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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

  • "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
  • "Carla is a gem! She’s patient, funny & fun, and give you information in bite-sized pieces so you learn easier. She pushes you— challenges you per se, but in an encouraging way. She puts in as much as you do if not more. Whoever wants to learn Portuguese should use Carla- she’s been great- enjoyed every minute. Obrigada Carla! A million thanks!"
    Niki, 28
  • 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
  • "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
  • "I have had some 15 lessons with Carla and learning a lot of Portuguese with her.Carla is a very good teacher who doesn't just teach but also helps me to learn. The lessons or homework are never the same and always enjoyable.Because Carla makes me learn what is associated with my daily routine, it is easier to understand. Also because Carla is always friendly, knowledgeable and fun, I enjoy my 2 hours a week with her very much."
    Gordon, 61
  • "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
  • "Learning Portuguese with Carla is being enjoyable and very rewarding. I have only done a month of classes, and I can see the improvements. She has a very flexible style and adapts herself to your needs. I personally need to learn Portuguese for Business needs, and she always try to relate everything we learn to my specific needs.  Eu recomendo aprender Português com Carla."
    Sara, 25
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I found Carla via a web search and her site was very informative and professional.She is very flexible with her time and will try and accommodate where possible, including weekend work if necessary. It is obvious Carla enjoys her work and her teaching style is very relaxed but professional and well organised.It is my pleasure to recommend Carla as a Portuguese teacher."
    Alan, 52
  • "Learning Portuguese with Carla is always enjoyable, and I can thoroughly recommend studying with her! I’ve taken 10 lessons with her to date, and can honestly say I have learned a huge amount and that my Portuguese has improved significantly! Our lessons are always different, focusing on different language skills and Carla is such a positive and cheerful teacher, you cannot help but learn with her and improve. I definitely  intend to continue taking lessons with her indefinitely as with her help I’m sure I can become fluent!"
    James, 39
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Ordinary Teaching

Proper Way of Teaching

  • Written text only

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

  • One size fits all

    Every brain is wired differently

  • Teacher talks profusely

    Teacher only guides, no sermons allowed

  • Stressful examination

    Unconscious, naturally rewarding progress

  • 90' long lessons

    10' long lessons

  • Only one sense engaged

    Vision, audition, smell. Stimulate all.

  • Confined to classroom

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

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

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

  • Forever sitting down

    Engaging your whole body

 

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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