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Brazilian Gringo is an educational service for foreigners in Brazil, that helps you learn Portuguese and understand the culture so that you’ll live a better life in Brazil.

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Learn how to become a Brazilian Gringo so that you don’t just survive, but thrive in Brazil, and open new doors to lifestyle and business opportunities.

Brazilian Culture

Brazilian Culture

When in Brazil do as the Brazilians do
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Practical tips for surviving as a stranger in a strange land
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Teach English in Brazil

Teach English in Brazil

Make a living in Brazil by helping Brazilians become world citizens

Brazilian Gringo Classroom

The Brazilian Gringo Classroom is where teachers from all over the world come to share their experiences about life in Brazil so that you are better prepared to move to Brazil, learn Portuguese, adapt to the culture and find success when you get here.

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How to Use ‘Folgado’ in Portuguese

Folgado is a word you’ll hear a lot in Brazil. Unfortunately for students of Brazilian Portuguese it can be complicated to figure out what it actually means. In today’s video I break down the word folgado and give you some examples to help you better understand how to...

How to Say “Protest” in Brazilian Portuguese

These are certainly interesting times for Brazil. Over the last few weeks there have been a series of protests in wake of the billion dollar Petrobras scandal. On March 15 a reported 2 million Brazilians came out to the streets to voice their discontent for the way...

Useful Apps to Download in Brazil

We all know that living in Brazil presents many logistical challenges. Fortunately for lost gringos there are now a number of mobile apps that make foreigner life in Brazil much easier. Not sure where to eat dinner? There’s an app for that. Want to call a taxi...

iTalki Challenge Update 1

A few weeks ago I announced that I was participating in the iTalki challenge to improve my Spanish since I am going to be living in Chile for a while. I wanted to give a quick update on what’s been happening since then both in regards to life and language...

My Mission to Learn Chilean Spanish

Update: A few days after I moved to Chile, my Grandfather passed away and I came back to the US. Due to this event’s altering my life’s course I’ve put this project on hold until a later time. How I Came to Chile A lot of people who have been...

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How I Became a Brazilian Gringo

E aí, tudo bem?

I left the US in 2010 to teach English to speakers of other languages. I did a teacher training course in Mexico and taught in Colombia for a short time before coming to Brazil. From the first moment I was hooked and I knew I wanted to stay in Brazil long term.

Since then I’ve lived in a number of different cities in Brazil, I’ve achieved a high level of Portuguese fluency and I’ve taught English to a lot of Brazilians.

I created this website to help the growing number of foreigners who want to teach English in Brazil and become Brazilian Gringos. If that is your dream I want to help make it happen. Let me know if I can help.
Read more about my story here.

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