2014 FIFA World Cup From Brazil to you.

Since the GAT have traded an international fruits  with South America especially Brazil, today we provide an interesting article about Brazil World Cup 2014 to everyone who prepare to go for Brazil and is ready to join the World Cup.

2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil – Are you planning to attend? Well, there are many sites, including the official website of FIFA and Wikipedia, which detail its structure, the states where games will be held, team matches, organization, tickets, etc, etc… But FBTY is going to tell you lots of things that they won’t!!! World Cup!

As a native Brazilian, I know my country, culture, and people well. I am so excited for you to have this chance to visit Brazil and experience its warmth, beauty, and fascination firsthand! But in this post be prepared to hear a few things that may not be pleasant to your ears — nor to mine. Of course I am not trying to dissuade anyone from going to Brazil. Actually, if I did not have obligations here in the U.S. preventing me, there is no way that I would miss out on attending the World Cup. My only intent is to better prepare you for this event, or for any other time that you intend to visit Brazil. OK, ready? Here are some important things that you need to know and to be prepared to possibly encounter there: World Cup!

1. Linguistic and Cultural Differences

These seem obvious, but their implications in real life can be more serious than one might imagine. World Cup!

Brazil’s official language is Portuguese. Only a small percentage of the population speaks a second language such as English, Spanish, or others. The Brazilian government has been offering language courses to volunteers and military personnel so that they will be able to communicate with soccer fans, the media, and tourists at airports, near stadiums and at the matches, as well as at public transportation terminals. But honestly, if I were a foreigner attending a massive event like the World Cup, I would not completely rely on this. I would bring along a pocket dictionary and expression book just in case people cannot understand a word in English or your own language. Yes, unfortunately there will be some hosts unprepared linguistically to communicate with you!!!

Your ways are not necessarily our ways! Depending on where you come from, be prepared to encounter culture shock — especially if you have not visited Brazil before nor informed yourself much about it. This is a huge topic. My advice to you is to read as much as you can about Brazilian culture. Google it! It would be impossible for me to cover everything here at once. Learn about what I call the ABC’s of Brazilian culture and tips: World cup!

A) Don’t be biased!!! Do not assume that all Brazilian women are loose.

B) Yes, there are jungles in Brazil but most people do not live in them. 🙂

C) Most people do not live in slums, and most of those who live there are not associated with the drug traffic.

D) Racism, pedophilia, and drug traffic are crimes in Brazil.

E) Portuguese is not the same as Spanish. While there are similarities in structure and even many similar words on paper, the spoken language can be challenging and occasionally impossible for speakers of one to understand the other.

F) Do not argue about soccer with Brazilians. This is a sport that we are passionate about. In addition there are a few fans that could respond with violence.

G) Brazilians are very friendly in general, but they can also be short-tempered as well. 🙂

H) We are a rising economy, so don’t assume that we all live in poverty and are uneducated (you might be surprised, big time!).

I) Avoid wearing expensive watches and real jewelry on the streets. Unfortunately, you may become a victim of robbery.

J) If you have a friend there and you are invited to an event at his/her home, please don’t show up in shorts and sandals. People love to dress well and expect others to do so. Wd cup!

K) There is no such thing in Brazil as personal space! 😉 By this, I mean we stand and talk closer to each other, looking eye to eye, and depending on the situation, we greet people by either shaking their hands or “air kissing” once on each cheek. This can initially be a bit disconcerting to many visitors from English-speaking countries, who are generally accustomed to a somewhat wider invisible “bubble” of personal space before feeling encroached upon.

L) Avoid if possible leaving your hotel in the evening or at night because of street crime. Try to do your activities during the daylight hours– such as watching games, shopping, and tourism. World Cup in Brazil!

M) Seek information only from officially-identified people in the airports, streets, hotels, etc. Brazilians love to help others, but among us there is a small percentage that may try to take advantage of the situation to commit crimes (e.g. robbery, rape, and kidnap).

N) Public transportation: keep your wallet and purses in sight all times (as well as your luggage at the airport) and only take officially-designated taxis and buses. Avoid at all costs unofficial vans and unidentified transport vehicles.

O) Many restaurants are open until late. Most restaurants don’t have a hostess, so you don’t need to wait to be seated. Restaurant servers only bring a check when asked, and a 10% gratuity is already included. If you want to give more, hey… don’t be shy! 🙂

P) Breakfast is included in the daily rate of most hotels. Take advantage of a plenteous breakfast and experience local dishes and especially unique fruits and fresh juices. Wld Cup!

Q) Don’t be shocked if you see panhandlers asking for spare change near traffic stops. If you decide to hand something to them, don’t open your wallet wide in front of them.

R) Everything costs more in airports and at the beaches.

S) Clothing and shoes tend to be more expensive in Brazil than in many other countries. If you buy something, give preference to local art or to something handmade which would be unique from there 🙂


T) June and July (the months when the event will take place) is considered “winter” in Brazil. Depending on the city that you are going to, it could either be hot and rainy (e.g. Recife) or cold (e.g. Porto Alegre). Try to get info about the local weather and plan your clothing accordingly. Also be aware of dengue fever and how to prevent it.

U) Brazil is full of different subcultures, so there are lots of variations of accent, expressions and slang, and food as well.

V) The A-OK hand gesture (circle with the thumb and index finger) has a different meaning in Brazil than in the U.S.A. – and not a good one. In Brazil use the thumbs up sign to signal agreement or approval instead. World Cup…