Learn some Portuguese before you go to Brazil!

31 Oct

 Hello all!

As a ex-student of PUC-MG (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais) – Letras department ( that just means that I studied Portuguese at college in Brazil), I highly recommend that you know some Portuguese before traveling there. When learning Portuguese, just keep in mind that it takes time! Also, know that Brazilians do not speak English and it will be hard to find people outside the hotel that speaks English. So, YOU should learn a few words and sentences before you go. Besides, it is always good to know a little bit of the language of the country you are about to visit.

Here you go the basics – ( I am using sentences exactly how Brazilians speak –colloquial language, it’s better for you to learn it like that for traveling purposes):


Oi! Hi.

Olá! Hello.

Tudo bem? How is it going?

Como vai? How are you?

 So, you have: Oi tudo bem? Hi, how is it going?

Bom dia! Good morning.

Boa tarde! Good afternoon.

Boa noite! Good night.

Saying Good Bye:

Tchau or Tchau Tchau–  Bye.

Até mais. See you later.

Helpful Words and Expressions:

Obrigada. “Thank you” if you are a girl/woman and Obrigado – if you are a boy/man- Brazilians normally say “ Brigada or Brigado”.

Por Favor. Please.

Com licença.  Excuse me.

Desculpa. I am sorry.

Pode repetir, por favor? Can you repeat please?

Você fala ingles? Do you speak English?

Você é muita bonita. You are very beautiful! Or “bonito” if you want to say that a guy is handsome.

Slang: Gostosa -“you are hot” for a girl or “Gostoso”, hot for a guy.

Quick Introductions:

Qual é o seu nome? What is your name?

Meu nome é. My name is.

De onde você é? Where are you from?

Sou Americano. I am American.

Muito prazer. Nice to meet you.

O que você faz? What do you do?

Finding locations:

Onde fica? Where is?

Banheiro. Bathroom.

Quarto. Room at the hotel.

Saída. Exit.

Entrada. Entrance.

Praia. Beach.

Estádio de futebol. Soccer Stadium.


So you have: Onde fica o banheiro? Where is the bathroom? Or

Onde fica o estádio? Where is the stadium?


Quanto custa? How much is it?

Quero pagar com dólares. I want to pay with dollars.

Aceita cartao de crédito? Do you accept credit cards?


Quantas horas? What time is it?

Food expressions:

Quero almoçar. I want to have lunch.

Quero jantar. I want to have dinner.

Quero lanchar. I want to have a snack.

Mais um por favor. One more please.

Comidas típicas. Typical foods:

Cerveja. Beer.

Caipirinha. Brazilian drink made with lemon, sugar and aged rum.

Agua. Water.

Coxinha. Chicken croquette.

Feijoada. Black bean stew.

Estrogonofe de carne. Meat stroganoff.

Estrogonofe de frango. Chicken stroganoff.

Números. Numbers:

1 – um

2- dois

3- três

4- quarto

5- cinco

6- seis

7- sete

8- oito


10- dez

To hear how the words should be pronouced, you can go to Google translate,  or you can just click here.

Books/IPhone ap/audio book I recommend:

The Everything Learning Brazilian Portuguese Book– Fernanda L. Ferreira – click here for more information. 

Pimsleur Brazilian Portuguese – audio book- my fiancé has been listening to it every day on his way to work. He has been learning a lot. Keep in mind that you will need to listen to the cd and then you need to study it. Otherwise, it is very hard to figure out the words you are listening to.  Based on my fiancé’s progress on learning the language, I really like the material- click here for more inormation.

App for IPhone – busuu – Learn Portuguese with busuu- it is free, and a great way to learn the basics – click here for more information.

One last tip: find someone to speak Portuguese to – online sites, join Orkut (Google’s Facebook version- most Brazilians are there, very popular in Brazi)- click here for more information.

Hope you find this helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.

Stay tuned I will post more languages tips!

Thanks for reading it.

Jacqueline Marinho



Are You Going to Rio de Janeiro?

18 Oct

Are You Going to Rio de Janeiro?

Anthony Bourdain @ The Travel Chanel- No Reservations – Rio Journal, shows what to expect when going to Rio de Janeiro. Learn about the culture, food, jiu-jitsu, favelas, beach and about the “Carioca” people in Brazil. BTW, you should know what “Carioca” means when going to Rio de Janeiro. Watch the show and find out! Let me know if you still don’t know what “Carioca” means!

Totally recommend it! Enjoy!

See the complete show at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg_2kZ–u9M

No Reservations: Rio Journal - Photo 4

“Ipanema Beach, Rio. This is where Cariocas come to play.” – Tony Bourdain @http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/anthony-bourdain/photos/no-reservations-rio-journal

Dont Forget: US Citizens Need a Visa to Travel to Brazil!

13 Oct

Hello there!

If you were wondering about the Visa, you are right, you must obtain your Brazilian visa in advance from the Brazilian Consulate of your jurisdiction in order to travel to Brazil. The process is actually not complicated, but be ready to apply at least three months prior your trip. The application is not as nearly as complicated than when Brazilians are applying to get a Visa to come to United States. This is what you are going to need:

  1. Fill up electronically the Visa form at: https://orders.travisa.com/ConsularFees?TravelerTypeID=TO&arr=BR&citizen=US&rez=US&partner=TA – after completed, print 2 receipts and sign.
  2. Passport: 2 Blank Visa Pages Side by Side – Your passport’s expiration date must be greater than six months from the date you plan to depart the country you intend to visit. If your passport does not meet this requirement, you must renew your passport or obtain a new one prior to applying for your visa.
  3. 1 Passport Photograph.
  4. Travel Itinerary – a computer generated travel itinerary from your airline or a travel agency indicating the dates of entry and exit OR a copy of your airline ticket (do not send original ticket). Just print it from Kayak!
  5. Proof of Residence/Address – A copy of your ID with picture and address on it is the best form of proof.  A copy of your current U.S. driver’s license is highly recommended. You may also send a copy of a utility bill provided it shows your name and address.
  6. Then you need to look for the Brazilian Consulate in you city or pay an expeditor ( the expeditor fee’s varies from $99-$199 it depends on how fast you need the Visa). The consular fee is $185 and the processing time can be anywhere from 3-25 business days- depending on which city you apply. The processing locations are: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New York (Connecticut), San Francisco and Washington.

One last detail, the consulate do not usually except cash, credit card or personal checks. Make sure to check with your jurisdiction. Bring a money order for payment.

For processing locations, time and fees please go to: https://orders.travisa.com/ConsularFees?TravelerTypeID=TO&arr=BR&citizen=US&rez=US&partner=TA

I recently used the services of Omar Khatwa, a realible visa expeditor, to apply for a visa to Argentina and he was great, he can also help with visas to Brazil. The website is  http://www.passportandvisaonline.com/brazil.htm.

Good luck!

Let me know if I can help:-)

Hello World!

5 Oct

Hello all!

My name is Jacqueline, I am Brazilian and I have been living in California for over 6 years now. As a school project for my Social Media and Marketing class at UCLA, I decided to start this blog. But guess what? It can be very helpful for you my reader! If you are considering to go visit my beautiful country, but do not know where to start gathering information, you are in the right place! I will be posting all the tips for your trip! From when and where to buy tickets for the World Cup games, to what to wear to hang out in Copacabana! Não Fala Português?” Can’t speak Portuguese? No problem, I will post Portuguese tips too! Stay tuned, I promise you will like it!


Jacqueline Marinho