Brazilian Portuguese Course for Travelers

To the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The countdown for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil has already begun, and regardless of what team you are cheering for, BRIC Language Systems wants to enhance your Olympics experience through our Portuguese Course. This language learning course is designed for all fans—from the face-painted, flag-wearing Olympics fanatic sitting there in the stadium; to the casual Olympics fan watching from thousands of miles away on television.

Through eight 1½ hour individualized Brazilian Portuguese lessons, students are introduced to Brazil’s colorful culture in addition to relevant Portuguese vocabulary and sentences. At BRIC, we believe that by learning Brazilian Portuguese, you will enhance your overall Olympics experience. This class from BRIC Language Systems has a sports-focused slant—making for the perfect introduction to the language. Take a look at the course syllabus, located below, along with a more detailed description of the specific locations in Brazil that are hosting the games. Through our partner, See You In Brazil a premier Brazilian travel agency, we are able to take you there. See You In Brazil offers several travel packages, providing you the perfect opportunity to practice speaking Brazilian Portuguese while enjoying the excitement of the Olympic games in Brazil! We look forward to getting you excited about the Summer Olympics in Rio, all while helping you learn Portuguese!

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BOM/BOA/BEM and basic greetings

You will be introduced to your Brazilian Portuguese teacher and start studying basic greetings and learning local tips.

Arriving at the airport

During a major event such as the Summer Olympics, airports will be crowded. We will show you exactly where to go and what to say or ask.

Meeting people and SER and ESTAR (to be) verbs

You will learn two basic Portuguese verbs that will be useful when talking to people and introducing yourself.

Asking for information

There are many great places to visit in Brazil, but you don’t want to get lost. Let us be your guide! We will show you the way.

Shopping and eating out

Do you want to try the local cuisine and do some shopping? You’ll learn about currency, local tips and favorite dishes.

Unforeseen events and emergencies

We’ll teach you what to say and what to do if you need help.

Places to go GOSTAR (to like) and QUERER (to want) verbs

We’ll introduce you to Rio de Janeiro and its main attractions.

Talking about the Olympics

We’ll introduce you to all things Olympics. You’ll learn about the various sports and games that are played at the summer Olympics.

Price: $249.00

Olympic City and City Information

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics are based in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, beginning on August 5, 2016 and ending on August 21, 2016. Besides Rio, there will be four co-host cities for the soccer tournament: Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador and São Paulo. In order to provide you with a better sense of where the Rio 2016 Olympic games will take place, we have put together a bit of background on the host city as well on the co-host cities:

Rio de Janeiro – Located on Brazil’s southeast coast, Rio de Janeiro is considered the most popular tourist destination in the country. Brazil’s capital until 1960, Rio, as it is affectionately known, is the country’s second most populous city, with over six million residents. A city with architecture that pays homage to its rich history, Rio is also filled with modern skyscrapers, symbolizing its bright future. Rio is also home to the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue, which sits atop the Corcovado Mountain and the famous Sugarloaf Mountain.

Co-Host Cities

Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Estádio Mineirão) – The city of Belo Horizonte is located in the southeastern part of Brazil and is the country’s sixth most populous city. Commonly referred to as Beagá, Belo Horizonte is the anchor of the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area, which consists of 34 cities, making Belo Horizonte Brazil’s third largest metropolis behind São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Translated into English, Belo Horizonte means “Beautiful Horizon.” With its bountiful green space and its long history of urban planning, the city is well known for offering residents and tourists a superior quality of life. Notable landmarks include Pampulha Park (which includes the Mineirão, one of the largest soccer stadiums in the world), a beautiful downtown area as well as the Pampulha Ecological Park featuring both a zoo and lush botanical gardens.

Brasília, Distrito Federal (Estádio Nacional) — The city of Brasília is the federal capital of Brazil, as it has been since 1960. Considered the fastest growing major city in Brazil, Brasília is located in the country’s central-west region—an area known as the Brazilian Highlands. Brasília is well known for it’s avant-garde architectural aesthetic and is the only city built in the twentieth century that is designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Among the various landmarks and historical sites worth a visit—Eixo Monumental (“Monumental Axis”) which includes the Esplanada dos Ministérios—an open area surrounded by two eight-lane avenues where many government buildings, monuments and memorials can be found. Also worth a visit– Paranoá Lake—a large artificial lake, which includes the country’s second largest marina. The Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge crosses the lake and was designed by Alexandre Chan and Mário Vila Verde. The beautiful Cathedral of Brasília is another popular destination, featuring a breathtaking glass roof and sixteen identical concrete columns.

Salvador, Bahia (Arena Fonte Nova) – Salvador is the country’s third largest city, in terms of population. Salvador was the first colonial capital of Brazil and is considered one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Located in the northeastern part of the country, Salvador is referred to as “Brazil’s capital of happiness,” thanks to the large number of outdoor festivals and parties that take place in the city—including the largest carnival in the world! The city is a cultural melting pot, characterized by the cultural richness of the city’s residents, which includes Portuguese and African descendants as well as descendants of the indigenous people who settled in the area hundreds of year ago. Modern day Salvador is known for its cuisine, live music scene and architecture. The city’s historic center—Pelourinho is well known for its Portuguese colonial architecture including historical monuments that date back to the 17th century. The coastline in Salvador is one of the longest in the country, offering over 50 miles (80 km) of beaches, offering residents and tourists plenty to do, including swimming, sailing, diving and underwater fishing.

São Paulo, São Paulo (Arena Corinthians) – Not only is São Paulo the largest city in Brazil—it’s also the largest city in the Americas and the twelfth largest city in the world (in terms of population. Home to the São Paulo Stock Exchange, The Future Markets and the Cereal Market Stock Exchanges—the city is considered the economic capital of Brazil. Downtown São Paulo is also home to several of the tallest skyscrapers in Brazil, including the Mirante do Vale, Banespa, North Tower, Itália and others. The city of São Paulo is also known for its live music, featuring a variety of popular music and concert venues such as the São Paulo Municipal Theater, Theatro São Pedro, Sala São Paulo and others. The city is also home to countless museums, including the Museu Pailista (affectionally known as “Ipiranga Museum”) which also has the significance of being the first monument constructed to commemorate the Independence of Brazil. Other São Paulo landmarks include Estação da Luz, a historic railway station and Praça da Sé, a large square and official city center, located adjacent to the São Paulo Cathedral.