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CultureShock! Brazil

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CultureShock! Brazil dispels the preconceptions about this diverse dynamic country and reveals the beauty and character that is Brazil. Written in a personable style, the book touches on all aspects of Brazilian life presenting the reader with a balanced, realistic and useful guide. Be introduced to the friendly and outgoing Brazilian character and understand how to speak Brazilian. Socialising is key to life in Brazil, which is why CultureShock! Brazil is packed with information and advice on dealing with crowds, noise and learning to not only survive but enjoy the experience that is Brazil.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Brazil
  10. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Brazil at First Sight
    2. About the Land
    3. About the People
  11. Chapter 2: A Look at Brazil
    1. Geography
    2. The Natural Environment
    3. Climate
    4. Time Zones
    5. Population
    6. Urbanisation
    7. The Past and the Present
    8. Government and Political System
    9. The Economy
    10. A Colourful Blend of Faiths
    11. Catholicism
    12. Protestant and Evangelical Churches
    13. Syncretism
    14. Candomblé
    15. Kardecism (Spiritism)
    16. Umbanda
    17. Witchcraft
    18. Shamanism
    19. Other Religious Movements
  12. Chapter 3: The Brazilians
    1. A Melting Pot of Races
    2. The Brazilian Soul
    3. Brazilian Realities
    4. Urban Chaos
    5. Human Rights
    6. The Woman’s World
  13. Chapter 4: Socialising
    1. Family Life
    2. Friendship
    3. Love and Sexuality
    4. Gays and Lesbians
    5. National Passions
    6. Socialising with Brazilians
    7. A Hospitable People
    8. Opinions
    9. Attitudes
  14. Chapter 5: Arriving and Settling Down
    1. Entry Requirements
    2. What to Bring to Brazil
    3. Documentation and Other Formalities
    4. Finding a Home
    5. Utilities in Your Home
    6. Where to Live
    7. Experiencing Culture Shock
    8. Everyday Life
    9. Driving in Brazil
    10. Law Enforcement
    11. Shopping
    12. Postal Service
    13. Public Transportation
    14. Telecommunications
    15. Education in Brazil
    16. Staying Healthy
  15. Chapter 6: Food and Entertaining
    1. Enjoying Brazilian Food
    2. Etiquette at the Table
    3. Regional Cooking
    4. Snack Foods
    5. Beverages
  16. Chapter 7: Enjoying Brazil
    1. Recreation
    2. Nightlife
    3. Celebrations and Festivals
    4. Calendar of Festivals and Holidays
    5. Arts and Culture
    6. Folk Art Traditions
    7. Literature
    8. Theatre
    9. Brazilian Cinema
    10. The Visual Arts
    11. Architecture
    12. The Media
  17. Chapter 8: The Communication Challenge
    1. Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
    2. Pronunciation
    3. Stress
    4. Grammar Overview
    5. Showing Affection: The Diminutive
    6. Gestures and Signs
  18. Chapter 9: Work and Business
    1. The Business Climate
    2. Business Etiquette and Style
    3. Getting Things Done
    4. Working in Brazil
  19. Chapter 10: Fast facts About Brazil
    1. Famous People
    2. Acronyms
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Author
  26. Index