Brazilian Cultural Observations


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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear Me: Letter to my ‘Just-Arrived-In-Brazil’ self

  • 24 Nov, 2014
In my English classes recently, my students have been looking at letters written by well known celebrities to their 16-year-old selves. Not only has this exercise proved to be a great way for my students to practice conditionals, but some of these letters have actually been pretty funny, others quite moving and some fairly thought… Read More
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The Weird and Wacky World of Brazilian Sub-Celebrity

  • 5 Nov, 2014
Every country has them. Those individuals who mysteriously manage to become household names, in spite of their lack of talent or obvious appeal. As someone from the UK I’m more than familiar with the absurdity of this z-lister celebrity culture. I’d even go as far as to say it fascinates me. In my humble opinion,… Read More
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