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Aquarela Consulting and Publishing (Buriti Inc.) is your best Portuguese textbook publisher choice for acquiring an excellent, practical, and user-friendly Portuguese textbook in the market and for receiving the highest quality linguistic services. We also offer tailor made lessons matched to your individual goals. 

We hope you find our company and product to be your best source for learning Portuguese and culture of Brazil.


Aquarela Consulting and Publishing (Buriti Inc.) was founded in 2007 by founder and author Tarcisio Buriti. We are located in Washington, DC, United States. Over the past years we have grown tremendously due to the success of our textbook, Aquarela Portuguese for Foreigners, and exceptional customer service. We have focused our vision on doing what is best for our customers by providing excellence quality textbook. We know that by providing our customers with the product and customer service they deserve that our company will continue to strive and grow in this industry.

Our Mission

Our mission is to teach, create and exchange knowledge about the language, literature, music, and culture of Brazil. 

Our vision is to unlock the full potential of each Portuguese language learner.

We accomplish this by creating intuitive, engaging, efficient, and effective learning experiences — grounded in years of experience in the education industry. We're helping create a brighter future for students worldwide by applying our deep understanding of how learning happens and how the mind develops.

About Aquarela

This comprehensive book (complete with 8 hours of high-quality audio instruction) will reflect concepts in Brazilian Portuguese language instruction that the author have developed over the last 14 years while teaching Portuguese to hundreds of students of US Federal Government, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and private sector. Although this book is primarily intended for beginning to intermediate level students, given the book’s comprehensive nature, it will prove useful to anyone in need of a thorough and well-organized textbook and a review of Portuguese.

Aquarela Portuguese for Foreigners is designed to teach Portuguese as a second language to people who are interested in learning the language and culture of Brazil. Whether you are interested in business, pleasure or both, Aquarela will expose you all aspects of Brazilian Portuguese and culture. This book aims to be a practical approach to language training, focusing on everyday language use as well as work-related situations. The method provides students of Brazilian Portuguese with an in-depth, structured approach to learning vocabulary, and helps them develop oral communication and comprehension skills. Grammar is explained for practical use, keeping linguistic terminology to a minimum. This book is an excellent source of wide-ranging, up-to date vocabulary and useful phrases, and is suitable for adult students. Aquarela was created to be practical and user-friendly. It contains original artwork and photos which help the user better visualize the beauty of Brazil's landmarks, architecture, landscape, folklore and culture. Lessons are easy to access thanks to a straightforward structure. Grammar is explained in English, presented schematically with graphics and tables, and in context, emphasizing particular grammatical concepts introduced in logical order. The book uses a highly effective method with audios aimed to develop listening comprehension and pronunciation skills. The audios enables you to hear Portuguese as it is really spoken by presenting dialogues between native Brazilian speakers. The audios includes recordings of all 10 lesson dialogues and texts, some grammar, vocabulary and oral exercises. They are available for download on this website.

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