can be very difficult to live in a foreign country and share
you’re your thoughts in a language that is new to you with
someone whocomes from a different culture. But we all move
around the World and has story or two to tell.. When you
are sad or angry you don´t want to share your feelings with
someone in your own language.
often resent what they perceive as the "coldness" of Americans,
who are not accustomed to touching each other all the time
to getting physically close
to other people. Just observe two Americans trying to hug
each other: they're standing so far apart that the only
way they can do it is by leaning forwards from the waist
get used to that, it's not going to change. Make sure you
surround yourself with other Brazilian expats...
the other hand, the friendliness and warmth Americans encounter
when they first arrive in Brazil may trick them into thinking
that it's going to be easy to make friends there. Some may
be disappointed, if they can't distinguish between genuine
interest and casual socializing, which is several degrees
warmer than in the US. Both men and women will stand closer
to you and may touch you lightly during a conversation;
when greeting you or saying good-bye, they will shake your
hand or hug you, and both men and women will kiss you on
behaviors do not constitute sexual advances and are one
of the main reasons, actually, why some Americans decide
to stay in Brazil. I confess that if I couldn't go to Brazil
often, I would shrivel and die from human warmth deprivation.
The downside of all this seems to be that I always get sick
more often in Brazil...more colds, sore throats, etc...You
can't win, can you?
should not be too sensitive to the fact that Americans call
themselves, well, Americans. Remember that the country's
name is The United States of America (not North-America).
Try finding a good word to describe the citizen of such
a country! They
tried early on and could not come up with anything better.
So give them a break, will you?