The ABRACE assists and develops transmission of knowledge about the culture and the Portuguese language. Important for all of us who live far from our country and we want to be in touch with our culture, we move on to our children how to be Brazilian. Language is culture. There is no other form of description. Understanding more comprehensive and profound way what language, what is culture and what identity is fundamental to all of us.
In this paper transmitter and disseminator of Brazilian culture ABRACE is fundamental in our lives.
ABRACE is a serious and committed association focused on teaching the heritage of Portuguese language. It is a pleasure that every Saturday I can be reunited with loved ones that are dedicated and hardworking that teach the wonders of the Brazilian culture. It is beautiful to see our little ones so interested in learning about Brazil and its culture. I have been a teacher at ABRACE for several years and I am proud to belong to this fantastic Brazilian educational community.
Abrace plays a very important role in our lives as a Brazilian-American family. Our daughter has the opportunity to learn about Brazilian culture while practicing her Portuguese. Most importantly she is exposed to an environment with families of a similar background, and to Portuguese-speaking children of her age. Our family contributes to Abrace through volunteering, and my husband is also taking language classes. We hope Abrace continues to enrich our experience as a bilingual family for years to come.
Abrace has been an essential part of our Brazilian/ American family. It nurtures a friendly, and fun environment where our 3 kids can cultivate and maintain not only the Portuguese language as well their cultural ties to Brazil through reading , fun games and activities. It really serves us as a cultural bridge as we transitioned from move back from Brazil to the USA, and Abrace has been essential to maintaining healthy ties to Brazil. Our children look forward to every Saturday morning classes.
ABRACE is more than a Portuguese school for little Brazilian-Americans. It is a place where Americans can go not only to learn Portuguese but to get immersed in the Brazilian culture. This is helpful for people traveling to the country for business or tourism purposes alike. There are several high level Brazilian executives that have kids in this school so the professional networking can be powerful. My son is making life-long friendships and keeping Brazil alive in his heart. ABRACE is an unique place, led by passionate and committed parents and kept vibrant by the love of the community.
ABRACE is a magical place where all the magic happens in Portuguese! I feel closer to Brasil every Saturday morning where I get to see all these amazing people I met 2 years ago, when I started working at ABRACE!
It is wonderful to be able to pass the Brazilian culture, language, music, geography and so much more to my students in such a friendly and rich environment!
Abrace does a great job teaching Portuguese as a heritage language. There people have helped me and my family to find a sense of community. The activities are related to cultural diversity and sense of community for Brazilian people in Washington DC Area. My social life is better and happier after Abrace.
Abrace's children program helps bridge the gap between my cultural background as a person born in Brazil and my children's (born and raised in the USA). It is a place where our first generation American children can find other kids who share a similar experience and enjoy their Brazilian heritage.
As an American who has had the opportunity and privilege of having lived in and travelled to a plurality of global locations, I can unhesitatingly say that my acquisition of the languages and cultures of the people that I love is strongly tied to embracing and being embraced by a family. Just as Brazil is a very welcoming country, so is Abrace, which embraces families and provides the cultural and language community that help families deepen the bonds that foster language synthesis and cultural appreciation. My family loves the Abrace family and have been members of Abrace since 2013, when we returned to the US, after having lived for a number of years in Brazil.
ABRACE is part of my family. Every week, ABRACE gives to my kids what I can not fully give them during the week - our rich and diverse Brazilian culture. My kids are fluent in Portuguese and the older ones are already reading in Portuguese. They don't go to ABRACE to learn Portuguese, because this is my job, as a mother. My native language is the least I can give to my kids. ABRACE gives them our culture and our passion for our country and flag. At ABRACE, they are exposed to our folclore, our arts, our music, our customes, our lingo. It is the only place where they will find other people just like them in a different country. ABRACE gives them an identity. It shows our kids that it is, not only ok, but cool to speak Portugues and be Brasileiro. I feel very proud as a parent to be able to give them this amazing gift.
At ABRACE they were able to meet Pedro Bandeira, a famous writer in Brazil; they were able to see a performance from the Brazilian Artistic Group Emcantar, from Minas Gerais (our native state), right here in the DC area.
This is ABRACE, the best we can get from our Brazil in the USA.