Brazilians are the only Latin Americans who speak Portuguese.
The Portuguese used in Brazil is different in accent and intonation from the Portuguese
spoken in Portugal or in other former Portuguese colonies.
Until the mid-18th century, a version of Tupi Guarani,
the main Native language at the time, was widely spoken. This was simplified and written
down by Jesuit missionaries. Around 20,000 words from the Tupi Guarani language have become
incorporated into the Portuguese language of Brazil. Tupi Guarani words can also be found in
the English language: jaguar, tobacco, hammock and tapioca are some examples.
There are also many African words in the Brazilian Portuguese
language. Between 1532 and 1850, about five million slaves were brought to Brazil from
Guinea, Mozambique, Angola, the Congo and Benin. Each group brought its distinct language
and culture. African languages have survived in religious rituals, cooking and some general
words like samba, a form of music.
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In Brazil, the Government Indian Agency documented 175 different Native languages and
Body language plays a very important role in communication.
Brazilians are very energetic when they speak and usually stand a lot closer to one
another than people do in a country like Canada. Greetings are usually quite physical
and it is common to greet one another with kisses on the cheek, hugs, handshakes or
backslapping. Thumbs up means hello or thanks. Brazilians often have difficulty in
saying "no". Instead they will say, "well", "let's see" or "maybe", which is seen as
being diplomatic and polite. It is also acceptable to be late for appointments.
Here are a few words for you to try:
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||cachorro (or cao)|
|| menino (or rapaz) |