Brazilian prostitutes are signing up for free English classes in preparation for the World Cup next year.

The enterprising call girls are hoping the lessons will help them communicate better with the expected influx of foreign clients, the Associated Press reports.

Cida Vieira, president of the Association of Prostitutes in the city of Belo Horizonte, said 20 had already signed up for courses, and a further 300 of the group's 4,000 members are expected to do the same.

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Brazilian prostitutes are already signing up for free English lessons (file picture)

"I don't think we will have problems persuading English teachers to provide services for free," she said. "We already have several volunteer psychologists and doctors helping us."

Free French and Italian classes are also being considered.

Vieira added: "It will be important for the girls who will be able to use English to let their clients know what they are charging and learn about what turns them on."

Prostitution is legal in Brazil, but the announcement has sparked some indignation, with newspaper Folha de Sao Paolo publishing a comment by a reader who called the news "unbelievable."

"This is a country that wants to be taken seriously?... that pretends to fight sexual tourism and other exploits worthy of a 18th century colony," Nereu Augusto said.