Jean Oshima
2 min readNov 25, 2022

Preply has its issues. I wish the website was a bit more user-friendly, but overall I absolutely love(d) my experience with the online language tutor service.

At you simply search for a tutor for the language you wish to learn, pay the fee the tutor charges, and you are on your way. My first expeience with Preply hit a glitch right away and I sat for an hour at 5:00 am waiting for my tutuor to show up. Virtually, of course. She never did. Months later I got a message from her saying she never received a notification from Preply that I had requested her as a tutor. Meanwhile, I found another tutor. And not just any tutuor. Some things really do work out for the best!

Finding my Euro-Portuguese (there is a big difference between spoken Portuguese in Portugal and Brazil), teacher Manuela turned out to be one of the best things to happen to me in years. She is HIGHLY educated, a professor of Anthropology, speaks several languages fluently, including Swahili, brilliant, funny, personable, and an excellent Portuguese teacher! My guess is, as I told her, she likely excels at teaching whatever subject she chooses. I’m certain her anthro students at the University of Coimbra where she teaches love her!

I could not believe my luck finding her. She was so patient and helpful in every way. I’m hoping one day we will actually meet!

Check it out if you’re serious about learning a language. The rates are quite reasonable and the system is great. Just schedule your classes at the most convenient time for you!

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