Today I want to tell you more about my wonderful experience lived at Dialogo Brazil, a Portuguese language school in Salvador, Bahia. Dialogo Brazil is located in the district of Barra a few steps from the most beautiful beaches of Salvador like Porto da Barra and close to the major tourist city attractions such as Farol da Barra and the historic center Pelourinho.
Barra’s area is a part of the city that combines ancient traditions and modern buildings, skyscrapers with beatiful seaview and yacht clubs. The area is safe and the beauty of this "bairro" is that it can be allcrossed on foot. Dialogo Brazil offers a comfortable student residence from which you can get to school in 10 minutes walking. It is also possible to stay with a local Baiana family to be totally involved in Brazilian culture and improving quickly the level of Portuguese language.
The first impression after arrived at Dialogo Brazil was excellent. Starting from home with my backpack I came to school on foot in exactly 10 minutes. There I found two new students, Ludivine, a French girl from Paris and Rickard, a Swedish guy. Immediately we started to know each other speaking in a funny Portuguese. All the staff introduced themselves and gave us a textbook and a brochure about living in Salvador. In addition to this they gave us a card to receive discounts in the major restaurants in the city. After having passed a test to determine the speaking level we started language lessons. My teacher is called Isabella, she is young but wellprepared and patient. The lessons are divided to deliver all the important aspects of learning a language, like grammar, vocabulary, listening and communication. To practice we use songs, texts and exercises of oral communication.
At mid-morning there is a break when it is served tea and coffee to the students. It is also possible to sit outside on a large balcony practicing Portuguese. I attended the Brazil Workshop course so my day finished at 12:30 pm when I had a great lunch in Barra with my new classmates. In the next article I will tell you more about all the activities that the school Dialogo Brazil in Salvador de Bahia offers students from all over the world.
By Mauro Fossati
Professional Student Advisor