Ann Louise Penido
Ann Louise Penido

Ann Louise Penido

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Introduction: I teach Portuguese and Italian. I was born in Rio de Janeiro and lived in Italy (Rome). I live in Los Angeles. I was a teacher at the Beverly Hills Lingual Institute but I have developed my own method of teaching, and what makes me unique is that I look at each student as the most important person on earth! The time you spend with me is to learn the language in the most practical and fast way possible but it is also to expand your knowledge about that culture. And most important: to focus on the themes that are important to you. I want you to enjoy every minute of your life. Yes, besides seriously learning you will have fun. Classes are creative, always upbeat. Do you want to learn the language to travel? To move to that language country? To do business? To talk with relatives and friends of that culture? To rescue your heritage? To pass an exam? My first meeting with you is to figure out your goal, your pace, your interests. Then I design the class so that every second you are moving forward in your understanding and speaking skills. Along the way you are laughing and getting insights into the culture. You are the star of the show. Students are surprised when the class is over as they don't feel time pass so entertained they are, and they can't wait to the next one. I enjoy communicating with people from all cultures and helping them discover the beauty and the treasures of a new culture that I know so well. I speak 5 languages and teach 3. Besides being a teacher I am an author and worked several years as a filmmaker, and the last 4 years I worked at Netflix as a tagger for Portuguese, Italian, French and Spanish content. I also worked as the interpreter for the First Ladies of Africa when they came to Los Angeles for the First Ladies of Africa Health Summit ( I interpreted for the First Ladies of Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique ( Portuguese) and Cameroon ( French)). I love travelling and discovering everything about a culture. Every class is very exciting. Teaching provides me the same sensation of travelling. So you, the student will be travelling with me, the best possible guide to the very best of each culture. I have a broad range of interests, I love cooking, art, cinema, literature, sports, science, wellness, politics, history, you name it! Plus I love people! I enjoy getting to know someone and enriching their lives with culture. You come have a class with me and you leave infused with tremendous joy. La vita é bella! A vida vale a pena ser vivida!

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Sharon M.

I thoroughly enjoy my work and weekly sessions with Anna. We laugh a lot and enjoy getting to know one another while practicing speaking in Portuguese. She tailors the lessons to my level and needs and will also make lessons on a topic I request.
Ann Louise Penido's reply
Parabéns Sharon for being such a hard worker! Your goal is to speak with the relatives of your daughter in law in Brazil and after a few structural classes we are now at the stage where we are putting all in practice with 3-way phone calls to Brazil. I am excited with your progress!
Apr 21, 2020
Rachel S.

Portuguese Lessons

Anna has been my tutor for almost a year now, and it has truly been a pleasure working with her. She is an extremely kind, patient, and encouraging instructor. Our conversations are always so enjoyable and educational. Working with her has helped me to expand my Portuguese vocabulary, speak with more confidence, and learn more about the Brazilian culture. Anna is not just a great teacher, but also a great friend. I highly recommend working her!
Dec 30, 2019
Wendy H.

I hire to teach my son (10) and daughter (8) Portuguese. It is hard enough to keep my kids attention, but Anna managed to do it. Her classes are informative, creative and clever. The kids were never bored and really enjoyed the classes. Anna gave my kids the foundation for what they needed for our move to Lisbon. I highly recommend her. She is a lovely person as well. I would hesitate to hire her.
Ann Louise Penido's reply
Obrigada Wendy! It has been a pleasure working with your kids! Every child has a unique personality and your kids love active games and sports, so I crafted each class to fit their style of learning. I wish you all a great trip and I will miss them!
Jun 15, 2020
Robert G.

I am fortunate to be learning Portuguese with Ms. Penido. She builds her lessons around topics that are interesting to individual students. This approach has been particularly helpful for me.
Feb 19, 2019
Belinda T.

Portuguese Lessons

Ann is a highly skilled and intuitive teacher who works hard to personalize every lesson based on my own interests and the environment I will be stepping into in Brazil. She is helping me understand not just the language but also the culture behind it. I could not be more delighted with the progress I have made and the fun I've had doing it:)
Ann Louise Penido's reply
Obrigada Belinda! You are funny and creative and I am so happy you are having fun while working really hard. I am proud of your progress. You are a delight to teach!
Jan 18, 2019
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Ann Louise Penido


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    My price ranges in accordance to the location that I am teaching and the amount of work that a student requires.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    On the phone, while we figure the schedule we will already talk about your goals. When we first meet I will check what are your interests. Every person learns faster when the topic is something that you are interested about. During our first encounter I will check how you express yourself. Some people prefer more conversation. Others prefer to write down every new thing they learn. I will observe your rhythm, your desire to guide or be guided. Every person has a distinct personality and my specialty is to respect your personality so you feel very comfortable. I will move at your pace. After this initial evaluation I will design the class dividing the amount of new vocabulary, conversation, grammar, reading and writing according to your ability to process the information. And as I am a very informal, upbeat creative teacher, I always check if you are satisfied and if there is something else that could be improved for the next class.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    As a teacher I have a Certificate from the Education through Art from the Art School of Brazil. What does that mean? It means I was trained in a myriad of ways to reach a student, so I can detect when one has a block and I have a box of tricks to help a student move through any block in learning. I have taught people of all ages and all walks of life.

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