Plus55 was created by Brazilian journalists willing to bring content about Brazil to foreign audience! The partnership was therefore obvious.
Their main concern was the misinformation and disinformation about Brazil, as international media has for decades, neglected one of the world’s top ten economies.
Brazil is huge and diversified from one state to another, Brazil has its own rules, its own style, Brazil is complex. SPB and Plus55 are proud to be your guide into this amazing country.
Why does Brazil need translation?
Brazil is a land of contradiction and nuances, articles about economy are not enough to understand this huge country. It is not easy to understand its complexity. That's why Speak Portuguese Brazil and Plus55 are united to help you.
Brazil’s uniqueness; a bit of history:
Brazil stands out as being especially difficult for outsiders because it doesn’t even relate to other countries that, at first glance, might seem similar.
In Latin America, Brazil is the only country that speaks Portuguese. Brazil doesn’t share the cultural references, the political history, and neither the way of life of its neighbors. As an example, while all other Latin American countries became Republics upon achieving independence, Brazil became a monarchy – and the emperor was the son of the king of Portugal! Furthermore this same man, a few years later, would abdicate the Brazilian crown to reclaim the throne in his motherland.
“Every culture is forged by incorporating elements from others. In Brazil, though, we were separated from any contact with other civilizations for long stretches of time – from the colonization era to our many dictatorships,” explains the Brazilian philosopher and University of São Paulo professor Roberto Romano.
Without any opportunity to imitate and transform elements from different cultures, Brazil is one of a kind. This makes it difficult for foreigners to understand the country – and harder for Brazilians to get other cultures.
A land of contradictions:
Brazil is a country with many contradictions. The world’s 7th largest economy is home to over 170,000 millionaires. At the same time, more than 10 million people live on less than $30 per month. According to the United Nations, Brazil is the 8th most unequal country worldwide. While Brazilians like to believe they live in a “racial democracy,” Brazil was also the last Western country to abolish slavery and racism is still a very a latent issue. And even though the country’s President is now a woman, domestic violence remains an endemic problem.
At Speak Portuguese Brazil and at Plus55, we will do our best to make Brazil easier for you to understand. We invite our readers to share thoughts on our coverage, to share suggestions, criticism, and ask questions. Feel free!