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Hello and welcome to Brazilian English Podcast, I’m your host and teacher Derek Noble and in this podcast we talk about Brazilian culture and entertainment to help Brazilian students of English reach fluency in English and to spread our values and beliefs worldwide. Every episode is full of rich vocabulary for all levels of English also full of content related to a universe that, as we know, is enormous and interesting: I’m talking about Brazilian culture.
Yo, guys, what’s up? How are you today? I hope you guys are having a great day. Today’s podcast is related to behaviour1. And the word behaviour is related to your actions and attitudes, right? The way you act in society and the way you also act when you are by yourself. We’re gonna talk about our manners2 and customs when it comes to talking and interacting with people.
As you know, we live in a tropical country where most of its parts are warm and sunny. This may influence the way we interact with other people, of course. Brazilians, therefore3, are welcoming and gregarious4. We tend to accept foreigners easily even with a certain air of novelty and curiosity. This is usually seen as a positive trait of our culture. I totally agree with that. Because of that, we will embrace5 people as our own, and I also mean literally. Brazilians kiss and hug a lot. When meeting someone new in an informal situation, we will kiss once on each cheek or hug the person and kiss them once on a single cheek. I don’t know, this varies from state to state. Here in the south, we will also kiss on the cheeks three times and we will say it’s for good luck in finding someone to marry. Go figure. I really mean it. Hehehe.
What’s more, when we don’t know people in a certain social event, we make small talk6 about popular topics such as football, food and drinks, and personal preferences like music, movies and series, which will include even the popular and worldwide famous Brazilian soap opera or telenovela. If you are foreigner coming to Brazil, avoid talking about politics, violence and personal problems. We deal with them every day, it’s enough.
As for conversation, the rythm of our talks is slightly7 different compared to other countries. Conversations in Brazil are full of interruptions and loud interjections. These interruptions are rarely seen as rude. In fact, not engaging in an excited chat could convey8 boredom and indifference to the topic. Brazilians will welcome any excuse to have a conversation. Whether it’s in a dinner party with family and friends or while waiting in the bank line, or the bus stop, we’ll chinwag9 about anything in order to kill time and interact. Specially old people, I guess.
Another trait of our personality is to be hard-working. Brazilians will wake up really early to bring home the bacon10, to study to improve their resumé and to go to the church or go to the gym. No matter what activity we engage in, we will complain a lot about the hour, but we will do it anyway. As oppose to what many people may think, Brazilians are not lazy when it comes to buckle down11 and pursue their dreams.
Well, guys, that is it for this podcast. I hope you have enjoyed it. What other personality traits do Brazilians have? Have I described us correctly? Have I missed something? Let me know in the comments. I’ll talk to you later! Have a nice weekend! Bye bye!
1 – behaviour – comportamento
2 – manners – modos
3 – therefore – portanto
4 – gregarious – sociáveis
5 – embrace – abraçar
6 – small talk – bate papo; jogar conversa fora
7 – slightly – levemente
8 – convey – transmitir
9 – chinwag – papear
10 – bring home the bacon – ganhar o pão; trazer pra casa o dinheiro
11 – buckle down – colocar a mão na massa