Author Tarcisio Navarro Buriti was born and raised in Brazil. In 1992, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he taught Portuguese and Brazilian culture for many years.  His experience and dedication to second language acquisition gave him opportunities to work for the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State - US where, for seven years, he instructed Foreign and Civil Service Officers preparing for overseas posting. He also worked for The Graduate School-USDA, international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), The World Bank, and many private foreign language institutes located in Washington, DC. Buriti earned his MBA at Johns Hopkins University.


Buriti has over fifteen years of experience and track record success across all areas of language program/project management, tranlsatiing and interpreting, curriculum development, testing, coaching, and instructing for US Federal Government agencies, international institutions, military, diplomatic corps, and private corporations.

He worked for ICA Language Services for many years as a language project manager, where he managed  federal government  contract with the Department of Defense, on a dynamic online platform to estimate language proficiency. He has oversight and implemented programs across the organization serving as principal contact between client and the corporation, such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF). ICA Language Services is one of the largest foreign language schools in D.C. region specializing in language training, testing, translation, and interpreting services.

In addition, Buriti has been managing his own publishing and consulting  company since the first edition of Aquarela Portuguese for Foreigners in 2007.


Buriti has a strong passion for developing Brazilian Portuguese training materials because he loves to share the language, history and culture of Brazil with others. He hopes that through his book, students can gain insight into the language and traditions of this unique and inspiring country.  


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