a trip to my home country: stereotypes

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Hello, fellow bloggers!

Today, I’m here to introduce a new feature in my blog, called ‘A Trip to my Home Country‘. Through these posts, I’m looking forward to sharing more about my country and life in this hemisphere.

I don’t know a lot of other South American bloggers, so I think there’s a lack of representation in the community. I hope that, through this feature, people will get to know more about how we live around here.

For today’s post, specifically, I was inspired by this post, written by Prags @ The Inked In Book Blog for a feature in Fadwa‘s blog @ Word Wonders. (By the way, her feature is amazing and I’m so glad that people from all over the world can have a place in this community to share about where they come from!). In the post, she busts some stereotypes and myths involving Indian culture, so I thought it would be nice to do something similar for Brazil as well.

ONE. BRAZILIANS SPEAK SPANISH OR BRAZILIAN

We don’t, actually! Even though the rest of South America was colonized by Spain, and therefore, speak Spanish, Brazil was actually colonized by Portugal. So, our language is Portuguese!

Portuguese and Spanish are similar languages, but are definitely not the same, thanks.

And as for the ‘Brazilian’ language… That’s just dumb, sorry.

TWO. PEOPLE VISIT THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ON A DAILY BASIS

I’ve lived in Brazil for 18 years and I’ve never been to the Amazon rainforest. It’s located in the North of the country, so it’s pretty far for most people who live in the bigger cities – like moi.

Foreign tourists are most of the people that actually visit the Amazon rainforest. It’s not a popular traveling location amongst Brazilians.

THREE. EVERYONE PLAYS FOOTBALL.

Uh, this is almost true.

Football – or soccer, however you call it, even though I consider kinda dumb to call it soccer because the US is literally the only country to think of any other meaning for football – is very popular in Brazil. Even if you don’t play it, you probably have a team you cheer for or at least a FIFA videogame.

I know a lot of people who play football, especially kids and teenagers. But not everyone is obsessed with football, just like not everyone in the US cares for NFL or everyone in Canada skates and plays hockey.

It’s popular, but don’t *generalize*.

FOUR. BRAZIL’S CAPITAL IS RIO DE JANEIRO

Rio de Janeiro was once the capital of the country, so that’s true! Back in the 1800s, when the Portuguese Royal Family first came to Brazil – they were actually running away from Napoleon, so there goes some history lessons here! -, they established that the capital of the country should be Rio.

Albeit the most popular city worldwide, it hasn’t been the capital for almost 60 years. I think Brazil suffers from the same disease as Australia – everyone thinks the capital for the country is Sydney, but it’s actually Canberra. (And now some geography lessons too, wow, this post is going everywhere).

Imagem relacionadaOur capital is a city called Brasília, located right in the middle of the country. It was planned to be the capital, so it’s a pretty city, with a lot of interesting buildings – hence this one, which is actually a church!

FIVE. EVERYONE KNOWS HOW TO DANCE SAMBA

That’s *so* innacurate.

I don’t know anyone who can actually samba. Honestly. I’ve never learned it myself!

Samba is definitely a popular genre, but not all over the country; just in some cities. It’s not the type of music genre we listen on a daily basis either, and it’s typically more popular around Carnaval time.

So, yeah, most people don’t actually know how to dance samba here, lol.

SIX. MOST PEOPLE LIVE IN FAVELAS

Resultado de imagem para favelas

A lot of people do live in favelas. Brazil is a third world country, so there are a lot of homeless people or others living in poor conditions, such as favelas. There’s a major and historical living problem in my country, and that’s why many people end up in such situations.

However, there are also a lot of people living in regular houses and apartments. As any other country, Brazil does have a lot of layers, and albeit the more poor ones are the ones to get the attention by the international media, there are several others in better conditions.

SEVEN. “WOW, YOU’RE BRAZILIAN? BUT YOU’RE SO WHITE!”

Brazil is, racially, a very diverse country. There are literally people from all over the world living here!

Black people, white people, people from Native-American backgrounds, Asians, etc. Seven out of thirty students in my classroom were from a Japanese ethnicy. I know a lot of people who are all over the spectrum – myself included!

EIGHT. BRAZILIANS ARE WARM & WELCOMING

That’s true! Brazilians are welcoming towards foreigners and very likely to be overprotective at “gringos” – how we call foreigners here.

However, in my experiences in the United States, I actually find that Americans are much more likely to initiate small talk, and offer you a good day, and all of that. In Brazil, people don’t do this as much. Wishing each other good morning and good night is the basics, but going up to a counter and starting small talk to a costumer is not exactly a trait for Brazilians.

Nonetheless, we try to be very welcoming and make sure foreigners feel at home here as well.

That’s it! Those are all the stereotypes I have for today. Do you have any other perception towards Brazil and would like to know whether it is a myth or a fact? Let me know in the comments! And please feel free to bust other stereotypes about your home country here too!

31 comentários sobre “a trip to my home country: stereotypes

  1. Marie 27 de março de 2019 / 15:27

    Oh this is SUCH an interesting feature and I have learned a little bit more about your country thanks to it, too, thank you so much for sharing this! I’m now so curious about all the other buildings in the capital city, this church looks, wow, impressive!
    I can’t wait to read more of this, thank you for sharing!! <3 <3

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    • thebookishskies 28 de março de 2019 / 11:23

      Thank you so much, Marie! It really is a city with a lot of interesting buildings, but I think that we’ve started to look badly at them due to the fact that they represent the politics in Brazil. Everytime there’s news about corruption or sother political scandals, they always show images of the city (kinda like they would show images of The White House, if talking about Trump, for example) and it’s a shame that such beautiful buildings have gotten almost a bad conotation to them these days. We don’t appreciate the look of the architecture anymore because of all the scandals and stuff, which is kinda sad.
      Anyway! I’m sorry about the rant, hahah. Thank you so so so much for the lovely comment! ❣️

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  2. Olivia @ Purely Olivia 27 de março de 2019 / 17:19

    This is such a lovely post! I’m happy to say that I now know more about Brazil than I did before. ☺️Also, aah, that church in Brasília is so pretty! Thank you for writing this post, Lais. <3

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    • thebookishskies 28 de março de 2019 / 11:23

      Thank you, Olivia! I’m happy that through these posts people will be able to learn more about life around here, hahah. Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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  3. Taasia @ Librae Paints Pages 28 de março de 2019 / 00:30

    lais, this post was SO interesting, engaging and just so great to read! i really relate with a lot of the stereotypes (i’m malaysian, and some ppl think we speak malaysian,, like … what?) the architecture is so pretty omgg 😍 i can’t wait to read more posts about this!! i learnt so much about brazil, which makes me so happy, especially considering i know very little about south america! boosting this forever 💛💛

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    • thebookishskies 28 de março de 2019 / 11:27

      Thank you so much, Taasia!
      I think it’s so funny that people will just assume that the country’s name is similar to the country’s language. I actually find that in Brazil, we tend to go for the opposite. At some point in class we were discussing which language people spoke in the Philippines and someone said ‘Filipino’ and we were instantly like: “shut up, it can’t be that.” I think here we’re taught to expect a country’s name NOT to be similar to the country’s language, so I think it’s hilarious when people are so quick to assume the other way around.
      Thank you so so much for the lovely comment! 😌

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  4. Emily 28 de março de 2019 / 00:55

    This was a very interesting post, thank you for sharing Lais! I can imagine how annoying it must get with people making ignorant assumptions. It’s like the people who think Africa is a country! Sighs.

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    • thebookishskies 28 de março de 2019 / 11:29

      Thank you so much, Emily! Ignorant assumptions are for sure annoying, so I always think it’s important to share more and hopefully more will people will learn through these posts!
      Thank you so much for the comment! 💛

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  5. meandinkblog 28 de março de 2019 / 07:50

    Aww… this was so lovely to read!! I always wish we learnt more about other cultures in school so I found it really interesting!! I you have definitely taught me a few things— I didn’t know Brasília was the capital and it has does have some interesting architecture. I had a quick look on google and the Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge looks amazing!!
    Thank you for sharing this and I look forward to seeing more posts!! <3

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    • thebookishskies 28 de março de 2019 / 11:30

      Thank you so much!
      I definitely agree with you that learning about other cultures is a lot of fun. I didn’t learn much myself in high school, which is why I love that through blogging, I’m able to connect with people from all over the world and learn more about life in other corners of the globe.
      It’s so nice that you actually googled more about it! Brasilia really is a city with a lot of great architecture; I wish the rest of the country looked just as nice too, hahah.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 💛

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  6. Lea | Zwischen Worten 30 de março de 2019 / 05:03

    Thanks for the interesting post! I have been to Brazil just once but I absolutely loved it.
    All this stereotypes can be quite annoying and I cannot count how many people told me that I surely drink beer and visit Oktoberfest everyday. But some can be amusing as well :D

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    • thebookishskies 31 de março de 2019 / 12:49

      Wow, it’s so nice you’ve been to Brazil before! Which cities did you visit? I’m glad you enjoyed the experience!
      These German stereotypes are so funny, hahah. I actually thought Oktoberfest was a yearly festival, so it’s not something you could go to on a regular basis? I don’t know if I’m right though, hahah.
      Thank you so much for the comment! ❣️

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      • Lea | Zwischen Worten 31 de março de 2019 / 15:37

        I‘ve been to Fortaleza and Recife for the World Cup. I wished that I could have seen more from the country though because the people where so nice and open.
        Haha, you‘re right. Oktoberfest happens just once every year. I actually never went to it :D

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      • thebookishskies 31 de março de 2019 / 22:08

        Wow, that’s so nice you were here for World Cup! I didn’t go myself for any World Cup game, hahah. 😅 It was nice that you got to watch a few games, because that was Germany’s year after all! (With the iconic 7-1 match as well, of course!) I’ve never been to Recife, but Fortaleza really is a beautiful city. My only complaint is the heat, hahaha. I don’t vibe well with it!

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      • Lea | Zwischen Worten 1 de abril de 2019 / 14:36

        Yeah, the world cup was a lot of fun. But the greatest part was meeting all the other people from different countries :D
        I totally get the heat issue. If it is too hot i always feel like i am dying 😂

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  7. Marta 31 de março de 2019 / 16:02

    I loved reading these! It sure is an interesting feature!
    I can relate to the “people assuming I’m Spanish” because that seems to be the only country they know when talking about the Iberian Peninsular. And it’s odd thinking que eu poderia totalmente responder-te em português and yet I don’t. xD I guess English is already automatic!
    I’ve visited Rio, Carangola and Tiradente in 2016 and I’d love to go back! I have yet to taste another natural mango juice that tastes so good!!!

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    • thebookishskies 2 de abril de 2019 / 18:09

      Thank you so much, Marta! Hahah, that’s true! Eu entenderia completamente, but it doesn’t come as natural to me as English does at this point.
      Rio is one of my favorite cities in the world! It’s a beautiful city, with so many things to do. Drinking mango juice is definitely one of them, hahah.
      Thank you so much for the comment! 💛

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      • Marta 14 de abril de 2019 / 09:16

        I feel the same way! I even think to myself in English at this point. Isn’t it weird when we consider it? haha

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  8. Zoie @ Whisked Away By Words 2 de abril de 2019 / 15:39

    Yay I love this feature! Because I live in the U.S. & have family in Hong Kong, I feel comfortable with the amount of knowledge I have for North American and Asian cultures. I’ve dabbled a bit in Europe for both traveling and studying, so there’s that. But South America is definitely a country that I don’t know as much as I want to about, so I’m excited to learn more about your home & Brazil’s culture! 🇧🇷

    And haha, yes, the U.S. definitely stands out for saying soccer instead of football… and dual using both the metric system and the Imperial System… and a lot of other things. 😊 Anyways, looking forwards to your other posts under this feature!

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    • thebookishskies 4 de abril de 2019 / 17:35

      Thanks, Zoie!
      I definitely can share a lot about South America, but I do also feel like I’m constantly wanting to learn more about other countries, which is why I find so interesting when people share more about where they come from. That was probably the main reason why I came up with this feature to begin with.
      Those are two things I can’t wrap my mind around: ‘soccer’ and the Imperial System. I’m constantly confused, hahah.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! 😌

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  9. Shayna 5 de abril de 2019 / 20:10

    I love this feature – please continue it! Your writing is extremely witty and amusing, and also still very respectful. I don’t currently know any South American bloggers, so I’m glad to be exposed to a new perspective.

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    • thebookishskies 7 de abril de 2019 / 16:48

      Thank you so much!!!!! Those were such great compliments to my writing, I’m literally blushing. Thanks a lot! I am really happy that these posts can be insightful in any way. 💛

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  10. bookbeachbunny 7 de abril de 2019 / 15:25

    This is such a great feature! One of my co-workers was from Brazil. She was living here with a sibling for a couple of years so I always think of her when anything with Brazil comes up :) Honestly she was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever meet though! I hope to visit Brazil one day.

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  11. Gabhi 23 de junho de 2019 / 12:43

    Muito legal ler sobre o Brasil de uma lente brasileira, falando pra gringa. Show o post!

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