Brazilian Gringo helps non-Brazilians adapt to life in Brazil more successfully by improving their Brazilian Portuguese learning skills and knowledge of Brazilian culture. Other topics that are frequently touched on are how to make money in Brazil, how to teach English in Brazil, how to overcome Brazil’s bureaucracy and Brazilian music.
How This Site Got Started
This site was started out of my own frustration of not knowing how to get anything done in Brazil when I first came in 2011.
One day I decided that I’d had enough of being a bail bondsman in California, and that I wanted to see what the rest of the world had to offer. I went to Mexico and worked on a farm for a while before realizing that I could contribute to the world economy in other ways. On a side trip to Cuba I stayed with a host family that desperately wanted to learn English from me, which gave me the inspiration to become an English teacher.
After completing an English teacher training course I headed South. After an unsuccessful few months of starting the teaching business in Colombia I decided to join my brother on a business trip to Brazil and try my luck there. So the story begins.
From the first moment I stepped foot into Brazil I knew that I wanted to call it home. During my first two months I soaked up the culture in a complete immersion environment without speaking any English. With my already fluent Spanish I quickly learned Portuguese and started thinking of myself as Brazilian.
Looking to establish a more permanent base in Brazil I traveled around for a bit before I settled upon Belo Horizonte. It always surprises people from BH to hear that a foreigner would choose to live there instead of Rio, but I found the smaller size and friendliness of the people gave me a feeling of home that I didn’t get from the larger cities.
In Beagá (what the locals call it) I was able to focus on improving my Portuguese and continuing my professional development. I taught English privately and worked on a project called Real Life Global . Using digital marketing we grew the brand and organized English Meetups. Those experiences gave me the inspiration to start this website so that I could share what I and others had learned about Brazil to make it easier for other foreigners who wanted to live and work in Brazil.
If you’ve used the popular online Portuguese course Semantica-Portuguese and made it to the intermediate level you’ll remember me as the American guy breaking the lessons down with Beatriz. If you haven’t yet you can learn about Semantica by clicking on the banner link on the side of this page.
You might have also found this page through one of my Youtube videos. I’m always looking to share interesting tidbits of culture and language on the channel.
Brazil is often a frustrating place for foreigners, and is made even more so by the lack of online resources to help us achieve what we’re looking to accomplish in Brazil. Most of the information about Brazil that you find on the web is either outdated or so vague that it isn’t useful. We try to make life as easy as possible for gringos in Brazil through the resources on this site.
Brazil is not an easy country to live in and it has its challenges, but it has its rewards as well. While we’re not blind to the ugly realities in Brazil, we believe that having a stoic attitude towards the situation makes things easier.
Brazil is an endlessly fascinating and captivating country. We may never fully understand the true depths of her beauty. There is always something new and fascinating to learn about its culture, language and people. By journeying deep into Brazil we want to share with you our findings so that you can gain a greater appreciation of Brazil and get the most out of your experience here.
The site has had a number of contributing authors over the years. As is the nature of things, people come and go through Brazil. Some stay for a bit. Others stay longer. Maybe you’ll stay long enough to share something on the site too…
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