Tim Weathers

Tim Weathers

“Having attended two years of Portuguese classes, at Degree level, with both Jana and Kenya, I have only positive feedback for them both. Engaging, enjoyable and above all results orientated. My level of Portuguese improved way above my expectations and the key ingredient to both Jana and Kenya’s methods is to marry their teaching skills to a class of individuals who have different levels of Portuguese.What I will also say is that the attendance levels of their classes were consistent, everybody enjoyed being in the class which is testament to Jana and Kenya’s patience and empathy when their students might be struggling with a concept or grammatical structure. My experience with language learning stretches back a number of years over various languages and I can honestly say that Kenya and Jana are up there with the best”. Tim Weathers

David and Ellie Flaxen

David and Ellie Flaxen

“We have been studying Portuguese with Jana for several months now and find it really enjoyable. Jana is an excellent teacher. As a retired teacher myself, I appreciate her methods and expertise. She is very organised, with lessons always well planned, but at the same time she is also very flexible and able to adapt and tailor her plans to our needs. Her lessons are never dull. They are inventive, employing a wide range of teaching aids (magazines, CD’s and an amazing range of websites to help us). Jana’s enthusiasm and irresistible sense of humour keep us well engaged during the lessons.We have just returned from our first visit to Brazil, where we met the family and friends of our Brazilian son-in-law. Many did not speak English but we found that we could cope. David even made a speech in Portuguese which was very well received at a party celebrating our daughter’s marriage. We’ve still got a long way to go to become fluent in Portuguese, but we now feel that it’s possible, especially with Jana’s supportive and energising help.”   – David and Ellie Flaxen 

Madelyn Puente

Madelyn Puente

“Working with Kenya over the last year of Portuguese study has been a fantastic experience. Kenya has a thorough and professional approach to her teaching while remaining flexible to my personal objectives and abilities. Our classes always strike a good balance between technical study, culture and conversation; whatever the subject, Kenya is able to facilitate conversation and fluency. She keeps the lessons very fresh and interesting, and is happy to focus on my interests (preparing for a trip to Brazil, preparing for the CELPE-Bras proficiency exam) or make suggestions for something new. Even after working a long and stressful day I always look forward to the classes as the highlight of my week. Finally, the convenience of the class is really invaluable as we meet directly at my office and can schedule around my often unpredictable schedule.  The best part about working with Kenya has been my significant improvement over the year in both speaking and comprehension. The Brazilians I meet always tell me that my teacher must be excellent – I take their word for it!Madelyn Puente

Jose Sosa Del Valle

Jose Sosa Del Valle

“I have been taking private lessons with Jana for the past year or so.  As I work in Private Equity and in the Latin American sector, my business knowledge of Portuguese needed to vastly improve.  Jana’s approach to teaching is very methodical yet flexible enough to adjust to specific requirements.  She is very experienced and knowledgeable in teaching and understands well business needs.  She has a warm and friendly manner making it a joy to have lessons with her.  My Portuguese has improved immensely thanks to Jana and has far exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly recommend Jana and cannot praise her enough!”  – Jose Sosa Del Valle

Jacob Knight

Jacob Knight

“Lessons with Jana are great!  I have lessons at my workplace and Jana always tailors the content and speed depending on my energy levels on that particular day.  The lessons are always good fun and I genuinely look forward to them each week. I would definitely recommend Jana; her good sense of humour, impressive organisational skills (for a Brasilian!), enthusiasm and her obvious pride when she realises one of her students have grasped a new concept will certainly ensure you will enjoy learning this sometimes challenging language!”Jacob Knight

Nadia Marancenbaum

Nadia Marancenbaum

“I’m a student at Birkbeck University. Kenya was my teacher for two years. She is an amazing teacher! I truly enjoyed her classes because she managed to make them quite entertaining, including culture or any current interesting subjects, balancing that with grammar. In those two years with Kenya, she helped me to make a huge improvement in my Portuguese grammar and I felt quite confident when speaking Portuguese as well. I would strongly recommend Kenya as a teacher because of her valuable skills, knowledge and friendly personality, which are the perfect combination for a language teacher.”  – Nadia Marancenbaum

Sebastián and Francine Welisiejko

Sebastián and Francine Welisiejko

“Lessons with Jana simply adapt perfectly to our needs and times. You can tell the course was carefully designed to give us students the tools we need to learn Portuguese in a friendly but still academically challenging environment, adapting the contents and teaching rhythm to our necessities and capabilities. Jana´s charisma, dedication and joyful personality complement the course to create an unique atmosphere!” – Sebastián and Francine Welisiejko

Rodney Johnson

Rodney Johnson

“I have been learning Brazilian Portuguese since I came enchanted with Brazil on my first visit there four years ago and my dream to move there one day was born.  Since then I have returned several times and sunbathed on dozens of Brazilian beaches, sambaed at countless carnival parties and revelled at unforgettable ‘reveillóns’. I got so much more out of my trips by learning Portuguese, formed so many new friendships and learned so much more about this amazing country, it’s people and culture. Jana has helped me get one step closer to realising my dream of moving to Brazil one day. Classes are always interesting with a focus on conversation, she introduces complex aspects of grammar deftly.  
Having a native Brazilian as a teacher is invaluable for explanation of idiomatic phrases and cultural aspects.” – Rodney Johnson
Russell Leahy

Russell Leahy

“I studied Portuguese with Kenya at BBK University of London for 2 years as part of my BA in Modern Languages. I am extremely happy with the rapid progress I made studying with Kenya. Her classes are always well organised and interesting. They are also a lot of fun. She is an extremely patient and intuitive teacher and has a unique way of adapting her style to suit the student’s individual requirements. I thoroughly recommend studying with her.” –  Russell Leahy 

Claire Montez

Claire Montez

“I have been taking private Portuguese lessons with Jana through Extra-Language for the past 3 years and it’s been really great. Jana has managed to make me progress from a very hesitant Portuguese speaker to a confident chattering one. It’s made a real difference for me when I visit my in-laws and my husband’s friends: I can now understand everything and participate in the conversation! Jana took the time to understand who I was and adapted the program to my needs and style of learning. My classes are after a long day’s work and Jana is flexible enough to adapt the class to how much energy I have. She is always proposing new activities, topics for discussion and mediums for learning.We have listened to Brazilian music, watched Brazilian films, talked over a glass of wine and of course done exercises on paper to formalise everything.It’s this diversity that has made me look forward to her class every week and sustained them for so long.  I would recommend Jana any day!” – Claire Montez