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Venting to the World

15 things I learned in 15 years living in the United States (as opposed to Brazil)

More acceptance of people who are different than us (racially, ethnically, language, culturally)
The class system is something to be ashamed of
Treat those who are poorer or less powerful than you with respect
No one is better than anyone
More understanding of different faiths
Be more polite: say excuse-me, thank you, open doors, wait in line
Drive more responsibly
Dependant less on others for practical things
Don’t litter
Smile at people
Don’t look other women up and down. If you like their clothes/shoes/hair, tell them so
Teach your daughters to be feminine but not seductive
Teach your daughters they can be anything they want and not depend on a man
Try a greater variety of foods from other parts of the world
It’s not important to look fabulous and follow fashion all the time. You can dress casually and still be respected.


July 31, 2012 - Posted by | Difference between cultures


  1. Wonderful list. I’m an American living in Rondonia married to a Brazilian. This list is fabulous. 🙂

    Comment by Jennifer Souza | August 14, 2012 | Reply

    • Thank you!

      Comment by Brasilmagic | August 14, 2012 | Reply

  2. Love the list! I just came back from a trip to Europe and I saw how much the “Excuse me, thank you, etc” is missed… This one would be the top of my list!!

    Comment by Tula | August 30, 2012 | Reply

  3. I would put priority on education on the list. Brazil needs to learns this lesson asap.

    Comment by Hebert Magno | December 22, 2012 | Reply

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