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    Hi all!

    I was wondering if anybody knew of any language schools in Curitiba?
    I am planning on travelling there for 6 months, come October. I would prefer to be able to get a student visa, and learn some of the language.
    So far with all the searching I have done.
    A language school called “Celin” seems to be the only credible school, thus far.
    The only issue I have with them is that their courses only last for 3 months.
    Ideally I would like a course that lasts for a minimum of 12 months?
    If anyone can provide any incite into this, I would greatly appreciate it!
    Thanks all,
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    Celin is the only legitimate game in town. You could have a look at the Curitiba Expat Meetup group on FB and see the conversations that are out there but it always comes down to sketchy private schools where they say they have groups but actually don’t, or private lessons. I have heard that some of the other colleges have spots, it was discussed recently, but I don’t remember details and you will need help, as it is spaces that are left over are distributed by lottery or waiting list or something if there are any slots left over after enrolled students register.

  • #275821


    Do you really need to go to Curitiba? Have you thought about Florianopolis? Florianopolis is 4 hours away from Curitiba, it has beaches, trails, etc. I own a Portuguese school here, if you need any info, feel free to ask here or send me an e-mail: portuguesefloripa@gmail.com

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    One day I will convert my books for English speakers to learn Portuguese. Then you will learn at lightning speed at with more expressions than ANY books have on the market. You will know more Portuguese than ANY Brazilian teacher knows English in Brazil. I haven’t done it so far because the money I’ll make for it is very small in comparison to what I make for Brazilians that want to learn English.
    For now, best thing I can recommend are the FSI courses, which aren’t bad. You just need to PRACTICE the structures with people. The FSI courses are free, by the way, and very easy to find on the internet. They are the thing that got me from “saying a few basic things” to speaking fairly well. I’ve been in Brazil for 9-10 years so I’m waaaaay beyond them, but I’m glad they were made public domain in 2008.
    The Glossika course isn’t bad either. Their courses lack a bit of grammar structure for me, but at least it’s not the typical “scenario” books with lots of drawings and vocabulary for “things in your bedroom” or “things at the office”. I’ve seen the Portuguese course. It’s Brazilian. If you stick with it, you will get to around the same level as the FSI course. My preference goes to the FSI course, but it wouldn’t hurt to do both. I think the Glossika courses are around $100.
    Disclaimer:I have a course, but I DO NOT, under any circumstances, have faith in any other language courses so I recommend self-study. Aside from my own books, I’ve never seen a course that really shows REAL expressions, even dirty ones, being used, with sufficient practice, with sufficient review that produces proficient speakers without the students having to do a lot of work on the side.

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