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Drawing on my passion for Brazilian Portuguese language and culture, I applied many years of experience teaching Portuguese to grow Street Smart Brazil, a Portuguese language school and Brazilian cultural center. I have also taught Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley, and currently teach at the University of San Francisco.
My passion is to teach Portuguese and create Portuguese language books for adult learners who want to communicate better and more naturally in Portuguese using colloquial language and mastering key points that are overlooked by the traditional textbooks.
I hold colloquial language in very high regard. That is why I named my Portuguese language school Street Smart Brazil :) When I studied English in Brazil, no one ever taught me how to say simple things like "What's up?" When I first got to the US, I spoke fluent English but sounded as if I had materialized out of a textbook. Well, textbooks are important, but when we step in a foreign country or find ourselves among international friends, colloquial language is the real thing.