That would be sirius, the dog star.although it is not really the brightest star that would be Deneb. Sirius just looks bright because its closer to us.
Wait until its dark and then look up.... Hey presto you should see it... If not I suggest you try specsavers. Good luck.
The brightest star is Sirius, the Dog Star.
In our "solar" system it would be "sol" our sun that is the brightest star in our sky.