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9 American Habits that Brazilians will never understand

Updated on April 15, 2015
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Lidi is a Brazilian expat living in the U.S for 10 years. She works as regional manager at BRIC Language Systems an online language program

Before people start saying that we shouldn't generalize, that the U.S is a huge country, a melting pot and people that live in Iowa probably have different habits than people from Florida, I want to say agree with that!
But obviously there are many cultural differences per example between Brazilians and Americans in general. After writing two popular posts highlighting customs in Brazil that sound awkward for Americans, I decided to do the opposite and list some American habits and behavior that Brazilians find weird.
This post reflects only my - and some Brazilian friends – opinion.
Hope you enjoy it! Comments are always appreciated!

Huge Bikinis

I am aware that bikinis in Brazil can be considered very tiny for pretty much anybody else that is not a Brazilian. I get that. But what to say about the American bikini?

Hmm... definitely way too big!!

American bikini
American bikini

Public display of affection

I have to admit Brazilians exaggerate sometimes on this regard. As opposed to the more reserved American behavior, we touch everybody and are not shy at all about kissing in public. A friend of mine has a channel on YouTube called Amigo Gringo with some hilarious episodes about that!

kissing in public
kissing in public

Weak Coffee

Ahhh the American coffee.... always an interesting and controversial subject. Sorry to say that my Yankee friends, but after a long debate with Brazilians and Europeans we came to the conclusion that your coffee is watery and weak. No offense.

Typical American coffee
Typical American coffee

Thermos with cold milk at coffee shops

What is the deal with that thermos that holds COLD milk at coffee shops? Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of being able to add some milk on my coffee or tea, but COLD milk?? Wouldn’t make more sense if it was hot?

Cold milk
Cold milk

Lots of ice on drinks

I learned Americans love ice the first time I ordered an orange juice in the U.S and the glass came ¾ full of ice with a small amount of juice on top of it. My fresh squeezed OJ quickly turned into a yellowish colored water sitting on a pile of ice. Ice ice baby...

drinks loaded with ice
drinks loaded with ice

Touching the food while eating

In Brazil we love napkins. Seriously. We use them a lot, more than you my Brazilian friends have probably noticed. We generally don’t like touching our pizza, sandwich or a “salgadinho” with our bare hands. We use napkins! But not in the U.S. Here people don’t use napkins for this purpose. They use them for wiping the mouth and fingers, after having them greasy from the food they just touched.

Eating lunch in the office

This is another habit my Brazilian friends and I have hard time understanding. I know life can be really busy – especially in NY where I live. But come on, there should be a time to eat your meal appropriately and take a lunch break and unwind right? Plus bringing stinky food to work is not cool.

The check at a restaurant

I have to say I find this very annoying and rude. You’re having a good time with some friends in a restaurant, and then suddenly the waiter rushes in, cleans the table and brings the check. Wait, who said I’m done? Maybe I want to have that chocolate cake and a coffee!
Take it easy people, eating out wasn't supposed to be something stressful.

Brushing teeth after lunch

OK maybe Brazilians are a bit obsessed with cleanliness. We take two (or more) showers a day, and brush our teeth approximately 4 times a day, and needless to say this includes after lunch. I’ve realized this is not a universal practice only shortly ago, while I was brushing my teeth at my work’s bathroom and my colleagues gave me that questioning/surprised look. But I've kept my embarrassing tooth-brushing routine until today :)

Brazilian style: tooth-brushing 4 times a day
Brazilian style: tooth-brushing 4 times a day

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    Grace Marguerite Williams 23 months ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

    This is a very interesting hub. Brazilian and other Latin cultures are more sensual, tending to enjoy, appreciate, and savor life more than the fast paced, rushed, even quasi-Puritanical American culture. Brazilians are also more at ease with their physicality than Americans who have a somewhat more repressed attitude. I have enjoyed reading this hub, VOTED UP!

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    lidialbuquerque 23 months ago

    Thank you so much Grace @gmwilliams!! I am very glad you enjoyed my hub! I wanted to highlight some of the cultural differences between the American and Brazilian cultures (Latin cultures) in general, so that we can learn, celebrate and respect our differences :)

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    lidialbuquerque 22 months ago

    Thank you for your comment Jane. I do disagree with you in some points you've made. Brazilian bikinis are not thongs. This is a misconception. That are many types and styles of bikinis in Brazil, from the super small to the not so revealing, medium coverage.

    As for orange juice, sodas and other drinks in the U.S they do come with lots of ice from a Brazilian perspective.

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    Stirling 21 months ago

    I think the thing with napkins would be better put with the clarification that what Brazilians call napkins, Americans use to get doughnuts out of the doughnut case. So these wax paper squares still have the same function of holding food in your hands, but yeah we like our finger foods. Haha I always tried to show my American rebellion by eating pizza with my hands, to my own embarrassment of course. Haha.

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    Tai 21 months ago

    Lol I had a good laugh with touching your food while eating...

    I agree... I never understood how can some Americans be the most germofobic people in the world but yet use their hands to grab hotdogs off the street, juicy burgers, and other finger foods which really stands to the name in America. ( hey, if it part o the culture I am ok with it.) there s nothing wrong, as long as no one ever died from food poising by not washing their hands after bathroom and grabbing a nice a cheesy slice of Pizza Hut. Lol

    As a better explanation for the bikini, I would say some American girls wears their bikini bottom way bigger than their buns can fit in, resulting in the impression that they pooped their paints and are walking around with the turd at the beach. Lol

    The first time I pointed that out to my husband he couldn't stop laughing. Lol

    You forgot to mention the fact American women, also likes to wear their flip flops one size bigger, and leaves their nail polish on until it completely comes off by itself. :)

    Love my gringos.

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    Amber 21 months ago

    The napkin rule is only for some finger foods and generally in a public place, understandable because we trust our restaurants, etc to be places of extreme cleanliness (I would add to your list, however, how much Americans trust others in general). However, you would not see Brazilians eating french fries or rabada or costella with a napkin. As for the germ comment above, the food is going INTO your body. It is generally expected that you wash your hands before you eat (a practice I haven't seen among Brazilians). The only germs going into your body are those on your hands (or in the case of those using a napkin, those on your napkin). If you wash your hands before eating, there are probably a lot more germs on your napkin than on your hands if you are buying off the street. Also anyone selling food here in the USA are highly regulated in ways they aren't in Brazil, so if you go to Brazil you are more likely to ingest said germs from unregulated food.

    There is little to no "medium coverage" in brazilian swimwear. I went shopping for a swim suit for my 3 year old daughter and could barely find something that covered her chest at all... for a 3 year old! And a one-piece? Next to impossible.

    Weak coffee is no longer a thing unless you go to Denny's or IHOP, but the average person would like a strong smooth espresso over an IHOP coffee. That said, with as much sugar as Brazilians put in their coffee (and juice for that matter), you're not getting the true coffee taste anyway. Coffee should be a compliment to what you are consuming-- a good espresso (no milk or sugar) when eating dessert, or a nice smooth dark grind with one spoonful of sugar and a bit of milk if I'm eating something salty. I never enjoy the coffee syrup that my brazilian family makes (i.e. coffee with practically equal parts coffee and sugar).

    All that said, it goes to show that two cultures will always have intricacies we won't understand about each other. I've got my own list (which includes the use of farinha, lines at banks, and the excessive amounts of carbs in a given meal like lasanga and rice on the same place, etc.) :) But I love these kinds of blogs and articles and the discussions that come out of them.

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    claudio lamper 21 months ago

    This is a good way of comparing and contrasting two very different cultures and social behaviors. As a Brazilian that spent many years in the US, i ended up with some of the local cultural things. I still eat pizza with ny hands wherever I go and people keep looking at me as if I were doing something very bad, specially in Sao Paulo. I partially agree with the enoromous amount of ice, but to be very frank I have never seen OJ with ice in the US. It is a breakfast thing that comes cold and with no ice at all. But as to soft drinks, water and sodas it is true and 3/4 of ice do scares most of Brazilians. The number of showers and times we brush our teeth everyday really shocks anyone around the Globe -- except for the Argentinians that also love taking 3 showers a day... As to the bikinis, I think there are so many different types of bikinis in Brazil that is kind of tough to have a general rule. But I agree that sometimes it is really hard to find a bathing suit that provides enough coverage for swimming and training. Finally, I got used to getting the check way before thinking about leaving the restaurant.. It is just the way it is and it is actually good when you are in a hurry. I think it has to do with the way Americans give good, fast service at restaurants. I rather have it in front of me while I am still eating than waiting hours for the check like in some Brazilian places....

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    Erivan ( Eddie) 21 months ago

    All I have to say, after living in this country for over 20 years I have embraced it as my own and still a Brazilian at heart! "When in Rome do as the Romans do" !

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    SandySouza 21 months ago

    That's true all the explanation about we Brazilian habits ...I agree 100% . Naturally we feel comfortable the way we are, however , I admire how polite and respectful American people leaves their lives as well.

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    Johnny 21 months ago

    Lots of good comments, I agree with most of the people on here commenting more than the author of the article. Just because the check is brought to the table it doesn't always mean you have to leave. Brazilians don't use manners like Americans are accustomed to, hardly saying "please" and "thank you", which comes off as being rude in our culture. Brazilian culture doesn't tip much, which also doesn't help Americans want to wait around for them. I definitely prefer to have my check waiting for me than have to wait for my check. Waiting for things in general is a big cultural difference, Americans are all about efficiency and consideration for other people's time, brazilians are all about enjoying the moment and doing things at their leisure.

    Brazilians definitely are more comfortable and confident in showing off their body (especially on the beach) and showing public affection, Sometimes it's a good thing and Americans should probably learn to relax and be more comfortable in their own skin , but sometimes it's a little too much and shows a lack of consideration for others around. The big difference that I see with bikinis is that Americans have more options, Brazilians really only have sexy and skimpy...that's why American men love going to Brazilian beaches so much ;)

    I would agree that in general we use more ice in our drinks, but I think that comes from the fact that for a long time you could not trust water used in Brazil, so it's safer to not. I always thought it strange to use a straw when drinking out of a can in Brazil, but there is a reason people do it, which is obviously a reflection of the cleanliness standards in the food industry.

    I also would say in general our coffee is weaker in the U.S., but Brazilians look at me in shock when I don't put any sugar in my coffee, I personally think Brazilians use an extreme amount of sugar in all of their drinks and deserts which takes away from the natural taste. Hot milk is a good idea, but I think we use the cold milk to lower the temperature just enough so we can start sipping on it right away instead of burning our tongue.

    Brazilians might be more obsessed with brushing their teeth, but that might just be a reflection of their superficial obsession with always trying to look attractive, not a bad thing always, but again, Americans consider it a little too much sometimes. Brazilians go everywhere as if they are trying to win a fashion contest and get everyone to notice. I take showers more when I'm in Brazil because you are always hot and sweaty and have to wait in lines, sit on a crowded, dirty busses etc. it's a good way to stay cool.

    I love lots of things about the Brazilian culture and love many Brazilians. One of my favorite things in life is studying and learning different cultural nuances and trying to understand the reasons behind them. After much time spent there, learning fluent Portuguese, and being married to a Brazilian, I feel a little Brazilian myself. At the end of the day though I prefer the American way of life. These little things are interesting but not really important. The biggest difference that makes me prefer the American culture is trustworthiness. Aquele jeitinho brazileiro nao da pra mim! Um grande abraco!

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    Janett Ferrari 21 months ago

    Ok, so I'm half Brazilian, half American....and I agree with MOST of what you say....pretty funny stuff. But I will make just two comments...

    1. The ice....a drink is supposed to be refreshing. Warm juice is NOT refreshing. It needs to be ice cold to be refreshing and truly quench your thirst. And it only gets watered down over a period of time...how many hours does it take for you to finish your drink dude? Se toca cara! ; )

    2. Brushing teeth after lunch....I don't know what they do in New York, but here in Cali, a lot of Americans bring their toothbrushes to work. Not weird at all!

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    Drausio 20 months ago

    Ok, comparing cultures for educational purposes is one thing, trying to make one thing sound better than the other... Well, it's out of place, specially because if you go deep into the whys you'll see that all cultures make sense, given their history etc.

    things are just equal or different, not better or worse, and people might have preferences, that's all.

    As far as public dispays of affection go, in brasil you just cannot touch someones ass in public, it's funny, when i was in London i noticed how silly this is, don't remenber what americans make of that.

    As for showing bodyparts, brazilian girls will show their asses, americans will show their boobs. It makes sense, brazilians tend to hae beautiful asses while americans tend to have really nice boobs.

    As for ice in orange juice, we don't put much in brazil, but at the same time it's the only place in the planet where u have to ask the guy to put ice in your soda, and that's annoying.

    You should mention americans respect traffic laws and brazilians drive like jerks.

    I love the way americans few Hi! How are you? I'm free to open your fridge and grab smth, which is close to a crime in brazil.

    I like that americans always know everybody's last names. We are only learning that now due to fb.

    Americans respect individuality a whole lot more than brazilians.

    Most americans i've met are not suckers for brands like brazilians. They like quality but analise a company's behaviour and are much more selective in terms of who they buy from.

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    CAFLO 20 months ago

    Interesting...I am half and half and I LOVE America!

    - Love the big comfortable bikinis,

    - I got use to not kiss and hug in front of people, not a big deal, its actually respectful for another people!

    - Coffee I can agree that from Brazil is way better, tasty, but in US you can find coffee from all over the world now, so I like to try different ones...

    - I am addicted with cold milk in my coffee, specially on the summer,

    - Love every drink with a tons of ice. Like Janett above said, a drink is supposed to be refreshing! 100% agreed.

    - I would love to stop a hour for lunch...but here we work hard and I am able to go home earlier...

    - Customer service in Brazil is shit! The waitress care about you here in US, and want that tip he/she worked for. So I don't care to eat and leave the table when they bring the bill.

    - Brushing teeth...its not every Brazilian like that. My cousin brushes once a day. It goes by person.

    Love US!!!

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    Rashbaugh 20 months ago

    I love both cultures!!! I'm an American that upon traveling to Brazil IMMEDIATELY fell in love with the country and its people (One more than the others...). It is one of the happiest places I have ever visited. I don't understand EVERYTHING Brasilians do but none of it bothers me. Hell, I don't understand everything Americans do. It just is. I get funny looks eating pizza with my hands, sometimes. I just smile, point at myself and say "Americano". My wife (a Brasileira from RN) still won't pick up a French fry with her fingers. And she refuses to eat sandwiches except for misto quentes for breakfast!!! I won't eat chicken hearts!!! Now let's talk about papel hygenico!!!! And falling down in futebol games!!!

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    lidialbuquerque 20 months ago

    Hahaha great comment Rashbaugh! Thank you!! I am happy you enjoyed the post, and even happier to know you had such a good time in Brazil!! I just wanted to show in this hub some cultural differences between Americans and Brazilians from my personal perspective in a fun and playful way, but some people have taken it too seriously. Like you, I also think some stuff Brazilians do don't make too much sense, and there are obviously lots regional and cultural differences within the country, and I definitely don't know all of them. And by the way, I also don't eat chicken hearts!! As for the futebol... well, after the "Copa America", I guess it's better not to talk about this... such a shame!!

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    mila 20 months ago

    I AM brazilian but i LOVE american way of life. (Sorry about my english). I love USA, i would like to live there.

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    Amanda 20 months ago

    I'm American, but my husband is Brazilian and I have spent a great deal of time in Brazil and am well accustomed to both the American and Brazilian culture. I would have to say I agree with most of these differences.

    I have bought a few bikinis in Brazil and always ask for the largest bottoms they have so that I will be able to wear it in the U.S. Too, but even the largest Brazilian bikinis don't cover as much booty as my sexiest Victoria's Secret bikini.

    I also wanted to add some of my own cultural differences that have really stuck out to me.

    1. Free refills on soda and free water in restaurants in the U.S. This is almost unheard of in Brazil. Maybe this is why they put so much ice. Plus, Americans generally like their drinks cold. I usually feel my drinks in Brazil aren't cold enough and it's kind of gross.

    2. Slamming car doors and wearing seat belts (especially in the back seat). My family in Brazil always makes fun of how loudly I close the car door. In the U.S., it's considered normal and not slamming. Also, I can't speak for everyone, but most Americans I know always wear their seat belts.

    3. Café da tarde... Nonexistent

    Also the time Brazilians eat dinner and the time restaurants close is much later than on the U.S. Where dinner is usually between 5 and 7 pm

    4. Using the kitchen sink for things other than food. I've since come to see how this can be considered gross, but it's rather normal for Americans to wash their hair in the sink, give a baby a bath in the sink, etc..

    I do agree with what some people said that Americans are much more trusting of people and things than Brazilians are and are more respectful and courteous - especially in regards to the streets with driving and with pedestrians and obeying traffic lights. I could think of tons more, but I'll stop here for now.

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    Amanda 20 months ago

    Just have to add that I love the insight everyone has posted! I totally agree with just about everything I'm reading! Especially about the huge lines for everything in Brazil and the U.S. Being more efficient, and Brazilians adding way too much sugar to everything. However, I respect the Brazilian way. I love both cultures in different ways! It's nice to take a break from one culture for a while and try another one to switch things up a bit.

    One big one I forgot to add.... Ketchup on pizza. I don't know about the rest of Brazil, but ketchup, mustard and mayo on pizza is totally normal. Unheard of in the U.S. Everyone here looks at my husband strange when he asks them for ketchup for his pizza.

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    lidialbuquerque 20 months ago

    Hi Amanda! Thank you very much for your comment! I also agree with you that Americans are more respectful and courteous - especially in regards to the streets with driving and with pedestrians! As for obeying traffic lights, here in NYC pedestrians don't obey them I have to say. People cross the streets on the red light all the time. It's crazy!

    Regarding the sensitive topic of Brazilian bikini, I do have to say that I do not wear the skimpy type, and have always been able to find a decent moderate cover bikini in Brazil. (But I've to stress that I'm petite and wear XS). Here in the US is very hard for me to find a nice not full coverage bikini.

    As for the amount of sugar Brazilians add in their coffee, I also find it absurd! I am not a big fan of sweets in general, and try to avoid sugar, but I am aware many Brazilians like their coffee very sweet.

    I respect the differences between our cultures, and appreciate a lot both the American and Brazilian cultures! :)

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    EL DUKE de Caxias Wang Allen 20 months ago

    This is hilarious and eye opening. Thanks for the good read gente.

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    Wendy 20 months ago

    I am an American married to a Brazilian, and I agree with all your points!

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    Jessica 20 months ago

    I work in a Restaurant that is owned by Brazilians and we serve many Brazilians. I will say that manners are not something that the average Brazilian uses. There is an expectation that American's need to know Portugase and if you don't then you are treated poorly. I have expierenced this first hand. Watching their kids is another thing, strict parenting does NOT happen most of the time, they let their kids run free and they don't appreciate when you have to tell their kid no. Tipping is hit or miss honestly, I have had people not even bother to tip me, and I have Brazilians that tip me more than 20%. I have noticed thought that Brazilian women seem to be more about gossiping and jealousy! But on the other hand Brazilian's can also be pretty cool.

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    Marly 20 months ago

    i agree with this, I have to say that I hate the rushing at restaurants and bars, and I give 20% tips if the service is good, otherwise I'll give only the 15% it's required.

    Other thing is the weak coffee and cold milk, not a good combination at all.

    Thanks for the article.

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    Carina 20 months ago

    Oi. Sou brasileira e vivo nos EUA a mais de 17 anos. Adorei os comentarios sobre os bikinis e o cafe, mas tenho que discordar do ultimo sobre banho e dentes. Brasileiros tomam banho todos os dias, mas no minimo 2, desculpe-me mas nao! E escovar os dentes, estou pra ver um povo nesse planeta que cuide tanto dos dentes quanto o Americano. Brasileiro geralmente tem a boca com muiiitas obturacoes e ate dente faltando.... ;)

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    Diane 20 months ago

    I am an Americana living in North east Brazil last few months. I feel the same way but in reverse!

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    lidialbuquerque 20 months ago

    Thank you for your comment @Marly! I also think it's important to tip well, and if the service is good I tip 20% or more, and don't like to get rushed at restaurants either!

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    lidialbuquerque 20 months ago

    Obrigada pelo comentário Carina. Também moro nos EUA há muitos anos - quase 11 - e para mim e vários amigos meus, é notória a diferença na frequência da escovação dos dentes entre os americanos e brasileiros. Já conversei com vários americanos sobre esse tópico e a conclusão é sempre unânime: nós brasileiros escovamos muito mais do que eles. Eles tb acham! O Amigo Gringo, tem inclusive um vídeo bem bacana sobre isso! Vale dar uma olhada :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJmvJK1KyEA

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    lidialbuquerque 20 months ago

    Obeagu, this post post reflects only my - and some Brazilian friends – opinion on some American habits and behavior that usually Brazilians find weird. That's all. You may not agree with them, which is perfectly fine. I am just exposing the some cultural differences in an informal and humorous way, and didn't want to offend anybody.

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    Pablo Victor 20 months ago

    sabem de nada inocentes...

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    KJ 20 months ago

    John, você é um chato!

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    Kelly 20 months ago

    Cold milk is to cool the coffee down so you can drink it right away! But yeah, a lot of the coffee is terribly weak.

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    Kelly 20 months ago

    John, you take yourself way too seriously. It is a fun fluff piece, not a treatise on how Brazil is better than the US. You do highlight one of our worst traits here in the US--arrogance!

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    Fabricio 20 months ago

    I don't agree with the size of the bikinis, because who decides what's too big or too small when it comes to that issue...?

    But one thing we can all agree on is that Jonh has probably been dumped one too many times by his Brazilian girlfriends...we can all see why...

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    Milos 20 months ago

    I'm surprised that many Brazilians are stating how confident they are compared to Americans in their skin. Just because you're wearing more revealing items doesn't mean you're more confident; I'd argue the opposite.

    I go to a gym with a primary population of Brazilians in it in Atlanta. Majority of the Brazilians are beyond obsessed with their clothing and appearance as if the gym is a runway for the male or female to pose. The men often have a complex and stare at every female while puffing their chest out and talking bad while they stare down every male, especially the Americans.

    This is not the case at just gym facilities in Atlanta. It occurs at anywhere where there is a large influx of Brazilian population. And you can definitely expect seeing the Brazilian flag waving somewhere, even on American holidays like July 4th. Yet many Brazilians forget why they left the underperforming, highly violent and politically corrupt country to the United States.

    I, as an American who has stayed multiple times throughout Brazil and taught Brazilians English for years, always found it puzzling how little they tried to respect and become involved in American culture. Don't get me wrong, many, many Brazilians are amazing Americans that came and worked diligently on their paper work, job status, and soon citizenship because they desired to truly be an American. But I cannot express to you how many Brazilians showed little emphasis to even learn English while living years here, discuss how great the Brazilian culture and country is, yet remain in the Unitrd States.

    As a person who comes from immigrant parents that pushed the American culture for their children to fully embrace, I will never truly understand some of the Brazilian ways. My family has grown to love the USA more than our home country, and I hope that the mass influx we see today doesn't change what America worked so hard to become.

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    MellyMel 20 months ago

    Well I have to put my two cents in. In the restaurant industry we need to turn our tables to make money. But many people know the Latin countries including Brasil need and should learn the rules of tipping. My family are Brazilian and I thought them that the tip isn't included and it would be nice to leave a decent tip for the services the have received if not just stay home. Tipping also would have to be according to how you were serviced of course. When in doubt at lunch a tip of 10-15% is decent and dinner 18-22% is as well and if you had a wonderful experience and you can afford it then you can tip more.

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    Alan 20 months ago

    Most of people think that Brazil is composed by Rio-Sao Paulo only. When you move away from the coast things are pretty different (better or worse).

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    Fernando 20 months ago

    The idea was good and funny, but pay attention to the title and the fact that you mixed American with Brazilian habits (I.e. display of affection and brushing teeth). Maybe that's another brazilian habit for a future post, we are messy, inconsistent and de-organised :-)

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    Rodrigo 20 months ago

    Lol !!!

    I'd like just to add one more thing that I'll never understand:

    - why Americans have different sizes (and prices) for refreshments if you can refill it as many times you want?

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    Fabricio 20 months ago

    John... Being good looking, having a successful business and speaking a second language kinda gets cancelled out if you are a asswipe...

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    Glenn Stok 18 months ago from Long Island, NY

    I really enjoyed reading your hub. I had a friend from Brazil when I was in college. I remember noticing some of these traits, such as touching other people while talking.

    He was a great friend, but we lost touch after college because he went back home and we didn't have the Internet in those days to stay in contact. Writing letters took a month back and forth in the mail, and we eventually stopped writing. That was 40 years ago.

    College was a great place to make friends with people from other cultures. Many of them were wonderful people.

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    Disillusioned 18 months ago from Kerala, India

    Engaging. There is always some pleasure in making a dig at other cultures!

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    John Hansen 18 months ago from Queensland Australia

    This was a very interesting hub, especially the comments. It is fun to read about the cultural differences between countrie. I am Australians and can relate to some thing from both the Brazilian and American cultures. I think the bikini was actually invented her (I could be wrong), but we see all styles and sizes on our beaches. Then again we also have nude beaches. Most of us like strong coffee, and as for hot dogs..American mustard is too mild..we like it "hot", like "hot English" mustard. Places like McDonalds etc always put too much ice in drinks..a way of giving you less for your money, but most people do like some ice in their drinks as it is more refreshing. Oh and we don't tip...well rarely, it isn't expected.

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    lidialbuquerque 18 months ago

    Thank you for your comment Jodah! It's fascinating to learn more about other cultures and its habits. Thank you for sharing a bit about the Australian culture!

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    Dr Mark 15 months ago from The Beach of Brazil

    It is always easy to spot the American tourists when they hit the beach down here--they are the ones in the huge bikinis! Yech.

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