Sanwa Sao Paulo School has been teaching
Portuguese for Foreigners in the area of Paraiso, Sao Paulo
for over 30 years. Through our long experience, we know the
demands of the language for foreigners starting a new life
Teaching Methods: All teaching is done in Portuguese. Grammar is
taught inductively. There is a focus on speaking, listening
and useful ‘everyday' language. The lessons are well framed
to suit your needs. We also teach business Portuguese and
prepare for an examination for non-native speakers, Celpe
We make some of the lessons outside the school in places
such as a supermarket, a bakery and a coffee shop etc. so
that students can practice in actual everyday situations.
Before you start, we discuss a timetable to suit you
depending upon how fast you need to learn. In order to
maintain the correct levels of concentration we recommend a
maximum time of 2 hours per day as ideal. Sanwa can organize
a private intensive course with lessons once or twice a week
or 48 lessons within 6 months.
Private or Group Lessons:
Sanwa offers lessons in the following locations:
- at your home
- in your office
- in Sanwa
Teachers - Our teachers communicate in English when it is
necessary. Teachers explain in English for those students
who think it is more efficient to learn through English.
- All our teachers are experienced in teaching Portuguese as
a foreign language and are aware of the needs of foreigners
Materials - We choose the most suitable textbook for the
student after giving one or two lessons, taking account of
the needs and the weakness of the student.
- The teacher explains new vocabulary using visual aids or
- We have plenty of materials prepared for everyday use of
Portuguese, for example how you order in a restaurant, in a
butcher’s shop and in a fish market.
- We have our original dialogues and vocabulary lists;
Portuguese in a taxi, in hospitals, in shops, in a real
estate office etc.
Lessons - You can start your course whenever you want to -
even in the middle of the month. The payment of the tuition
fee is calculated when you start the lesson.
- We are able to design your lesson as you like.
- We can prepare an intensive course during your stay.
- You can even take just one lesson.
- Or we have an option to take 48 lessons during a 6 months
- If you are taking private lessons, paying a monthly
tuition fee, provided that you cancel before 19:00 hours on
the day before the lesson, a replacement lesson can be
booked within the same month as long as a classroom and the
teacher are available.
- If you take a home leave, we can reserve your lesson time
and the teacher for 4 weeks per year without paying the
Study Portuguese in the most efficient way in Sanwa.
An Example of our Material Ordering Delivery of Pizza by Telephone
Freguesa: Gostaria de pedir uma pizza, por favor. Poderia
entregar na Rua Teixeira da Silva?
(Customer: I’d like to order a pizza, please. Could you
deliver to Rua Teixeira da Silva?)
Pizzaria: Sim senhora. Qual é o pedido?
(Pizza House: Yes, madam. What’s your order?)
F: Meia Mussarela e meia Napolitana.
(C: A half Mussarela and a half Napolitana.)
P: Poderia me passar o seu endereço?
(P: Could you give me your address?)
F: Rua Teixeira da Silva, 539 apartamento 72. Meu nome é
(C: Rua Teixeira da Silva, 539 apartment 72. My name is
P: Qual é o seu telefone?
(P: What’s your phone number?)
P: Ficou R$32,00. A senhora precisa de troco?
(P: It’s R$32.00. Do you need any change?)
F: Troco para R$40,00, por favor.
(C: The change for R$40.00 please.)
P: Entregaremos em 30 minutos.
(P: We will deliver in 30 minutes.)