Portuguese Lessons


Do you want to:

star learn Portuguese?
star have an experienced certified teacher?
star have private lessons around Leiden?
star or private online lessons?

Look no further, you are at the right place!

My name is Jama Garcia and I can be your teacher.

About Me


I started teaching English and Portuguese almost two decades ago.

For over 10 years, I taught at several languages institutes in different countries. During this period, I witnessed students getting better jobs, passing language exams, travelling around the world, communicating with loved ones and expanding their horizons. Being able to guide students on their language learning journey is extremely rewarding to me.

Besides being an enthusiastic language teacher, I am also a Dutch language learner, a podcast listener and a traveller.


Pre-master's Programme English & Linguistics
Leiden University

Delta 1 & 2

Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Cambridge English Language Assessment

Post Grad

Post-graduation programme Applied Linguistic in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)


Bachelor Degree in Language Studies: Portuguese and English Languages
Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio Mesquita Filho" (UNESP)


To be able to help you out, first we have a 15 min interview. It is free of charge. You let me know why you want to learn Portuguese, your expectations and goals. Then, you take a placement test. After that, I design a course for you. As simple as that.

Your course has:

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Online Lessons via:

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In 2016 I decided to learn Portuguese. I started by myself with online courses. After a couple of months I knew I needed a teacher to give me feedback on my speaking, and writing. But I also needed a teacher to motivate me and to facilitate my learning process. I am happy I found Jama to teach me this beautiful language and provide me the feedback to improve my speaking and writing. Jama has the patience, empathy, creativity and flexibility to design and facilitate the learning process I need.
I have been learning Portuguese with Jama via Skype for 9 months. Jama identified my language level very quickly and our lessons are designed with interesting topics to me. My goal is to speak and Jama makes sure I speak a lot during the lessons. We discuss about articles, videos and/or our lives. I recommend lessons with Jama, she is a great teacher!
As a new resident in Portugal, I found it difficult to learn Portuguese. Among reasons is the local portuguese pronunciation with words often squeezed. I decided to find a brazilian teacher so as to learn the language through a more distinct pronunciation and bearing in mind that the vast majority of portuguese speakers worldwide are from brazil. Classes with Jama are both efficient and fun. Although fully online, we manage to cover very diverse topics and include rich content such as documentaries, news, documents but also APPS and gaming. My kids are also taking classes with Jama and they enjoy it lots. They are making tremendous progress. I highly recommend Jama for her outstanding teaching skills.

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