7||Flight to Cuenca||Cuenca|
|11||Flight to Quito, then flight back to US|
In 2016 I spent 3 weeks in Colombia in June exploring Bogotá, Villa de Leyva, Salento, Manizales, Jardín, Medellín, and Cartagena. The highlight was Colombia’s lush Zona Cafetera (coffee zone) with a stay at a gorgeous hacienda featuring an outstanding coffee tour.