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Simplify Life in Brazil By Learning Portuguese

Brazilian Gringo is an educational service for foreigners in Brazil, that helps you learn Portuguese and understand the culture so that you’ll live a better life in Brazil.

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Want to start learning Portuguese right away? No problem. Get our Brazilian Portuguese courses here.


Brazil Integration Resources

Learn how to become a Brazilian Gringo so that you don’t just survive, but thrive in Brazil, and open new doors to lifestyle and business opportunities.

Brazilian Culture

Brazilian Culture

When in Brazil do as the Brazilians do

Live in Brazil

Live in Brazil

Practical tips for making life in Brazil less bureaucratic

Learn Portuguese

Learn Portuguese

Tips and resources for learning Brazilian Portuguese

Teach English in Brazil

Teach English in Brazil

Make a living in Brazil by helping Brazilians become world citizens

Brazilian Gringo Classroom

The Brazilian Gringo Classroom is where teachers from all over the world come to share their experiences about life in Brazil so that you are better prepared to move to Brazil, learn Portuguese, adapt to the culture and find success when you get here.

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Useful Apps to Download in Brazil

We all know that living in Brazil presents many logistical challenges. Fortunately for lost gringos there are now a number of mobile apps that make foreigner life in Brazil much easier. Not sure where to eat dinner? There’s an app for that. Want to call a taxi...

iTalki Challenge Update 1

A few weeks ago I announced that I was participating in the iTalki challenge to improve my Spanish since I am going to be living in Chile for a while. I wanted to give a quick update on what’s been happening since then both in regards to life and language...

My Mission to Learn Chilean Spanish

How I Came to Chile A lot of people who have been following me over the last few months have expressed confusion over my actions. Why was I in Bulgaria? What was I doing in Vietnam? What am I doing now in Chile? These are all very good questions that shall be answered...

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How I Became a Brazilian Gringo

E aí, tudo bem?

I left the US in 2010 to teach English to speakers of other languages. I did a teacher training course in Mexico and taught in Colombia for a short time before coming to Brazil. From the first moment I was hooked and I knew I wanted to stay in Brazil long term.

Since then I’ve lived in a number of different cities in Brazil, I’ve achieved a high level of Portuguese fluency and I’ve taught English to a lot of Brazilians.

I created this website to help the growing number of foreigners who want to teach English in Brazil and become Brazilian Gringos. If that is your dream I want to help make it happen. Let me know if I can help.
Read more about my story here.