That’s right, the word gringo is not offensive in Brazil. It simply means foreigner. It is a friendly and easy way to refer to foreigners.
The reason I bring up this topic is because it is inevitable for gringos to be called gringos when they visit Brazil 🙂 And it is totally ok. Please do not feel uncomfortable with the nickname. If you date a Brazilian, you may even be called minha gringuinha (if you are a girl) or meu gringuinho (if you are a guy), which are very affectionate terms 🙂
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