Lucky lucky readers, you guys have a chance to win a copy of American Exbrat in Sao Paulo by Megan Foxhole. So you can get a taste of the goodness that I am giving away, here is a summary of the kindle book:
American Exbrat in São Paulo: Advice, Stories, Tips and Tricks for Surviving South America’s Largest City.
Whether you are moving or traveling to São Paulo for a job, following a loved-one back to his or her home country, or embarking upon a personal adventure, the opportunity to live in Brazil is one of a lifetime. American Exbrat in São Paulo will help you navigate the rough spots and illuminate all that is worth enjoying. For those who may not be moving or traveling to São Paulo, but are simply Brazil-curious, you will get a view into a world that is exotic and chaotic, yet cool and full of conviction. American Exbrat will be your companion on the journey through the ups and down, ins and outs, and the curious roundabouts. If you are in the city temporarily, semi-permanently, growing roots deep in the soil of São Paulo or simply along for a virtual ride, the stories, advice, tips and tricks on these pages will help make the experience memorable.
Bem-vindo to your new adventure!
Now the fun part. To participate in this contest, read American Exbrat’s “10 Terms You Should Know” below and add a potential 11th in the comment section. Give it a go! But don’t be scared, if you don’t know a term just leave a comment. I know not everyone can bust out terms like Megan!
Chapter 10: Ten Terms You Should Know
Sometimes knowing the vocabulary and sentence structure of a language isn’t enough to gain a good understanding of what’s happening around you. Brazilian Portuguese, in particular, is a language full of slang and terms unique to the culture of the country. Knowing just a few of these concepts will help you understand a bit more behind the motivations of a Brazilian.
A Brazilian’s ability to get around, over, in or out of something despite a law, a regulation, a contract, physics or gravity. Brazilians use this God-given talent mainly for situations in which the overwhelming bureaucracy is impeding their capacity to get something done. But they may also use it to simply get out of a task they don’t want to take on or to avoid paying full price for something. Do not attempt to perform jeitinho. It is a complicated dance that, if done incorrectly, might push you back ten steps. If needed, ask a Brazilian to perform it for you. For more about jeitinho, see Chapter 12: Society.
One born in the city of São Paulo. Also know that a paulista is one born in the state of São Paulo. There is a distinct difference as paulistanos consider themselves very metropolitan. As the state of São Paulo is very large and diverse in culture, a paulistano and a paulista can be a very different animal. Do not complain about São Paulo to a paulistano or paulistana. Paulistanos are convinced that São Paulo is as important and entertaining a city as New York or London or Paris. I’m not saying that it’s not… I’m just saying.
One born in Rio de Janeiro. There are vast differences between someone from Rio de Janeiro and someone from São Paulo. Cariocas are said (by paulistanos) to be more interested in hanging out on the sand than working and paulistanos are said (by cariocas) to work too hard and be overly obsessed with money.
Note: The paulistano and carioca are both distinct and separate from the baiano, a person from the state of Bahia. A Brazilian joke outlines the core difference of these three cultures and goes something like this: A man is selling beer on the beach for R$4 a can. A carioca buys a beer, but convinces the vendor to sell it to him for R$3. A paulistano buys a beer and tells his friends he spent R$6. A baiano just brings his own beer.
Weekly farmer’s market. Most neighborhoods have a feira at least one day a week. The feira involves the closing down of multiple city blocks to make way for the stands of meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, snacks, spices and often clothing and household items. The feiras begin as early as 7 a.m. and are over by 1 p.m. Five of the seven days of the week are named after the feira; segunda-feira or second feira (Monday), terca-feira or third feira (Tuesday), quarta-feira or fourth feira (Wednesday), quinta-feira or fifth feira (Thursday) and sexta-feira or sixth feira (Friday).
The last hour of the feira, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. During this period, all the vendors of perishable goods just want to go home without having to drag any produce back with them. When it is xepa, you can receive significant discounts on anything that will eventually go bad. Just ask “Quanto?” No matter what the vendor says, pretend to walk away and they will lower the price.
6. Tudo Bem
This is a very useful phrase that means “all is well” and very indicative of the Brazilian culture. It is most often used as a greeting, in question format, with the appropriate response being a return of the “tudo bem” or simply “tudo” (all or everything) or “bem”(well) or “bom” (good) or “ótimo” (great).
This term means rotation and will refer to two conditions. First, your license plate will determine one day that you will be unable to drive your car during the morning hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and the evening hours of 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Rodízio also refers to a menu option, typically in sushi restaurants and churrascarias, where you pay one price and are served to your table “all you can eat” selections.
A Brazilian style barbecue that involves grilling meats, sausages, cheese and bread, traditionally on an outdoor grill. It can also refer to a Brazilian restaurant that serves a variety of grilled meats rodízio style, a churrascaria.
The act of bringing your own food and beverages to the beach. Farofeira is looked down upon by the upper and middle classes. The proper way to approach consumption on the beach is to purchase food and beverages from the vendors, even if you are not particularly fond of cheese-on-a-stick, ice cream or beer.
A place to drink. Usually, this term is used to describe those little corner places where the old men drink cachaça all morning. However, you will find some trendy botecos in neighborhoods like Vila Madalena, Jardins and Pinheiros with good Brazilian food and a wide selection of beverages.
Now it is your turn. Put your thinking hats on and come up with something good, or just post a comment, in the comment section below. Make sure there is a way for me to get in touch with you!
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Last day is Feb 12th! A lucky reader will be selected at random and I will let you know the following day