(Scene from INTENSIVO)

O Encontro – the REMAKE

15 lessons @ Level 1 (beginner to intermediate)

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We've REMADE the original teaching "novela" (story) that started it all: O Encontro (the Encounter). We wanted to update it because our teaching approach has evolved so much since the original was first published in 2008. We've redone the first 15 chapters of this classic: Bigger and better, and in HD.

The Story

Paul, an American journalist arrives in Rio de Janeiro to write a story about Ilha Grande (the Big Island - an island located off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state). Lucky for him his Portuguese skills are about to take a big leap forward as his project assistant (Raquel) is a local native - a "Carioca" (born in Rio de Janeiro's heart).

The Lessons

The format is our most current. Vocabulary is presented first, then the dialog followed by grammar and pronunciation teaching. Reviews & Quizzes are placed at specific intervals designed to keep you from advancing too quickly. The (only) downside to teaching with stories is the tendency to want to race ahead and consume the story. The quizzes serve as brakes as well as an opportunity for the student to practice out loud.

(1) Vocabulary

All vocab sessions now use the new spaced-interval-repetition method. We serve you words from the current dialog, plus missed words from previous dialogs, plus calculated repeats of correctly answered words. Words are served until_they_are_committed_to memory. If you're using a different vocab method that does not allow you to speak the words: PARE! (stop). The connection formed in your head is much stronger when you are forced to vocalize it.

(2) Dialog → en subs

The 1st play of every dialog is done with English subtitles ON. The goal is to understand the story and just hear the sound of the sentences. When you see the word on-screen and hear it simultaneously they become linked sub-consciously.

(3 & 4) Dialog → pt subs & no subs

Repetition is the secret sauce. When you're repeating content that's not boring to watch you are much more likely to pay attention. Download links for the video, an mp3 version, and a PDF are provided on these dialog lessons.

(5) The Breakdown

Line-byline, I explain what you need to know. Sometimes you've seen something before and we're just reminding you - other times it's a new piece of grammar. In either case there are always links and reference materials at the end of the dialog script that will take you deeper. People often want a fixed study-list. My answer is this: Do you want to be told what to study or, do you want access to everything and a map that guides you to what you truly need? Everyone comes to the program with different abilities, capabilities, and experience. We don't provide a one-size fits all system.

(6) Conversation Practice

We'll prompt you to speak some of the most useful phrases presented in the current dialog. Usually, ~3-5 phrases that cycle through until our Google-powered language monster says tudo bem!

(5) Teaching

Contextual grammar examples are proving to be the best approach for teaching grammar rules. The teaching video, as well as an mp3 audio-only version, are offered for download on these teaching lessons.

(7) Review

We pull out the core concepts and phrases from within the script that we want to emphasize and turn then into a sort of slow-motion mantra. A narrator will ask you to repeat certain things and make up others. This part does not rely on speech recognition but rather call-and-response to get you to interact. It's oddly addictive!

(6) Quiz

We're using all-quizzes here (no tests). Quizzes cycle through the ones you got wrong until they're corrected. As an option, they can be skipped as well. You can advance at will - even when there are some quiz questions you simply cannot get right 😉

Lots to download!
The best thing about studying offline is: NO INTERRUPTIONS. I cannot get a thing done with alert messages tempting me all the time. We've added a full stack of downloadable files: videos, mp3s, and PDFs are available for all the lessons. The audio-only versions are great for multi-tasking study, and PDFs of each dialog make it easy to review the written word. ***The 12-month and Lifetime memberships allow immediate download rights; shorter-term members can download after having been active at least 30 days.


Yaron Alves – Paul
Rafael Brits – Recepcionist, Taxi driver
Mayara Bueno – Silvia
Lara Gay – Raquel
Yuri Izar – Presenter
Felipe Miguel – Studio Presenter
Cleiton Morais – Waiter
Luana Salazar – Studio Presenter

Clarissa Appelt – 1st Assistant Director
Cristiano Caldeira – Sound
Vitor Francis – Assistant Photographer
James Hall – Script, Concept and Direction
Fernando Ícaro – Director of Production
Maurício Medina – Production Assistant
Pedro Nascimento – Camera
Felipe Santiago – Director

Mirante da Floresta
Ivan & Rodrigo
Chuani Santos
Daniel, Marina & Alice Hall
Windson Hotel-Leme

Arriving in Rio de Janeiro, Journalist Paul Franklin is on assignment from his publisher to write about Ilha Grande (the big island). He gets a taxi and heads off to a meeting with his new assistant.

Lesson 1

The journey begins. Paul meets associate Raquel for the first time at a restaurant in Santa Tereza.
Verbs introduced: ser

Lesson 2

Paul and Raquel get to know one another over a cup of coffee. Small-talk is on the menu, and Raquel discovers a who she is dealing with. Tudo bem!
Verbs introduced: falar, aprender

Lesson 3

Raquel discovers that Paul’s Portuguese is decent, but basic. His homework paid off. Raquel realizes she is going to have her hands full keeping him out of serious trouble.
Verbs introduced: querer

Lesson 4

Every language has a few difficult but essential verbs. Today it’s ‘ficar’. Raquel explains all. Watch Paul learn. Learn Paul, learn!
Verbs introduced: entender, ficar

Lesson 5

Brazilians love meeting foreigners. They want to know why you’re here, and where you’re from. In this lesson you will learn how to handle this small-talk with style.
Verbs introduced: ir

Lesson 6

Introducing Silvia! Rio is really is small town inside a sprawling metropolis. Bumping into friends happens all the time. Que ótimo!
Verbs introduced: trabalhar

Lesson 7

A decent taxista (taxi driver) will quickly become your best friend. One thing you’ll notice right away: they don’t speak much English.

Lesson 8

Paul almost blows his whole trip by losing his luggage. Rule number 1: Keep track of your bags!
Verbs introduced: estar

Lesson 9
Checking-in to a hotel is always a hassle, in any language. In this lesson you’ll learn how to make it into your room easily.
Verbs introduced: ter

Lesson 10
Room with a view. Complete with air-conditioning, cable TV and a minibar…but what about a wireless connection for the laptop?
Verbs introduced: funcionar, ligar

Lesson 11

Crossing time zones means more than just adjusting your watch. There are holidays, and then there are Brazilian holidays. Be sure you know the schedule before landing.

Lesson 12

Paul wakes up in Brazil a little too early, but most redeeming part about being in Rio is that no matter where you are, there’s usually a beach nearby. Hangovers are soon forgotten.

Lesson 13
In a hurry, Paul catches a bus headed to Copacabana… or is it? And what about the subway?
Verbs introduced: passar

Lesson 14
A subway system – in Rio de Janeiro? Word on the street is: it’s one of the best ways to explore the urban sprawl. Just don’t hop on the wrong train like our superstar journalist does.

Lesson 15
LOST, Brazilian-style. Our hero out-does them all in this episode taking not only the wrong bus, but the subway too. In this lesson we show you how to change directions, FAST.
Verbs introduced: esperar, saber

Lesson 16
Call a cab, your quickest ticket out of trouble or…?

Lesson 17
Como está a sua viajem? Bem melhor with a cell phone and a táxi rescue.

Lesson 18
Don’t let a little rain spoil your trip. In this lesson Raquel teaches us how to find and buy an umbrella.
Verbs introduced: comprar

Lesson 19
How much does it cost? Is it a good price? How do you know the good from the bad. In this lesson we show how a proper purchase is made.
Verbs introduced: custar

Lesson 20

Hungry, thirsty and lost: being a tourist can be tough. But there is a cure — ‘Chopp’, Brazilian draft beer that goes down perfectly, and solves most all traveling ills.
Verbs introduced: beber, comer, fazer

Lesson 21
A sandwich with cheese and pineapple? Served with cold beer and a salad you will love it. Paga com cartão!
Verbs introduced: Pagar

Lesson 22
The day is still early and Raquel has much more to show Paul than a good sandwich and umbrella. Never turn down an offer from a Carioca!
Verbs introduced: Mostrar, Pegar

Lesson 23
Street vendors ride the buses of Rio, “de graça” (free). Learn how to make a purchase without leaving your seat and still get off at the correct stop.
Verbs introduced: vender

Lesson 24

Our site-seeing couple discovers a special stairway in Lapa. Raquel bumps into Isabela, things will never be the same.

Lesson 25
Isabela gives Raquel more than the customary 2 kisses and wants to know everything about her new friend, Paul. Is she just nervous… or, overly curious? One thing is sure, they are going to meet again soon.
Verbs introduced: gostar, morar, subir

Lesson 26
Wandering deep into the neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Paul and Raquel kill some time before a night of dancing and drinking is and: trouble.
Verbs introduced: descer, entrar

Lesson 27
A night out. Caipirinhas are on the menu as well as Brazilian pop (MPB) and of course, jealousy! Está com ciúmes?
Verbs introduced: adorar, dançar, experimentar

Lesson 28

Back at the office, Paul arrives to meet with the or of the magazine. His special assignment is about to begin.

Lesson 29

Before starting his assignment, Paul meets for the first time with the magazine’s or, Andrea. Business Portuguese is no big deal!
Verbs introduced: chegar, conhecer, escrever, levar

Lesson 30

Paul learns how to pack for a trip, Brazilian-style. Lucky for him, he knows how to call for telephone-support.
Verbs introduced: precisar

Lesson 31
Bags packed, tickets paid-for. They just need to pick-up the photographer and get out of town!

Lesson 32
On the “high-seas” for about an hour, our group arrives on the island where they discover that – there are no cars. Plenty of horses and dogs, though.
Verbs introduced: ajudar

Lesson 33
Breakfast on the island, café da manhã. Paul gets a full briefing from Raquel before setting out for the day.
Verbs introduced: começar, encontrar, tomar

Lesson 34
It’s getting late and Paul has again, disappeared. Raquel gets creative with her telephone and the mystery is solved.

Lesson 35
Finally, our trio is reunited and debriefed over a round of caipirinhas. Valeu a pena!

Lesson 36
Time to leave… or, is it? Paul pulls a surprise stop on the way to the airport. Te amo Brasil.
Verbs introduced: partir, perder, ver, voltar