Welcome to project

Let's break down the barriers and let Brazil in!

Brazil? Football, beaches, carnival… these are the most common clichés. But the country has so much more to offer us. As an immigrant, a student, an expatriate or simply being passionate about Brazil, how can you discover the secrets of this rich and complex country?

"Brazil taught me a great deal about the gifts that this amazing country has to offer. The Brazilian people are warm, generous and heart centered. People are more important than things. Relationships matter, and take precedence."

- Mashubi, blogger from North-America [1]

"I had a lot of practical questions: how do I get the bus? What is there to see in Rio? Where can I do my shopping?

But I also had more serious questions like what is the history of this country which makes it what it is today?"

- Audrey, European immigrant [2]

As well as teaching the Portuguese language, the lessons have been specifically developed to answer the newcomer’s questions and concerns. This makes the experience all the richer.

So that you can make the utmost of your experience we have developed the ALEGRIA course. It goes much further than simply teaching you Brazilian Portuguese. The ALEGRIA course includes sociocultural questions such as the way of life, habits, traditions and much more. Thus you will enrich your experience in Brazil, go beyond the cultural shock and make your integration with the local people easier.



  • Study of the language: Teaching includes the syntax of the Portuguese language, grammar, phonetics and vocabulary. The practical aspect is taught through conversation, games, oral exercises, simulations of real situations, reading...
  • Conversation and Brazilian Civilization: Teaching includes socio-cultural aspects of Brazil and Rio: customs, history, art….. as well as intercultural debates and city visits.

Course Structure



These are individual lessons during which the teacher dedicates him- or herself to you. You can choose the intensity of the lessons and the best place to learn such as at home, at work or, why not, in a coffee shop?

Learn in a coffee shop

We like to make things easy: we are a group of teachers, native-speakers, spread around different areas of the city. We will select a teacher who is closest to you. That way we are all winners:

  • You, as you do not have to travel;
  • The teacher, who gives lessons in his or her own area;
  • The planet, as by cutting down on travelling we help reduce traffic jams and pollution.


The ALEGRIA SOCIAL course offers lessons in groups of 3 - 9 students. It’s an opportunity to make new friends through the school. You’ll meet other students who, like yourself, are discovering Brazil.

The ALEGRIA SOCIAL course has two options of intensity:

  • INTENSIVE: 15h/week


Developed by the Ministry of Education, a Certificate of Language Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners is the only officially recognized certificate.  It is comprised of 4 levels of proficiency:  Intermediated (equivalent to B1), High Intermediate (equivalent to B2), Advanced (equivalent to C1) and High Advanced (equivalent to C2). The exam takes place twice per year in April and October. The Preparation for the CELPE-BRAS can be done from January to March or July to September, four hours per week to complete three modules of 20 hours each.

Read the article: What is the Celpe-Bras exam?

Our Prices valid only for Rio de Janeiro

Enjoy our promotional prices and save money. Discounts valid only for the pre-paid system:

per person
per person
per person
per person
per person
per person
Duration of the level:
4 weeks
Duration of the level:
8 weeks
Duration of the level:
intensity defined by the students
Duration of the level:
intensity defined by the student
Working hours per week:
15 hours
Working hours per week:
6 hours
Working hours per week:
intensity defined by the students
Working hours per week:
intensity defined by the student
Registration fee: R$100 Registration fee: R$100 Registration fee: R$100 Registration fee: R$100
School supplies fee:
R$115 or R$190
School supplies fee:
R$115 or R$190
School supplies fee:
R$115 or R$190
School supplies fee:
R$115 or R$190

* Carbon Footprint: reducing commutes

When the aprenda² project was conceived, there was a central concern: Design greener solutions rather than design just functional ones. Therefore, in our on-site lessons, the selected teacher is the one who is closest to the student's place, thereby reducing commutes. Furthermore, the lessons of 1h are differently charged. To understand it better, imagine the following example: you purchase 5h of credits from our ALEGRIA VIP one-to-one lessons.

  • Situation 1: If you make 1h/day, then you will take 5 days to consume all of your credits.
  • Situation 2: If you make 5h/day, then you will take 1 day to consume all of your credits.

At first, the total price of the classes is the same between the Situation 1 and the Situation 2, however, the carbon footprint of the Situation 2 is smaller because more classes are taken consecutively thereby reducing both the teachers journey and emission of greenhouse gases.

LESSONS OF JUST 1h: Lessons of 1h only have a very large carbon footprint. For this reason, lessons of 1h/day will be charged R$10.00 more per day. This is the way we found to stimulate lessons with a lower carbon footprint. This fee is fully passed to the teacher. Thus, a 2-hour class is cheaper than two classes of just 1 hour.

Online Test and other services

Brazilian Portuguese Online Test

Test your knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese and receive a detailed correction by email.

You must pass at least 70% of the questions in order to proceed to the next level.

This test will tell you your level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 e C2.

Access the test here:


Do you know how to get a CPF?
Do you know how to buy a mobile phone in Brazil?
Do you know what you need to do to get a student visa from our school?
Do you know where to have fun in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro?
To read the answers to these questions and many others, access our blog and discover useful tips to make your life in Brazil easier.
The blog was written as a join collaboration between Brazilians and foreigners, bringing together a wide range of opinions from both sides to answer any potential doubts.

Access the blog here:

Homestay in a Brazilian family

Choosing to live with a family is an ideal option:  Sharing the life of a Brazilian family will allow one to speak more Portuguese outside of classes, but also provide for a cultural exchange as well. It is the best way to get to learn about the day to day life of a local family. It is a total immersion in Portuguese and in Brazilian life. The families we select for homestays of our students have been evaluated on their kindness, cordiality, and the comfort and quality of the house itself. All the families are managed and inspected by a professional from the school, at the end of their orientation they are able to provide a place to live that is comparable in quality to the school. Finally, the families are also chosen by their geographical proximity to the school.

Contact and Enrollment

Contact us and learn more about what we can offer:

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What is the aprenda² project?

The aprenda² project is a pilot project which aims to develop and share avant-garde methods and educational approaches.

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aprenda² São Paulo: +55 11 3280 7077 - Rua Loefgren, 919 - contact.spo@aprenda2.org
aprenda² Rio de Janeiro: +55 21 3649 1170 - Rua General Polidoro, 26 s - contact.rjo@aprenda2.org


Partners of aprenda²


Associação Brasileira de Intercâmbio Profissional e Estudantil


École Québec


Association Bião - Paris