Rio de Janeiro Stories and Tips

Learn Portuguese

There are many advantages to learning Portuguese before going to Brazil. I know Spanish, so I was able to get by because of the similarities between the languages.

If you do not know Portuguese, get a Portuguese Phrase Book. I used "Berlitz Portuguese Phrase Book and Dictionary". The book is divided into color coded sections such as "Eating Out", Travelling Around", "Hotel", "Shopping", "Basic Expressions", etc. This book was invaluable. I encountered few fluent English speakers during my vacation.

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