Brazilians are very proud of their history. You can really impress your new friends and contacts by showing that you know things about their country beyond futebol, carnaval, and the beach (a praia).
With a well-placed show of knowledge you can destroy the stereotype of gringos, especially Americans, as cold, impatient, “business only,” people. Here is a great way to establish and deepen friendships, much needed if you want to be successful in business or any other field in Brazil. Click on the link below for an article on Noel Rosa, a good place to start. Why shouldn’t “culture” be fun?
Fantasia de Carnaval (Carnaval Costume)
Note: In Brazil a gringo is any foreigner, especially one from Northern Europe or any English-speaking country.
Songs to improve your Portuguese: