Body language can be up to 90% of the communication happening in any given conversation – how we move our bodies, use our voices, gesture ,move our eyes and use facial expressions can be a communicational deal maker or breaker.
In a nutshell: learning the vocabulary of a new language is only the beginning of being able to speak Portuguese fluently, in the end, it comes down to how you use your body to express yourself.
With that in mind, let me give you an example by telling you a story about a well meaning American, who accidentally called everyone he met in Brazil the vulgar equivalent of a rear end…
Have you been wondering what happens if you are living on an expired tourist visa in Brazil and what to do in that “illegal” situation?
E-mails come to me regularly from numerous foreigners that live or are considering living illegally in Brazil on an expired tourist visa. And I usually get asked advice on what visa to switch to or apply for or what the consequences for overstaying your tourist visa would be.
And hey, if you’re in this situation, I’m not here to judge you but only help.
So today I will be addressing those questions and advising you on what you can do in this situation including how to pay the fine if you do overstay.
But first, let’s talk about the limits of a tourist visa and how far you can go on one.
The Brazilian government allows you to get an Investor Visa just by investing into the economy. This is a popular visa amongst career professionals but there are some important aspect of getting this visa that they won’t tell you about…
Here is where Sam Flowers comes into the picture, owner and operator of the Brazilian diner “Gringo Café”, he has gone through this process, employed several Brazilians and currently lives a picturesque Gringo life at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro.
You will want to take heed to his words as Sam tells his amazing story of how he got to Brazil, made it through the Investment Visa process and opened his business.
Palms sweating and hands shaking, the receptionist “un-helpingly” says “you’re the first one today huh?” as I headed to the conference room to be
interrogated interviewed for my dream job.
2 weeks of “what if, what if?” waiting had gone by, where my mind raced day and night about how to be best prepared to tackle this interview.
A lot was riding on this: my career, our future, relocating and uprooting our family!
The conference room door was in clear site and in my Sunday best, I headed straight for it.
BUT at the last moment in a big turn of events, nature called in a way like never before…
Allowing your Portuguese to see the light of day is the single most important thing you can do to increases your speaking abilities by immeasurable amounts.
When I was 16 and oh so nieve, I purchased a really cool car that needed a whole lot of work – a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT.
“A whole lot of work” basically meant that there was no motor, transmission or anything mechanical in it. The paint was shot, interior ugly and when I handed over the hard earned $200 bucks to the seller, I got several boxes of parts.
Ok cool, so it’s like putting a puzzle together right?
Wrong! Read More
5 types of visas allowing any foreigner to live and work in Brazil broken down and explained in this podcast episode. If there is one single thing that I get asked the most about, it is visas and jobs. Do I get a visa to get a job, a job to get a visa or what allows me to make money and live in Brazil? Having gone through this myself and helped countless others, I thought it was time to tackle this question and pick 5 solid obtainable visas that you can get as a foreigner looking to live in Brazil. Read More
Today, we have a special guest post from Idahosa Ness. I’ve been really looking forward to this post because not only has he learned the science behind “language Flow”, he’s got Portuguese pronunciation down with pretty much 0 accent!
Let’s welcome him with big, open and Brazilian abraço – take it away Idahosa! Read More
Teaching English in Brazil is one of the most sought after ways of earning money for foreigner coming to the country. Fortunately the need for English teachers is only increases as the economy grows, equating to too many jobs and not enough gringos to fill them!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Josh Plotkin from on this podcast and was able to pick his mind to get the best answers to the top questions that you as a foreigner want answers to. Read More
And after today’s post, you should have the clear steps on how to get an interview and be closer to your dream of getting a job in Brazil. Read More