June 19, 2012

This week in our continuing Foreigners Through Brazilian Eyes series we have an interview with Augusto Gomes. Read on as Augusto tells us about his impressions of foreigners, and gives some helpful advice also.

1. Where are you from in Brazil and what do you do?

I’m from São Paulo and I work with insurance and now I finished my Journalism course.

2. What are the main obstacles for foreigners in Brazil?

I think Brazil is a good place for foreigners, can be a problem some people dont know how to speak English.

3. What are common mistakes that foreigners make in Brazil?

The foreigners think that Brazil has only samba, monkeys, and soccer.

4. What characteristic of other nationalities strikes you as the most different (eg. sense of humour, formality, dress)?

How to dress.

5. Which English accent do you prefer and why (eg. Scottish, American, Australian)?

I prefer the American, because I use to watch American Movies and listen to American songs.

6. Favorite place travelled abroad and why?

I went to Argentina and Paraguay only, I liked the water falls.

9. What is the difference between dating a Brazilian and Foreigner (if this applies to you or perhaps a friend)?

I think the culture is different, dating a Brazilian you know how to make the person happy what kind of places to go, but a foreigner could have a different view of some places and a different rate for food, therefore it is better to give more details about the place.

11. What are 2 things you would recommend for a visitor to do in Brazil to better understand Brazilian people and their culture?

I would recommend staying in São Paulo for 2 weeks minimum as a large City with museums, parks, and very good restaurants. I believe Central Market at downtown is a good place to visit as you can find any kind of fruit and typical food. Paulista Avenue is another place I would suggest to visit. If possible to go to other places in Brazil I would recommend Foz do Iguacu and
Caldas Novas (winter time due to natural hot water).

If you are Brazilian, or know a Brazilian, who has traveled abroad or has considerable experience with different nationalities here in Brazil, we would like to hear from you. Please send an email with contact details and a brief description of yourself to gringoes@www.gringoes.com.

To read previous interviews in the Brazil Through Foreign Eyes series click below:

Tatiane Silva
Regina Scharf
Rebecca Carvalho
Augusto Uehara
Ana da Silva
Daniel Bertorelli
Marco Cassol
Ana Clark
Vanessa Agricola
Ubiratan S. Malta
Brescia Terra
Renata Andraus
Ana Vitoria Joly
Helio Araujo
Adriano Abila
Anderson Ferreira
Sandra Partridge
Samara Klug Szachnowicz
Flavius Ferrari
Daniela Ribeiro
Adriano Gomes
Elizabeth Sacknus
Geberson Coelho
Rosaly Loula
Andreas Saller
Elvis Renato Barbosa Lima
Bruno Santos
Maria Cecilia Schmidt Maluf
Marta Dalla Chiesa
Cludia Ramis De Almeida
Vivian Manasse Teixeira Leite
Fernando Saffi
Gabriela Kluppel
Patrcia C. Ribeiro
Fabiano Deffenti

Can’t make this up