Brazilian Culture: Southern Brazil’s Farroupilha Week

Brazil is full of colorful celebrations steeped in tradition and a sense of community. There’s the all-too-well-known Carnival, as well as many other festivities that bring Brazilians together throughout the year, such as the Boi Bumbá, June festivals, Folia dos Reis, and dozens more. Even more intriguing, different states often each have their own take […]

5 Slangs I Learned in Porto Alegre

One of the coolest things about traveling around Brazil is learning about regional differences in Portuguese. Each state has its own distinct flavor of Portuguese with its own accent and slang. The differences between some regions are so pronounced that sometimes Brazilians can’t even understand each other.

Recently I got to experience the dialect spoken by the Gaúchos, the people from Rio Grande do Sul. On a short trip I made to Porto Alegre I learned several regional slangs that I want to share with you today.