Olá! My name is Karina and I teach Portuguese at several Cactus partners schools in London. I have been teaching Portuguese continuously for about a year. Before being with Cactus, I taught private, individual lessons. I have been teaching with Cactus for a little over a year – teaching group classes!
I moved to the UK about 18 months ago, coming from Brisbane, Australia. It was a big move but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love it here and having grown up in Portugal I feel most comfortable in an European environment. Also, it was way too hot in Australia for me!
I was born in Santos (S. Paulo, Brazil). My parents, who are Portuguese, were living there at the time. We all returned to Portugal when I was still a child, but we’ve returned there many times to visit family and friends. What that means is that I can also use the different nuances of Brazilian Portuguese and explain the differences between this and European Portuguese in my classes. Santos is famous for its traditional walls and canals, its 7 km long beaches, and its football team!
I have a PhD in Immunopathology and Medical Microbiology (quite a mouthful uh?), and I’ve helped quite a large number of students, mostly in Biomedical Sciences, with their lab projects. I’ve been doing this since the early start of my career back in 2005. That was when I discovered I love to teach and have my students go from “wanting to learn” to “doing it” is my favourite thing.
Ok… with my medical background I’ve worked in another field for most of my career. But I was always fascinated by my native language, eager to learn more, and passionate about teaching it to others. So I did linguistic and education courses in parallel, to help me achieve this. And here I am now!
I speak Portuguese and English, and also Italian, Spanish and French. I am trying to learn German but it’s been quite hard to find the time!
I would say, never be afraid to ask questions. Your teacher is there to help you! Also, try and use all the opportunities you have to practice your target language – only by using it will your brain actually start to make the connections you need to become more fluent! Don’t be shy to speak in the language you are trying to learn, and also, listen to some music, podcasts, videos, movies, anything that might help you to be exposed to those sounds.
I would love to see you in one of my courses and teach you the beautiful Portuguese language – if you are reading this and wondering if it is the right move: it is! See you there!
Adeus e até à próxima!
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