Brazilian Cultural Observations

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A Foreigner Trying To Understand Brazilian Memes

  • 27 Jan, 2016
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Brazil’s viral celebrity, Inês Brasil, in which I attempted to explain this intriguing sub celebrity to other non-Brazilians. I noted that in the last few years she has become an internet powerhouse in Brazil, yet I wasn’t 100% sure why. So I posted, hoping that someone could help… Read More
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A Foreigner Trying to Understand Brazil’s Viral Celebrity: Inês Brasil

  • 14 Jan, 2016
Walk past the many newsstands on São Paulo’s Avenida Paulista right now and you will see Dilma’s face splashed across the front cover of The Economist. ‘Brazil’s Fall’ is the headline, accompanied by a rather unflattering picture of the defeated-looking president. Within the pages of the most recent publication you will find forecasts of doom… Read More
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A Foreigners Guide To Brazilian TV Presenters

  • 6 Nov, 2015
For a foreigner with access to a TV over here, the world of Brazilian TV can seem like a minefield of the bizarre. So what I’m going to do with this post is give a tongue-in-cheek rundown of the five presenters I consider to be the most, erm, interesting. Starting with: Ana Maria Braga I… Read More
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Brazilians: On British Teeth – Part Two

  • 25 Sep, 2015
When I told my friends I was writing a post on what Brazilians thought of British teeth, I asked a few of them for their opinions. Whilst some were pretty non-plus about the state of our (not so) pearly whites (you can read those comments here), others were absolute bastards and delighted in telling me… Read More
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Brazilians: On British Teeth – Part One

  • 18 Sep, 2015
Back in the day when I was an obnoxious teenager with a face full of spots and a pretty big collection of Euro-dance CDs  (“What is Love? Baby don’t hurt me!”), I remember watching an episode of the Simpsons. In this particular episode Ralph had gone to the dentist, but because he hadn’t been brushing his… Read More
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Trying To Understand Brazilian Timing – Part 2

  • 28 Aug, 2015
A couple of months ago, myself and forty friends went to the countryside of São Paulo to a place called Igarata. We’d hired out an incredibly beautiful mansion for the weekend (I know, right? Beijo no ombro!), were we spent two days drinking, eating and doing plenty of catching up. Because there was a DJ… Read More
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Brazilians- Tell Me Lies, Tell Me Sweet Little Lies!

  • 13 Aug, 2015
A couple of weeks ago I went to the cafe at Casa Das Rosas to swat up on some long overdue Portuguese study. I hoped that the place would be quiet enough for me to study without too many distractions. However, I clearly hadn’t bargained on an incredibly loud Brazilian woman being on the next… Read More
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Trying To Understand Brazilian Timing- Part One

  • 8 Jul, 2015
This week I wrote a guest post, focusing on some of the things I’ve learnt about teaching ESL in the five years I’ve been living in São Paulo (I’ll add this to the blog’s Facebook page when it’s published). Not long after hitting that send button I began to reflect on other aspects of life in… Read More
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Awkward Lift Moment

  • 25 Jun, 2015
“The room we usually have class in is booked today” began the whatsapp message my student sent me a few hours before our class was due to start. “So I’ve reserved us a room on the 10th floor. See you soon!” “No problem!” I responded, “See you there!” I didn’t give this room change too… Read More
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