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You know you are Brazilian when…

January 12, 2010 99 Comments

society  You know you are Brazilian when...

Fitinhas do Bonfim

  • You applaud the pilot when the airplane lands. You also applaud the band when it plays the national anthem.
  • You wear the national soccer team T-shirt when you are abroad.
  • You watch all the matches of the World Cup among friends and family. Or in your work place, if necessary. The experience includes beer, swearing, crying and insulting the mother of the referee.
  • You wear really pointy shoes with high heels (well, if you are a girl).
  • You are in a foreign beach and you are the only straight man wearing speedos.
  • You drink coffee at least three times a day. Religiously. And you never heard of decaf. Or chicory coffee.
  • You despise the Wright Brothers – Santos Dumont invented the airplane!
  • You have at least one pair of Havaianas flip-flops.
  • You have already worn fitinhas do Bonfim (ribbon supposedly blessed in Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church, in Salvador. You make three wishes while you tie the knots. They will be granted when it gets rotten).
  • You think you can speak Spanish. You pronounce Portuguese words with Argentinian accent and believe Spaniards will understand you. It can be very embarrassing.
  • You learn how to carry your purse in a way nobody will be able to open it or drag it away. You choose fake jewelry that really looks fake. You lock your house with several keys. You take with you the sound system when you leave your car.
  • You have prejudice against Portuguese and Argentinians. Well, it’s sad, but it is a fact.
  • You kiss your acquaintances (of opposite sex) in the face twice when you meet. Women also do the 2-kiss ritual among them.
  • You visit daily the neighborhood bakery. To buy fresh bread. To drink coffee. To have lunch. To buy cigarettes, or ice cream, or a pint of milk, or chocolate. To chat with the chapeiro (the guy who makes warm sandwiches – they are invariably entertaining). To talk to the Portuguese owner. To watch TV (they are fairly common in padarias). To drink cachaça. To put a few chairs in the outside and play samba with your friends (while the girlfriends dance).

Anybody would like to suggest additions?



  • bruno says:

    Uma palavra: preconceito
    One word: prejudice
    Eine worte: Vorurteil
    Un seul mot: préjudice

  • Valeria Camargo says:

    You know you are a Brazilian when…
    spending 8 hours on an awfully crowded road to travel 80 km to the nearest beach on a long weekend / holiday is considered normal.

    … you eat pizza every Sunday night, and also often for breakfast or lunch.

    … you eat “feijoada”, a very heavy Brazilian dish, full of pork meat and beans, every Saturday, Winter or Summer.

    … you consider normal that everybody in the office stops working to watch Brazil play during World Cup – and not return to work in case Brazil wins.

    … you can say to your female co-worker that she looks beautiful without worrying of being accused of sexual harassment.

  • Jefferson says:

    It’s not true at all. It’s not everybody who likes samba, for example.

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