What is a Brazilian Gringo?

A Brazilian Gringo is part Brazilian, part Gringo and yet neither at the same time.


A Brazilian Gringo is a hybrid of two worlds.



The term Brazilian Gringo is applicable to both foreigners and Brazilians who have transcended the culture of their birthplace and have embraced the identity of a world citizen.


How to Become a Brazilian Gringo

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Step 1: Learn Brazilian Portuguese

The difference between regular gringos and Brazilian Gringos is that the latter make a serious effort to learn Portuguese.

Learning Portuguese is the key to understanding the Brazilian consciousness. As you improve your proficiency in Portuguese you will start to see the world through new eyes.

The language you operate with determines the world you live in. If you live in Brazil but don't speak Portuguese you're not really in Brazil.

Start your Portuguese learning journey here.
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Step 2: Embrace Brazilian Culture

It is impossible to obtain true fluency in Portuguese without embracing Brazilian culture. Brazilian Gringos recognize the important role that culture plays in their communications with Brazilians.

They embrace Brazilian culture as if it were their own. They adapt their body language, eating habits thought patterns and way of relating to the world to be more like the Brazilians they live amongst.

Once the process of cultural assimilation is complete, a Brazilian Gringo who returns home will feel like a foreigner in the country they were born.

Start learning about Brazilian culture by reading the blog.
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Step 3: Teach English to Brazilians

Being a Brazilian Gringo means not only that you are a student of the world, but a teacher of the world as well.

Millions of Brazilians want to learn English to improve opportunities for themselves and their families. New opportunities must be created in order to give Brazilians the education they need.

Even if you are not a teacher by profession, having a willingness to help Brazilian English learners is part of your responsibility as a Brazilian Gringo.

Learn about how you can teach English to Brazilians by clicking here.
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How I Became a Brazilian Gringo

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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.

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