11 Best Language Schools in Rio de Janeiro

Are you ready to speak Portuguese, English, Spanish, French or other languages like a local? Do you want to travel and make friends around the world? Learning languages in Rio de Janeiro can make it happen. We researched the best language schools to help you save time. If you are looking for a school outside of Rio, see our article on Best Language Schools to Learn Portuguese in Brazil.

While often compared to the difference between American and British English, which are variations of the same language yet very similar, Portuguese from Portugal and Portuguese from Brazil are considerably more distant. According to Listen and Learn, there are over 200 million native Portuguese speakers, but only about 10 million of them -- less than 1 in 20 -- live in Portugal. The vast majority live in Brazil.

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1. Caminhos Language Centre

The Caminhos Language Centre is one of the largest schools for learning Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro. They consistently earn excellent ratings from students on Tripadvisor and other ranking sites. Caminhos offers 9 levels of group courses, as well as private classes in a relaxed and fun environment. In addition, they offer at least 2 free activities per day to give students an opportunity to test their language skills outside of the classroom.

The Caminhos Language Centre uses a communicative approach to teaching that places emphasis on interaction. Their Brazilian teachers are carefully selected University graduates. They help students grasp Brazilian street talk known as gíria, which is useful for navigating the streets of Rio.

The school is renown for having created Mais Caminhos, a non-profit organization which provides education and scholarships to underprivileged children.

2. Rio & Learn

Rio & Learn is a Portuguese language school in Rio de Janeiro that provides a fantastic location to learn Portuguese. The school is just a few metres from the beach so you can relax after class and enjoy the sun. Famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema are walking distance and Rio's many treasures are easily accessible by bike, bus or metro. You will learn Portuguese while enjoying sunkissed beaches, evocative samba, spectacular views, rich culture, mouth-watering cuisine and vibrant people.

At Rio & Learn, learning Portuguese is innovative and fast. Classes have a maximum of six people so your teacher's attention is truly focused on your learning needs. For students who want to learn faster, Rio & Learn offers one-to-one classes. You’ll assimilate the language as we take you to different places to live real situations. With Rio & Learn’s Funlearning Method, enjoyment is central to the language learning experience. Choose to learn Portuguese while having the experience of your life at Rio & Learn.

3. Português Carioca

Português Carioca is a Portuguese course for foreigners in Rio de Janeiro whose number one goal is learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese language. The Portuguese course at their language school is intended for those from all nationalities who live, work, study or on vacation in Brazil and really want to learn to speak Brazilian Portuguese in first place.

4. Fala Brasil

Fala Brasil is committed to high-quality Portuguese language learning and introducing participants to local Carioca culture. Students learn Brazilian Portuguese in a rapid, natural way through practical and experiential classes. Offsite lessons allow students to put their skills into action. Fala Brasil is located in Vila do Largo, one of Rio’s most vibrant and convienent neighborhoods. They offer individual and group sessions covering topics from Street Smarts to Business Communication with online options. Fala Brasil’s network of immersion partners provides unique access to local life in friendly environment.

5. Carioca Languages

Carioca Languages is a course specialized in teaching Portuguese to foreigners since 2011. The school attends to different nationalities, ages and objectives in dynamic, fast and effective manner. Carioca Languages classes are organized according to the students objectives. This way, either online or presential, they attend the necessities of all profiles: residents, tourist, exchange students, professionals.

6. Language Vacation

Learn Portuguese in Rio, enjoy your Portuguese learning vacation in the cidade marvilhosa "marvellous city", located between the ocean and the mountains. The school is situated just four blocks from the famous Ipanema Beach, which means you can come to school wearing your shorts and Havaianas! Every day there are 100% free and fun activities in Rio de Janeiro for students to socialise and practise their developing Portuguese skills. The wide-ranging activities and excursions the school offers enables students to get to know each other better.

7. Idiomas Rio

Idiomas Rio is a school specialised in Portuguese for foreigners which offers regular Portuguese courses, learning intensive and semi-intensive programs with specified objectives and also Portuguese private classes. They are committed to high-quality language learning. At Idiomas Rio, students learn Brazilian Portuguese in a rapid, natural way.

8. BrazilLink Portuguese Language School

BrazilLink Portuguese Language School is located in Barra, a fun neighbourhood, right next to the beach, 200 meters from the Farol da Barra, with a wide range of restaurants and bars on its doorstep and it has excellent transport links to other parts of the city. The school has 3 classrooms with multimedia equipment, fans, air-conditioning and natural light. BrazilLink is more than a language school, it’s a place where language meets culture. Teachers have years of experience and they love what they do, they enjoy meeting new students and offer a warm welcome that makes you feel at home right away. 

9. Aprenda2

As well as teaching the Portuguese language, the lessons at Aprenda2 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 Aprenda2 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.

10. Fala Aí Portuguese

Fala Aí is a Portuguese language school for foreigners located in Copacabana, near Siqueira Campos metro station. It was created in January 2016 and has since helped countless people from all over the world to achieve the goal of learning Portuguese. During the classes, topics that relate to the culture and daily life of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil are addressed, so that the students will understand better how things work here and then they can live to the fullest their experience.

11. ILC Brasil

Opened in 2014, the “Instituto de Língua e Cultura Brasileira ILC Brasil” is more than a Brazilian Portuguese language institute. Beyond striving to offer a learning experience, they act as a research center: putting together academic research, new technologies and innovative teaching techniques to the service of the language of Camões as it is spoken in Brazil.

If we missed one of your favorite language schools, even if it's your own, don't hesitate to email us at outreach@vidalingua.com.

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