Brazilian Cultural Observations

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Who is THAT Brazilian in the Katy Perry Lyric Video?

  • 6 Jul, 2017
This week Katy Perry dropped the lyric video for her latest hit, Swish Swish. The clip stars a rather eccentric woman who dances along to the track, whilst making a lot of interesting facial expressions. This woman might have gone largely unknown outside of Brazil for decades, but she is actually an instantly recognisable household… Read More
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Help! How Can a Foreigner Make Friends in Brazil?

  • 12 May, 2017
Every so often, I receive emails from non-Brazilian readers of this blog, asking me for advice about life in Brazil. You see, there are often aspects of Brazilian culture that aren’t easy for us foreigners to get our heads around! The process of integrating can often be a bumpy one – as I’ve documented in… Read More
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São Paulo vs. Rio – An Interview with Sarah Brown

  • 3 May, 2017
It’s not easy to compare Sao Paulo and Rio; the two cities have very different personalities, operate at different paces and their residents often have very different ways of life. But which one would be the most interesting place for a foreigner to live in? For this blog post I invited my good friend –… Read More
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Want to improve your English? I think I can help!

  • 6 Apr, 2017
Back in 2015 I released the ebook The Top 85 Mistakes Brazilians Make in English. As an English teacher I’d become accustomed to hearing the same mistakes being made by my Brazilian students, over and over again. So I wanted to do something about this. This is when I decided to write a book that… Read More
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What does ‘saudades’ really mean?

  • 29 Sep, 2016
Very early on in my Portuguese studies I came across the word saudades. From those Brazilians I’ve talked to, there seems to be a real sense of pride when it comes to this word…there was even a performance during the Rio 2016 closing ceremony inspired by it. But what does it even mean? “It’s a word… Read More
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Konnichiwa Brazil – Interview with documentary maker Moritz Fortmann

  • 15 Sep, 2016
Last year I introduced a new feature to my blog, Meet the Locals. The idea behind this is that São Paulo is home to a number of characters with some very interesting stories. By interviewing these guys for my blog, I want to hear more about the relationships they have with this sprawling, concrete jungle. Well… Read More
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Brazil: Life after the Honeymoon Period – Out NOW!

  • 13 Jul, 2016
My latest ebook Brazil: Life after the Honeymoon Period is out NOW! It is available to buy here on Amazon. Here is the blurb: “Do you want to die?” The thief screamed. “Do you want to die?” He repeated, and as Andrew stared down the barrel of the gun, time slowed down, the air around… Read More
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Culture Shock: The Brazilian Birthday Song

  • 17 Jun, 2016
The first time I celebrated my birthday in Brazil, my friends and I went out to a nearby restaurant. No sooner had we finished eating dinner, out of the corner of my eye, I saw about eight waiters and waitresses marching over to our table. They were led by a strongly built, full bosomed waitress… Read More
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Reflecting on an Unexpected Protest in São Paulo – 2014

  • 3 Jun, 2016
The end for my new book project, Brazil: After the Honeymoon Period, is already in sight and I’m VERY excited about releasing it! This means I’m likely to have more time to devote to this blog too, which I am also looking forward to! One of the chapters in the new book focuses on the protests that… Read More
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The Brazilian House Party Surprise

  • 15 Apr, 2016
On our way to my friend’s place one Friday evening, my housemates and I stopped off at the nearby supermarket to pick up some beers. No sooner had we walked down the beer aisle than a six pack of Coronas caught my eye. “I haven’t seen these for ages!” I told my friend with an… Read More
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