Americans: More than meets the eye

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The United States of America has two symbols that most Americans use to identify their core values. One is the Statue of Liberty and the other is Uncle Sam. The Statue of Liberty represents all of the things that have made America great; the hope for a better life, freedom from persecution, new chances, a new life, all that is even promised in the constitution, the pursuit of happiness. This dream, of being able to become anything you want, from rags to riches, in short, the American Dream, is what she represents. The vision of her, looking out at the ocean, welcoming new Americans and new dreams, is what represents so many of the good and positive values that Americans hold.
On the other side is Uncle Sam. He is there to tell you to join the Army, pay your taxes on time, in some cases, to buy a new car! All in all, he is quite a demanding character! He is also often used as a representation of the US Government.

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10 tips to better understand the Brazilian spirit

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10 tips to better understand the Brazilian spirit

10 tips for your Worldcup tour to Brazil - or if you are interested in Brazil in general

In March FIFA published a so-called “Brazil for Beginners” guide which raised many split opinions. In all fairness to the Fifa publication, the Brazilian spirit does not exactly allow for a consistent “to do” or “not to do” list. After strong reactions to the list, FIFA decided to remove it from their website, proving once more that in intercultural matters sensitivities can be fierce and what people perceive as being a good sense of humor varies from one place to the other.

Rule # 1: Brazilians Have No Handbook

For many geographic, historical, cultural and religious reasons, Brazilian common sense is precisely not common, but kind of an “individual” common sense if you want … As a result, one of the usual answers you might hear for your questions is, “depende”, which means “it depends”, sa depend, je nach dem, “probably …”

People will apply different – quite inconsistent solutions for sometimes similar situations. So take the following list as a broad guideline and sharpen your senses to deal with each person as an individual, who will put their best foot forward according to the chemistry that might be generated between you.

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