Brazilian Cultural Observations

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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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English Speaking Songs vs Their Brazilian Versions

  • 9 Jun, 2015
Last weekend I invited some friends over for an impromptu dinner party at my place. Before eating, I hit shuffle on my media player so that as we drank wine and caught up over a lot of pasta, it would randomly pick songs from my music library. This seemed like a such good idea at the… Read More
mariah

Eight Common Mistakes Brazilians Make In English.

  • 27 May, 2015
A few weeks ago I launched my second ebook, The Top 85 Mistakes Brazilians Make In English. Today I’m going to give you eight examples of the mistakes included in this book. If you’re studying English in Brazil and ANY of these are new to you, I’d advise you to go to the Amazon store… Read More
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Brazilians Vs Star Signs

  • 27 Apr, 2015
I’d been called into the school I used to work at for a meeting, where I was to be told details of my new student. “Oh Andrew, I think you’re going to get on SO well with him” began my boss a few minutes into our conversation. I remember thinking that she seemed far too… Read More
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My Experience Of A Brazilian Graduation Ceremony!

  • 20 Apr, 2015
When my good friend Rita invited me to her graduation ceremony a few weeks back I instantly accepted her invitation. I knew how hard she’d worked to finish her course and the sacrifices she’d made along the way; so I was more than happy to see her collect her certificate. “I should probably warn you… Read More
labrynth

Why Do Some Brazilians Think the French Smell Really Bad?

  • 24 Feb, 2015
“The metro was really crowded this morning,” said my student just before our class started one afternoon. “There was a tall guy holding onto the handrail next to me and he smelt REALLY bad. I was so close to him and the smell was disgusting”. She then theatrically bit down on her bottom lip, raised… Read More
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On Being Robbed

  • 8 Dec, 2014
In my last blog post, I wrote a letter to my just-arrived-in Brazil-self in which I advised a 26-year-old me not to worry too much about being robbed: Trust me when I say this…you will find São Paulo is not nearly as dangerous for you as you expect it to be. Famous last words! Unbeknown… Read More
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