Most middle- and upper class citizens have studied some English, but don’t expect your average cab driver or sales clerk to be fluent in any language other than Portuguese. Many language schools offer courses to foreigners interested in studying Portuguese.
Language institutes include:
Alumni Rua Padre João Manoel 319, Jardins (5644 9700/ alumni.org.br)
Fast Forward Alameda Lorena 684, Casa 4, Jardins (3051 7112/ fastforward.com.br)
Flextime Language Center Rua Alves Guimarães 310, Pinheiros (3086 2039/ flextime.com.br)