Going to work in a foreign country can be exciting and nerve-wracking, fun and scary. Cultural barriers are a very real thing that can make the experience that much harder. So it is important to rely on a set of strategies to break cultural barriers and make it easier to live and do business in a
Having adjusted once more to a culture that is not Brazilian, I find myself gifted again with hearing small groups of others speak Brazilian Portuguese from time to time. I use the verb “to gift” because when I unexpectedly come across someone from my second home (Brazil), it´s a special occurrence.
(It says there are many accents in Brazil thus everyone should respect each others) One thing that has always surprised me about Brazil is the number of accents one can find from region to region and state to state. It often feels obligatory, among Brazilians, to mention certain regionalisms when
The fact that you are browsing around on Street Smart Brazil indicates that you are interested in learning Brazilian Portuguese, and possibly thinking about moving permanently or temporarily to Brazil. Moving to another country is a huge step and finding a good source of information about all the
I was on Reddit, a popular crowd-sourced news site when I noticed one of the breathtaking photos of Rio, shot from atop the highest point at Sugarloaf Mountain. Of the more than 500 comments it garnered, the most interesting, or rather surprising, were by a mix of about 10-15 people made up of
If you’ve been to Brazil, it’s likely you’ve taken a bus. If so, you’ve met the cobrador, or fare-taker. The position provides employment for as many fare-takers as there are bus drivers in the country, but the real question is: are they necessary? Both sides have been debated for at least the last
When people think of Brazil and dancing, images of samba and forró come to mind. But what about something more classical, like ballet? In the city of Joinville, in northern Santa Catarina, one can find the only foreign dance school to carry the name Bolshoi (meaning “large” or “grand” in Russian).
Would you believe me if I told you the samba-canção is not just a type of samba song, but an intimate piece of clothing? If you’re a guy, it might be something you’re wearing right now. In English, we all know it simply as boxers. But how did boxers get the name of a musical
Things of a personal nature were turning sour. I had just up and moved to a new city, friends were either far away or hard to come by, I was finding it pretty difficult to relate to my neighbors in the quasi-favela where I was living (most of them were from the poorest parts of the interior,
(terra.com.br) In some of the cities I lived in, my stay was short, so finding a good and quick food fix was a priority no matter where I landed. If you’ve been on the streets of Brazil at night, you’ve most likely walked by a food cart or truck. If you’re lucky, you’ve even sat down for a bite and