Understanding Brazilians

Inspiration

Here’s one of those ‘Lost in Translation’ moments where your reading of the situation may not exactly be the intended message the local is giving. What is this exactly? It’s what Brazilians say, what we hear and what they actually mean.

I really had to reproduce some of it here for our amusement:

What Brazilians say: No (Não)
What foreigners hear (on the very rare occasion a Brazilian says it): No
What Brazilians mean: Absolutely never, not in a million years, this is the craziest thing I’ve ever been asked

What Brazilians say: I’ll be there in ten minutes (Vou chegar em dez minutinhos)
What foreigners hear: He’ll be here soon
What Brazilians mean: Some time in the next half-hour I’ll get up off the sofa and start looking for my car keys

What Brazilians say: I’ll show up later (Vou aparecer mais tarde)
What foreigners hear: He’ll be here later
What Brazilians mean: I won’t be coming

What Brazilians say: Let’s stay in touch, ok? (A gente se vê, vamos combinar, ta?)
What foreigners hear: He’d like to stay in touch (though, puzzlingly, we don’t seem to have swapped contact details)
What Brazilians mean: No more than a Briton means by: “Nice weather, isn’t it?”

What Brazilians say: A hug! A kiss! (Um abraço! Um beijo!)
What foreigners hear: I’ve clearly made quite an impression—we’ve just met but he/she really likes me!
Waht Brazilians mean: Take care, cheers, bye

The full link is located here.

MMA

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