Feature photo by Rodrigo Soldon

Want to learn a new language and learn about a new Latin American culture? Gozamos is offering fun, informative, and low-cost classes in Portuguese starting June 1, 2011. Broaden your linguistic horizons and learn about Brazil, the only Portuguese-speaking country in Latin America. Brazil has a rich history and culture that we don’t hear about enough. Join Gozamos as we share this rich part of Latino culture.

About the Class

Have you ever wanted to know what the lyrics of a Bossa Nova song are about? Or how life would be on the tropical and largest country in South America–that surprisingly doesn’t speak Spanish? So come and learn Portuguese! We designed an 8-week course to introduce students with little or no knowledge to the Portuguese-speaking world. The course will teach basic communication skills—understanding, speaking, reading, and writing—and, at the same time, provide exposure to the culture and civilization of Brazil through films, music, food, and dance. The class will be divided into two sessions, where the first one will be dedicated to grammar and conversation, and the second to music, food, and movies about Brazil, its way of life, and culture. By the end of the course, you should be able to invite a girl for dinner, a boy to the movies, to prepare a drink called caipirinha, and to easily communicate at a basic level using the vocabulary and tools practiced in class. Come and join us!

Dates: Wednesday nights, June 1, 2011 – July 20, 2010 (8 classes)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 per session ($120 total must be paid in advanced)
Location: Gozamos Studio
1732 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622

We have few spot available. Please register by May 31 by emailing hola@gozamos.com.
Pay with a check or via Paypal below and send us your full name, email and contact number.

About the Instructor: Soraia de Oliveira

Soraia graduated from one of Brazil’s most prestigious universities with a BA in Arts Management and worked with various media and arts-based projects before reinventing herself as a language teacher. After having rewarding experiences teaching English as a Second Language in Brazil, Soraia used those techniques to teach Portuguese in the United States. In the five years she has been teaching, her students have included sociology and anthropology graduate students from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, as well as businessmen, doctors, and many others with interests in or special ties to Brazil. In addition to English and Portuguese, Soraia also speaks French and Italian. Art was her first love, but languages are her greatest passion! Besides the arts and languages, playing the guitar and singing are also part of her interests in life.

Published by Luz Chavez

Luz Chávez is a founding member of Gozamos, an online arts and activism magazine for Latin@ millennials launched in 2010. With strong female and queer representation in its leadership, Gozamos is one of the few Latin@ magazines dedicated to fighting the -isms Latin@s face in and out of our communities. Gozamos is based at Cultura in Pilsen, an art gallery and community space, that Luz co-manages. She also co-founded two of Gozamos's community initiatives, Chicago Latino Writers Initiative and Latin@ Techies, co-organizing first-of-a-kind events in Chicago, such as the Latin@ Hackathon, Bilingual Tech Fair, and an online directory of emerging and experienced Latin@ writers in Chicago. By day, Luz continues her 15-year career in educational publishing.