Free Conversation Course at the IF- Sertão in Jõao de Deus (2101-4300) every Monday and Wednesday (TOMORROW) from 11-12 or 13-14 in classroom H27. All are welcome and encouraged to join!
For more info, or just for kicks, see my live interview (four minutes of fame) with Grande Rio TV:
Female Anchor: An opportunity for those who would like to work on their English, a free conversation course here in Petrolina with a North American professor, and here she is live with Juliano Roque. Juliano, I think you must have at least knowledge of English to participate in this course, right? Good afternoon…
Juliano: Good Afternoon (in English). So, yes you do have to have some notion of English to participate, but as Professor Cara Snyder, the Professor of the course, and I were just talking about, it’s not outlandish for people today to know English. In reality, English is a very much a part of our reality—someone may know a word, a phrase from a song, this also facilitates [English language learning].
Cara, good afternoon. Besides having some notion of English, or for those who don’t, what will this course be like, how will you give a conversation course for people?
Professor Cara: Well, that will depend on who comes, but it will be just an hour. We’ll play games, learn songs, chat… it will be as challenging as possible within in hour.
Juliano: So would this class be good for people, say, who are wanting to travel outside the country and don’t want to arrive not knowing what to do.
Professor Cara: That too, but it’s also for people, I hear a lot of people say that they need to learn English, they need to practice, they’re a little rusty, so this will be a good chance for them once or twice a week as a sort of “refresh”… a sort of…
Juliano: As a reminder for people to remember the things they learned during x course, etc.
Now, who can participate in this course, is there an age limit for instance?
Cara: No, there’s no age limit. People from the community are welcome to participate, students from all schools, I want everyone to participate!
Juliano: Do you have to pay anything to participate in this course?
Cara: No, it’s totally free.
Juliano: The course will be held at the IF- Sertão in the Jõao de Deus neighborhood, is that correct? Is there a certain time people have to register by? When does the course begin?
Cara: Yes, you can register, or not, I just want lots of people to come and participate so COME, come and join us the course begins tomorrow so come, see what you think and then keep coming.
Juliano: What times are the courses held?
Cara: You can either come from 11-noon, before lunch or from 1-2 pm.
Juliano: I see that you have an excellent accent. Now you’re from Washington (she was telling us that she’s from Washingon, D.C.), you’ve been here for one and a half years, I’d like to know—is it more difficult for a Brazilian to learn English or for a North-American to learn and understand Portuguese as you are doing so well?
Cara: I think it’s much more difficult for a North American to learn Portuguese.
Juliano: What were the most difficult aspects for you to understand, speak and write in Portuguese?
Cara: Humm… I think the accent is probably the most difficult part. As I told you, I arrived already speaking Spanish, so that helped a lot, but there are some sounds in Portuguese that are extremely difficult for us to master like aeroporto (airport), pão, cão: these sounds are difficult.
Juliano: Cara, thank you so much. According to Cara there’s no reason why anyone can’t learn English. The number to the IF- Sertão in Jõao de Deus is 2101 4300 and now for…