Students from Brazil at Bridge English in Denver

Brazilian Siblings Study Abroad at BridgeEnglish in Denver

Raul, Rafaela, and Juliana Tessaro are not your typical English students. These three students from São Carlos do Ivaí, Brazil are siblings who decided to study together at Bridge in Denver to improve their English. They spent months in Denver, advancing their proficiency level as well as getting to know U.S. culture and making new friends. We interviewed the siblings to find out what their goals were in learning English, their impressions of the U.S., and what it was like to study abroad as a family.

Raul, from Brazil, studying at BridgeEnglish

Raul (9 months at BridgeEnglish Denver)

 

Raul started his classes with Bridge in October, with Rafaela, at level 5. He first took Academic English, followed by General English and Business English. He studied with Bridge for a total of nine months, finishing up with his sisters in July.

Why did you want or need to learn English? 



My family always had this wish to travel and go abroad to know about new cultures and experience new things, so learning English was the natural course for me to be able to do that

Raul, and his sisters, from Brazil, studying at BridgeEnglish

 

What was it like studying English abroad with your siblings?

I had a great time! We supported each other and learned a lot.

For you, what is the biggest difference between life in Brazil and life in the US?

People’s openness. I feel like I can talk with most people about most subjects, and that’s awesome! It’s impressive to me taking that people are not so open minded from where I come into account.

What did you like best about your English classes? What was most challenging?   

The teachers and my peers. I’ve learned so much about American culture and other cultures too. The teachers would always find something challenging to keep me improving, and even though my English was already good, I never stopped learning. Grammar and prepositions are the most challenging!

 

Raul, from Brazil, with his class at BridgeEnglish

 

Do you have any advice for people considering studying English abroad?

Please, do yourself a favor and come! By far, this is the best experience I have ever had in my entire life.

What will your English level be when you finish your program and what will you do next? 



C2! And I’ll go to college!

Juliana, from Brazil, studying at BridgeEnglish

Juliana (7 months at Bridge)

Juliana started at Bridge in December as a full-time student. She began her studies in the Academic English Program, at levels 4 and 5, followed by the Business English Program.

 

Why did you want or need to learn English?

I needed to learn English because I want to go to college for a master’s and maybe a PhD in Psychology.

 

Juliana with her siblings, from Brazil, studying at BridgeEnglish

 

What was it like studying English abroad with your siblings?

It has been very good studying here with my siblings! We help each other, we take care of each other, and it also helps us feel like we are home.

Was this the first time you visited the US? If not, where did you go before and what was your experience like?

This is my first time here in the US and I am loving it!

What is one of the most fun activities you did as a Bridge student?

I like the potlucks! It’s fun, the food is amazing, and it’s also a great opportunity to know a little bit more about the other students’ culture.

 

Juliana with her siblings, from Brazil, studying at BridgeEnglish

 

What is your favorite thing about Denver?

Denver is a great city! People are very friendly, there are a lot of outdoor activities, beautiful places and parks to visit. 

What will your English level be when you finish your program and what will you do next?

When I finish the program my English will be level C1 and I will be able to apply for any university!

Rafaela, from Brazil, studying at BridgeEnglish

Rafaela (9 months at Bridge)

Rafaela started her program in October, with Raul, as a full-time student at level 5 with writing, listening and speaking classes. She began in the Academic English Program, followed by General English and Business English, for a total of nine months of English study!

 

Why did you want or need to learn English? 



I wanted to go to the university to do a Master’s in Restaurant Management.

 

Juliana with her siblings, from Brazil, with her class at BridgeEnglish

 

What was it like studying English abroad with your siblings?

It was amazing because I missed the rest of the family a lot and being with them felt like home.

How did you choose Denver to study English?

We looked for the best cities to live in the US and Boulder showed up in the top 10, so we tried to find the best English school around there and it was in Denver. We fell in love with the city and people from Bridge were prompt to help us with all the details and questions.

What surprised you about US culture?



A lot of things surprised me like the way you guys clean the house, the fact that you can still turn the car even if the light is red, how easy is to return defected/unwanted items in supermarkets and stores, the RTD internet system, how people are patient when exiting the bus.

 

Rafaela in Denver, where she studied English at Bridge

 

Why should Brazilians choose Denver as a study destination?   

It’s a beautiful, accommodating and friendly city. You can experience all seasons in one day, the temperature is never too extreme, it’s amazing for skiing and hiking, wonderful landscapes, great breweries and the list could go on.

What will your English level be when you finish your program and what will you do next? 



I’ve arrived here at the level 5 but I feel I’ve improved significantly since coming here to the school even though there is no higher level to move to, I feel prepared to get a master’s in management.

 

The Tessaro siblings, from Brazil, with their teacher at BridgeEnglish

 

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