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About Virginia

Olá! Meu nome é Virginia Langhammer. 


I'm a Portuguese teacher, content creator, and language learner.


I am originally from Brazil, but since 2013 I have called New York my home.


When I moved to the United States, I had the chance to work in the best language schools in NYC, and that's when I discovered my love for teaching the Portuguese language.


Despite having a formal education in language and literature from a Brazilian and an American university, it was learning languages and teaching my students that I developed my best skills as a teacher.


I've always been passionate about languages. Other than Portuguese (my native language), I also speak English, French, and Spanish. 


My experience with foreign language learning gives me the best tools to help my students in their learning journey.


Inspired by my French and English teachers, I created a YouTube channel to teach Brazilian Portuguese in 2018. Since then, I have published nearly 300 free videos, which have gotten over 12 million views. 


A few months after starting my channel, I created my first online course: The Essential Course for Beginners. 


After that, I never stopped creating new courses to help Portuguese learners around the world achieve their dream of becoming fluent in Brazilian Portuguese.


I look forward to having you as my student!


Meet the Team

Now, I’m happy to introduce you to my team. In addition to years of experience as Portuguese teachers, they have also been trained by me to be in tune with Speaking Brazilian School style and standards. I'm sure you'll learn a lot from them!


Venus Santos - Teacher and Content Creator

Hello! I'm Venus. Yes, this is my real name. :) 


I'm Brazilian, from São Paulo, but I’ve lived for 3 years in Buenos Aires, Argentine, and in 2016, I moved to Lisbon, Portugal. 


I've been teaching Portuguese as a second language since 1991. It's a great pleasure for me to help others learn my mother language and culture.


I have a lot of experience teaching Portuguese to Spanish speakers during the time I lived in Argentine, but I’ve also worked with students from many other countries.


I can’t wait to meet you and help you in your exciting journey of learning Portuguese!




Monica Schmidt - Teacher

Oi! My name is Monica Schmidt.

I’m originally from São Paulo, but I’ve lived in New York since 2004. 


I earned a degree in language teaching (English and Portuguese) from PUC in São Paulo and later a master’s degree in Science of Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York.


I’ve been teaching Portuguese to children and adults from different nationalities for 18 years. I also prepare students for the Celpe-Bras exam. I’m a committed learner and I hope that my love of learning inspires my students.


I’m delighted to be part of the Speaking Brazilian School Team!



Gleice Vakhraneva - Teacher and Community Manager

Olá pessoal, meu nome é Gleice.

I was born in a mountain town in Rio de Janeiro State. But I consider myself a "mineira de coração" since I lived in Ouro Preto, MG for about 7 years. 


In 2007 and moved to NY in search of an adventure and now this is the place I call home. I live in Westchester with my 7-year-old daughter and my husband. Professionally, I’ve been teaching Portuguese as a second language for about 11 years now. I also have a Master's degree in TESOL and have been teaching English as a second language for about 18 years. 


I believe the best part of teaching a language is being able to share our cultures and broaden our views about the world.  Espero te conhecer em breve!  



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