The land of the Carnivale is practically a byword for everything fun, musical, exotic and dramatic. The people of Brazil too are likewise passionate, colorful and rather excitable but what about the men specifically? If you are keen to be wooed by a Brazilian hunk, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Zest for life
Brazilian men are free-spirited and like to have fun in life. When they are enjoying themselves, they are rarely bogged down by considerations like what others will think and how they can pay their rent tomorrow. An incredible passion for dance, music and sports especially soccer are all examples of how Brazilian guys live to live it up. Indeed, most are not averse to taking risks and this fact is seen in everything from their love of gaming to striking friendships with practical strangers. So if you are a girl who has serious interests like existentialist philosophy and third world economics, try to lighten up a little when interacting with guys from Brazil. Don’t take their outgoing and fun-loving nature as evidence of a shallow or merely superficial personality – it is how they like to be and they are proud of their carefree attitude to life.
Brazilian men are friendly and outgoing in nature. If a guy happens to spot you in a bar or café and likes what he sees, he will have no qualms in coming up and asking you for your phone number or inviting you for a drink with him. They are quite easy to strike up a conversation with and before long you may even find yourself sharing a joke or a song with one of them. However for the same reason, Brazilian men are also likely to have a wide circle of female acquaintances if not girlfriends. If you are planning to get into a relationship with your Brazilian date, you may have to learn to get along with his innumerable friends – of both sexes.
If you belong to a culture where people remain in their personal spaces when interacting, you may have a tough time understanding why your Brazilian male friend or date is of the touchy-feely type. This is because physical contact is quite acceptable in interpersonal dealings in this culture. People in Brazil tend to stand quite close to one another when talking or hanging out. They take time to greet and say good-bye to each person present. Men and women usually kiss twice -- once on each cheek – upon meeting someone for the first time, even if they are married. So when dating your Brazilian guy, don’t back away if he is leaning slightly towards you while talking. This is not only a sign of his genuine interest but if he happens you notice moving away, he may construe it as arrogance and bad manners. A few other pointers towards body language in Brazil – if your man is wiping his hands together, it means "it doesn’t matter." Clicking the tongue and shaking the head on the other hand indicates disagreement or disapproval. By no means should you use the OK sign since it is considered rude and vulgar; instead you can use the thumbs up gesture to indicate approval or encouragement.
Love of music
Brazil men are one of the rare breeds who will have no hesitation on heading for the dance floor. This is because music and dance are ingrained in Brazilian culture since after all this is the land of the Samba even though Brazil is equally well known for other musical genres like Zouk lambada, choro, bossa nova, frevo, maracatu, sertanejo, axé and brega. Most of the guys in Brazil move beautifully on the dance floor and have a natural sense of rhythm even when they not accomplished dancers. The country has various regional music styles influenced by African, European and Amerindian forms. People in Brazil grow up in the midst of melody and rhythm in their daily lives and because of this music seems to be in their blood.
Love for soccer
Soccer in Brazil is much more than a sport – it is practically a religion. World soccer great Pele stands tall as one of the national icons and across the country boys of every age aspire to reach heights of greatness achieved by the likes of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos. The Brazilian national football team is ranked among the best in the world according to the FIFA World Rankings and has won the World Cup tournament a record five times. While all these may seem dry statistics to you, to your Brazilian date, they could mean the difference between a one-time date and girlfriend material. While not every Brazilian guy expects you to be a hard-core soccer fan, it does help if you can appreciate or at least understand the game when dating him.
Very family oriented
Brazilian men are very close to their families and in fact move out of their parents’ home rather late as compared to their North American counterparts. The mother is an especially important figure in the Brazilian family and if you want to be in a committed relationship with your Brazilian boyfriend, you may have to win approval from his mama before he is allowed to proceed ahead. One of the best ways to impress the Brazilian mama would be to display a positive attitude towards adapting to Brazilian culture, including the food, music, family dynamics and learning the language if you are a foreigner. Also remember that your Brazilian guy may have been spoiled by his mother and if sharing a home, you may be expected to cook for and clean up after him.
Proud of their culture
Brazilians are extremely proud of their culture and conscious of having a distinct identity as compared to other South American countries. So never ever refer to your Brazilian man as a ‘Latino’ and remember that the language spoken here is Portuguese and not Spanish. All things Argentinean are looked upon with suspicion and avoid topics like politics, poverty, religion, and the deforestation of Brazil if you are keen to strike up conversation with a Brazilian hunk.