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.
ABRACE is amazing. It does only get the kids engage in learning g portuguese; ABRACE teaches our children to love and respect our culture, our language, our people
ABRACE is indeed an extension of our family.
ABRACE is the best. My 2 older kids love Saturday morning when they get to meet their brazilian friends a speak our language. My little one is 3 years old but can't wait to get started
ABRACE is much more then a portuguese school. ABRACE is part of our FAMILY.
A Abrace, para mim, está diretamente relacionada à proximidade com o Brasil de uma maneira singular. A possibilidade de falar, escrever, pensar, ressignificar conceitos, em Português, faz com que eu me sinta mais próxima de casa.
Apesar dos muitos anos de experiência em educação e do muito que vi, me encanto, me espanto e me emociono com o beleza do trabalho, com o comprometimento e, sobretudo, com a história de vida desse lugar que oferece um pedaço de Brasil a todos nós.
Abrace is the best! I went there looking for Portuguese classes for my daughter and ended up finding a second home. This is not just a Portuguese school. This is a community organization helping to foster a sense of belonging among Brazilian expats and helping to bring Brazilian culture to Americans in the DC/MD/VA area. May daughter loves attending classes every Saturday, and I love it to see the new friends I've made there. It makes both of us a bit closer to Brazil.
A animação das crianças, nos sábados de manhã, a alegria com que vão para as aulas na ABRACE, onde encontram sua turma, sua família maior, a brasileira, a que fala português, é uma festa, é de um valor inestimável!
A ABRACE foi muito importante para a minha família quando chegamos aos Estados Unidos, longe de tudo e de todos.
Nos proporcionou uma convivência com outras crianças, aumentou a auto-estima, ambientou, aconchegou e consolidou toda a transição do português para o inglês e para a nova cultura.
Tive também a excelente oportunidade de trocar experiências com outras mães que já moravam aqui por mais tempo.
Tudo isso, fazendo com que ainda estivéssemos ligados ao Brasil, mesmo estando tão longe, falando em um bom e gostoso português.
Eu diria que a ABRACE é um território brasileiro em Washington/ DC, nos trazendo a deliciosa recordação dos sabores das comidas, dos cheiros das flores, das músicas folclóricas e da MPB, das brincadeiras de roda, das danças, dos esportes, dos lugares e das cidades...
My son, who is 4, has mastered Portuguese, even though everywhere on his environment English is the main language. He learned so much for the time he was taking classes at Abrace, and not just the language, but also the whole cultural heritage. The teachers are excelent and I just feel super blessed for having this little "Brazil" right here in the DC area. The tuition is very very reasonable, and the extra-curriculum activities promoted is even more enriching. Congrats to this association for the great hard work!
The work that ABRACE is doing in Washington DC is unique, they work with wonderful educators and have a profound impact in the lives of the children they work with. I particularly like to see them so involved in a constant search for knowledge in methodology and curriculum building, while at the same time, very generously, sharing their own findings rooted in their pedagogical experience. This allows for a very productive exchange between researchers and practitioners of heritage language (Portuguese) instruction, and I thank them very much for engaging in this and making us all so much better than we would be otherwise.
A ABRACE é um verdadeiro abraço! Abraço com sabor de Brasil!
É uma alegria ter participado no passado deste projeto e continuar acompanhando cada nova conquista.
Espaço de encontro e de reencontro, a ABRACE tem feito um trabalho fundamental e indispensável, não só no ensino do Português, mas como veículo de resgate social e cultural.
Imagine you are all alone trying to teach the language of your parents, your country, your heart to your children. You are determined. You see it as your mission. But the odds are against you.
I am from Brazil. I didn't grow up watching baseball and celebrating Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean I come from nothing. The richness of where I come from -- my language, my culture, my history and my parents -- is what I can give to my children.
Enter Abrace, an organization of people who will have your back and think of everything to help you in this task that is so much more than simply teaching Portuguese.
Your little one is more of a sports guy and will connect with Brazil via soccer? Abrace offers a soccer class. Your children need access to books in Portuguese? Abrace launches a library. It is Children's Day ? It organizes a celebration.
Yes, thanks to Abrace, my 13-year-old is confident in his writing and has a renewed interest in reading in Portuguese. But, just as important, he loves Abrace and he learns Portuguese while having FUN (is there really another way to learn?).
Abrace makes my mission so much easier. I am not alone.
Todos juntos somos fortes
Somos flecha e somos arco
Todos nós no mesmo barco
Não há nada pra temer!