Brazil Portuguese Language Study Tour

Map of Rio de Janeiro, Braslia, 
Manaus, Amazon, Amazonia, Boa Vista, Rio Branca, Salvador, Soa Paulo, Porto Alegra, Vitoria, Campo 
Grande, Santos, Recife, Natal, Belem, Fortaleza, Fortecelo, 
Brasil, South America

Why Study the Portuguese Language in Brazil

Our IDEA is to help Portuguese language students in Canada to organize, plan and visit Brazil and enjoy Brazilian culture, Portuguese language and South American attractions.

The ideal situation is for an English class in Brazil and a Portuguese class in Canada to organize a language exchange.

The Brazilians visit during the Canada summer and Canadians visit during the Brazil summer.

The ESL in Canada agency services are willing to help.

Canadian Representation in Brazil

Canadian Embassy
SES - Av. das Nações, Quadra
803, Lote 16
70410-900 Brasília DF - Brazil
Telephone: (0XX61) 424-5400
Fax: (0XX61) 424-5490

Rio de Janeiro
Canadian Consulate General
Av. Atlântica, 1130 - 5º andar
Atlântica Business Center
22021-000 Rio de Janeiro - RJ
Telephone: (0 21) 2543-3004
Fax: (0 21) 2275-2195

São Paulo
Canadian Consulate General
Av. das Nações Unidas,
12901 - 16º andar,
04578-000 - São Paulo,
SP - Brazil
Telephone: (55 11) 5509-4343
Fax: (55 11) 5509-4262

Canada Embassy in Brazil

ESL in Canada Information listed on Brazil Directories

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Brazil FAQ's

Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, China, and the USA. Brazil's capital Brasília is inland unlike the great coastal cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro where most of Brazil's inhabitants reside.

The Brazilian plateau is an eroded tableland occupying most of the south-eastern half of the country and to the north the Amazon River basin occupies more than one third of the surface of the country. The tableland and Amazon basin are irregularly divided by mountain ranges. Among the principal ranges of the Brazilian plateau are the Serra da Mantiqueira, the Serra do Mar, and the Serra Geral. Another mountainous area known as the Guiana Highlands include the Tumucumaque Mountains, Acaraí Mountains and the Parima Mountains.

Two thirds of Brazil is drained by the Amazon river which is all navigable by ocean-going ships. Other great rivers include the Tocantins rivers, the River Plate (Río de la Plata) system, the São Francisco, the Parnaíba, the River Uruguay, the Paraguai and the Alto Paraná rivers.

Climatic conditions in Brazil range from tropical to temperate. Temperatures vary between subtropical and temperate in the south-eastern highlands, which is the most densely populated section of the country. Winter temperatures as low as -5°C are occasionally recorded in the extreme south, and frosts are common throughout the region.

Brazil's forest areas cover 2.2 million square miles and cultivated land is about 7.5% (153 million acres). Mineral resources include precious gems and industrial diamonds, chrome, iron ore, phosphates, coal, manganese, petroleum, graphite, titanium, copper, gold, oil, bauxite, zinc, tin, and mercury.

About 83 per cent of the 188,078,230 population of Brazil is urban. Nearly 90 per cent of the inhabitants of Brazil are Roman Catholic. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, spoken by at least 158 million people. Brazil's population is very diverse and mixed with approximately 22% mulattoes, 15% Portuguese descent, 12% mestizos mixed European and Native American, 11% Italian, 11% African decent, 10% Spanish decent, with the remaining 19 per cent made up of other groups, including Germans, Japanese, and Native Americans.

The Brazilian Republic is composed of 26 states and the federal district which includes Brasília. The 26 states are: Acre, Alagoas, Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Ceará, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Maranhão, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Paraíba, Paraná, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondônia, Roraima, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Sergipe, and Tocantins.

The largest ports and cities are: São Paulo, centre of Brazilian industry; Rio de Janeiro, the former capital of the country; Porto Alegre, an Atlantic port; Salvador, a port located in a fertile agricultural region; Belém, a chief port on the lower Amazon; Recife, chief commercial city of the northeastern region, Belo Horizonte, hub of a cotton-growing region and Manaus, a port on the River Negro.

Brazil is a predominantly Portuguese, Italian, German, and Spanish formed society and the basis of Brazilian family life and permeates all areas of Brazilian life. The culture of modern Brazil is a mixture formed from a rich background of ethnic traditions. Millions of black African slaves who were brought into Brazil added an African element to Brazilian cultural life when their religious rites merged with Roman Catholicism to form the unique Afro-Brazilian cults and exotic ceremonies.

Leading Federal, State and private universities are the University of Brasília, the University of São Paul, the Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. Other universites include schools of medicine, public health, law, social sciences, engineering, and mining.

Picture of Blueprint for English The Blueprint to English language grammar summary with practice word cards is designed for beginner and intermediate English Language students ages 5 to 100.

Blueprint to English is a 96 page cheat sheet with English grammar practices, procedures and examples.

The practice word cards will provide you with enough variety to practice forming millions of English sentences. The word cards are an excellent mnemonic memory aid for parts of speech, word functions and vocabulary.

Old communication was 90% oral and 10% writing. Modern communication is 40% oral, 40% writing and 20% video/graphics for most professions. Correct writing in English is mandatory.

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