Brazil: Slangs and Expressions from Rio de Janeiro

Posted on June 26th, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza June 26, 2016 Most Brazilians are somewhat familiar with the carioca accent and expressions. Foreigners however, might have some trouble with the vocabulary used by cariocas in their daily life. To help you, we have compiled some common slangs and expressions you will be hearing in Rio de Janeiro. Mermão (shortened version […]

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Brazil: The Legend of Raul Seixas

Posted on May 31st, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza May 31, 2016 Brazil is a country that boasts a rich musical heritage. Musicians like Carmen Miranda, Tom Jobin, Catano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Luiz Gonzaga and Elis Regina have left their mark in history, and are now appreciated worldwide. Yet, few musicians have influenced the music and culture of Brazil as profoundly […]

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Getting a CTPS in Brazil as a Foreigner

Posted on May 1st, 2016 by Pedro Souza

By Pedro Souza May 1, 2016 So you have finally got a job in Brazil, applied for a work visa and picked it up. Now all you need to do If you want to work legally in Brazil is to get a CTPS (Carteira de Trabalho e Previdência Social). This document allows you to be […]

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Brazil: Good Luck in the Year of the Monkey!

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Marilyn DiggsMarch 5, 2016 In February, while revelers in Brazil delighted in carnival delirium, the Chinese had their own celebrating to do. This year the Chinese New Year arrived on February 8th. The very day samba schools were shimmering down Av. Marques de Sapuca in Rio, the Chinese were welcoming in the Year of […]

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The Gringoes Guide to Brazilian Folklore and Myths (Part 1)

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer March 5, 2016 Brazil is a country with a very rich folklore. Originally inhabited by hunter-gatherer tribes, the national mythology and folklore is still imbued with tales that have been passed down generation after generation from ancient times. When settlers came, the tales and myths of Europeans and Africans mingled […]

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An Introduction to Brazilian Folk Sayings

Posted on March 5th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer March 5, 2016 Every country has its own sayings, which pass down from generation from generation. You never know where they come from, but you are always familiar with the ones from your country. Sayings say a lot about the culture from where they originate, and from the mindset of […]

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5 Brazilian Dishes You Should Try

Posted on February 6th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer February 6, 2016 Brazilian cuisine is extremely rich and diverse, being influenced by Portuguese colonizers, African slaves, Brazilian natives and immigrants from all over the world. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the best dishes the country has to offer. 1. Feijoada One of the most traditional […]

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Come Taste the Wonders of Mineira Cuisine

Posted on January 9th, 2016 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer January 9, 2016 Minas Gerais is a state in the southeast of Brazil marked by rolling hills, mountains and a sky that is said by some to be the bluest in the country. Minas has played an important part in the history of Brazil, playing a role akin to the […]

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The Gringoes Guide to Dating Brazilian Women

Posted on December 12th, 2015 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer December 12, 2015 So you have heard quite a lot about Brazilian women before, and maybe you have dreamed about finding yourself a Brazilian babe. Now that you are here, it is time for you to spring to action. However, if your image of Brazilian women comes from watching videos […]

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The Beauty of Capoeira, a Martial Art Disguised as a Dance

Posted on November 13th, 2015 by gringadmin

By Pedro Souza, Staff Writer November 13, 2015 In the streets, parks and beaches of Brazil, one often sees groups of people gathered in a circle, playing instruments while two people inside the circle sway, kick and dodge to the rhythm of the music. This is capoeira, a Brazilian martial art practiced through all of […]

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