7. Drinking cold beers at bus stops
Many people travel by bus in Salvador, so makeshift bars have put their hands up surrounding the city’s main bus stops. Folks sell ice-cold beer from large polystyrene boxes, with cards displaying marketing promotions, coupled with skewers of barbecued meat. When you’re awaiting the actual bus for ages, settling on a plastic stool using an ice-cold piriguete (small beer) is really a welcome treat.
With music blaring, people chatting and debating the virtues of Skol over Schin, Bahia over Victoria, you find yourself having a great deal of fun you allow your bus rattle by and grab another beer. I’ve been paid to the actual stop solely for any beer, no bus required.
8. Eating cake for breakfast
Any country which has cake as being a breakfast food deserves public accolades. Cake. Early morning. The time saving benefits runs deep. “CAKE?! Enjoying?” asked visiting friends incredulously. Why the hell not? So it’s fine to get frosted sugar-coated cereal within your country, although not cake?
9. The endearing and they often confusing relations to address
Brazil carries a whole choice of terms of address come with the path possibly at home. As an example, in casual environments such as the beach, chances are you\’ll hear men calling out “Oi, meu brodher!” (hey, brother), or “Oi gigante!” (hey, giant) to vendors, or women answering to “minha linda,” (my lovely) and “minha querida” (oh my gosh).
One term of address I find totally befuddling, and which I’ve heard on numerous occasions, is men calling their kids “dad.” Imagine your dad calling you “dad” after you were a kid?! “Venha cá, pai!” (Come here, dad) yells a parent to his three-year-old daughter in the supermarket. As i inquired about it, confessing I merely didn’t obtain it, I became usually the one receiving the weird looks.
10. Getting psiu-ed at
Once again, in informal bars or within the beach, there’s a hot attention-grabbing technique just like the English “pssst,” but also in Portuguese it’s much more of a “psiu.” In the beginning I thought it was rude, even so I noticed its widespread use, especially at the sea.
The difficulty, everyone reacts with it: “Who me? Who’s psiu-ing me?” wonder itinerant vendors of cheese, beer, earrings, and bikinis. However, when I tried psiu-ing, it didn’t project about the windy beach. My psiu needs some work. Either that or I could possibly just keep flail my arms within the right direction.
11. The Brazilicization of English words
As is truly the case with languages, English words been employed their distance to everyday Brazilian Portuguese, yet they’re not pronounced as you may know them. They’ve had been given somewhat makeover to adjust to the country’s phonetics. Make word “picnic.” In Brazilian Portuguese, it becomes the marvelous PIK-ee NIK-ee. “Hot dog” becomes Ho-chee Do-ggee. “Smartphone” is eh-SMAH-chee FOH-nee, and “hip-hop” becomes the hilarious HEE-pee HOH-pee.
My friend inquired about plainly like the band Hedchee Hotchee. I shook my head, “Never discovered them.”
“Sure you might have,” he persisted. “They’re international!”
“Doesn’t sounds familiar, but sing me a few lines.”
He broke into a rendition of an In demand Chili Peppers classic.
“But that’s the Red Hot Chili Peppers, not Hedchee Hotchee…aah!” Of course, silly me.