Learn Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro - the Brazilian city of contrasts. I guess you all know that the FIFA World Cup is taking place this next year 2014 in Brazil and also the Olympic Games are being held by Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Because of these two important events many people are very interested in travelling there, and not only that, but also in learning the local language: Portuguese
Rio de Janeiro is not only the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, Ipanema and Copacabana beaches and Pao de Azucar, it is much more. This city hides marvels that not many people notice at first glance; but as everything in life, what it requires some kind of effort it is always worth it in the end. There is a huge contrast between social classes: the luxurious neighborhood of Barra de Tijuca is a few kilometers away from the well-known favelas. Please do not assume everything you hear about Rio de Janeiro is true. It is often rumored that the slums are very dangerous so the people that live there; please do not judge without knowing. I, myself, lived in a slum (favela) for seven months and I had no problems whatsoever; in fact, I felt pretty safe. What I loved the most about Rio de Janeiro was its population. Brazilians, in general, are very opened and welcoming with foreigners. They are very family oriented and will adopt you as their child. There is always something to do and you, for sure, will have to learn how to dance samba.
Rio de Janeiro is without any doubt one of the best choices for you to learn Portuguese. Its non-stop growing economy will allow you to increase your networking. In addition, you will find whichever type of place you like, no matter if you prefer the relaxing atmosphere of the luxurious city and the beautiful beaches, or if you are fond of the nature, the rainy forest and the wild life. There will be many choices for all your preferences. I strongly recommend you to get on this boat full of adventures and rhythm.
By Diana Martinez Herrero