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Why I love Brazilians (& Br. Portuguese)

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Brazilians

If you liked this post, I’ve also written about How to speak like a Carioca, and how to learn Portuguese after Spanish.

Brazilian Portuguese

Motivation is extremely important in being able to improve your command over a language. Today I’d like to share my motivation for deciding to make Portuguese the first language that I want to reach the stage of hopefully speaking with extremely little or even no foreign accent, so that I can blend in easier with Brazilians.

If you are learning a language yourself you should try to come up with a similar list (feel free to share your motivations in the comments) and help reinforce your own passion to learn it :)

Brazilian Portuguese itself is a beautiful language, which sounds really pleasant (especially in music). In my opinion it sounds much nicer than French (which many people tend to rate as the nicest sounding language) and I can even go as far as saying right now that it is my favourite language.

It has lots of interesting characteristics that make it very unique and interesting to study. Despite its similarity to Spanish (which I’ll admit, did give me quite the head start in learning it), there are a lot of differences which are important to be aware of if you are studying it after Spanish. It is its own beautiful language that evolved in a very different way.

However, I’ll admit that my love for Brazilian Portuguese has a lot less to do with grammar, vocabulary, syntax, pronunciation etc. and a lot more to do with something integrally attached to many languages; the culture of its speakers.

Brazil

After travelling for 8 years, and living in 13 countries (and visiting a few others) I can say that my favourite country in the world (at least so far) is Brazil. This is my third time here and it definitely won’t be the last.

There are lots of great things in Brazil; the tropical climate, the food, the drinks, the Carnaval and parties, the dances, their passion for sport, the vast range of nature, the amazing mix of European/South American/African cultures and skin colour, the beaches, and so much more.

But this isn’t what actually keeps bringing me back, and it isn’t the reason I am so passionate about the language. The reason I like Brazil so much is plain and simple; it has the coolest people on the planet! I am so passionate about this belief, that the purpose of this particular visit is to become Brazilian and see if I can understand them better by emulating them; imitation is, after all, the best form of flattery! As I do this, I hope to be able to communicate even better with them and get to know the culture I love so much even more. Today I want to share some of these reasons that I love them so much with you, so you can understand my passion for this mission!

Brazilians

Don’t get me wrong; every place in the world has arseholes, and there’s no way I can accurately generalize almost 200,000,000 people.

But in travelling from Porto Alegre in the very south all the way up to Natal in the north-east, mostly by bus (that’s well over 3,000km), I’ve met a lot of Brazilians on the way, and I rarely meet any that I don’t like. I’ve met lots in Europe too, first by living with several Brazilians in Spain and then through the extremely active communities of Brazilians for almost every major city in the world, in the social networking site Orkut (this site is not as useful in recent years though).

They always have a spark in them that makes them special and unique compared to us Europeans/North Americans. It’s so hard to actually describe this spark, but I’ll try to list a few points that come to mind!

  • They are really friendly! I travel alone and it can be hard sometimes when in cultures that are closed and fearful of making new friends. Here in Brazil, any place I go, I can guarantee myself several invitations to parties and dinners within hours, whether I know someone already or not. There is less of a barrier to break through to be considered as someone’s friend in a shorter time. They share the Irish philosophy of a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!
  • They are social. Although Brazilians do love to watch soap operas and football, they are almost always otherwise out of the house in their free time. Brazil has pushed me towards being extrovert where I was not as much before. I’ve met a few Brazilians who claim to be “shy” and I would put them in good competition for the life of the party compared to other Westerners.
  • They are so nice!! Almost everywhere you go, you are greeted with a genuine smile and curiosity. Rather than being xenophobic, which I have unfortunately come across in some other Western countries, they are actually even more curious to get to know you when they find out you are a foreigner!
  • They are healthy. Brazilians don’t have their famous great bodies because of genetics; they work out regularly, eat a much more balanced diet than a lot of Europeans/North Americans and are a lot less stressed out than them too!
  • They are optimists. Brazil definitely has plenty of problems; poverty, floods, corruption, gang wars etc. but on a day-to-day basis they don’t complain about stupid little things as much as we do, and they enjoy life much more because of it!
  • They are very hygienic – surfaces, buildings and services accessed by the public are cleaned very regularly, and Brazilians have more regular showers than any other culture in the world I’ve encountered
  • They are warm people. I personally love greeting people with warm hugs, friendly pecks on the cheek and maintaining closer body-contact during a conversation. Sadly, other countries seem to have invented this horrible concept of a “personal bubble” that nearly all others can’t ever enter.
  • They are smart. People seem to love to simply categorise Brazil as a third world country that is backwards, where everyone still lives in trees etc. They are actually more advanced than we are in several ways! They use way more Biofuels, they tackle the unemployment problem by creating lots of jobs (like 2 people on a city bus; one to drive and the other to take money who you can pester with questions), they do some things just better than we do (any inter-city bus I’ve taken in Brazil includes a baggage receipt, and the “bag guy” only gives you your bag if you have the corresponding receipt number. In Europe, every time the bus stops I have to look out the window to make sure that nobody is stealing my stuff…), rather than create more bad-blood between countries by inventing different visa systems for different people, Brazil simply has a reciprocal visa system. Anything a Brazilian has to do to get into your country, you have to do to get into his! Good news for Europeans where Brazilians are freely given tourist visas on entry, bad news for Americans, who have to pay $100 and send off an application in advance… just like Brazilians have to do!
  • The beautiful men/women. In my opinion, Brazil has the most beautiful people on the planet, especially thanks to the melting pot of cultures from all around the world. Sadly, there is a misleading belief that Brazilian girls are “easy” that I really hate to hear abroad. This is a complete misunderstanding of the culture; based on the points I gave above, because Brazilians are friendly you can approach even the prettiest girl and she’ll be nice to you, because they are warm they will give you a greeting of kisses on the cheek, as in most Latin cultures. This is all just being friendly. If I ever hear someone speaking badly of Brazilian girls I’ll go Capoeira on them and kick their ass. If you want to be anything more than a friend, you have to be charming like anywhere else in the world. Rather than being simple sex objects, Brazilian girls are strong women (despite the macho culture) and really fun to spend time with. I’ve been told the men are very charming and good looking too!
  • They are relaxed. You learn to love Brazilian time when here. It slows you down to the pace of appreciating life much more than being controlled by the gadget on your wrist will ever allow you to.
  • They are proud. Brazilians love Brazil, and they love the state and the city that they are from. As you can tell, this love is spreading and it has infected me! :P

If I wanted to be exhaustive, I could write a whole book about why I love Brazil and Brazilians, but hopefully this gives you a bit of an idea! If you’ve ever been in Brazil, please share your reasons for also liking them in the comments! Is there another culture or language you are passionate about? Share it with us! :D

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  • http://nodebtworldtravel.com/ brian

    Sounds like you are having a fantastic time. Looks you’ll be there for a while. Wonderful people!
    .-= brian ´s last blog ..The Best of NoDebtWorldTravel.com – One Year Later =-.

  • http://nodebtworldtravel.com brian

    Sounds like you are having a fantastic time. Looks you’ll be there for a while. Wonderful people!
    .-= brian ´s last blog ..The Best of NoDebtWorldTravel.com – One Year Later =-.

  • Goŝka

    I also love brazilian portuguese ’cause it’s so sweet and soft when speaking.
    I can see nothing wrong with the ‘personal bubble’ – I don’t like when strangers have it smaller than I have :P but if they start to be sth. more – why not ;). but, I am rather from the ‘north’ ;)

  • Goŝka

    I also love brazilian portuguese ’cause it’s so sweet and soft when speaking.
    I can see nothing wrong with the ‘personal bubble’ – I don’t like when strangers have it smaller than I have :P but if they start to be sth. more – why not ;). but, I am rather from the ‘north’ ;)

  • Diogo

    As myself being a Brazilian I’ve to say this is really the spirit of the thing, as I can see you already have the “Brazilian Spirit” I guess you’ll not have to work hard on “becoming a Brazilian”. I wish you nothing but the best!
    Just a tip: If i were you i wouldn’t root for Gremio, Vasco da Gama is the best. ;)
    Have a good time here in Brazil.

    • Julia

      What? No, Gremio it’s the best dude ;D

    • felipevollkopf .

      The only thing that will be difficult for him is to speak like us haha ”Gringos” have always the worst accent while speaking portuguese.

    • Diego

      Corinthians is the best, u.u

    • Pedro Paulo

      No, not Vasco! :)

  • Diogo

    As myself being a Brazilian I’ve to say this is really the spirit of the thing, as I can see you already have the “Brazilian Spirit” I guess you’ll not have to work hard on “becoming a Brazilian”. I wish you nothing but the best!
    Just a tip: If i were you i wouldn’t root for Gremio, Vasco da Gama is the best. ;)
    Have a good time here in Brazil.

  • http://noseculpeanadie.blogspot.com/ p

    I agree!

    Being in Brazil it’s almost a therapeutic experience for me. When I’m there, my mind and body are in the right place… it just feels right!

    That’s why I’m going there! ;)
    .-= p´s last blog ..The world is a handkerchief. Parte V. =-.

  • http://noseculpeanadie.blogspot.com p

    I agree!

    Being in Brazil it’s almost a therapeutic experience for me. When I’m there, my mind and body are in the right place… it just feels right!

    That’s why I’m going there! ;)
    .-= p´s last blog ..The world is a handkerchief. Parte V. =-.

  • Johano

    Are you sure you didn’t mean “200 million” instead of “200,000″?

  • Johano

    Are you sure you didn’t mean “200 million” instead of “200,000″?

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ benny

    @Johano Well spotted! 200,000 isn’t that much of an impressive population :P I’ve edited it ;)
    @p Brazil is the best therapy!! I always leave the country chilled out and with a smile on my face :D
    @Diogo Thanks!!! I also feel like I have a bit of Brazilian spirit – hope to gain some more in this visit :)
    @Goŝka It doesn’t necessarily have to be strangers, a lot of Europeans have the bubble with their friends and family too. That’s what I have a problem with! I met you and you are a hugger though! :D
    @Brian Not that long a time, as the name of the site says, I prefer 3 month stays in places, even places as awesome as Brazil :P I’m going home for Christmas and already getting the ball rolling for my next destination and mission!! But as I said, I’ll be back in Brazil soon enough :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com benny

    @Johano Well spotted! 200,000 isn’t that much of an impressive population :P I’ve edited it ;)
    @p Brazil is the best therapy!! I always leave the country chilled out and with a smile on my face :D
    @Diogo Thanks!!! I also feel like I have a bit of Brazilian spirit – hope to gain some more in this visit :)
    @Goŝka It doesn’t necessarily have to be strangers, a lot of Europeans have the bubble with their friends and family too. That’s what I have a problem with! I met you and you are a hugger though! :D
    @Brian Not that long a time, as the name of the site says, I prefer 3 month stays in places, even places as awesome as Brazil :P I’m going home for Christmas and already getting the ball rolling for my next destination and mission!! But as I said, I’ll be back in Brazil soon enough :)

  • Larissa Kochem

    Great article Benny! Loved that you shared it with us. Let’s talk about it in the weekly meeting. See ya there.

    Beijos!!!

  • Larissa Kochem

    Great article Benny! Loved that you shared it with us. Let’s talk about it in the weekly meeting. See ya there.

    Beijos!!!

  • http://www.favelatour.org/ Zezinho da Rocinha

    Awesome to read your Blog..Great insite into Brasil and the culture here!

    :)

    Zezinho

  • http://www.favelatour.org Zezinho da Rocinha

    Awesome to read your Blog..Great insite into Brasil and the culture here!

    :)

    Zezinho

  • http://rogjorn.wordpress.com/ Rogério

    Well, knowing benny in person i know how big is his love for us brazilians and our culture. I totally agree when he says tha twe are proud of our country and roots. I have been in some europeans coutry and i have some dificulties to understand how they behave differently like not hug or smile when you meet some one… and other things that benny already said. so i really loved this post, anyway this blog is awesome1 thnaks benny to share with us! see yah!
    .-= Rogério´s last blog ..Vistos e carimbos =-.

  • http://rogjorn.wordpress.com Rogério

    Well, knowing benny in person i know how big is his love for us brazilians and our culture. I totally agree when he says tha twe are proud of our country and roots. I have been in some europeans coutry and i have some dificulties to understand how they behave differently like not hug or smile when you meet some one… and other things that benny already said. so i really loved this post, anyway this blog is awesome1 thnaks benny to share with us! see yah!
    .-= Rogério´s last blog ..Vistos e carimbos =-.

  • http://www.pondjumperscroatia.com/ Pond Jumpers:Croatia

    I’ve never been to Brazil, but you sure are making a great argument for a visit! There are so many places to visit; it’s so hard to decide where to go/live next.

  • http://www.pondjumperscroatia.com Pond Jumpers:Croatia

    I’ve never been to Brazil, but you sure are making a great argument for a visit! There are so many places to visit; it’s so hard to decide where to go/live next.

  • Julia

    Great Benny!

  • Julia

    Great Benny!

  • Adrias

    Nunca havia visto uma declaração de amor tão completa pela minha terra natal!!! Eu mesma sou do Rio e vivi em 7 estados do Brasil e conheço alguns outros mais….e …concordo com você!! E o Rio mesmo é….notável, não é mesmo!
    Um abraço,
    Adrias

  • Adrias

    Nunca havia visto uma declaração de amor tão completa pela minha terra natal!!! Eu mesma sou do Rio e vivi em 7 estados do Brasil e conheço alguns outros mais….e …concordo com você!! E o Rio mesmo é….notável, não é mesmo!
    Um abraço,
    Adrias

  • Adrias

    Oi, Benny,
    Posso traduzir esse teu post para português e postar no meu blog/site/proz.com profile? Estava buscando mesmo algo sobre o Brasil, que não fosse um texto turístico da prefeitura, ou algo convencional em sem graça. E também não queria traduzir coisas que possam ter copyright. Posso?
    Um abraço,
    Adrias

  • Adrias

    Oi, Benny,
    Posso traduzir esse teu post para português e postar no meu blog/site/proz.com profile? Estava buscando mesmo algo sobre o Brasil, que não fosse um texto turístico da prefeitura, ou algo convencional em sem graça. E também não queria traduzir coisas que possam ter copyright. Posso?
    Um abraço,
    Adrias

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ benny

    Adorei as respostas do povo que mais gosto :D :D
    @Adrias Pode traduzir :) Só quero um link pra o artigo original é que vc explique que foi eu que escrevi etc. Na verdade, fico feliz! Quero mostrar pra todo mundo quanto eu adoro os brazucas!! Quando a tradução for pronta, vou colocar um link ao final deste artigo ;)
    @Pond Jumpers – Yes, I hoped to convey why I love this place in the article! There are plenty of countries with lovely beaches and great parties etc., but Brazil has that and much more ;)
    @Rogério I always have a reverse culture shock going back to Europe and find the distance between people (in Northern countries) frustrating. I throw the local countries rules out the window when I regularly meet with Brazilians though ;)

    Don’t forget to share this article with your friends so more people know how great Brazilians are :D

    • felipevollkopf .

      povo de que mais gosto*
      …mostrar para todo mundo o quanto…
      …quando a tradução estiver pronta…

      Melhore seu Português!

      • Guest

        Quem é vc? O criador do idioma?
        Ainda bem que o Benny não cruzou com mais idiotas como vc.

        • felipevollkopf .

          Não, sou apenas um simpatizante, e estou ajudando ele, que é um amante das línguas, a aprender o português que ele tanto gosta :) Tomara que ele se encontre mais com pessoas como eu, assim ele aprende melhor, né? Já de você não posso dizer o mesmo, né?

      • ddseam

        nao tem nada de errado nessas expressões, sao coloquiais mas na erradas e o portugues dele é melhor que de muitos brasileiros…

        • felipevollkopf .

          Para quê tentar ajudar o cara, se tem um monte de babaca defendendo os erros dele, né? O cara se acha o fogão das línguas mas aprende tudo na osmose, sem gramática nem nada. Só estou corrigindo os erros que ele com certeza adquiriu em virtude de seu próprio método tosco de aprender.

          • boehmiaaa

            temos aqui a ilustre presença de um juiz da gramatica, oooo professor qual a necessidade de ser rude? va dar aulas pra quem te chama!!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com benny

    Adorei as respostas do povo que mais gosto :D :D
    @Adrias Pode traduzir :) Só quero um link pra o artigo original é que vc explique que foi eu que escrevi etc. Na verdade, fico feliz! Quero mostrar pra todo mundo quanto eu adoro os brazucas!! Quando a tradução for pronta, vou colocar um link ao final deste artigo ;)
    @Pond Jumpers – Yes, I hoped to convey why I love this place in the article! There are plenty of countries with lovely beaches and great parties etc., but Brazil has that and much more ;)
    @Rogério I always have a reverse culture shock going back to Europe and find the distance between people (in Northern countries) frustrating. I throw the local countries rules out the window when I regularly meet with Brazilians though ;)

    Don’t forget to share this article with your friends so more people know how great Brazilians are :D

  • troy

    Good to see that I’m not the only one who has experienced Brazil-Mania! About 13 years ago I became friends with some Brazilians and fell in love. I think you’re right about motivation. I doubt I would have gotten very far with Portuguese had I not seem something very special in my Brazilian friends. Two years ago I married a Brazilian. She says I’m more Brazilian than her and likes to joke that I have a radar for detecting Brazilians :-)

  • troy

    Good to see that I’m not the only one who has experienced Brazil-Mania! About 13 years ago I became friends with some Brazilians and fell in love. I think you’re right about motivation. I doubt I would have gotten very far with Portuguese had I not seem something very special in my Brazilian friends. Two years ago I married a Brazilian. She says I’m more Brazilian than her and likes to joke that I have a radar for detecting Brazilians :-)

  • http://dinamicasocial.com/ Schneider

    Hey, I loved your post and I can certainly say that I also do love Brazil, mostly because I’m a Brazilian :)
    This made my day,
    Cheers.

  • Felipe Schneider

    Hey, I loved your post and I can certainly say that I also do love Brazil, mostly because I’m a Brazilian :)
    This made my day,
    Cheers.

  • Luciana

    Agora você deixou os brasileiros ainda mais orgulhosos! Rss
    Que bom que você tá gostando tanto daqui Benny!
    Você ainda vai ser um carioca da gema malandro!

    Abraço!

  • Luciana

    Agora você deixou os brasileiros ainda mais orgulhosos! Rss
    Que bom que você tá gostando tanto daqui Benny!
    Você ainda vai ser um carioca da gema malandro!

    Abraço!

  • Douglas

    Amazing!!! Muito bom mesmo, o seu texto! Parabéns! XD

  • fkwan

    Yup, you're absolutely right. I haven't been able to go to Brazil, but I fell in love with the people and the language pretty much like you did…well, sorta. I heard a piece of music — Tom Jobim and Elis Regina singing Águas de março” and freaked totally out. (My late mom was a big Jobim fan.) I had to find out more about them and there was nothing biographical really in English so I learned the language to read the books and then was wildly hooked, almost ran away with a guy and thought better of it (I was married), but the temptation will linger forever…

  • Gleyce

    Benny
    Estou morando em Londres desde fevereiro do ano passado e te ouvir falando sobre a minha terrinha me deixou com uma saudade absurda!!!
    Muito boa sorte na sua busca de se tornar mais 'brasuca' ainda – porque no coracao voce definitivamente ja e! ;)
    Beijos

  • http://twitter.com/natascha_ Natascha ~♫ ♪

    Really nice post! I'm twitting it. (:
    Also, I LOVE the pic you used. I'm using the same shirt (Grêmio's) as those guys, in my avatar. hahah

    xoxo,
    Natascha

  • danielebrandini

    Você entende o que é ser brasileiro(a)!! Ser feliz com simplicidade e alegria! Seja muito bem vindo sempre ao Brasil, esse país é nosso, é de todo mundo.Não se preocupe em parecer ser brasileiro, seu coração já é, that's enough.:)

  • danielebrandini

    Porto Alegre, RS, Brasil, Tchê! I really liked your article :)

  • http://twitter.com/laylafernandes Layla

    Hello, benny!
    Such a nice post!! It really made me (more) proud of being a Brazilian!

    I don't know if you have already visited Brasilia, but if you ever come here, let me know! I'd love to show you around the city and help you with your mission of becoming a Brazilian!! I have some friends that would love to meet you!

    And, by the way, your written Portuguese is really good! Congrats!

    xoxo

    Layla

  • http://www.barbarabasso.blogspot.com/ Barbara

    A friend of mine shared the link to your post… and I was so happy to hear all this about my country and our people!!! :D
    It's so nice to know that you found your place in our country and that you feel brazilian! :)

    Thanks for sharing your impressions and letting us be even more proud of ourselves ;)

    And good luck in learning the language!! Hope you will get to the level when even we cannot say you're not from here ;)

  • http://www.ellenemdublin.blogspot.com/ Ellen

    Hiya!
    Happened to come across your post randomly….loved it. Glad that ya had a good time in Brazil! =)
    I'm brazilian but I've been living in Ireland for almost 2yrs. Well, have to say that I'm totally in love with your country! When you say about the philosophy of “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet” is so true! Irish people are good people as well…nice, friendly, good fun!
    Enjoy Thailand! x =)
    Ellen

  • Danilo

    Me senti em casa lendo isso… muito legal… you're on the right track.

  • http://blog.dudektria.org/ Schneider

    Hey, I loved your post and I can certainly say that I also do love Brazil, mostly because I'm a Brazilian :)
    This made my day,
    Cheers.

  • http://twitter.com/Graci_1978 Graci Almeida

    A very flattering article, thanks! I couldn't agree more, and now I can share my/your views on us Brazilians with other people without having written a self-eulogy myself… I'm sure you will become a Brazilian eventually, as you are definitely in the right path!

  • http://learnspanishfastcourse.com/ Jay

    During my time in Spain i met a lot of Brazilians, and they are generally good people.
    What i like most about them, is that they seem to be joyful people. They are always up for a good time.

    I love portuguese and speak it a bit, after i dominate Spanish, my goal is to learn the basics of portuguese.
    I'm a bit scared that i'll mix up spanish and portuguese though. I'd rather speak one language well, that two languages mixed.

  • Lainecris

    Hello I am Brazilian I really enjoyed your post, especially the promise to kick in capoeira “butt” of those who say that're easy hehehe
    Actually in Brazil is more liberal in a matter of clothes, but these things also see in European countries, still does not mean we're easy.
    We have morality, respect, commitment to society and economic independence.
    And be very welcome in this country which is also European, African, Asian and American.
    Come to the Northeast of Brazil further guarantee you will learn a lot, even with our “Portuguese nordestinizado” hehehe

  • Elaine

    Hello I am Brazilian I really enjoyed your post, especially the promise to kick in capoeira “butt” of those who say that're easy hehehe
    Actually in Brazil is more liberal in a matter of clothes, but these things also see in European countries, still does not mean we're easy.
    We have morality, respect, commitment to society and economic independence.
    And be very welcome in this country which is also European, African, Asian and American.
    Come to the Northeast of Brazil further guarantee you will learn a lot, even with our “Portuguese nordestinizado” hehehe

  • Renata Capdeville

    Oi, Benny!
    Gostei muito do artigo. Deu para sentir a sua paixão.
    Obrigada por cuidar da fama das brasileiras :)

  • SophiaMK

    Por acaso você passou em Curitiba? Completamente diferente do resto do país… E que eca hein, torcedor do Grêmio agora?! Atlético Paranaense na veia malandro! Se bem que eu sou Mineira (Minas Gerais) então na minha modesta opinião você tem que visitar Ouro Preto!

  • http://bitpop.info/ mariane

    Os colorados fanáticos devem odiar esse texto só por causa da foto : P

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Glad you liked it ;)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Valeu!!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks for sharing that story! :) Why not satisfy that temptation?? Go check out the best country in the world :D

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    oww, muito obrigado!! :) Me sinto muito brazuca mesmo :D Posso entender as suas suadades, agora também tenho porque estou fora do Brasil!

    • http://herberthamaral.com/ Herberth Amaral

      Realmente, seu português parece ser muito bom :-)

      Dê um pulo em Belo Horizonte quando vier novamente ao Brasil!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mariana.dantas.3954 Mariana Dantas

      Não deixe de visitar a capital quando voltar ao Brasil! :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks for the tweet ;) I knew using the Grêmio photo would make some people happy (and others angry!!) It's the best photo I have with me and Brazilians – I should take some more :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Gostei!! :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.ragazzi David Ragazzi

      Amigão.. você já é brasileiro!!! Sentimos muito orgulho quando temos pessoas como você sentindo e respirando nossa cultura.. Logo, logo você virará um brasileiro no papel, porque no coração você já é!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks ;)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks Layla!! Brasília is one part of the country I haven't been to yet, so I'll visit it when I get the chance – hope to meet you there some day and you can introduce me to your friends ;)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    I kind of did reach that objective in the end! But I'm not done with Brazil of course – I'll be back :D

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks so much Ellen!! :) Yes, that aspect is definitely something us Irish and Brazilians share!! Glad you are enjoying Ireland – I'll be back soon (for a brief visit)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Fico muito feliz!! Valeu :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Brazil made my year (several times), it's the least I could do :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks Graci!! Hopefully this article shows people that I've got a little brazuca in me ;)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Don't worry about it Jay – I also met Brazilians first in Spain and had learned Spanish first. But if you live in Brazil you will learn Portuguese, and while there you can meet a lot of Argentines for example to maintain your Spanish so you don't mix up the two ;)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks for the agreement – glad you liked what I had to say!
    I lived in the Northeast 2 years ago and really enjoyed it :) If you click the link to my videos (flags on the right) you can see some videos I made there! I was speaking Nordestinizado all the time after that trip with Brazilians I met abroad until I moved to Rio!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Pode deixar!! Adoro vocês – queria mostrar pra todo mundo que não é por razões chatas ;) Mas posso confirmar que são as mais lindas do mundo :D

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    Vou visitar Minas Gerais com certeza quando puder!! Juro :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com Benny the Irish polyglot

    É… poderia ter usado uma foto típica com bandeira do Brasil, mas gosto de cada estado por motivos diferentes! Todo brasileiro é especial e queria mostrar isso a pesar do feito que teria que escolher uma foto só!!
    Espero que os não-gremistas não fiquem bravos comigo!! Vou tirar mais fotos na próxima vez pra me mostrar com outros brasileiros :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/rbdesouza Renata Beduschi

      Também amei o texto e não gostei da foto…hahaha…Parabéns pela bonita jornada!!

  • julianateichmann

    Adorei ver o quanto você ama o Brasil! Eu mesma as vezes redescubro a minha paixão por essa terra maravilhosa.
    Você chegou a conhecer Minas Gerais?

    abraços

  • http://twitter.com/stsmartbrazil Street Smart Brazil

    Benny,

    This is a very beautiful post. Muito obrigada for writing it! I am Brazilian and my work is to share my language and culture with others. Your deep, beautiful experience with Brazil touched me. I will share this with my students and Forum members.

    There are so many stereotypes about Brazil and Brazilians. Yes, we have third world problems, soccer is a big part of the culture, and Carnival can be pretty radical. But there is so much more than this to Brazil!

    I do believe that things are changing and more and more people are now better informed about the country. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California. I often meet people who have Brazilian friends and have traveled to, or even lived in, Brazil. In addition, more and more people are learning Portuguese for business reasons.

    I love your list of motivational factors to learn Portuguese. Language is intimately related to social identity and to how we interpret the world. It unlocks the doors to a new culture and new opportunities. It lets you see things that were invisible before.

    I look forward to learning more about your language journey! Please visit my blog: I have many lessons and cultural tips there. We also have discussion forums about everything Brazilian. I would love to see you there! http://streetsmartbrazil.com

    Valeu!

  • junior

    Wow man great to hear that, thank you so much for your kindness… and thats exactly why we love to smile at first and then we get to know the “stranger we've jsut met” Volte sempre! ;D

  • mila

    olá querido! Você ainda está no Brasil? Eu comecei a ler o seu blog agora e confesso que estou amando saber sobre a sua paixão pelo meu país que agora é NOSSO!
    Eu adoro pessoas e línguas e espero aprender em breve a minha quarta lingua (já sei inglêes, portugues e espanhol) e vou ler seu site [ra descobrir como consegue fazer isso em apenas 3 meses! É sensacional!
    Continue escrevendo!

    Beijos!

  • Elaine

    Olá…estou seguindo você no Twiteer e percebir o quanto você está falando bem o Português…Parabéns
    Já fala como um verdadeiro brasiliero, eu pretendo falar assim tão bem quanto você o inglês hehe.

  • Lilinha

    Oi Benny,
    fiquei feliz em ler teu artigo e saber que você adoraste o Brasil. Somos realmente muito orgulhosos da nossa pátria apesar de todos os males. E sabe de onde vem nossa mania de higiene? Dos Índios que são muito limpos e vaidosos. :)
    bjs

    Lia

  • http://www.facebook.com/betania.mueller#!/betania.mueller Be

    Hey..I don't know you but I love you already
    for writing this. Haha thank you

    Sou do sul, perto de Porto Alegre, São Leopoldo(conhecida como o berço
    da imigração alemã) estive na Europa uns meses atrás,
    e senti preconceito por ser brasileira, fiquei feliz quando cheguei a minha terra de volta.
    Você é inglês? achei os ingleses um dos povos mais simpáticos.
    Gostei de tudo que escreveu sobre nosso povo, especialmente da parte
    das mulheres, é bom ver que nem todos tem uma ideia estereotipada.
    Quando pesquisamos sobre o “braZil” costumamos achar fotos
    de mulheres na praia e já ouvi de pessoas ignorantes (apesar de morarem no “1º
    mundo”) que é só isso que somos mesmo. Acho interessante todo esse interesse
    pelas outras culturas, compartilho, e acho que todos temos muito que aprender,
    não julgar as outras culturas através do olhar da nossa. É bem difícil. Parabéns.
    Espero ter experiências melhores. Vou ler mais do seu site e dos comentários,
    muito obrigada.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    Ainda não. Pode deixar que vou conhecer na minha próxima vez no Brasil :)

    • http://twitter.com/samiddark Samid Buriel

      Aproveite também visite nossa grande cidade: Recife – Pernambuco
      Isso claro se não tiver visitado ;)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    Valeu Mila – espero que o meu site te ajude!! :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    haha obrigado! Muita sorte com o seu inglês :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    Interessante! Não sabia por que :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    Fala gaúcha! :D
    Sou irlandês ;)
    Tem muitos gringos que pensam como eu, vc vai ver!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/betania.mueller#!/betania.mueller Be

    Li abaixo que tu não se importava que traduzisse,
    procurei o link da moça que ia traduzir mas não encontrei,
    e pensei em fazê-lo, pq o google translator não é mto bom..
    do you mind? i hope not.

    http://www.b-lostintranslation.blogspot.com

    how about the name of my blog han? haha
    quando estiver pronto vai sair aqui.

  • Julia

    Ah, eu fiquei tão feliz em saber que você tem um carinho especial pelo meu país, o Brasil, e fiquei ainda mais feliz por elogiar as brasileiras (já que eu sou uma) e a nossa língua, porque até então, não sabia como o português soava aos ouvidos de um não nativo. Mas de qualquer forma, você é muito inteligente, muito simpático, um amor de pessoa. Uma grande pena não te conhecer, beijos, Júlia. :D

    In English

    Oh, I am so happy to know that you really enjoy my country, that is Brazil, and I am even glad for your complement directed to brazilian girls (because I am one) and our language, because until now, I had no idea how portuguese looks like to foreign people. But, anyway, you are very smart, very nice, a lovely person. I wish I could meet you, kisses, Julia.

  • Cassandra Brunetto

    Guri!!!! Eu simplesmente AMEI o teu post! Sério, nunca vi alguém escrever algo tão lindo sobre uma cultura! Tô te adicionando nas redes sociais, ok?! Beijos da congelante Porto Alegre!!! :-***

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    Obrigadão B!! :) Adorei o seu blog!!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    Owww thanks Julia :)
    O mundo é muito pequeno, vamos encontrar algum dia! Vou voltar ao Brasil depois!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

    rsrs eu adoooooro o povo brasileiro :) Queria compartilhar vocês com todo mundo que não descubriu ainda! Até mais gauchinha!!

  • Opa

    Em São Paulo as coisas não são bem assim…

  • bkr

    u so right!

  • Josy

    Eu sou brasileira e tenho muito orgulho disso!!! Adorei seu texto!!! Bjs

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the language hacker

      Obrigado Josy! :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Haha thanks :D Yes, I’m sure you can hug me despite being a gremista :P

  • http://twitter.com/femappa Fernanda Mappa

    Hey :) I am a Brazilian, currently living in Prague and this text made me miss my culture so much!! It was really weird when I went home for Christmas and everyone was kissing and hugging – I simply wasn’t used to that anymore!! But I miss it a lot and finally I will go back home in 40 days :) So please, if you need any help with learning Portuguese, don’t hesitate in contacting me. Also I recommend the website http://www.livemocha.com that I am using to learn Spanish. Take care, beijos!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      I reviewed Livemocha here http://www.fluentin3months.com/busuu-livemocha-review/
      Thanks for the comment – I’m always glad for Brazilian warmth and miss it too! :)

    • http://twitter.com/GetIntoEnglish David Sweetnam

      Lol, I wonder how a Brazilian can get used to Czech culture :) I live here too and..it is an acquired taste ;)

  • Lucas

    Hey benny, love your article! it seems that you already is a Brazilian boy… i hope some day you can visit Vitoria – ES, its really a beautiful city and i will be glad to host you if you need!
    keep doing this work and showing the world who the brazilians really are!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      I think Vitória is the only major city along the coast (up to Natal) that I didn’t get the visit! So you can bet I’ll be there some day :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Na minha primeira vez no Brasil os brazucas me falaram que era o irlandës mais brasileiro do mundo ;) Pode deixar que vou voltar!!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Saudades de vocês!!! Quero voltar!! :)
    Nunca fiz um video em português quando tava morando no Rio. Fiz alguns meses depois e nem tentei ter sotaque carioca. Passei por carioca durante a missão sim!! :)

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Outro passaporte honarário! :-D Quero!!
    É triste quando vejo tantas suadades nos olhlos dos brazucas fora do país! Também sinto!! Quero e vou voltar :)

  • Ashley

    I visited Hawaii recently and stayed with a friend who lives there, and his apartment complex was about 80% Brazilian people. I met one of guys the first night and we hit if off right away. I have never felt more comfortable with someone that quickly before. We ended up spending nearly the whole trip together and he is actually coming to visit me for a a few weeks over summer and then i’m going to be going to visit him in brazil in winter. never in a million years would I be so willing to go to another country for someone I knew for a week! They are a different kind of people I swear. So genuinely warm and caring.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Obrigado Adriana ;) Acho que o que escrevi sobre as brasileiras é a parte favorita de todos os letores! :)
    Pode deixar que vou voltar ao Brasil!!

  • Bárbara

    Que fofo! Fala sério, você fez isso só para encher a nossa bola :). Mas que me roubou um sorriso, isso roubou!
    Um beijo e parabéns pelo blog.

  • Bárbara

    Que fofo! Fala sério, você fez isso só para encher a nossa bola :). Mas que me roubou um sorriso, isso roubou!
    Um beijo e parabéns pelo blog.

  • JOSÉ HENRIQUE SILVEIRA

    Hi Benny,
    greetings of another “Gremista” fan, you chose the right team in the south and the best of the country :). Your article is really cool, thanks for your comments about Brazil, as you know we’re really proud about our country.  Come back again some day brother.

  • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

    Hello,

    I’m Brazilian and I’ve started reading your blog today and I must say I really like your posts. However, I must  disagree with you in this post:

    - They are really friendly!/The beautiful girls (or men): Yep, they are friendly (they – ’cause I’m quite reserved and shy and usually people consider me unfriendly because of that). And they are beautiful here in Rio Grande do Sul (especially in the Porto Alegre area, where I live), but I don’t find girls from other states that beautiful. But that’s a matter of taste. Anyways, what I’d like to point out is that exactly what you mentioned – that girls are friendly and that leads people to think they are “easy” – is much more of a problem for us than it is good. The thing is, you almost NEVER know when they are just being friendly or if they are showing signs that they want something more. It is very frustrating. I really would like it better if there was a clearer separation regarding these things.

    - They are so nice!: That depends a lot on where you are. Where have you been here in Rio Grande do Sul? Our state is regarded as the one with the rudest people in the country. In Porto Alegre people are usually nicer, but did you go somewhere near the border with Uruguay, such as Santana do Livramento? People aregenerally rude in those cities.

    - They are optimists: it’s one of the reasons the country is so screwed up. People don’t worry about things and don’t fight for their rights. And by “things” I mean the really bad educational system, the non-working healthcare system, the massive corruption, the utter lack of infrastructure, just to mention a few “things”. Most people have a “that’s not so important, I’m still doing fine, and that’s how things are in life”. We don’t have massive protests here like in many developed countries, so basically the government plays its game alone, and guess who wins? Last year congressmen gave themselves an almost 100% rise in their salaries (which were already pretty high, plus all the extra benefits they get), and MORE than 100% rise to the president, and NO ONE DID A THING except for the extremely criticized middle class (that is, the actual working class which generates wealth for the country), which was soon silenced. Our leftist government has been doing a pretty good job at making the people see the middle class as “the bad guys”. Ask around and will see that many middle class young people don’t have any hope for this country and just want to leave (me being one of those).

    - They are warm people: which is sometimes frightening. People from the start will hug you and treat you as they were your friend all your life, which is quite uncomfortable, because they soon starting asking really personal questions. Getting to know a person should be a process of trust-building.

    - They are smart: I agree with most of what you said on this one, but the “job creation” thing is only a short termed solution. There are too many jobs in this country were people do basically nothing. And those are public jobs, which means we’re all paying for it.

    - They are relaxed: cool for the visitor, bad for the citizen. People here are always late. And the constantly relaxed mood is bad for driving innovation (about which I’m particularly concerned, since I’m a software engineer) and for getting things done.

    - They are proud: this one is really true. I’m quite proud of my state, although not so much of the city were I live. I don’t know if you learned about this, but Rio Grande do Sul was supposed to be a separate country, but we lost the war to Brazil some 200 years ago (and Porto Alegre was on Brazil’s side, not RS’). That’s why it’s common for us to say that we’re first Gauchos, then Brazilians. If you ever go to some kind of solemn event, such as a graduation ceremony, you’ll notice that the Brazilian anthem is barely sang along, while our state’s anthem is sang full of energy. I’m particularly fond of the idea of being separated from that huge mess to the north, but it will probably never happen. Our culture has already gotten quite contaminated by Brazilian things, such as samba, pagode, carnaval, soup operas, etc.

  • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

    Hello,

    I’m Brazilian and I’ve started reading your blog today and I must say I really like your posts. However, I must  disagree with you in this post:

    - They are really friendly!/The beautiful girls (or men): Yep, they are friendly (they – ’cause I’m quite reserved and shy and usually people consider me unfriendly because of that). And they are beautiful here in Rio Grande do Sul (especially in the Porto Alegre area, where I live), but I don’t find girls from other states that beautiful. But that’s a matter of taste. Anyways, what I’d like to point out is that exactly what you mentioned – that girls are friendly and that leads people to think they are “easy” – is much more of a problem for us than it is good. The thing is, you almost NEVER know when they are just being friendly or if they are showing signs that they want something more. It is very frustrating. I really would like it better if there was a clearer separation regarding these things.

    - They are so nice!: That depends a lot on where you are. Where have you been here in Rio Grande do Sul? Our state is regarded as the one with the rudest people in the country. In Porto Alegre people are usually nicer, but did you go somewhere near the border with Uruguay, such as Santana do Livramento? People aregenerally rude in those cities.

    - They are optimists: it’s one of the reasons the country is so screwed up. People don’t worry about things and don’t fight for their rights. And by “things” I mean the really bad educational system, the non-working healthcare system, the massive corruption, the utter lack of infrastructure, just to mention a few “things”. Most people have a “that’s not so important, I’m still doing fine, and that’s how things are in life”. We don’t have massive protests here like in many developed countries, so basically the government plays its game alone, and guess who wins? Last year congressmen gave themselves an almost 100% rise in their salaries (which were already pretty high, plus all the extra benefits they get), and MORE than 100% rise to the president, and NO ONE DID A THING except for the extremely criticized middle class (that is, the actual working class which generates wealth for the country), which was soon silenced. Our leftist government has been doing a pretty good job at making the people see the middle class as “the bad guys”. Ask around and will see that many middle class young people don’t have any hope for this country and just want to leave (me being one of those).

    - They are warm people: which is sometimes frightening. People from the start will hug you and treat you as they were your friend all your life, which is quite uncomfortable, because they soon starting asking really personal questions. Getting to know a person should be a process of trust-building.

    - They are smart: I agree with most of what you said on this one, but the “job creation” thing is only a short termed solution. There are too many jobs in this country were people do basically nothing. And those are public jobs, which means we’re all paying for it.

    - They are relaxed: cool for the visitor, bad for the citizen. People here are always late. And the constantly relaxed mood is bad for driving innovation (about which I’m particularly concerned, since I’m a software engineer) and for getting things done.

    - They are proud: this one is really true. I’m quite proud of my state, although not so much of the city were I live. I don’t know if you learned about this, but Rio Grande do Sul was supposed to be a separate country, but we lost the war to Brazil some 200 years ago (and Porto Alegre was on Brazil’s side, not RS’). That’s why it’s common for us to say that we’re first Gauchos, then Brazilians. If you ever go to some kind of solemn event, such as a graduation ceremony, you’ll notice that the Brazilian anthem is barely sang along, while our state’s anthem is sang full of energy. I’m particularly fond of the idea of being separated from that huge mess to the north, but it will probably never happen. Our culture has already gotten quite contaminated by Brazilian things, such as samba, pagode, carnaval, soup operas, etc.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      There’s always someone to complain… even about a positive post!
      Your reply just proves my point that not every single person in Brazil is nice – I’m amazed you take the time to go around the Internet telling positive people how wrong they are…

      • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

        As I told you, I like your blog, and I admire your attitude (although I don’t believe in “being positive”). But it really drives me crazy seeing a foreigner say “Brazil is cool” and/or “Brazilians are cool”. This country is SO messed up, to a point it’s probably beyond repair. There are good things here of course (mostly for tourists, which doesn’t improve everyday life), but they definitely don’t outweigh the bad ones, because the bad ones are really, really bad, and the people who try to make a change always seem to fail (and in the Amazon they actually get killed). And regarding Brazilians themselves, you probably heard of the “jeitinho brasileiro”, which is at the very core of this country’s culture… well, that’s what I probably hate the most in a culture I refuse to adapt to (even though I’m Brazilian and have always lived here, I was raised in a very different cultural context). Rules are constantly broken, and no one cares. I’m sorry, but I can’t admire a nation like that.

        • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

          I’ve lived in many countries and know how they work. Unless you have properly lived in other countries for an extended time then you are doing nothing but GUESSING that Brazil is worse. When you move anywhere else you’re in for a rude awakening. You’ll complain no matter where you are, trust me.

          • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

            I’ve spent some time in Austria, and I’ve been to the US, so I have a slight idea about what developed countries are like and how their infrastructure is much better than the one we have in Brazil. Vienna was particularly charming: public transportation just works (a very big plus for me, since most of my stress in Brazil comes from having to deal daily with a really poor public transportation system just to get to work), they have reasonable social policies, their public healthcare system works, and there’s a lot more I can put on that list. I talked to locals and they gave me a very good picture of their political system and how it works, and I can say it is WAY better than the Brazilian one. Those are the things that matter, because those are the things that have the greatest impact on daily life for residents of a nation. As for the people, I found them to be mostly nice and polite, and I actually found it easier to socialize there than here in Brazil, precisely because of the “personal bubble” (which is disregarded by many Brazilians, making reserved/shy people feel very uncomfortable). I’m not saying developed countries are perfect, but things just seem to work there, and I have the feeling their governments treat their citizens with much more dignity than ours (which apparently thinks we’re all a bunch of clowns to be laughed at – by the way, check out this protest image in case no one showed it to you while you were here, it tells a lot about our situation: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_fEZcHGTp3Ds/TCnpUQYLaQI/AAAAAAAAAZw/NbLLVNFEIKk/s400/palhaco.jpg). In conclusion, I’m not saying things without having experienced how much better they are in other countries.

          • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

            “so I have a slight idea” <– exactly my point. There will be some Austrian who could whine about their country as much as you do about Brazil. It's always going to happen no matter where you go.

          • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

            This conversation is not really being any productive. I’m astonished someone is able to see so many good things about a place that has so many problems and so much oppression. I’ll probably never share the same view. And I’ll not try to change yours.

            I’ll give in to one thing: it’s easy to connect to Brazilians. I was recently on a flight that had to do an emergency landing in another country. There were mostly Brazilians and Americans aboard. We has to spent an entire day locked in an airport at that country, and what really helped to get through it fine was being able to quickly connect and find people to hang out with. And that happened only among Brazilians. We could see the Americans were mostly by themselves, or only talking to people they knew.

            But that won’t change my stance. That was an exceptional situation. It’s daily life that matters. After a number of years dealing with a load of problems and frustrations related to things that should be irrelevant, I really lost any possible tolerance with those things. And after so many years hearing about political corruption and so much crime going on without getting any punishment, I simply lost hope. As for the daily life problems, here’s just one little example: getting almost thrown out of the bus by the front glass once (or once in a while) because of a bad driver that doesn’t know how to brake properly is an eventual nuisance. Having to deal with that _twice every single day_ is just hard to accept. Now imagine dozens more of other minor nuisances like that being encountered on a daily basis. It becomes a big fat major nuisance. What surprises me is that you, and other foreigners who say they love Brazil, seem not to able to see all that.

            Apart from this post, you blog is pretty cool. I’m very interested in learning new languages. I’m currently studying German, and I have plans to go to Germany and spend some time there to boost my German language skills. I particularly liked your post about Germany. The frankness thing is something I’ll probably enjoy there, since I’m pretty much like that :-) Oh, and I also wait on red traffic lights even when there are no cars coming!

          • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

            EVERY SINGLE Brazilian that I’ve met living abroad is “morrendo de sadaudes” of home. This, as well as my time living there tells me a lot about the country. Yes there are political and social problems, but they are clouding your view about what’s beautiful about the country. It’s sad, and in all my dealings with Brazilians you are the first to be so utterly negative about the country. You are picking at straws with your ridiculously exaggerated example of getting “almost thrown out of the bus” twice a day.

            I got city buses in Brazil and they reminded me of how people drive in MANY countries. Not so much in Europe, but Europe has other issues you are blissfully ignoring. Brazilians are the healthiest nation I know, kicking America’s and Europe’s ass.

            Please don’t argue these points any more with me, it’s getting annoying. You’ve made your point and I’ve made mine.

            You will enjoy Germany, and then after a few months you will start to realise what you had been taking for granted all along in Brazil. Best of luck with your German.

          • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

            You told me not to reply, but you asked for a reply with the things you said.

            Please just tell me what it is that I’m failing to see. Everybody tells me the same thing as you, but no one points me out what are those so good things. Also, what is it that I take for granted here that I’ll miss? Please, give me just one single example and I’ll be satisfied. That’s another thing no one was ever able to tell me.

            I was not exaggerating. People in Brazil actually get hurt in buses. I have a friend who is a lawyer who worked on a case where a person got a permanent neck injury because of a really bad braking by one of those bus drivers. The latest joke is the stickers they put on buses telling people to be careful and pay attention to what’s happening in order not to get hurt. Instead of educating drivers, they put the burden on the people! But yeah, Brazil is not the only place in the world with bad bus drivers. But as you said, it’s not like that in Europe. And that’s why I think Europe should be a model to the whole world. Not only on this point, but on virtually everything. Oh, also please tell me what are the issues in Europe. But the really bad ones, please. I’d just like to know if they are as bad as the issues we have in Brazil (or in the rest of Latin America).

            As for missing home… Maybe I will. Maybe I’m indeed wrong and one day I’ll “come to my senses”. But I can tell you that when I was in Austria, I just didn’t want to come back. Not really. I even tried to stay longer, but it ended up not being possible. I have family and friends here in Brazil, but thankfully we could Skype.

          • Livia

            I think you are DEPRESSED! You should seek some help

          • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

            This conversation is not really being any productive. I’m astonished someone is able to see so many good things about a place that has so many problems and so much oppression. I’ll probably never share the same view. And I’ll not try to change yours.

            I’ll give in to one thing: it’s easy to connect to Brazilians. I was recently on a flight that had to do an emergency landing in another country. There were mostly Brazilians and Americans aboard. We has to spent an entire day locked in an airport at that country, and what really helped to get through it fine was being able to quickly connect and find people to hang out with. And that happened only among Brazilians. We could see the Americans were mostly by themselves, or only talking to people they knew.

            But that won’t change my stance. That was an exceptional situation. It’s daily life that matters. After a number of years dealing with a load of problems and frustrations related to things that should be irrelevant, I really lost any possible tolerance with those things. And after so many years hearing about political corruption and so much crime going on without getting any punishment, I simply lost hope. As for the daily life problems, here’s just one little example: getting almost thrown out of the bus by the front glass once (or once in a while) because of a bad driver that doesn’t know how to brake properly is an eventual nuisance. Having to deal with that _twice every single day_ is just hard to accept. Now imagine dozens more of other minor nuisances like that being encountered on a daily basis. It becomes a big fat major nuisance. What surprises me is that you, and other foreigners who say they love Brazil, seem not to able to see all that.

            Apart from this post, you blog is pretty cool. I’m very interested in learning new languages. I’m currently studying German, and I have plans to go to Germany and spend some time there to boost my German language skills. I particularly liked your post about Germany. The frankness thing is something I’ll probably enjoy there, since I’m pretty much like that :-) Oh, and I also wait on red traffic lights even when there are no cars coming!

          • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

            This conversation is not really being any productive. I’m astonished someone is able to see so many good things about a place that has so many problems and so much oppression. I’ll probably never share the same view. And I’ll not try to change yours.

            I’ll give in to one thing: it’s easy to connect to Brazilians. I was recently on a flight that had to do an emergency landing in another country. There were mostly Brazilians and Americans aboard. We has to spent an entire day locked in an airport at that country, and what really helped to get through it fine was being able to quickly connect and find people to hang out with. And that happened only among Brazilians. We could see the Americans were mostly by themselves, or only talking to people they knew.

            But that won’t change my stance. That was an exceptional situation. It’s daily life that matters. After a number of years dealing with a load of problems and frustrations related to things that should be irrelevant, I really lost any possible tolerance with those things. And after so many years hearing about political corruption and so much crime going on without getting any punishment, I simply lost hope. As for the daily life problems, here’s just one little example: getting almost thrown out of the bus by the front glass once (or once in a while) because of a bad driver that doesn’t know how to brake properly is an eventual nuisance. Having to deal with that _twice every single day_ is just hard to accept. Now imagine dozens more of other minor nuisances like that being encountered on a daily basis. It becomes a big fat major nuisance. What surprises me is that you, and other foreigners who say they love Brazil, seem not to able to see all that.

            Apart from this post, you blog is pretty cool. I’m very interested in learning new languages. I’m currently studying German, and I have plans to go to Germany and spend some time there to boost my German language skills. I particularly liked your post about Germany. The frankness thing is something I’ll probably enjoy there, since I’m pretty much like that :-) Oh, and I also wait on red traffic lights even when there are no cars coming!

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      There’s always someone to complain… even about a positive post!
      Your reply just proves my point that not every single person in Brazil is nice – I’m amazed you take the time to go around the Internet telling positive people how wrong they are…

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

    Thanks – I hope you are enjoying Ireland :) :)

  • http://twitter.com/higakelly Kelly Higa

    Do caralho!! Benny, muito BOM seu post! Bom, melhor falar em pt q é minha lingua mae doq enrolar na sua, que eu estudei mt tempo mas né.. nao sei tudo que preciso, ainda. 
    E sue blog me inspirou a voltar a estudar japonês (que já tentei mttas vezes mas só fiquei no hiragana). E, por culpa sua, quero aprender mais linguas também! Boa sorte, muleeque! Juízo! ;) 

  • http://twitter.com/higakelly Kelly Higa

    Do caralho!! Benny, muito BOM seu post! Bom, melhor falar em pt q é minha lingua mae doq enrolar na sua, que eu estudei mt tempo mas né.. nao sei tudo que preciso, ainda. 
    E sue blog me inspirou a voltar a estudar japonês (que já tentei mttas vezes mas só fiquei no hiragana). E, por culpa sua, quero aprender mais linguas também! Boa sorte, muleeque! Juízo! ;) 

  • http://twitter.com/higakelly Kelly Higa

    Do caralho!! Benny, muito BOM seu post! Bom, melhor falar em pt q é minha lingua mae doq enrolar na sua, que eu estudei mt tempo mas né.. nao sei tudo que preciso, ainda. 
    E sue blog me inspirou a voltar a estudar japonês (que já tentei mttas vezes mas só fiquei no hiragana). E, por culpa sua, quero aprender mais linguas também! Boa sorte, muleeque! Juízo! ;) 

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Valeu Kelly! Gosto sempre de ler português ;)

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny the Irish polyglot

      Valeu Kelly! Gosto sempre de ler português ;)

  • http://twitter.com/higakelly Kelly Higa

    Do caralho!! Benny, muito BOM seu post! Bom, melhor falar em pt q é minha lingua mae doq enrolar na sua, que eu estudei mt tempo mas né.. nao sei tudo que preciso, ainda. 
    E sue blog me inspirou a voltar a estudar japonês (que já tentei mttas vezes mas só fiquei no hiragana). E, por culpa sua, quero aprender mais linguas também! Boa sorte, muleeque! Juízo! ;) 

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Pode deixar que vou voltar ;) Não sei quando, mas vou!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Passei 2 meses em Floripa!!! Fiz windsurfe na lagoa da conceição quase todos os dias :)

    Vc não viu o que escrevi? Viajei DESDE Porto Alegre até Natal ;) Conheço bastante do Brasil! Mas quero conhecer mais :) É verdade que Santa Catarina é muito lindo mesmo!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Hahahaha :P I wouldn’t want Rio Grande so Sul to float away – I really enjoyed my time there, and apart from Cesar I never met any Brazilians complaining so much so illogically. As you say it’s immature to be so negative and not actively trying to change things. As I tell him, if he moves abroad he’ll be happy at first but then he’ll just start complaining again about the new place – he is delusional if he thinks other countries don’t have their own problems.

    Thanks for the comment! I’ll be back in Sampa some day, count on it!

    • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

      I never said other countries don’t have any problems. They all have, and I’m very aware of that. But it’s quite hard to live in a country with such a high crime rate, so much corruption and such an enormous lack of infrastructure. I know there are many countries where those issues have been solved. I believe you know that too. These are just facts. And how do you know I’m not doing anything to try to change the situation? That’s the (wrong) conclusion everyone draws when arguing with me. Surprise, I can do BOTH: try to change the situation and still point out all the bad things about this country and its culture. Those things are definitely not mutually exclusive.

      Just check the facts. Brazil is the 6th most violent country in the world. Our educational system is ever worse. The public health care system doesn’t work (and private health care is terrible too). We are to be ashamed of our Gini index. Our politicians have some of the highest salaries in the world. Corruption goes unpunished (did you hear about the Palocci scandal? It took my shame for being Brazilian to a whole new level).

      Now, I’m the illogical one here, right? Then please counter my arguments. Please show me that I’m wrong; that I live in a developed, civilized country were there is at least a little sense of justice. Quit the “you’re immature and negative” argument (I’m sorry, but I can’t see the correlation) and counter my arguments with facts. I’m trying to have a discussion here, but all you keep doing is accusing me of being negative (and now immature and illogical as well).

      If you need proof there are people who’ve left Brazil and don’t have any plans to come back, there’s a whole blog dedicated to it:

      http://brasilcomz.wordpress.com/

      • Matt Horne

        Wow you’re incredibly annoying.

        The grass is always greener on the other side.
        You view other countries as being better because of your ideals.
        However those from other countries and cultures won’t see things the same way.

        - The UK has a terrible rate for teen pregnancy.
        - Binge-drinking has become a national past-time.
        - The weather is terrible, and the lack of daylight in Winter is unbearable.
        - The national health service and the police are so bogged down with paper work that even simple tasks seem to take them forever to process.
        - Food, especially meat, is expensive.
        - The people (though not rude) are generally fairly cold/distant.
        - In my experience many of the people that claim benefits from the government don’t genuinely deserve it.
        etc

        You may not have a problem with the points I brought up.  Similarly, I don’t really have issues with some of the points you brought up.

        Your insistence that your opinions are fact is incredibly arrogant, and your attempt to piss on a guy’s positive experience just makes you look like a complete dick.
        Good enough reasons to call you immature.

  • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

    When did I deny any responsibility on things? Everyone has their share of responsibility. But you know what? I try to do my part to make this a more civilized place. I abide by our laws. I pay my taxes. I don’t trash our streets and sidewalks. I denounce what is wrong to the authorities (which is surprisingly seen sometimes as me being an “FDP”, something I just can’t understand). Heck, I even take the time to contact public transport companies to give suggestions for improving our systems.

    And yeah, it is possible not to adapt to the culture. I don’t like the whole hugging and kissing strangers stuff. I don’t like our informality. I don’t like our music. I hate our world famous soup operas with a passion. I don’t like soccer.

    And thanks for calling me an “idiot”. This was a somewhat heated but still polite discussion until you came along. You just brought the discussion to a lower level. I’m trying to raise it again.

    • Paul Bernay

      I saw your comments only after posting my own.

      You are the only one who’s talking sense here. You are the type of person Brazil needs. If people pretend everything is OK in Brazil, nothing will change. Brazil has so many problems that can’t be ignored. Of course, they don’t bother foreigners and those who benefit from the very corrupt, unfair system. Looking at and talking about only good things is just flattery or

      • ezerfernandes

        It’s not cool not to accept contrary opinions. I liked the post and I’m more optimist than “Guest”, and I love my country, but he was polite during the entire discussion while suffered ad hominen attacks. Really? It’s better being a pessimist than not tolerating different views.

        Não acho legal não aceitar opiniões contrárias. Eu gostei do post e eu sou mais otimista que o “Guest”, e eu adoro meu país, mas ele foi educado durante toda a discussão enquanto sofria ataques “ad hominen”. Sério? É melhor ser um pessimista do que ser intolerante com visões diferentes.

  • Cesar Leonardo Blum Silveira

    When did I deny any responsibility on things? Everyone has their share of responsibility. But you know what? I try to do my part to make this a more civilized place. I abide by our laws. I pay my taxes. I don’t trash our streets and sidewalks. I denounce what is wrong to the authorities (which is surprisingly seen sometimes as me being an “FDP”, something I just can’t understand). Heck, I even take the time to contact public transport companies to give suggestions for improving our systems.

    And yeah, it is possible not to adapt to the culture. I don’t like the whole hugging and kissing strangers stuff. I don’t like our informality. I don’t like our music. I hate our world famous soup operas with a passion. I don’t like soccer.

    And thanks for calling me an “idiot”. This was a somewhat heated but still polite discussion until you came along. You just brought the discussion to a lower level. I’m trying to raise it again.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      You are an idiot. You claimed to be helping – paying taxes and not littering is not helping, it’s just not being an asshole. You have no idea what positively contributing means. You only know how to complain. As I said, you’ll never be happy anywhere.

      • César Silveira

        I’m back. Don’t worry, it’s my last comment. I never said that I was helping by paying taxes, not littering, etc. Those are just my duties as a citizen. So I do all that stuff: I voluntarily help, I respect our laws AND after all that I’m still able to see everything that’s wrong and shameful about Brazil.

        I’m sorry man, but you need to learn how to deal better with criticism. I criticized your post and pointed out a number of things that are really bad in Brazil. You could have countered my arguments, but instead you chose to call me negative (not a problem, really), immature (as if you knew me) and idiot (but I forgive you).

        I really wish things hadn’t gone that way. You seem to be an interesting person, although you weren’t able to handle criticism to a place that you like.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    I lived in Urca for 3 out of 9 months in Brazil and yes, I did spend time in Zona Norte!!

    One of the other months in the 9 I spent in Brazil, I lived in a dangerous part of Recife, where being white was a much greater attention caller than it was in the South. I wasn’t blind to the poverty in Brazil. It’s arrogant of you to say that I was very sheltered for my entire time. “Remember that”

    Also, this article is about how “awesome” Brazil the entire country is, not Rio. Rio is very dangerous in many ways and does not represent many other parts of the country well, despite how beautiful it is. In fact, Rio’s favela wars give the entire country a bad reputation, which I’m trying to counter with posts like this.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    I lived in Urca for 3 out of 9 months in Brazil and yes, I did spend time in Zona Norte!!

    One of the other months in the 9 I spent in Brazil, I lived in a dangerous part of Recife, where being white was a much greater attention caller than it was in the South. I wasn’t blind to the poverty in Brazil. It’s arrogant of you to say that I was very sheltered for my entire time. “Remember that”

    Also, this article is about how “awesome” Brazil the entire country is, not Rio. Rio is very dangerous in many ways and does not represent many other parts of the country well, despite how beautiful it is. In fact, Rio’s favela wars give the entire country a bad reputation, which I’m trying to counter with posts like this.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    I lived in Urca for 3 out of 9 months in Brazil and yes, I did spend time in Zona Norte!!

    One of the other months in the 9 I spent in Brazil, I lived in a dangerous part of Recife, where being white was a much greater attention caller than it was in the South. I wasn’t blind to the poverty in Brazil. It’s arrogant of you to say that I was very sheltered for my entire time. “Remember that”

    Also, this article is about how “awesome” Brazil the entire country is, not Rio. Rio is very dangerous in many ways and does not represent many other parts of the country well, despite how beautiful it is. In fact, Rio’s favela wars give the entire country a bad reputation, which I’m trying to counter with posts like this.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    I’ve hosted Portuguese Couchsurfers and get along with them great too! I don’t have any major problems understanding them. Oddly enough, it’s easier for me (since I’m thinking of it as a foreign language anyway) than it is for Brazilians!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafaella.goldenbaum Rafaella Pitanga Fabris

    Orgulho de ser brasileira ;-)
    I loved your article about my country and have just become a big fan of your blog, since I also love learning languages! Thanks for sharing your experiences! And thank you for the words about the brazilian girls ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafaella.goldenbaum Rafaella Pitanga Fabris

    Orgulho de ser brasileira ;-)
    I loved your article about my country and have just become a big fan of your blog, since I also love learning languages! Thanks for sharing your experiences! And thank you for the words about the brazilian girls ;-)

  • Livia Amaral

    Yeah, we are all of that! Haha! It’s always soooo good when I see people having a good time here! Seriously. I am proud of my nationality and country, despite the bad stuff you mentioned. Every country has it, right? 

    When you come back drop by Brasília… If, you haven’t been yet. It’s beautiful! =]

  • Claudia R

    In english so not only my fellow brazilians can understand me without goofle ;)

    I have to repeat once again the comments on how much you seem to have captured our country and spirit in your post, I love seeing how people form other countries see us, though sometimes it is not a flatering or nice view. I especially liked the aside on brazilian girls, being one I have had some trouble when traveling abroad of people thinking friendly means easy even though in some of the countries I have lived in I was kinda shocked by how some girls behave.

    I guess some of that is the influence of how much friendliness counts here, since behaviors which we find to be normal amongst friends are considered a prelude to something more elsewhere.

    Great post, I hope you enjoy your visit and get to visit both of Sao Paulo and Iguassu Falls.

  • http://twitter.com/Pamviber Pamela Viber

    How cute *_____* I liked the part that u r learning portuguese (my first language).Any thing call me on facebook  (Friendly one here #lol)

  • http://twitter.com/feemarcelle - – - – - – -

    this is cute, I’m brazilian and I’m happy to read this :D  (@mooschenker)

  • Ian Nascimento

    Hey Benny! I just found your blog today while looking for resources for learning Czech, and I’ve been telling myself “ok, last post you’ll read!” for the past 3hs! You write very well and I almost don’t see the time go by. I’m a language aficionado myself (though nowhere the polyglot you are), and was glad to find some similar thinking here. I totally get the thrill of being taken for a local! :D
    It happens to me often in English and now a few times in Spanish, and I always love to hear them go “Oh wow, I totally thought you were from here!” But it’s a pleasure I usually feel guilty in admitting to other people! 
    So, when I saw you actually setting up a pretty elaborate plan to do just that, and out of every country in the world you chose my own homeland, I was pretty surprised.  And your account of brazilians is brilliant, spot-on! I’m surprised a foreigner could grasp it so well. I’ve been living in Spain for a year now, and living with excahnge students from all over the world. And I realized how hard it is to “explain” Brazil to them when they ask (I assume it’s true for most countries, but I can see it clearly for my own). One of the main differences I noticed is the heterogeneity of our society when it comes to anything. It’s so big, and so mixed, and it varies so much, it’s hard to generalize anything. And paradoxically, it’s also very homogeneous. One language, one underlying culture, one huge country, thousands of ethnicities. 
    So I found that whenever someones asks me something like “Oh, and how do you guys do this in Brazil?”, I now find it hard to give an honest direct answer. It would always have to be somehting like “Well, in my region, within the kind of people I hang out with, we do it like this, but I  know people in the Northeast have some other way, etc”.
    What I’m saying is, I find it hard to make generalizations in general about brazilian society, but seeing you make them felt just right. Ok, I wouldn’t feel justified in saying that “brazilians are nice”, but I can see where that’s coming from when you say it. And in other cases I just have to right away agree, such as the hygiene thing.
    Sorry, I didn’t mean to write a book! :D
    I just got carried away with your article! 
    Parabéns pelo artigo e pelo blog! Certamente um exemplo inspirador!
    Um abraço,
    Ian

  • roberta marinho

    Eu realmente amei esse texto,obrigada por todos os elogios. você já é uma brasileiro,nós do Brasil já te amamos,volte sempre,o Brasil também é seu! 

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Adorei!! :) Obrigado Roberta! Pode deixar que vou voltar!!

  • roberta marinho

    Eu realmente amei esse texto,obrigada por todos os elogios. você já é uma brasileiro,nós do Brasil já te amamos,volte sempre,o Brasil também é seu! 

  • roberta marinho

    Eu realmente amei esse texto,obrigada por todos os elogios. você já é uma brasileiro,nós do Brasil já te amamos,volte sempre,o Brasil também é seu! 

  • roberta marinho

    Gremista you? Flamengo and looks the best, why not be part of the world’s largest tocida?

  • roberta marinho

    Gremista you? Flamengo and looks the best, why not be part of the world’s largest tocida?

  • roberta marinho

    Gremista you? Flamengo and looks the best, why not be part of the world’s largest tocida?

  • Matt Horne

    I’ve been dating a Brazilian girl for two years (long distance), and spent a total of 3 months there.

    (But unfortunately before I found your site, and so I didn’t make enough of an effort to speak the language).

    I relate completely to your experience there. I felt more at home in Brazil than I do in the UK!
    Their churrasco alone is enough to make me want to visit again, and back at home I need my occasional beans and rice fix.

    As for learning the language, I’ve been attempting to speak more (not a whole lot, but at least something) and I’ve progressed so much faster than before.  I’m gradually learning to put my vocabulary from reading books, to practical use.
    Learning by having a go really is the best way to learn to speak a language.

    Thanks for the inspiration to get over my fear of talking in a foreign language :D

    Also, a quick question.
    Do you know of a good way for typing accented characters using a UK keyboard?

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Depends on your OS, but the easiest way by far is to just set your keyboard to Spanish or Portuguese and you’ll have those accents. It’s not like you’ll NOT be able to write a character for English.

      Best of luck with Portuguese!

  • Matt Horne

    I’ve been dating a Brazilian girl for two years (long distance), and spent a total of 3 months there.

    (But unfortunately before I found your site, and so I didn’t make enough of an effort to speak the language).

    I relate completely to your experience there. I felt more at home in Brazil than I do in the UK!
    Their churrasco alone is enough to make me want to visit again, and back at home I need my occasional beans and rice fix.

    As for learning the language, I’ve been attempting to speak more (not a whole lot, but at least something) and I’ve progressed so much faster than before.  I’m gradually learning to put my vocabulary from reading books, to practical use.
    Learning by having a go really is the best way to learn to speak a language.

    Thanks for the inspiration to get over my fear of talking in a foreign language :D

    Also, a quick question.
    Do you know of a good way for typing accented characters using a UK keyboard?

  • C Van Munster

    Tks for your discription about Brazil and natives. Very true and kind of you.

  • brad

    I recently fell in love with Brazil and know exactly what you are talking about. Thank you for putting my sentiments into words. Great article and points!

  • Pri

    Awwwnn you are so nice!!! I think that we Brazilians just try to live our lifes the best way we can! We do have problems yes, but I rather face them with a smile face!! a frowny face it only get you wrinkles!! 
    I wish you all the best, and when you come back to Brazil, make sure to stop by Curitiba – PR hehe 

    Beijos

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUB2cMpcM2I Bahia

    Cara, realmente o seu site me comoveu. Ja lí em outros sites pessoas que falam bem do Brasil, mas voce passou da conta. Isto é muito bom. Sou brasileiro e passei a amar ainda mais o meu país, pela visão dos estrangeiros. Tenho um amigo alemão, Karlos, que é louco pelo Brasil, tanto que no curso de medicina, resolveu fazer residencia medica aqui no Brasil, na Bahia.
    Outro amigo meu alemão rodou o mundo  e parou na Ilha de Itaparica e nao saiu mais. Tenho um amigo Americano que veio para o Brasil, criticou e depois nao largou mais o osso. Tenho dois amigos italianos que vieram passar ferias e ainda nao voltaram para Italia.  Até hoje lá fora na Europa só vejo os Portugueses falarem mal do Brasil com muita convicção. Criticam em sites e blogs e tentam a todo custo nos inferiorizar. Aí conheci seu site e voce fez até agora os melhores elogios ao Brasil. Talvez voce não saiba, mas voce já é um pouco brasileiro também.

  • Karina

    Hey, I’m a Brazilian girl and I loved your post!!!
    I agree, Brazil is amazing and I love there!!!! The people is friendly and you’ll never be alone!!! Hahaha

    Beijos lol

  • Beatriz Morgado

    Adorei :) Obrigada pelas lindas palavras e seja sempre muito bem-vindo no nosso país!
    Loved it! Thanks for these beautiful words and you will be always more than welcome in our country!

  • http://twitter.com/Lilly_Oliveira Aline Oliveira

    Hey!!!! So nice to hear something good about us, and above all someone who respects our culture and love so much our language. 
    Nowadays, I’m living in USA but I do miss my country…I miss my every sunday soccer match, my friends hugs, my food…
    I appreciated so much what you said about the brazilian girls, it’s something I really hate to be through here in USA. Everytime I say I’m brazilian, people change the way they look at you, and people here I mean men. As you just wrote, we’re friendly and warm people. Unfortunately we’re misunderstood when when smile, give a hug or kiss the cheeks.
    And we don’t live in trees…I loved it!!!
    Hope you can learn brazilian portuguese the way you expect to, I just want to know what’s the accent you want to speak br portuguese: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul ( my favourite, though I’m from São Paulo), Bahia?
     Muito obrigada pelo artigo e por apreciar tanto assim nossa cultura!!! 

  • http://twitter.com/Lilly_Oliveira Aline Oliveira

    P.S Why a picture with a bunch of Gremistas? Don’t you know Corinthians won the Brazilian Soccer League this year???  hahaha

  • maggie flinn

    I actually live in a Brazilian community in the Seattle area. I have focused more on helping the Brazilians speak and understand English rather than learning the language but have picked up quite a bit from listening for familiar words to get the idea of a conversation. What surprised me is the similarities to English in the written language but different pronunciation.  They are beautiful, strong, hardworking people. I would say about 80% are in the category of HOT!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ZumbawithD Dolores Mitchell

    Excellent write up on Brazil!

  • Rachel Nishioka

    Desejo muito sucesso a você e, como brasileira, fico muito feliz em saber desse seu carinho por nós. Estou fazendo um intercâmbio cultural e, atualmente, moro nos EUA (aperfeiçoando o inglês!)…estou morrendo de saudades do meu país. Ler seu texto acalmou um pouco meu coração!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Here’s some Irish culture ;) fi3m.com/fleadh
    Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Não consegui ir pra Parana… e gosto de tantas cidades – não tenho favorita! :)

  • http://twitter.com/Mariangelapas Mariangela Proença

    Oi Benny,
    Amei, sou brasileira e fico muito feliz em saber que você gosta do meu país. Adoro viajar também e conhecer outras culturas, é realmente incrível.Parabéns pelo texto.beijos
    Mari

  • Sr. Lipeh Gustavo

    I’m Brazilian ( from Curityba, South ) and I love read about the my country, good job!Just a tip : The most pop football teams: São Paulo, Flamengo, Santos Corinthians.

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Thanks!! Very pleased to see this article used as English practice for Brazilians!!

  • Lilimaldo

    Absolute love our article… I have been in the UK for 12 years and although I love the polite and reserved British culture I desperately miss the warm and friendly atmosphere from my home country.
    Thank you and please continue to spread the good word about our beatiful country (as you well said we are proud of Brazil!) :-)

  • Ale

    I must say Irish people are the greatest I have encountered too! Been to quite a few places and Ireland has been just amazing! 

  • Leana_net

    I LOVED your blog! You have so much information about portuguese and the brazilian culture… I can really tell your passion from our culture! It makes me feel so happy!
    My husband is still trying to learn some portuguese and Im sure your tips will help him a lot…. I already shared this blog on my facebook page.
    I love to learn about other cultures and languages as well  and my goal is to learn spanish. And as you said “motivation” is the key to learn a new language!!!
    Thanks a lot Benny

  • Kblovolpe

    loved the picture in the beggining of your post!!!! DALHE TRICOLOR!!!! QUEREMOS A COPA!!!

  • Luizcarlos8

    olá Benny, parabens você elevou o meu Brasil nas alturas… Muito obrigado por:

    Tirar a fama das nossas mulheres que são fáceis;
     Elas são seduras e lindas isso sim…

    O brasil é um País maravilhoso não troco esta terra por nada… todos aqui são bem vindos… Temos nossas questões politicas sim, temos nossas dificuldades também… 

    Mas a alegria deste povo supera qualquer obstaculo…

    O Brasil esta crescendo em rítimo ascelerado… 

    Sabe Benny não sei aonde tiramos tanto dinheiro… na verdade parece até que somos ricos… Tudo aqui é muito mais caro do que qualquer parte do mundo…. 

    Mas isso não nos abate.. seguimos felizes…. a tudo pra nós é festa…. pra que esquentar a cabeça….

    Problemas todos tem… Eu particularmente não gosto nem de usar a palavra problema… então retire o que eu dissse… kkkk

    Fuiiiiiiiiiii…

    Luiz.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314615334 Lili de Peixinhos

    This is by far the assessment I have ever read about Brazil/ Brazilians! Thanks for clarifying some stereotypes including the one that Brazilian women are “easy”! Usually when I say that I am Brazilian, it’s almost like bed sentence in America. It’s just sad that most people are so ignorant about our culture. Again, thank you! :)  

    • jZoo

      Perhaps the fascination Brazilian women have with foreign men might help explain the myth. Remember, you can only speak for yourself. If other Brazilian women are making poor decisions, there’s nothing you can do about it. Uneducated people are usually the ones making generalizations. Stay away from those and you should be okay.

      • http://twitter.com/canerraz Caroline Lima

        As a Brazilian living in uk I have to admit that the number of girls having sex on one night standing is not different than the british ones…. sure there is always easy girls, everywhere, but it is unfare say that Brazilians girls are easy because a few are, having this amount everywhere

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Adorei Santos! Passei alguns dias por la!

  • Iuri

    Man, I loved your text, thanks for saying so much nice things about my country. I lived in Ireland for 4 months studying in NUI-Maynooth and I loved Ireland as well. I have a suggestion if you want to understand more of the brazilian spirit, I think this music translate it very well
    http://letras.mus.br/chico-buarque/86063/

    Brazil is all this you said, but behind this we hide a lot of contradictions, and this music describe the contradictions of the samba that is the same of our culture and way of life, in my opinion.

  • Dianna

    Muito bacana o seu Post :D
    Nós só temos que equilibrar esse estilo de vida ‘sem’ preocupações (que eu amo) com mais compromisso em determinados assuntos como política por ex haha. Eu sou de Brasília e tenho família em Natal-RN. É impressionante como eles conseguem me fazer rir 24 horas por dia. Na última vez que eu fui lá, a cidade estava um caos, tinha greve de tudo, e não existe ninguém melhor que nós pra fazer piada dessas situações tristes, e no meio de todo aquele caos eu ri muito de tudo aquilo! Mas depois de rir da situação, é bom levarmos mais a sério as coisas, sem perder a suavidade da vida :) Vc já este em Brasília?
    Um Grande Abraço ;D

  • Felipe Baez

    Nice well written, and flattering. Brazilian people are nice and Brazil can be nice. But there are things to get into as well. Spending some time in Brazil can be VERY nice and fun, living in Brazil is another story. People are happy and learned how to be optimistic because otherwise there won’t be much to live with, seriously.

    I’m brazilian, I like the country but there are things in the culture that are what’s keeping us from being better, mainly laziness.

    But back to your articles, the points you say are all true, thank you. But there is much more to Brazilians and brazilian culture to it. Soon enough you will learn and understand expressions like “lei de nérson”, “zé sem braço” and things like that. I would actually love to have a hangout on G+ about this things in case you’d like.

    I’m a brazilian living in Prague, Czech Republic for the past 5 years. =)

    Kind regards,

    Felipe

  • OlivedeNovah

    Hey there. I ran away to Rio de Janeiro from America as soon as I could, when I was 18(6 months ago). I agree with everything in this article – I’m a introvert through and through, and my Carioca partner says that now I’m more Carioca than he is. I’ve found that I’m a lot more open than I was when I arrived. I noticed that even if you just listen in a group setting, they love to have you and make every effort to not shut you out. I also read your “Why I’ll Never Live in America” post and being born and living in America all my life, I agree (almost) completely as well (there were some things I didn’t agree with completely, like the over-smiling part).

    One of the first things I noticed when I arrived here was the lack of clocks. America has clocks everywhere, simply because Americans are always GOING somewhere. Clocks in the car, on every device, 5 clocks in every restaurant. But here, everything is much more relaxed and slow-paced. I love it. I also agree with the catering to pedestrians here. I don’t know if it was the fact that I was in a small town before I moved here or now that I’m in a huge metropolis, but now everything is less than a 10 minutes walk away and it’s so pleasantly different. Not to mention I’ve now embraced the fact that I live on the ocean and going any time is 5 minutes away and a quick gathering of beach chairs.

    By no means am I done travelling and living in other countries, but I have a feeling that I’ll count Brazil as my home after every trip.

  • Bruno M. Picinini

    Good on ya mate! U immediatelly got me hooked to this post as that picture at the top is at my team’s stadium: GREMIO! ;)

    Anyhow, good post and glad you enjoyed your stay while here mate… Come back in 2014 for the world cup, we can provide food and shelter ;)

    Abraços!

  • Bia

    MENGOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^^

  • Bia

    Boa viagem!!!!!!!!!

  • jehpintrix

    I`m Brazilian and I`ve loved your post! Ei, venha a Pernambuco, você irá adorar.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Morei 2 meses ai :) Adorei!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1233828398 Layssa Aragão

    Benny, adorei o texto!
    Stumbleupon me trouxe aqui e confesso que foi o melhor “sorteio” deles! haha
    Grande abraço!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodolfo.machado Rodolfo Machado

    Boa viagem, e bem-vindo ao Brasil!

  • Simone

    Oi Benny, muito legal seu artigo! Sou de São Paulo e uma coisa que eu gosto aqui no Brasil é o nosso jeito de falar, meio lento, não tão alto, eu noto a diferença quando volto do exterior. Tem uma cadência no som, muito diferente das outras línguas. Outro traço importante dos brasileiros, que você bem observou é a higiene, somos muito chegados em limpeza mesmo!
    Outra coisa legal é que aqui as pessoas de outros países REALMENTE se misturam com a gente, tornando esse País assim, cheio de energia!
    Beijos
    Simone

  • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

    Maybe. Don’t know!

  • Thaís Vieira

    I’m brazilian, from Fortaleza. Have you ever been here? if not, you should! We have beautiful beaches and people from my state are considered the funniest brazilians, since most of the widely known comediants are from here. We have an accent of our own, and it gets stronger when you go to the “interior”… :) You can choose to go east and see the sun rising at Canoa Quebrada or go west and see the most beautiful sunset in whole Brazil at Jericoacoara.

  • guiusd bubhns

    I am Mexican and I am learning Portuguese because it’s a beatiful language. Brazil is a beatiful country and Brazilian girls are so beatiful too. After reading this post I felt excited and I know learning Portuguese is worth it a lot. I feel so excited about going to Brazil. I WISH I HAD BEEN BORN IN BRAZIL! BRAZIL IS A WONDERFUL COUNTRY!

    O BRASIL E UM PAIS MARAVILHOSO! EU ADORO O BRASIL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cassia.marques.31 Cassia Marques

    É muito legal saber que você consegue entender a verdadeira beleza do Brasil :-) Eu odeio ter que ouvir estrangeiros falando como as meninas aqui são fáceis quando na verdade elas apenas estão tentando ser gentis! Acabei de ler um artigo que você escreveu
    sobre aprender diferentes línguas, e preciso dizer que ele me inspirou a continuar meus estudos em Alemão. You see, I’m an English teacher here and sometimes it’s hard to think in another language when I’m thinking in English most of the time, but I guess the effort is up to me… so just like you I’ll stop making excuses and will actually start working harder on speaking German :-).

  • http://twitter.com/MrsDior MrsDior

    Uau! Muito bom, obrigada pelo texto, sensacional!
    Tried beginning in portuguese to check if you’re ok on the ball with portuguese! :-)
    Thanks for every word, yes, most of us are like that. Not everyone, of course, just like in other places are nice people. But here the nice heart is also warm. In other places, the native even has a great heart but doesn’t feel comfy to come closer.
    Thanks again and be welcome to return anytime you want. And if you come to Rio, beer is my pleasure! ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.targino Max Targino

    we have this kind of card for about 8 years here in São Paulo and most of the people use it, well, I can say at least 90% of the bus system users, but it would be a mess without this second man

  • http://www.facebook.com/fabicabralmenezes Fabiana Cabral Menezes

    Is really hard to read something so truthful and honest from a foreigner about my country! And I am glad to read this! :)
    We have our problems, it’s true. But Brazilian people are different. We are optimistic, loving and we also like to know people from other cities, states, countries!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivendoairlanda Vivendo A Irlanda Dublin-Irlan

    oi benny….moro em dublin,na irlanda e adorei conhecer o seu espaco….obrigada por gostar tanto do meu pais,do meu povo,da minha cultura e da minha lingua…..isso nos deixa orgulhosos e faz com que demos ainda muito mais valor ao que temos….obrigada por suas lindas palavras. cristiane.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marina.schmoeller Marina Schmoeller

    Oi Benny!
    Vagando pela internet, encontrei seu blog e essa postagem e fiquei simplesmente encantada. Um amigo meu, que já morou em diversos lugares do mundo e de nacionalidade argentina/alemã/inglesa já fez comentários muito parecidos.
    É muito bom ver um estrangeiro amando tanto nosso país como nós, e derrubando todos os estereótipos que existem a nosso respeito. Você só falou verdades. Nós temos com o Brasil o comportamento que temos com nossa família e amigos: fazemos piada deles, reclamamos deles, mas somos extremamente protetores e nada nos dá mais alegria do que vê-los sendo reconhecidos. Muito obrigada pelas palavras!
    Também amei seu blog porque sou apaixonada por línguas, por viajar e também auto-didata (aprendi inglês e espanhol assim, e estou tentando o francês). Vou dar uma olhada nas suas dicas sempre, daqui pra frente.
    Espero que você tenha muitas chances mais de visitar o Brasil, porque sempre há algo novo pra conhecer.

    beijo (um só, porque sou paulista!)!

  • http://twitter.com/lacreid Alejandro Lozada

    Hi Benny,
    I self-taught Portuguese through a few years of working in Mexico and Argentina, but with close links to a Brazilian team in my previous company.

    I agree with everything you write, both about the language (it is my favorite language in the world) and the people.

    You are doing something really cool!! Keep it up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Demarianw Demarian Williams

    Can anyone recommend any really good sites, books, etc, to help me begin my studies on Brazilian Portuguese? I would really like to learn. I am specifically looking for things that get me a good start with pronunciation and vocabulary. Those are my biggest things right now. I have almost three years of Spanish under my belt and I think that I have a pretty good control over it. Not fluent yet, but I’m pretty close. Give me about another year and I’ll hopefully be as good as a South American native. But any way, please, if you have any suggestions email me: demarianw@rocketmail.com

    Alguém pode recomendar quaisquer sites muito bons, livros, etc, para me ajudar a iniciar meus estudos em Português do Brasil? Eu realmente gostaria de aprender. Estou procurando especificamente coisas que me um bom começo com a pronúncia e vocabulário. Essas são as minhas maiores coisas agora. Eu tenho quase três anos de espanhol, sob o meu cinto e eu acho que eu tenho um controle muito bom sobre ele. Não fluente, mas estou bastante perto. Dê-me sobre outro ano e eu espero que seja tão bom quanto um nativo sul-americano. Mas qualquer maneira, por favor, se você tiver qualquer e-mail sugestões me: demarianw@rocketmail.com (A propósito, eu usei o Google Translate para este parágrafo em Português Eu não acho que ele é brasileiro, então me perdoe eu sei online.. tranlsators não são muito bons.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mariana.dantas.3954 Mariana Dantas

    We are glad you have our beautiful country in such high steem! :)

  • sei la

    thanks i am brazilian and i went to visit china some few months ago, and i got very impressed by how much warm chinese people are and how much happy they got after to know i am brazilian, thank you very much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michel.ariede Michel Ariede

    E, tomando por referência que a perfeição está nos olhos de quem as enxerga, viva o Brasil!!

    Eu vejo verdades nesse post +1 pra vc (=

  • http://www.facebook.com/naticafe Nati Canto

    Im so happy to read this article because I’m brazilian. I feel very flattered… :) thank you so much and keep coming to Brazil!!! We love foreigners!

  • http://www.facebook.com/BellaGuerzoni Isabella Guerzoni

    Oooi, eu sou brasileira, tenho 17 anos e sou intercambista! AMEI SEU TEXTO! Voce fez nao so a mim, mas muitos outros intercambistas chorarem! É muito bom saber que alguem aqui fora admira o Brasil por mais coisas além do carnaval e do futebol!

    Voce esta de parabens pela iniciativa! Eu queria fazer algo parecido com oq vc fez: viajar o mundo e absorver culturas. Eu acho que todo mundo devia ter vontade de conhecer mais alem do que é mostrado pela midia. Boa sorte na sua temporada no Brasil e proveita o que nós aqui nos EUA nao podemos apriveitar mais ”/ hahahaha AH Voce ja sabe o que BRIGADEIRO?

  • http://www.facebook.com/liviakilson Lívia Kilson

    i follow your blog since i spend a year in czech republic and you were learing czech (by the way, nice work over the czech language, wich i find extremely complicated) and now i just opened the page and youre talking such good things about my country, that i alsmot cried hahaha. when you come to rio, and i really hope you will, would be awesome if i get to meet you sometime, and again, thanks for the love for brazilians, i kinda disagree that we are “proud of our culture” but that makes us really really proud of being brazilian.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Hi Lívia! I’m in Belo Horizonte right now, and will be back in Rio for a couple of days in November, and a couple of days in December!

      Very glad to be back in my favourite country!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcelo.blunk Marcelo Blunk

    Man….as everybody here is feeling you just made us more proud than ever with your nice words about our country….as I told you in other post, I live in Saudi Arabia and have been traveling around here and having contact with people from all round the world….
    And as you noticed Brazil is a lot more than what people usually think…I am very happy as well, and I told my wife, you were the frist gringo that spoke about brazilian woman in a decent and polite way….not offensive at all as I have been seing many times….
    Parabéns por suas palavras tão generosas e bonitas sobre nosso lindo Brasil….

  • http://www.facebook.com/denise.deiro Denise Deiro

    Hi Benny! Have you ever listened to Vanessa da Mata? There is song I love called “Boa Sorte” ( duet with Ben Harper!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/denise.deiro Denise Deiro

    There are magnetic cards too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edev.jram Edev Jram

    I liked your post, although I recognize we have a lot of problems i many respects. You´ll be wellcome here in Mato Grosso do Sul and we can join to know Bonito and Pantanal (just “google it” rsrsr). Peace out from you Lds brother here!!

  • http://twitter.com/denizelopes Denize Lopes

    Olá, Benny! Adorei o texto! Sou brasileira e moro em Minas Gerais. São raros os relatos
    de estrangeiros que falam bem do Brasil. Isso porque tiveram um contato muito superficial com a nossa cultura.. e acabam tendo uma visão limitada. ADOREI saber que você têm o Brasil como seu país preferido! Seja bem vindo sempre! E dê uma passadinha aqui em Minas! Tenho certeza que não vai se arrepender!! Bjos

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Tô em Minas agora!!

  • http://twitter.com/rafaelmrj Rafael M.

    Seja bem-vindo sempre!

  • tereza crump

    I really enjoyed this article. I am Brazilian and lived in California when I was a teenager. In the last 11 years I have lived in Alabama where I am married. Although Southerners like to boast that they are friendly people, not as much as Brazilians. I was pretty lonely for a long time. People are so busy and rarely open up to outsiders. If they got family in town they see no need to make extra friends. It takes a long time for people here to warm up to strangers.

    I think we will be going back to Brazil next year. My north American husband has been wanting to live in Brazil for the longest time. I am finally giving in. What the heck am I waiting for? Let ‘s enjoy life.

    I speak English, Spanish and Portuguese – my native language. Like you I learned all them immersed in the culture in only 6 months or less. I am checking out your blog. :)

  • elenice vieira

    Amei seu artigo!!! Love to be a Brazilian woman!!! Amo nossas músicas, nossa sonoridade silábica.. Thanks!!!

  • Destiny Best

    I was in Brasil in 2011 only for 3 weeks for a choir festiva…I had wanted to go there for years! It is beautiful there! The food is scrumptious! And everything is so colourful! I want to go back there and live there for some time. Thanks for the post.

  • Marjori Pomarole

    Cara você é demais! Obrigada pelo post. Me fez mais orgulhosa de ser brasileira :) Man you are awesome! Thank you for the post. Made me even more proud of being a brazilian :D

  • Brazillian

    “They are proud.” It is a lie!. I’m a brazillian and i hate my country like many people that i know, The education here is poor(the teacher may have a gun to survive in a public school). Many people that i know hates samba and carnaval. Here the law is just imaginary and we have many corrupt guards, politcs and medics; like all the people that live in that piece of shit of country. we need to construt wall around our houses to TRY to avoid robbers.

  • Brazillian

    here in brazil the people like to throw garbage on the street and if a taxi driver knows you’re a tourist you may be fooled, cause they will just take the long way to recive more money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bia.valenca.1 Bia Valença

    tks, tks a lot!!

  • http://twitter.com/stefanisays_ ㅤStéfani Rodrigues ❤

    Poxa, só fui descobrir esse artigo agora! Adorei o artigo e a foto do Grêmio, haha. É tão bom ver alguém que gosta do nosso povo, do nosso país são e, principalmente, não pensa que as mulheres brasileiras são “fáceis”, Haha. Obrigada Benny. :) PS: Seu português é melhor do que o de muitos brasileiros. :3

  • rafael

    Hi Benny… I found that post unconsciously and I loved it! I’m a carioca guy (with a carioca accent) and never been in another country… However I’ve been studying English for myself for 3 years and I’m in love with this language! I dont like so much Spanish language, but it’s really necessary here though the both languages are similar… Anyway, I’m at your disposal for anything… ok? hugs

  • jZoo

    I might be a little bit off on this one but I kind of get the feeling most Brazilian women would choose a foreigner over a Brazilian man any day of the week. Are Brazilian guys that bad? Or is it because Brazilian women see themselves as somehow inferior compared to European or North American women and then think of Brazilian men as inferior as well? Can anyone elaborate on that?

  • Brazillian

    i hate brazil and i’m from brazil. I hate the guy that censored my other posts

  • jZoo

    “we have the best and most eficiente (efficient) bank system in the world”, really? It just doesn’t feel like that when I am there. Long lines everywhere. Fees banks charge are outrageous. Personal loans … oh Gosh, I would not dare getting one (150% interest/year). Charging that much, our banks better be good.

  • John Meade

    Hi Benny, It was so nice to meet a fellow Irishman last night at the InterNations party. I agree with your assessment of Brazilians. I’ve never met one that was cold or distant. But I do feel that it is essential to learn their language to fully appreciate this country. Like you said in this article, they are very proud of their country and culture and if you want to fully share in it you need the language. I just wish I could learn it in three months.

    John

  • http://twitter.com/vwmann Victor

    It made me cry of happiness too! I was very sad and then I read this blog and this post. IMMD (it made my day). Thanks ben! Also you motivated me to continue (and try my best) to finish learinng czech in decent way! Cheers from sunny Brazil!

  • http://www.facebook.com/saxmanva Jonathan Malkin

    Também :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jpdive João Pedro Balseiro

    Loved to read that! im now in thailand and i miss so much my country! Its been 20 months away from home. Im from Sao Paulo, the biggest business city! I hope you enjoy every trip to BraSil!

  • Andreia C. Andrade

    Brazilian girls are not as full of them selves as you said europeans are cause being pretty here is actually normal. There’s not a big deal and it does not makes you very special. Of course there’s differences, but if you’re a “gringo” with blonde hair and light eyes, your chances are almost always higher than normal, that’s for shure, lol.

  • B.A

    To be happy in Brazil you need to conform to the culture, if you don’t like soccer, cerveja, samba/forró you will be treated as an outcast and will live miserably. It is very nice for foreigners that did not have to grow here, and will not be judged by brazilian standards, but I’ve never been happy living here and never will. I would love to choose what I do, listen or watch without being treated as a freak. And I would love to have some religious freedom, but apparently I will be forever considered “evil”, inadequate or worse, stupid.

  • Ligia

    I loved how you describe Brazil, I am Brazilian living in USA and I agree with everything you said, Good job!!

  • Ana Luiza Bergamini

    I’m Brazilian and while i do love (and totally understand :) Benny’s enthusiastic and loving description of Brazil, Oliveking makes a great counterpoint. But you’ll only see what Olivekingf’s talking about when you live here for an extended period of time I guess

  • Seiji Hosoume

    Your text is really good! Thank you for explaining about Brazil so well. You explained such things in a way that I always try, but never make. I’m brazilian and I can say that people like you are always welcome in our country. :D Cheers!

  • My Cupcakes Dona Santa

    Se está no Rio tenha calma, a chuva passa, janeiro é um pé d’água, aproveite os ensaios de blocos e escolas, até acho que as do Grupo B são mais animadas, valeu? Seja bem vindo gringo :)

  • anonymous

    I have to admit it. As a native speaker of (European) Portuguese, the way they speak it in Brazil just annoys the hell out of me after like 5 minutes of listening to it. I can tolerate the music, but cannot stand casual long conversations and, especially, written Br-Portuguese. The differences in phrase structure and in use of verb tenses are so striking that it just sounds like sloppy Portuguese, really. (Some meaner people would call it “Portuguese from the jungle”.) Now add to it the amount of regional variations and sayings. In Rio at least they have the “sh” sound in “s”, like we do. Anyway, I think French is probably the most beautiful language, both spoken and written, and the way Brazilians speak Portuguese (or rather Brazilian, as it is so different and some down there would be very happy to have it called that way) is definitely not.

    • http://www.fluentin3months.com/ Benny Lewis

      Brazilians could easily say many similar complaints about how Portuguese from Portugal sounds. In my opinion Brazilian Portuguese sounds way more pleasant to the ear than Portuguese from Portugal, which is more guttural and spoken with a more closed mouth.

  • Alene55

    What a GREAT article!!! I spent 3 weeks last year in a couple of different Brazilian states in southern Brazil, and I have struggled to explain the eye-opening, life-altering experience of what the people and their manner of being did to change my own perspectives on life–permanently so, mind you.. You pretty much covered it all beautifully! I have some great friends there, and also Brazilians living near to me in the U.S., and they have been nothing but open and kind and patient as I work to master the language. Now that I’ve found this, I’ll be sure to look for any posts of yours in the future. Thank you, Benny!
    Alene

  • Matheus Moura

    Hello! I don’t know when you wrote this text but I liked so much. I don’t speak English well as I like to do but I could understand everything. If you want a friend to learn a little more about the Portuguese language, You can contact me in e-mail: matheus.cyber000@gmail.com. And the other people from here can contact me also!

  • lilian

    Nossa, quanto elogio! Obrigada :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ppns1 Patricia Pns

    Hey, I’m from Brazil, and I loved your post… thank you so much for the things you said =)

  • tkindred

    I think when being a foreigner visiting or living in another country there are some things that may have an influence on your experience in that place such as your nationality, race, economic standing, male or female, etc. For instance, I have had Brazilian female friends living in the U.S. that love it here. They tell me the men are so nice to them. That’s because there are countless American men giving them attention. But what if they were not beautiful foreign females? I am a black American and at times I am treated better than Africans when I am traveling abroad. A white male, in say Japan, would be treated quite well by many of the local Japanese women. In Chile and Argentina, especially Chile. I am treated very well. I’ve had Asian friends tell me they were not treated so well in some European countries while I have had mostly good experiences. And sometimes when you are a foreigner you get treated better than how the locals treat each other. I guess what I am saying is that it depends. Certain countries may have tendencies to perceive a certain race or nationality and it influences the way they treat you. And how do Brazilian whites treat Brazilian blacks and vice versa? Is there a large racial divide there? Oh, I have been to Brazil many times. There are good and bad to every place. Anyway, this is just my opinion. I love experiencing cultures around the world and I think they all have something great to offer.

  • Eduardo Ramos

    It sounded like if you were reading my mind or If I was reading something that I would tell my friends about my trips to Brazil. One of the most common questions I get is: “What is the thing you like the most on your trip?” My answer has always been: Definitely the people. It even makes me want to cry, of joy of course. I believe in the human kind. Me been from Mexico, but leaving in Los Angeles, was easier to learn Portuguese with my Spanish background, plus I had a 5 year relationship with a great Brazilian guy, which we are still the best friends and confidents, we are now 30 and 33. Funny that he is the one who sent me this blog to read and asked me if I agreed? I definitely agree with your post 100%, and wish that everybody has a chance to experience Brazil any it’s people at least once in their lifetime. I have asked my family to throw my ashes at the Arpoador Rock at dusk on my next birthday after my death. AWESOME BLOG!!!

  • http://profiles.google.com/rainorsergio Sergio Dutra

    Benny, a great hug from a gremista. When you go back to Porto Alegre we will eat a churrasco and take a chimarrão.

  • wlfsj@hotmail.com

    Guy, thanks for your comments about brazil and inspirations to improve the languages…. I’m brazilian and I´m trying to develop my second language (english). But, it´s too hard to me. As you said in your video, until you practice and speak without fear, it´s hard to develop. I need to lose this fear….. I`m trying.. Return to Brazil whenever you can, that all of you are welcome..

  • Dani

    I’m in Ireland, but I’m brazilian, and I’m very glad to see someone talk about Brazil like you are talking, some people went to rio de janeiro, is the same if we think usa is only miami, people have diferent cultures in each state in Brazil, and also I know Brazil is full of problem, politcs, but our people are great, and brave, and we never give up! I’m happy in Ireland because we are very similar people! Thank you very much for that beautiful and realistic explication!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roseline.g.paquet Roseline Grande Montagne Paque

    I love your article. I totally agree with what you are saying about the brazilian culture. I hang out with a lot of brazilians in Montreal. They are so nice and genuine and always welcome everybody. Also, I was in Brazil few months ago. Gosh, how I loved it ! Brazilians understand everything about life. The thing I have to say is that this country isn’t perfect for a North American foreigner. It is sometimes real complicated to get a visa like it happened to me. It took be 5 months to get it but at the end, it was worth it.

    Viva Brasil ! Brasil maravilhoso no coraçao. E tambem e muito facil de aprender essa lengua. Gosto Brasil., Brasil pra vida entera ;)

  • http://twitter.com/smg1981 Scott Gower

    That’s because Mineiros are awesome, uai!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Timhurleyrealtor Tim Hurley

    I have been going to Brasil, (mostly Rio) for ten years now. I take a two month vacation around Carnaval each year and LOVE Brasil! This is such a great article and is right on with describing things and the awesome people! Over the years I have made so many friends who have become very close friends, (probably for life). I always have such a great time that I get to busy to really stop and learn the language well, (GOT to work on that more). I live in the Catskills in NY and don’t have much here for learning the language. Thanks so much for this SUPER post!!

  • tarcisio coelho

    Amigão, parabéns pelos seus posts. Você me inspira a aprender mais idiomas!
    I’m learning English about one year. It’s not good yes, but I’m need to try your method. It seems very interesting.

    Abração pra você!! Continue assim!!

  • tarcisio coelho

    Amigão, parabéns pelos seus posts. Você me inspira a aprender mais idiomas!
    I’m learning English about one year, but I’m need to try your method. It seems very interesting.

    Abração pra você!!

  • Sandra Freias

    Obrigada por falar bem do Brasil, sou amazanonese e moro nor RJ,

  • Guest

    Fantastic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/angelica.mendoza.9256028 Angelica Mendoza

    Wow! You have a such talent for language and are soooo sensitive to observe cultures! I am in love with your web site (and your perspective)!!! Your showed a very accurate and positive aspect of Brazilian culture here! I am from Brazil, and unfortunately my people only use to say bad things about our country and culture! All what you say is true, accurate and from a keen perspective! Your are not only a polyglot, you are a natural Sociologist!

  • http://twitter.com/Yaasky iGravity™

    And I must say, this …all of it… is true

  • http://www.facebook.com/klaus.a.madsen Klaus Asbjørn Madsen

    Hey Tolmema, did you study in English there? I was thinking of doing just that, but I can’t find a program to actually do it.

  • Geraldine Pugh

    I have just started learning Brazilian Portuguese and I was really excited to come across this blog and the TedX talk. I’m British but I speak fluent Spanish and pretty good at French so I’m hoping that this will help. Your talk has at least taught me not to be shy in class, even when I don’t know if what I’m saying is correct. On another note, I noticed a rather heated debate with a Brazilian below, and, sadly, to some extent I think he has a point. I live in Mexico, and although there are many things I love about it, after growing up in Europe, there are some things that I will never adapt to. I realise that I really took many things for granted about the UK. Not things that you realise after a couple of years, but after many years when you think about settling down and starting a family. However, I don’t think that was the point of Benny’s post. It wasn’t a serious comparison of countries but a post praising what he likes about Brazil. I think that’s valid! Obrigada, Benny!

  • Firouz

    Please give me a few address to teach online Brazilian Portuguese.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ohthais Thaís Aragão

    I love hearing about my country and your text made me wanna cry. Thank you for making my day and for caring about Brazil and brazilians when a lot of people abroad don’t do.

  • Guilherme

    The only thing a can say: THANK YOU! You described my country the best way I have ever readen! Dispite all the troubles this country has, the people from here are the best in the world! There is no other people we can compare, every others looks a lot cold near the relationship of the people in Brazil!

  • Nicka.

    Yes Brazil sounds awesome! I am planning on going to Brasil next year before the World Cup! Am very motivated learning Portuguese and then plan on teaching ESL in Portugal! This will be my third language!

  • Alisson

    Você veio bem perto da minha cidade. Eu moro em Mossoró e já estive várias vezes em Natal. Bom saber que pessoas de outros países pensam assim do Brasil.

  • Christina

    Why are Brazilian men called men and Brazilian women called girls? You describe them as “strong women” but say The beautiful girls (or men). It doesn’t seem like you were talking about young girls, so why not call them women instead of diminishing a mature independent woman and calling her a girl?
    This was a lovely piece, with one small slip that says a lot.

  • Thais Ventura

    É sempre bom ouvir bem do nosso país. Obrigada. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/karin.centenaro Karin Centenaro

    thanks man, I love my country =) I have lived abroad and I will do that again, but my people in fact are all that you mentioned, …hope we can keep this for many generations, =) God bless you

  • http://smartdicas.com/ SuperAdm

    Nowdays (2013) this article is invalid, many things has changed in Brazil For worse. contact-me geraldo.filho92(at)hotmail(dot).com e I will tell the truth. I wish one day live in a better country like Norway, Sweden, Canada or maybe USA.

  • Kate

    Benny, I could immagine you are Irish!! I lived in Ireland and I loved Irish people, so friendly, easy going, simple…I had a very good experience there, principally because I lived in another European country before and I didn’t have the same experience. I’m so happy to read these beautiful words from you. Contantly I have doubts if I stay in Brazil or change country again, but reading your post it was a very good relief. Thanks a million

  • Christine

    As an American who has grown up in Brazil, I agree with this post! Unfortunately, I am leaving in under a month to go to university in the USA. But aren’t they a beautiful people?
    Their hygiene (does any other country spend so much money on deodorant and perfume? And does any other culture take as many showers?), their hospitality (does any other culture put their foot down and insist on kindness like they do?), their beauty (such a mixture with MINIMAL prejudices), their acceptance (hey, are you a 60 year old woman at the beach? Wear a bikini! 60 year-old guy? I don’t see why a speedo’s not appropriate!), their unwavering optimism (they’ve got poverty and political corruption, but they are a happy people, and don’t let the flaws get to them!).

    It just seems to me that without thinking too much or trying too hard, Brazilians see things more clearly than any other people.

  • Paul Bernay

    I went to Brazil in 1991 as a tourist. I loved it and went back a few more times. I thought Brazilians were wonderful people. I thought all the good things you listed here. I even thought the country was paradise. So when I got an offer to live and work in Brazil, I jumped on it. I lived there for 15 years and my impression of the people and the country changed 180 degrees. I mean 180 DEGREES.

    You view of Brazil is that of a tourist or an outsider who’s only scratched the surface. You don’t really know it. I did business in Brazil and saw so many negative sides of its people and culture. I myself could write a book about all the incredibly bad and sad things I experienced and witnessed in the country.

    Brazil is not only football, samba, beautiful women, carnival, churrasco, simpatia, etc. It’s also full of corruption, lies, crimes and many superficial, deceitful and irresponsible people. If you live and do business in Brazil, you’ll be often robbed and see that almost nothing works right even though you pay so much tax, the law is crazy, the justice system is a farce, and the whole system is rigged to help the corrupt and criminals. There are good and honest Brazilians, too, of course, but they are marginalized and manipulated by the rotten system. Many Brazilians don’t know that side of Brazil well because most only work as employees and they don’t know how things are elsewhere. They are happy people and accept reality (and that causes even more problems.)

    Expats working for multinationals or teaching English don’t know much, either, because they don’t have direct personal contact with very Brazilian problems. I’ve had the misfortune of seeing too much under the surface.

    I speak several languages myself and I’ve lived in Asia, Europe, the US and Africa. So I don’t think my comment here is too subjective.

    On the other hand, I think your post about why you don’t want to live in the US is very well written. I agree on most points.

  • Ian MacFadgen

    i loved brazil. i stayed for 6 months total. ive never been to another country before apart from canada before going there. it was sort of a culture shock, but not in a bad way. id love to go back. i had(and still have) a really really big problem not being able to speak portuguese when i want/need to, even though i know what i wanted to say. i talk to myself all the time in portuguese, but NEVER with anyone else. maybe some time ill gather up the balls to speak with someone(embora, minha namorada é brasileira.. mas ela parou de me ajudar, porque sou tão timido)

  • Leonardo Ferreira

    The people in Brazil are nice, the country is also nice in many aspects, we just have to improve our education (qualification) to be able to do what you europeans/americans/asians etc do industrially and in many other development areas. Nevertheless no matters the amount of social problems we have, we keep optimist and hoping a lot of improvements for the next years. Together we will end poverty. For you foreigners, don’t forget, Brasil is the free land, and I am not talking about democracy, I am talking about the natural behaviour of the Brazilian society. Brazil wants to receive the entire world to occupy this land full of resources and potential, ready to grow (always respecting our mother nature) and ready to be the country of the future, of the happiness and the fraternity. That’s a colourful country, formed by colours from all over the world… Come to Brazil! :)

  • Julia

    Nice post, Benny! I’m glad you’re enjoying Brazil even with all the problems we have here. And nice photo with Gremio’s t-shirt hehehehe It’s the best XD
    Hahaha thanks for the post, it makes me with a little proud to be born here :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/m.fernandabn Feeh Barbosa

    Olá eu sou Brasileira e amei ler isto!Realmente incrivel o que vocês pensam sobre o Brasil!Espero encontrar você algum dia aqui onde moro , Mg : Minas Gerais :) Abraço! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/janaina.elle Janaína Elle de Lima

    Infelizmente não tenho muito orgulho em ser brasileira, não. Me envergonho de alguns péssimos hábitos que nós temos e do nosso governo corrupto.
    Mas, fiquei muito feliz em ler seu post. Me faz acreditar mais no meu país. =]

    Ah, outro ponto : também somos um dos países mais espiritualistas/religiosos do mundo, o que de certo modo nos torna mais “generosos” e menos materialistas.

    Só mais uma coisinha : a parte sobre as mulheres foi fantástica. É muito importante para nós deixarmos de ser vistas como é mostrado pela mídia . Você prestou um tremendo serviço para as mulheres brasileiras. Muito obrigada! =]

  • http://www.facebook.com/moses.diniz Moises Diniz

    Sorry, but half the things you said about brazil are wrong. Being born in brazil (Rio de janeiro) but living my whole life in the U.S i can guarantee that this place is nothing but a **** hole (pardon my language*) I have been living here for about 2 years, And still could not adapt to the culture and the underdevolped things such as: Education,Language,structure and especially the music(mostly funk). Any ways the first year i lived in Natal , It was seriously the worst experience i had in my entire life.,Being picked on because of my horrible and non fluente portuguese , the place was horrible super underdevoloped and of course everything you buy is expensive. i am now living in Rio it seems like i have traded my social life for comfort since iv gotten here. Brazil, wonder place to spend summer vacation but horrible place to live.

  • Grazi

    I’m brazilian and I loved your text! Thank you for the compliments about my country! It’ s good to see the affection that you have about us. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/fabiana.fabi007 Fabiana Fabi

    Brazil is for sure a therapeutic country!!! I am Brazilian and it’s at least the less xenophobic place on earth and I traveled over 15 countries.
    People aren’t afraid of trusting, making friends, give a warm smile and a meaningful “how are you?” we love people, we love our life style, we love who we are.
    Thanks for your nice posting! you have captured the Brazilian essence completely!
    We are nice girls and not easy girls! we just don’t like to be rude with anyone and when a guy wants to talk to us and we are not interested, we treat them as real people and our kiss in the cheeks is cultural so before someone speak that we are easy girls… They should learn our CULTURE! we kiss the 90 years old as the 1 years old child that we meet and I am proud about it. For sure is a unique life experience!

  • manoel

    Ficamos gratos por tamanha consideraçao.

  • Johnata Amantino

    Eu nem conheço esse cara, mas já adoro ele simplesmente pela forma que ele descreveu o Brasil.

  • Nataly

    Did you go to Olímpico stadium?? I am from Porto Alegre and just loved the pic!!! ahahah

  • http://www.hotelurbano.com.br/ Luizze Oliveira

    Brazil is such famous and beautiful travel destination in the whole world. Here I get fantastic details about Brazil and Brazilians. Its too informative post to everyone.

  • Monica Rossi

    Oh no Benny! As a Brazirish I can say the best place in the world is Ireland! :-)

  • Valerie Robles

    I spent the of 1974 summer in Brasil. I loved it! I spent 6 weeks in Belo Horizonte, a week in Sao Paolo, and a week in Niteroi, during which I visited Rio de Janeiro, and a day in Brasilia. I was invited to go to Brasil by a Brazilian foreign exchange student, Julio, who was attending my high school in the small city of Flagstaff, Arizona. The people I met in Brasil were so welcoming and friendly. They were excited to meet an American, and impressed that an American girl (me) would be brave enough to spend the summer in Brasil with a family she had never met before. I love people, the culture, the music, and the language of Brasil. When I returned, I studied Portuguese, then completed a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish (Portuguese was not offered as a major at the university I attended). I would like to return to Brasil someday.

  • Tomos Burton

    Brazil does have it’s good points. I know they’re supposed to be good at mashups.
    Also as primarily a tokusatsu fan I’ve seen some of their fan films and I think they can be pretty cool. I got into ‘Cyberbio’ a few years ago! Actually I think some of these things about Brazil can also apply to a lot of Asian countries. My favourite countries are Japan and Wales, which generally extends to nearby areas and I’m happy with most Asian countries, but I can see the good and bad in every country.

  • Guest

    Eu e meu marido que também e brasileiro, vivemos em Doha-Qatar, e um pais árabe, mais liberal que a Arabia, e menos que Dubai! Saímos esse ano daqui, de ferias para o Brasil, paramos no frio da Europa (meio do caminho) e chegamos na terrinha exatamente no primeiro dia de carnaval, no Rio de janeiro, as ruas coloridas, pessoas coloridas, 40 graus de sol e musica…imagina a emoção…Eu entendo que o Brasil vive um momento de transição, de muitos questionamentos, mas por favor Brasil, que se perda essa alegria, essa musica e esse ritmo! Essa e uma herança que a gente leva pra qualquer lugar, eterniza e contagia! Saudades ! Parabéns pelo seu post tao inteligente. You have a brazilian heart! :)

  • Stela Karolina

    Eu e meu marido que também e brasileiro, vivemos em Doha-Qatar, e um pais árabe, mais liberal que a Arabia, e menos que Dubai! Saímos esse ano daqui, de ferias para o Brasil, paramos no frio da Europa (meio do caminho) e chegamos na terrinha exatamente no primeiro dia de carnaval, no Rio de janeiro, as ruas coloridas, pessoas coloridas, 40 graus de sol e musica…imagina a emoção…Eu entendo que o Brasil vive um momento de transição, de muitos questionamentos, mas por favor Brasil, que nao se perda essa alegria, essa musica e esse ritmo! Essa e uma herança que a gente leva pra qualquer lugar, eterniza e contagia! Saudades ! Parabéns pelo seu post tao inteligente. You have a brazilian heart! :)

  • thiago

    Benny,parabéns pelo artigo.Dá próxima vez quero ver você falar com o sotaque da bahia,ok?!abraço!

  • Zak

    I have been to Brazil twice and found most of the people to be decent. The further North I was and the less urban the area, the more friendly they tended to be. Whilst they are friendly, I think people get a bit carried away with this idea. The friendliest people I have ever met were in West Africa; noticeably more so than Brazil.

    I have been to Rio twice and I was not blown away by the people I met. Few seem bothered to interact with me as a foreigner and of all the places I have ever been to, Rio was the only city were I simply could not connect with the locals (despite speaking conversational Portuguese). I have no plans to return to Rio ever as I did not really like the Cariocas whom I found to be a little cold and sometimes rude. Maybe I will return to Brazil some time in the future if and when the Real decreases in value and Brazil becomes an affordable destination.

    • Felipe Santello

      Hello Zak.
      I think I can understand what happened, people in Rio is not as friendly as they were in the past because of the extreme increase in tourism the last 5 years. Rio is like our Paris for the French. Maybe I`m wrong about making this type of judgment. As Benny said, there are bad people all over the world.

  • jeanleonino

    Oh man, thanks for that. As brazilian I feel happy for reading this. :)

  • Mateus

    I’m Brazilian and I disagree with this.

  • http://www.inglesparaleigos.com/ Ueritom Ribeiro Borges

    Yeah, most of things you told describe most of us Brazilians..there are of course exceptions for every single rule, but anyways you did a good review about us. Nice work!

    PS: It would be even better if you had taken photos with the other Porto Alegre’s football team, Internacional..hehe

  • Bruno Ribeiro

    Eu moro em Maceió – AL, caso um dia você queira passar um tempo aqui, é uma ótima cidade e tem muitas praias lindas, por isso aqui chama-se paraíso das aguas, pesquisa no google imagens por praia do francês, praia do gunga, praia da ponta verde, praia do peba e praia da jatiuca, são as que conheço ainda tem várias por aqui.

  • Guest

    T-O-T-A-L-L-Y agree with you my friend. I’ve traveled all over the world and there is no people like the Brazilians. In the beginning, as a gringo, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew there would be a lot of parties. But, oh man… My first trip there was unforgettable. Since then, I keep going back to Brazil every chance i get. The most amazing, friendliest, generous, kind-hearted, fun, sexy, sweet, talented, smart people you’ll ever meet. The place is just a paradise. Party, party, P-A-R-T-Y!!! When I’m there, all the stress melts away and I just let myself go with their flow. If you ever get a chance to have Brazilians friends, don’t think twice. They are by far the best friends I’ve ever had. Loyal to a fault. They’ll protect and help you at any given moment. They’re very open and fun to be around. Love Brazil!!!!!!

  • Ani Damasceno

    What a great post! Being brazilian myself, I must say i love to meet people from all cultures, learn their backgrounds and LIVE a bit of their lives actually, is so exciting. So i understand your experience! Glad you are being so well treated in my country. I love Brazil and many other nations as well, and speaking for most of our people you are always welcome here! :)

  • Adriano Uriel S Santos

    Adorei seu post por você gostar tanto do Brasil, mas amei saber que assim como eu, você é GREMISTA! Está de parabéns amigo. Abraços!

  • Priscila Knechtel

    I totally agree with you!!! :)

  • Pietra Junqueira

    Hi! I’m brazilian and I was googling about brazilian music in other countries and I got here, I don’t know why. But you made me so pleased to see your vision about my country and about brazilians. You put lots of smiles in my face! You really know the essence of being brazilian! I think you are one already! Lol… congrats!

  • Vicente d’Avila Melo Sarmento

    Eu chorei ao ler sobre seu amor por nós.
    Eu chorei ao ler sobre nós mesmos.

    Não é todo dia que um espelho é colocado na nossa frente.
    Não é todo dia que temos tempo para reparar nos detalhes.

    Seu texto me prendeu a atenção e serviu como um espelho. Ele me faz querer ser cada vez mais brasileiro e cada vez mais carioca.

    Muito obrigado. Eu realmente estou mais feliz agora que li seu artigo.

  • Julia Bodaneze

    Como uma gaucha(nascida em porto alegre ainda por cima) é muito lindo ver alguém gostar tanto da cultura do meu país… Espero que você visite muito mais vezes!

  • Igor Florian

    I had a great time reading your article, I’m really proud of my country right now. I don’t have much contact to foreing people, but I always had this curiosity of getting to know their impressions and all.
    Brazil is so diverse, that even I don’t know its culture very well. What makes me kind of sad is that people usually go to only to big cities and don’t get to know our countryside, witch is really great and you can find even more “warm” people and beatiful places.
    #VaiCorinthians!!

  • Christian Marques

    Facil pra voce falar isso! voce é ESTRANGEIRO, as mulheres veem voce como uma oportunidade de cair fora desse país de terceiro mundo, serem sustentadas em dolar, em euro, não se engane cara, se voce fosse um brasileiro como eu de nascença e voce teria uma visão bem diferente dessa m#### de país, tenta ser pobre, brasileiro e inteligente pra voce ver se essa mulherada vai cai em cima igual tão fazendo com voce, voce morreria sozinho, e falo sério, não se iluda, mulheres brasileiras não são simpaticas com os proprios brasileiros quando não se tem dinheiro, só com playboy e gringo $$$, é mas voce tem sorte, com gringo, as brasileiras são FACEIS.

    • Idiota

      Chegou os ignorantes igual você, esse site precisa de uma moderação porque se não comentários ridículos igual o seu vão aparecer bastante aqui.

  • Wellington Azevedo

    Man!!! That’s so flattering, so beautiful that brings tears to my eyes!! I really love to meet people from other countries, it’s a very rich experience, and yours particularly… I love your traditional music and besides that… I don’t know if it counts, but I have all Westlife albums! lol! Wish I could meet Ireland someday. It would be awesome!! Randomly found this post, but fell instantly in love with it. Thank you so much for posting this. From a carioca to other one, because you, man, seems to be even more a brazuca than some of us. ;D Take care, and come back whenever you feel like.

  • Lícia Costa

    Que prazer ler um texto tão bonito e que descreve de forma tão carinhosa o meu amado país. Os brasileiros tem a alegria como característica, apesar das adversidades! Espero que volte mais vezes e torne-se brasileiro de coração!

  • Guest

    Glad to read that many have a certain passion for my country: Brazil

    Brazil is a good place to live, walk and meet people. As stated above here you will find a diverse culture, typical dances, good eatables, beautiful scenery and nice people to have a beautiful friendship.

    Do not miss the opportunity to meet this wonderful land.

    Like all Brazilians “I love my country, Brazil”

    I’m also curious about other cultures.

    This is my skype.

    leidiane.soares7

  • leidiane

    Glad to read that many have a certain passion for my country: Brazil

    Brazil is a good place to live, walk and meet people. As stated above here you will find a diverse culture, typical dances, good eatables, beautiful scenery and nice people to have a beautiful friendship.

    Do not miss the opportunity to meet this wonderful land.

    Like all Brazilians “I love my country, Brazil”

    I’m also curious about other cultures.

    This is my skype.

    leidiane.soares7

  • leidiane

    Eu amo o meu Brasil

  • Gui Almeida

    nossa, que legal sou brasileiro e estava lendo seu blog, acredito que não terás problemas com a linguagem, que texto bonito… e aqui tirando o que voce disse da pobreza corrupção e brigas de gangues e etc (aaa e o valor absurdo do Ps4 se quiser pode me mandar um vou deixar meu email no final) , é o melhor lugar para se morar, com as pessoas mais simpáticas bonitas e disso voce sabe HAHA abraços… Design.182@hotmail.com

    • felipevollkopf .

      Tirando a violência, a corrupção e todos os outros problemas que o cara citou (isso que ele esqueceu de falar de muuuuitos problemas, como economia fechada, leis anti empreendedoras, muito imposto e pouco retorno, preço ridiculamente alto de carros e eletrônicos), é claro que vira o melhor lugar para se morar né! A áfrica também é o melhor lugar para se morar, se tirar a fome, a miséria, a corrupção… Pensa antes de falar!

  • rachael

    this breaks my heart because i”ve experienced first hand just how intoxicating and charming brazilians are after falling under the spell of one last year. You’re spot on with their personality traits as well as their enthusiasm for life which is hard to beat. They seem to have an endless circle of friends that’s built around a thriving social life.

    The only difficulty, I suppose, is to not mistake their friendliness and charm being particularly focused on you/ and that everybody else gets the same treatment!

    Ladies, be careful, because I think i’m still trying to work out just what happened there.

    I’ll always have a fondness for brazilians but I will be erring on the side of caution with the next ones I meet!

    • felipevollkopf .

      Yeah, you’re right

    • AqueleComentarista

      I’m sorry you went through this but unfortunately I’m not surprised. You are not the first one and will not be the last. Brazilians worship being unfaithful, they make you think you are special but their female friends get the same treatment, it makes you feel insecure, you question yourself about how serious the relationship is.. and it is a torture!! But hey, gringos that come here are the same.. Men of course.. Male gringos will find a girlfriend and she will think she rocks cause she got his attention but surpriseeeeeeeeee he has lots of brazilian friends, most of them female, and they also get nice sms during the night, dinners, souvenirs, hugs and kisses. WTF people!! Get a life!

  • Wren Wilkins

    I’ve never been interested in learning Portuguese, but seeing all your articles about the people-environment in Brazil I’m really curious now. My sister has a passion for that language so maybe one day I’ll follow her to Brazil and see if it is as friendly and warm as you say. I hope so!

  • Get English

    By pledging allegiance to Gremio, I’m not sure if every Brazilian will love you back Benny ; )

  • leidiane

    Sou uma Brasileira e amo meu país.

    • felipevollkopf .

      Por algum motivo que nunca entendi, TODO brasileiro ama seu país. Parabéns por ser apenas mais uma.

  • Eduardo Tomioka

    Nice post! You describe very well the “brazilian way”! You just forgot to tell one thing! God is brazilian! And we are mix of others cultures that is why we are so friendly and we will respect you, and doesn´t matter where you come from, from because we have a little of you too!!!

  • Paola

    First of all , what do you have against France being half french half portuguese i do not understand how can you prefer portuguese instead of french for many reasons but i understand different tastes but i simply believe you are just in love with Brazil , with so many months you did not stay as a tourist do and when i read the reasons why you prefer Brazil (even before Ireland 0-0 ) are all pretty the same at least in the same area and when in love we dont aware , but at the same time i prefer countries like Uruguay or Argentina , where you are not lost with cultures or Chile or Peru , Brazil is in the middle of which countries to see first in South America and thanks it is a big country and

    • felipevollkopf .

      You’re not completely wrong… But I had to choose between Brazil and another Latin country, I’d SURELY choose Brazil

    • AqueleComentarista

      I knew you were half french, half something else cuz french people don’t speak english HAHAHAHAHA

  • serklarvel

    Hi Benny! Nice article you wrote about Brazilans, thank you for saying good things about us! I have just 2 observations, though: 1) I think we waste too much money with unnecesary jobs, like the “cobradores” on buses that you mentioned. I live in Sao and I believe it cost us about R$ 800 million/year to maintain these guys. They could be trained to do other jobs, since our economy is close to full emplyment. Also, they occupy a space in the bus which could be used by pessengers. 2) People are nice in person, but they change a lot driving. I am appalled by the agressivness of people who normally are nice in person. Anyway, I really enjoy living in Brazil and the best thing is how warm people are.
    Abraco,
    Sergio

  • vitor

    thanks for the compliments, i´m brazilian, and it makes me feel very happy that you enjoyed your time here, there are a lot of things that we need to improve but we are pursuiting it ,like the flag says “ordem e progresso”. i hope one day we will offer you a much better time and wish you the best luck.
    a big hug, Vitor

  • felipevollkopf .

    The Language is really beautiful, and it fits songs and poems quite properly. Yes, the Brasilian Clock is really nice. And we have the most beautiful women in the world. But soem other things that you said are not entirely true…
    You said Brasilians are intelligent: no, they’re not. It’s only your impression, because you’re foreigner. People are really lasy and ”not-cult”. In the Universities, it’s difficult to find someone who studies for real. That is sad. You said brasilian women are not easy. You can’t put it in general, but they’re kind of easier than women of other countries, that’s for sure. You said we’re clean. Yeah, we take a lot of showers, but that’s because we have plenty of weather (My city, for exemple, is located over the biggest water reserve underground in whole Earth) and the country is hot almost the whole year. Another thing:the tropical weather is not that good thing. Try to stay here in my city (Campo Grande) for 18 years like I do and you’ll understand what I’m talking about. You get tired of sweating! You get lasy and it’s hard to study and work.. you spend a lot of money with air conditioning. And the worse thing ever of Brasil: everything is so fucking expensive. Meals are ok, but eletronics and cars… OH MY GOD! I paid 4000 Reais for my macbook, and it’s one of the cheapest! A Camaro costs 230.000 Reais here. Besides all of that, the politicians are included in the list of the worst in the world. We pay too much taxes, and receive to little in exchange. Man, stay in Ireland. There are cool things here, but what I’ve said is sad but true.

    • AqueleComentarista

      Até que enfim alguém que falou a verdade.. O Brasil como realmente é!

  • Thaís

    Hey, I’m brazillian and i loved that you write truly things about here! Normally people have bad thoughts about Brazil… the brazillian music is beautiful ♥

    • felipevollkopf .

      Truly, are you sure? Come on, the guy said that brazilians are intelligent! What is SURELY untrue.

    • felipevollkopf .

      Normalmente, as pessoas tem os pensamentos certos, esse cara aí que inventou qualidades :)

  • arthur

    Thanks, man! It’s really good read some good interpretations about my land! You’re welcome to come back every time you want!

  • Fernanda Borba

    I think I’m in love with you hahaha Fiquei tão feliz ao ler esse artigo, principalmente a parte sobre as garotas brasileiras. Sou manauara e depois desde sorteio da copa tenho ouvido tanta coisa absurda sobre a minha cidade que tenho ficado triste, pq claramente não são verdades. Por mais que o texto não seja sobre Manaus, é muito bom ver um gringo quase brasileiro falando tão bem do meu país. Fez meu dia! Obrigada!

    • AqueleComentarista

      Pobre fica feliz com qualquer coisa haha Mais uma trouxa enganada pelas belas palavras de um gringo banana.. SCORE!

  • Andressa Andrade

    hahahha morri de rir quando você escreveu que daria um chute de capoeira em quem falasse mal das meninas brasileiras, me apAxonei, me liga tA???

    • AqueleComentarista

      Depois brasileira tem fama de biscate e ninguém sabe pq… Valeu por queimar o filme!

    • felipevollkopf .

      Viu, é isso que dá às brasileiras a fama de fácil. Você, pelo visto, é mais do que fácil né?

  • Cledja Payne

    sou brasileira com muito orgulho amei oque você disse do povo brasileiro <3 aproveite bem o meu país :)

    • felipevollkopf .

      o que*

  • Nathalia

    As a brazilian i have to say thanks for all the post.
    I feel really better when i know how someone like us and understand us.
    Volte sempre!!!

  • Luísa

    Achei interessante você dizer que a língua portuguesa é bonita porque realmente a maioria das pessoas preferem o francês. É uma pena que haja pessoas no Brasil que não valorizam muito a própria língua. Seu português é muito bom e seu site também! Venha para o Brasil quando quiser, você sempre será bem vindo! :)

  • Diogo Filipe

    brazilian Portuguese is absolutely horrible and corrupted. I still cannot understand Why foregneirs seem to like it. I am from Portugal, brazil’s former owner, so as soon as you know this, I bet there will be hate comments, but I don’t really care. BR-PT has a horrible grammar( thats Why people in Portugal make fun of it). Somehow, brazilians managed to corrupt Portuguese more than any other Portuguese colony, or its spanish counterparts in south america. What is it with you people liking “soft” brazilian portuguese, it sounds so effeminate. Then there is the culture: nearly all Portuguese, with some african and Goan mixed in there. It is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Let me give a little story about Why you think brazilians are healthy: When Portugal conquered and colonized Brazil, there was no such thing as civilization there, so we had to create everything there from scratch. When we enslaved the native brazilians, they were so stupid, weak and docile, that we had to send shipments of african slaves there to get the economy started. Its their african part that makes them look healthy. They are proud that they needed the british to protect them, that they are a very dangerous country and that you used to be too weak to be slaves? I don’t know what I’d be proud about that. If they are warm people, half comes from Portugal, and the other half is the stupidness of talking like centimeters from each other, and etc. The reason Why they kiss cheeks with people they’ve just met, also comes from portuguese, except in Portugal, there are bounderies(ex: men don’t kiss eachother in the cheek in Portugal, they handshake). When you say girls there are beautiful, its by your standards not the whole world. And sincerely, brazilian girls do are easy. Some years ago a brazilian girl sold her virginity online. And since you like to generalize so much, let’s generalize this for all brazilian girls.

    • Diogo Filipe

      Also, please don’t say Brazil is the best country in the world, as that is quite a big lie.

      • AqueleComentarista

        Que triste, mais um português revoltadinho com o Brasil. Deve ser foda mesmo vocês chegarem aqui 500 anos atrás, roubarem nosso ouro, nossa madeira nobre, nossas pedras preciosas.. e continuarem sendo um dos países mais pobres e baratos na Europa! Por isso português no Brasil tem fama de burro! Você devia dar graças a Deus que um país de 200 milhões de habitantes fala o seu idioma porque senão o português hoje em dia ia ser igual o latim – língua morta! Bando de otários de bigode.. Volta pra padaria Diogo Filipe que o Manuel, o Joaquim e a Maria “estão a esperar”. hahaha imbecil!!

      • felipevollkopf .

        Acho que posso falar português com você, não é? Bom, sou brasileiro e moro no Brasil desde sempre, e odeio meu país, inclusive a cultura. Concordo com você que os brasileiros acabam com o português. Mas não acho o nosso português ”corrompido”. Se for assim, então o inglês americano é corrompido também? No dia a dia, os brasileiros falam errado, mas o mundo todo concorda que o Português brasileiro é mais agradável que o de Portugal, quando falado corretamente (em telejornais, por exemplo). Além disso, me desculpe, mas enquanto as pessoas de Portugal (que são poucas, não é? É um país minúsculo e insignificante, que ninguém conhece direito) acham graça do português brasileiro, aqui tem 200 milhões de pessoas que acham o seu português horrível. Além disso, os brasileiros têm várias piadas para dizer o quanto os portugueses são burros. E se não bastasse, Portugal teve tudo para ser o dono do mundo, teve várias colônias e já foi potência, mas acabou virando a escória da Europa, e está falindo. Então, sugiro que pesquise mais sobre o seu próprio país derrotado antes de falar essas merdas xenofóbicas e racistas sobre o Brasil.

        • Diogo Filipe

          Sim, então o inglês americano também é corrompido. Ao chamares a Portugal insignificante, e ainda mais, a “escória” da Europa, vê-se logo quão não educados vocês são. Primeiro, a “escória” da Europa é a Grécia, pois Portugal já está a sair da crise. Agora, com 10 milhões de habitantes, Portugal tem mais habitantes do que muitos países. Agora, se vocês acham o português de Portugal horrível, isso mostra ainda mais o vosso isolacionamento, que faz com que não saibam nada do mundo. Portugal não teve tudo para ser dono do mundo. Com Espanha, um país com mais de 15 milhões de habitantes, e sempre a tentar conquistar-nos. Só que nós fomos o 1º Império Colonial, e o que durou mais tempo, mostra que nós fomos o dono do mundo juntamente com Espanha, graças ao Tratado de Tordesilhas. Eu não disse que o Brazil era o mais perigoso do mundo, simplesmente que era perigoso, não é o mais perigoso, mas é muito mais perigoso que Portugal. Em último, Portugal não é um país derrotado, é provável que duremos mais tempo do que você. Só um facto, Brazil vai atingir o nível de Portugal em tudo, de 2007, e o Brazil só vai atingir esse nível em 2050, mais coisa menos coisa. Tenha um bom dia.

  • AqueleComentarista

    yeah, right. I bet you are just like your friend Jan from Holland who went to Brazil and after a couple days already found a girl and booked a trip to Rio with her for new years eve. If that is not being easy, I don’t know how it is. I mean, who goes on a trip with a total stranger like that? If he was brazilian I assure you this girl would never go. But of course he booked a nice hotel and paid for it so she was like, why not. Another stupid gringo in the world. Before you think I am a moody gringo who hates Brazil, let me tell you that I am brazilian myself. And this conversation about how nice we are, think twice. Brazilians are obsessed with gringos and are nice with them for interest. It could be curiousity due to cultural differences or financial interest, you name it. The same reputation we have outside Brazil of being easy, you guys have inside Brazil of being stupid. Every girl here (even the ones that are poor and ugly) know that if a gringo comes (specially if it’s his first time) he will be impressed, he will find her “exotic” (haha exotic is the new ugly eh?) and he will bribe her with walks on the beach and presents (oh, so romantic). And she will sleep with him, for FREE. Score! Winning! To sum up: brazilians are not so nice and open between themselves, if you were a brazilian you would know but go ahead and live the dream. I bet lots of people would love to be in that bubble too. Boa sorte se iludindo com os brasileiros!! Um abraço.

  • Daniela Costa de Medeiros

    Hello! I’m brazilian and I’m living in USA for a year, and read your article just made me homesick. You just wrote the truth and I’m very proud to hear that about my LOVELY country! You’re fantastic!!

  • Shamu

    I’ve never been to Brazil, but I was on a Cruise once and a large Brazilian family was on the same Cruise. I noticed that they seemed to be a very close knit family and really enjoyed having a good time. The thing most startling to me was just how beautiful they were. The Brazilians are just gorgeous people.

    • felipevollkopf .

      Don’t put there in general! There are beautiful people here, but also the ugliest ones!

  • Marcone Junior

    And you know that just saying these things, brazilians are gonna love you haha we do love people who like us and enjoy our behavior!

  • Yar

    Hello There Benny!
    I follow your blog.I am fluent in English,Russian,Arabic.
    I wanna learn Brazilian_Portuguese,my firend who’s fluent in Spanish wants me
    to learn Spanish instead,as it is spoken in 20 countries and it’s similar to Portuguese.
    It will later help me with learning Portuguese.
    Whats your advice.

  • fernanda

    it´s nice what you wrote about brazilian girls. as one of them, I feel fine knowing that some foreign people understand we are just friendly! :)

  • Tiago Vieira

    I`m brazilian and you make me proud!!! Thanks a lot. You are always welcome here!.

  • felipevollkopf .

    He could have memorized that. The video can be a fraude.

  • felipevollkopf .

    If you´’re going to be back here, please, learn Portuguese. We don’t tell you, but we hate people who talks Spanish instead of portuguese here. And be aware, don’t make mistakes!

  • Bruno Vinícius

    Hi!!! I am a Brazilian!!! Gostei de ler essa matéria!!! Show de bola!!! Parecia que você estava falando de min!!! Realmente, somos lindos, curiosos e amigáveis kkkkkkkkkkkk

    Volte sempre e obrigado!!!

    Abraços!!!

  • Andryw Marques

    Ha ha, thanks for the “elogios”!
    Come back more often!

  • Andressa

    I’m a brazilian girl and I’m really, really in love with you right now. I do! Rsssss.. Now seriously, I’m very enchanted with your work, way of life and proud with the work you have done. It’s like a dream to me, something that I always wanted to do, speak a lot of languages to talk with several diferent people. AWESOME!!!! Congratulations!

  • Andy

    biased , one sided, blinkered, misleading, inaccurate. brown nosing load of complete and utter bullshit.

  • milber

    Oh dude, loved your post. I’m Brazilian and I becoming to learn english now, and simply, you motivated me to learn as much as I can about new cultures. I’m really glad for you explain the real seeing of Brazil, thanks man. Hope you can stay for long time here!

  • Patricia Vasconcellos

    Omgggg, im brazilian … I was blown away with this beautiful text comments and glad that someone loves Brazil, after many did not luv here (this is one of the bad things here).

    Well, I only have one friend out! He is Indian, but would be happy to meet other friends outside! Add me if u want, we can be friends! haha :D

  • Naty

    Thank you! We (brazilians) are very proud to read this kind of text!!

  • Dejota Gomes

    oh dear! you really love Brazil and almost all of us ( Brazilians) you’ll be always be welcome to Brazil,we’re waiting for you and foreigners of several countries for the world cup:)

  • Davi Fragôso

    não é por nada não mas eu assisti seu video falando portugues e ainda tem muito sotaque acho que os brasileiros estavam brincando com vc hhuheuhuehue

  • Rafaela Daltro

    I’m brazilian and I’m so so so happy to see how much you love Brazil, brazilians and brazilian portuguese! rsrs You already visited my city (Natal!)! :)

    We are passing through a hard time here, because of the protests of people that are full of bad politics, that makes our public schools, hospitals and the police really really bad…

    So, Where are you now? Are you in Brazil?

    PS: I’m sorry my bad english… In spite of 11 years of english course, this has never been more than a classroom… :/

    Oh, and I’d love to share with you a classic brazilian music, a beautiful one, I don’t know if you ever heard it… “Águas de Março” is the name of the song…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHEQ-m4KSaQ

  • Sonia

    Good to see a foreigner praising my beloved homeland, where many Brazilians only speak ill of her!

  • Jaqueline Menezes

    Feeling so proud right now of being brazilian ;) …specislly a brazilian lady xxxxx

  • Stepheson Araújo

    Hi :) I’m brazilian. I wanna practice my english and my portuguese too. Is anybody here interested?

  • Diego Mota Santos

    é bem isso meu amigo.

  • Dayane

    omg I’m feeling so glad to read that!
    It’s funny because I’m brazilian and I learned english because I feel the same way than you do when you listen to someone speaking portuguese: I think english sounds nice in everything! Songs, the way you spell the words…
    It seems that I’m reading myself in a paralel universe LOL

  • John Horton

    Next time your in Brazil try coming a little further north to Belém, Pará. It is at the mouth of the Amazon River and talking about a slower pace…it almost stops here. Northern Brazil is night and day compared to Southern Brazil.

  • Douglas Hutchings

    Great post!
    I just moved to Rio de Janeiro 7 weeks ago from NZ!
    I love it here too! People are so friendly and I even got to be in the carnaval this year (2014).
    Still getting my head around the language though. I can’t see myself being fluent in 3 months…hopefully 6 months! Applying for permanent residency (fingers crossed!).
    Thanks for motivating me to keep motivated!

  • Ana Carolina Menezes

    wow, thanks about that! i really like it when someone from another country says that Brazil is an awesome country. and “How to speak like a Carioca…” i laughed a lot.

  • Elizabeth L

    Você falou do nosso país e de nossa gente de uma maneira muito linda. Isso mostra que você compreendeu muito bem o nosso jeito de ser e, simplesmente fez muitos amigos aqui no Brasil, porquê você é adorável, Benny!!!

  • Natasha Alexandra

    Not so sure about your analysis of Brazil. while the people are friendly, they have murder rates some 30X higher than western europe. http://www.europeanknightsproject.org has this article called Smile & a Gunshot about Brazil.I’ll take safe over friendly. Im not being rude or anything but I value respect for life over friendliness

  • Thiago Dibs

    Good to read a positive article about Brazil once in a while, but you certainly sound like you haven’t been to São Paulo.

  • Pedro Martiins

    É tão lindo ver um texto sem o estigma que o brasileiro carrega e o que o torna mais interessante é o ponto de vista de um “gringo” “abrasileirado” bacana, adorei!

  • Tamires Mascarenhas

    Thank you!! You seems nice too! Have you ever been in Belo Horizonte – Minas Gerais? It’s my city and I’m sure you’ll love it!! If you go, you have to eat pão de queijo.

    PS.: I liked very much the comparision to the Irish people!

  • Tamires Mascarenhas

    PS 2.: The best is GAAAAAAAALOOOOOOOO (Clube Atlético Mineiro)

  • Martha Portella Caldas Maximia

    well, well,well…

    That´s the friendliest and nicest thing I´ve ever read, you just gained lotsss of brazilian fans! ;)

  • Leticia Lira

    <3<3<3<3<3<3 Brazil <3<3<3<3<3<3

  • Nícolas

    Oh my god, its so good to read good things about my country, writen by someone that is notfrom here, i’m glad that you love my country that much and i hope other ppl can see us as a proud country and not the banana and mokeys jokes.

    Anyway i love your text.

    Hugs from a friendly Brazilian :^)

  • Barbara

    Que bom ler isso. Fico feliz que tanta gente goste do Brasil! Mas o que mais me causou surpresa foi ver que você é gremista também. Boa escolha!

  • Mônica Hartmann

    The fact that you like brazilians so much makes me very happy. I’m going to share a few words with you in Portuguese if you don’t mind:

    Fico muito feliz por ter lido isso, o povo brasileiro é exatamente tudo isto que descrevestes e mais. Sou natural de Porto Alegre e gostei bastante da foto (Grêmio!).
    No caso de estar assistindo à copa do mundo, hoje tem jogo justamente aqui na minha cidade, infelizmente não vai ser no novo estádio do Grêmio, e sim no do nosso rival, o Internacional. Volte sempre ao nosso país, paz.

  • Leandro

    Hi, i’m from Brazil and i’m learning english, Do you’re watching the world cup? I’m sorry my english, I hope you understand… good luck!!

  • juliana

    Im a Brazilian girl and you are totally right about us. I love your text . : )

  • Bruno Paes Coelho

    Belo artigo Benny, sou brasileiro e me sinto muito bem lendo tudo isso, sempre será bem vindo no Brasil!

  • Pedro Simões

    sadly, most Brazilians (especially rich) don’t like their country. actually, that’s true, we don’t have good public education, transport, healthy and money. but Americans, having all of that, aren’t as happy as we are!
    infelizmente, a maioria dos brasileiros (principalmente os ricos) não gostam do seu próprio país. na verdade, é verdade que nós não temos boa educação, transporte público, saúde e dinheiro. mas os americanos, tendo tudo isso, não são tão felizes como nós somos!

  • Anneh Luana Bittencourt Rodrig

    Muito Obrigada pelos elogios á nosso país, também gostamos muito dos países vizinhos, principalmente o seu Benny, :D Um grande beijo para você!

  • Dirce Ries

    I never knew people still have powers and make things happened this way. My name is Dirce Ries am from Finland. My boyfriend Charles Morgan left me for another girl for three months’ ever since then my life have been filled with pains sorrow and heart break because he was my first love who dis virgin me when i was 21 years old. about two years ago, A friend of mine Philipper Claw told me that she saw some testimonies of this great PRIEST KUVUKI that he can bring back lover within some few days, i laugh it out and said i am not interested but because of the love my friend had for me, she consulted the great priest with his email { Kuvukispelltemple@hotmail.com } on my behalf and to my greatest surprise after three days my boyfriend called me for the very first time after three months that he is missing me and that he is so sorry for every thing he made me went through. I still can’t believe it, because it highly unbelievable it just too real to be real. Thank you PRIEST KUVUKI for bringing back my lover and also to my lovely friend who interceded on my behalf for any one who might need the help of this great priest here is the email address { Kuvukispelltemple@hotmail.com }

  • Guest

    Ohhhhh great to read it about us brasilians peolpe!! I read many bulshits in the internet about BraSil, it’s good read good things about us. We are very friendly with foreigners. Excuse me for my bad bad english, I’m learning!! I hope you back soon to BraSil!!

  • Anderson Thuler

    Im a brazilian and liked to see that!!

    I am proud to see that you like us so much!!

    God bless

  • Pedro Simões

    I didn’t know Brazilian people were so friendly and nice until the world cup. I had just left from an English course and wanted to improve my language skills but it seemed like no one wanted to help me or only have a good conversation. once I sat next to an American family and was talking to my dad. can you believe they threatened to call police just because we were speaking in Portuguese and they didn’t understand this language?

    • http://fluentin3months.com/ Brandon Rivington

      I’d have to say that they were not typical. Just like every country, we have ignorant people here and it looks like you found a few of them.

  • Victor

    Belo texto , retrata bem o que e nosso pais , e nos brasileiros , apesar de muita coisa ruim , mas qual pais não tem =D

    quem quiser conversa papear meu email e vykthor.29@gmail.com ….

  • Caroline

    A Brazilian read this and was happy! Thank you :D / Uma brasileira leu isso e ficou feliz! Obrigada :D

  • Paloma

    Glad u like us! I’m brazilian :) I loved this pic! GRÊMIOOOO <3

  • Gabriela Marques

    Hello!! I’m from Brazil and feel me honor after read that you like of my country… Really, some brazilians people have the costume of say bad about the own country by internet, but every place have problems, and we need say about what we have better… Also you should say about the “foods” and “cultures difference”… So, i am trying learn english and i fear that i can be very expressive like i do in my culture and people think that i am been “invasive” or something wrong….

    Anyway, how you know, you and every foreigner are welcome in my country

  • Guest

    RINO is a pejorative term AGAINST fake conservative/liberal Republicans In Name Only, you subhuman piece of trash. The whole reason that the Tea Party even formed was to OPPOSE these people. Do the world a favor and move to North Korea where you can voluntarily place yourself into a concentration camp.

  • Guest

    As a strong supporter of Ron Paul, I have been watching the evolution of the modern day “Tea Party” very closely since it’s inception. It started when his supporters held a fundraiser for his 2008 Presidential run, on the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, and was then adopted by opponents of the Bush/Obama bailouts. The entire movement has been characterized by a strong “anti RINO” sentiment, which means that anyone who calls themselves “Tea Party” is more than likely against everyone in your avatar except for maybe Ron Paul. Please stop spreading lies and ignorance. You really are helping no one at all.

  • TEAPARTY_LIBERATARIAN_NUTS

    No shit idiot. I suggest that you cease that type of activity with your mother right away.

  • TEAPARTY_LIBERATARIAN_NUTS

    I got your message. Yes, most definitely sleeping with your mother is twisted & sick. Cut that schit out!

  • TEAPARTY_LIBERATARIAN_NUTS

    There was a security breach at the zoo. No worries your mother is safe. lmao!