Brazilian Portuguese Phrase: Fila indiana

Have you ever found yourself in an “Indian line”? Probably not, but I am guessing you’ve been in a single-file line before. They’re actually the same thing, only I translated “Indian line” from the Portuguese expression fila indiana (which is unrelated to India).

Brazilian Portuguese: Idiomatic Portuguese to Express Flexibility


In Brazil, each day can be an adventure and it’s important to remain flexible in order to best approach or react to what might come your way. In Brazilian Portuguese, there’s a phrase for referring to such ease of movement, or wiggle-room, as it were, and it’s called “jogo de cintura”.