Work in Brazil: is it necessary to speak Portuguese?
May 17, 2017
This is not mandatory to fluently speak Portuguese, but having an Intermediary level is highly advised to be hired. In fact, it is really important to have a knowledge of the everyday reality in Brazil, acquired by a first stay in immersion.
Why speaking Portuguese ?
Portuguese is first a condition to be hired, even in sectors where the language of communication is officially English (in Finance, consulting, …), because communication inside the company is done in Portuguese. The mastering of the language is thus for the company a guarantee of fast and safe social and professional insertion. It reduces the risk linked to international hiring.
The mastering of Portuguese testifies a real motivation and willing of adaptation. We have received lots of students for a few years and have seen that everyone is not made to work in São Paulo. People here work a lot, the work days are generally longer than many countries. Lots of them give up quickly, not used to this life or not very motivated. Others show difficulties with a different professional culture, which is more sensitive and humanly oriented in Brazil . If we, as foreigners, are not able to show interest to the culture and some form of willing of adaptation, we lose everything that is positive and constructive in the professional relation.
For all those reasons that the mastering of Portuguese seems to be important. Communicating is the fundamental part of teamwork, therefore once you know about these cultural differences that the language allows to understand, or to accept, what is not explained nor explicit. Once you get this, being a stranger stop being a hurdle and turn to be a great asset!
How to learn Portuguese ?
We always give the same advice to every professionals who are wondering about living and working in Brazil, but still cannot speak Portuguese. As they, or should I say you cannot stay for neither 6 months nor a year, the idea of immersing yourself sounds impossible.
Speak Portuguese Brazil will train you in a 5 weeks long immersion in Brazil to learn the language, create contacts and « feel the country ».
Begin by a distant training, with the platform www.portugaisenligne.com,
Then, get somewhere to stay here in São Paulo. Once in situ, We will allow you to follow the intensive courses of Portuguese in Brazil, by group or individually, while being connected everyday with the language,
In Brazil, you will be able to visit the institutions, companies, key people ; on the whole, be seen and heard,
Feel the country, the city, the population, the culture, the informal norms of behaviour. Within 3 months, you will learn the language, discover the reality of a Brazilian megapolis and structure your professional network.
Last but not least
Piece of advice 1 : choose the linguistic immersion in São Paulo, economic capital, where we created a specific course for expatriates, under the form of individual intensive courses of Brazilian Portuguese.
Piece of advice 2 : acquire a first professional experience in a big city : we welcome future graduate or freshly looking for opportunities in Brazil. We exchange a punctual mission with the help of placement in company. Don't let go the opportunity to know Brazilians and a professional Brazilian environment (70% of the team), speak and hear Portuguese, learn Portuguese intensively kill two birds with a stone by creating a network having access to a network of qualified contacts at the same time! It is compact, concrete, ludic and become a real win-win situation for the professionals !
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