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Learn Portuguese like you learn to ride a bike!

Exciting

Learning to ride a bicycle is one of the most memorable things in one’s life. Why? It meant freedom and a sense of accomplishment. It was a fun, enjoyable, even an exhilarating experience. Never would one describe it as a boring affair.

Learning a new language should have the same characteristics. Never  dull, never tedious. One should look forward to it. If the teachings techniques don’t fit these criteria, I won’t use them!

Unconscious

Question: When changing lanes in a motorway, how many steering wheel moves are needed? Take your time…

If you said two, one to veer to the other lane and one to straighten the wheels, you are now in the ditch! Hehe! You actually need an intermediate move to straighten the car into the second lane.

Interesting, right? You might not consciously have known the right answer, but your unconscious self certainly did. In fact, “unthinking” learning is faster and much effective. I will teach you how to use it to the full.

Long-lasting

The saying goes: “Once you learn to ride a bicycle, you never forget.” The same is not normally said of a second language. Can we change this?

Certainly! Permanent memory can be achieved in various ways. Unconscious learning goes a long way in that regard, but many other things are involved. The advanced techniques I use are designed to achieve memory longevity. I will also help you with tips on sleep patterns and even diet.

Did you know there’s one particular molecule in food which, driven by confusion, people avoid like the plague, but which is essential for memory? What about a food that you have everyday that is proven to create “brain fog”?


Science Based Foundations

Linguistics

Language is more than a set of structural rules and vocabulary. One can only teach a new tongue when he has a deep cultural and coloquial understanding of it. I hope to deliver on that.

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Brain Functioning

Humans learn in many ways and the brain can be excited through many avenues. Also, any “extra-curricular” activities have a deep impact on the capacity to understand and retain information.

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Research Work

Most teaching institutions have been stuck to the traditionally accepted methods of teaching. But as researchers find more effective systems, we should be quick to implement them.

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Advantages of One-To-One Lessons

Flexible

Flexible

Arrange a time that is suitable for you. Easier to reschedule lesson as there is only one student at a time.

 

Quicker

Quicker

One to one teaching allows for a more intensive and focused learning period. As a result, the progress will be noticeably quickened.

Less Intimidating

Less Intimidating

Being part a a class can hinder the progress of a more shy student. I always strive to make it a peasant and informal lesson.

 

Personalised

Personalised

I will create a curriculum that is tailored for you. We will focus on your goals. No need to worry about a third person.

Undivided Attention

Undivided Attention

This is extremely helpful if a student is struggling with a subject or as extra questions. No waiting periods. No waste of time.

 

Cultural Knowledge

Cultural Knowledge

Having a one to one session allows the student to come to a deeper grasp of the teachers cultural background, and by extension, the language’s.

Innovative Teaching Techniques

Fun

Fun

Unlike your experience at school, I won’t do much talking myself. No thick books to study. We can do better than that.

 

Engaging

Engaging

You cannot expect a student to learn when he’s bored. My techniques will help you concentrate and be motivated.

Science-Based

Science-Based

Some methods work better than others. I’ve looked at the brain research and can tell you what works.

 

Ageless

Ageless

It’s true that learning gets tougher with age. But even my 60 plus year old students make really good progress.

Diverse

Diverse

Over 12 different techniques. No sitting in a chair for very long. Ever thought juggling might help you learn?

 

Unfading

Unfading

The brain has three stages of memory: sensory, working and long-term. I will help you shift information to the third level.

Unconscious

Unconscious

Do you remember how you learned to speak? No! Most learning is done in the background. Let’s exploit that.

 

Accelerated

Accelerated

Learning Portuguese in 4 weeks? Impossible! But with these techniques, we can accelerate the progress.

Testimonials

  • "I am enjoying learning a new language with Carla. She has all the qualities required of a good teacher. Carla is very lively and introduces new teaching techniques to assist my advancement in the Portuguese Language. Learning with Carla is very rewarding."
    Linda, 64
  • "Learning with Carla was great fun. It was refreshing to have a relaxed and entertaining teacher who keeps your learning targets on track.

    She was strict but very supportive and was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses, and set clear goals depending on them. In only a couple of lessons I had learned useful parts of the language and I look forward to continuing them."

    Stuart, 22
  • I’m learning Portuguese for personal interest. It was not easy to find a suitable teacher.Then I found Carla’s website, and things improved! She really puts her heart and soul into her teaching.Carla is tailoring the lessons to help me achieve my target. Carla speaks very clearly and I can understand her easily. She is also an attentive listener. We don’t use English in the lessons, except rarely to clarify a point.I find it’s convenient to have lessons with Carla via the Internet. They don’t lack anything compared to lessons in person.Carla is very friendly and professional. She uses technology very well to support the lessons and the sound and video are excellent quality. Carla is also good at motivating.A friend of mine in Brazil, a lawyer, said that my Portuguese is improving a lot. Naturally, I am going to continue having lessons with Carla.
    Richard, 60
  • "During our lessons, Carla went above and beyond my expectations. She let the lessons run their natural flow at the same time focusing on explaining the grammatical and cultural points of expressions and rules. I greatly appreciate Carla’s flexibility and adaptability to my particular language level and the goals I have set - thank you very much for everything e até à próxima."
    Agata, 24
  • I decided to learn Portuguese as a matter of “survival” after having spent another Christmas alone in the company of my boyfriend’s family – whom, whilst being extremely warm and welcoming, don’t speak any English.Initially, I tried using audio-courses. However, I found that learning set phrases without understanding the sentence structure was quite limiting and didn’t enable me to engage in conversation.I found Carla’s website via a learning Portuguese blog recommendation and booked my first free session. I immediately felt at ease with Carla whose approach is relaxed, flexible, and (importantly for a self-critical person) both encouraging and light humoured.When I first started my lessons, I was living abroad and travelling extensively with work. Having flexible Skype lessons enabled me to fit in language learning and to make progress although I couldn’t dedicate as much time to it as I would have liked. Carla also makes a big effort to help integrate Portuguese learning into everyday life - both to speed up progress and to make it less of a chore. For example, by trying to speak to my boyfriend in Portuguese for 10 minutes a day, to listen to Portuguese music, to watch Portuguese TV, to cook a Portuguese recipe etc.After a year of learning Portuguese with Carla, I returned to Portugal to visit my boyfriend’s family. Although I still struggled to follow conversations (especially as culturally several people tend to speak at the same time AND very fast!) I felt much more engaged. In addition, I saw how much it meant to by boyfriend’s parents that I was making an effort to be part of the family.I would highly recommend Carla to anyone wishing to learn European Portuguese.Muito obrigada Carla! Bj Charlotte x
    Charlotte, 35
  • "Carla is the perfect language teacher. She makes the lessons and coursework fun and engaging. The exercises are never boring, and with her patience and encouragement, she helped me start conversing in Portuguese on the very first day. I highly recommend Carla for learning Portuguese, even (or especially) if you think you're "not good" at learning languages."
    Joni, 33
  • "I was very nervous about trying to learn a new language but soon found it to be an enjoyable experience because of Carla's ability to make it interesting. I feel I can use the lessons I learned to good effect in practise."
    Julia, 53
  • "I asked Carla to teach me Portuguese in order that I could enjoy my holidays there fully. Her relaxed and informal style worked and I benefited immediately."
    Paul, 55
  • "A long time ago I studied Portuguese at University. I'm going to Portugal for my holiday and I wanted to study Portuguese again. I didn't want to travel and I didn't want to learn Brazilian Portuguese. I have a very busy life and when I found Carla's website I found it very convenient. It was easy to book and pay. Carla is a very attentive and kind teacher and although have a lot to learn I now understand much more than before. I can recommend Carla without hesitation.”
    Liz
  • "I have been taking classes with Carla for about 2 months now and it has been a great ride so far. She understands it perfectly how to pick you up at your current level of speaking and how to bring you to the next one. The equipment and technology (2 cameras, white board, useful Skype and online tools) she is using during our Skype lessons are very helpful. In addition she has been very patient and understanding, especially at times when I couldn't finish my homework on time :). I can really recommend her to anyone who is aiming to improve their Portuguese with a teacher that is fun, knowledgeable and knows how to teach."
    Alex, 26
  • "The decision to begin studying Portuguese for me was for work reasons. I tried to use books and DVD's but unfortunately this was not providing me with the words, phrases and vocab that i needed to communicate in meetings and with my staff. Through the internet i found Portuguese with Carla.Instantly in our demo first lesson, she understood my motives and reasons for studying portuguese and packaged the sessions around my aim.Our lessons are fun, entertaining and enlightening. With every time we met up, our lesson structures were flexible enough that she would be able to assist with either something i had encountered during my work procedures or plan for an event that was coming up.Within a couple lessons, i was able to begin to communicate with my staff, pick up on words and phrases in meetings and understand the just of what my clients concerns were.12 months later now and i am able to converse with my staff, communicate in meetings, understand clients concerns without having to ask if they speak English.Whether your decision is for personal or work related reasons, Portuguese with Carla will be able to package your lessons around what you are wanting to accomplish.I highly recommend Carla, as a teacher, as a colleague but more importantly as a friend who I want to talk Portuguese with."
     
    Tracy, 33
  • “Portuguese lessons on Skype with Carla are a pleasure; my pronunciation and understanding of the language, culture and country really have improved.”
    Andrew, 52
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Ordinary Teaching

Proper Way of Teaching

  • Confined to classroom

    Sleep, diet, supplements, exercise, all of this is involved in learning

  • Stressful examination

    Unconscious, naturally rewarding progress

  • Written text only

    Use of video, imagery, audio, text and more.

  • One size fits all

    Every brain is wired differently

  • 90' long lessons

    10' long lessons

  • Forceful memorisation of words, expressions, verbs, etc.

    Use of stories, associations, parables, illustrations and more.

  • Forever sitting down

    Engaging your whole body

  • Only one sense engaged

    Vision, audition, smell. Stimulate all.

  • Teacher talks profusely

    Teacher only guides, no sermons allowed

 

HD Lessons from Anywhere

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Lessons can be taken on virtually any digital device, mobile or not, in HD quality. All you need is a browser, Skype or another app that you prefer for video conference.

Booking lessons is done on either end via a soffisticated system. Everything is taken care of automatically, you will have your own dashboard and even receive a reminder just before a session starts.

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Allow me to introduce myself…

I’ve prepared a little video to let you know who exactly this “Carla” is that you can learn Portuguese with.

 

Book your free session now!

Carla can’t wait forever…

 

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