I just love learning English. English is actually my favorite language. Lot of people in Brazil thinks it is hard to speak English fluently but I disagree with this. I believe that if you practice English speaking with natives for at least 6 months, you will see a clear improvement. I want to speak English like Gisele Bundchen!
The biggest barrier to Learning English in Brazil is we do not get chances to practice speaking English. We always speak Portuguese at our homes and or in the workplace. I have started speaking in English with my husband but it is hard to do it continuously. Same thing with schools – we learn English writing, grammar etc but speaking is not given a priority.
They are ok if you are learning basic grammar and vocabulary. Most English classes for adults in Sao Paulo are for people who want to improve writing and reading. I have friends who have taken English classes in Rio de Janeiro who have the same experience. So, if you are an adult looking for a more advanced English program with a focus on improving fluency, accent etc, you have to look for online programs like www.spokenenglishpractice.com
I joined the program because I wanted a real English speaking class. A class where I can have real conversations with native speakers. Spoken English Practice is perfect for that.
My conversation partners have been Marcus, Julie and Naomi and all 3 of them have been great. I love talking with Marcus about traveling the world. Also Naomi who is from England is a great resource for British English. All 3 of them ask a lot of questions so I get a lot of chances to speak. And they help me a lot with pronunciation as that is an area I want to really improve.
Anything. We have talked about the Super Bowl, ISIS, plans for summer, Astrology… tons of very interesting topics. I think the Spoken English Practice method has helped me expand my vocabulary a lot within the last 6 months.
Thanks Leticia! Best of luck with everything.