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How to Screw Up Spanish and Portuguese in the Worse Way

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Cultural Snafu #24- Spanish and Portuguese have many similarities. I am guessing maybe a 40% overlap. Sometimes the words are close and sometimes completely different. Example Thank You in Portuguese is Obrigado (vs Gracias), but You're Welcome is both De Nada.  Sometimes, when you make assumptions, especially with languages, you make an ASS out of (just) yourself.

Now my snafu. I am going over colors and they are mostly the same verde, rosa, etc, then she asks me black in Portuguese and I respond Negro, which is what it is in Spanish. She says no. Preto is black. Negro is only used to describe black people. Apparently, in Brazil, as opposed to the US, calling someone Negro is okay, but saying someone is Preto (black) is very bad. Okay, good to know.

Then it dawns on me. So Negro is ONLY used to describe black people. She says yes. Well that means for the last 4 months, at least twice per day, I have been ordering "cafe negro" or I guess the literal translation in Portuguese is "Black people coffee". Whoops...




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