MAKE BRAZILIAN FRIENDS (The easy, fun way!)

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Knowing a bit about Brazilian culture not only makes your language learning more interesting, it is also certain to open doors and make friends for you when you meet Brazilians for business or pleasure.

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?

bola na rede (ball in the net)

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:

Noel Rosa, Conversa de Botequim



How to say YES in Brazil

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In Spain they say “Sí, sí”, but not in Brazil!

One of the first words you’ll probably learn in Portuguese is sim, which means “yes”. It’s pronounced like the “sí” of Spanish, but with a nasalized sound, almost like the English word “sing”.

However, sim is nowhere nearly as frequent in Portuguese as “yes” is in English, or “sí” is in Spanish.

Espera aí!” (“Hold on!”) “I thought Brazilians were friendly!”

They are! This doesn’t mean that Brazilians prefer to say “não” (“no” in English). They just have a different way to accentuate the positive. When it’s time to answer, they simply repeat the verb in the question, without using sim.

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