Blow Your Nose in Brazil

Hi guys! Today we are going to talk about blowing your nose in Brazil! Did you know it’s considered unhygenic to blow your nose in public? And that you shouldn’t do it while studying here in Rio?

Why You Can’t Blow Your Nose in Brazil

It is worth noting that personal hygiene is an important part of Brazilian culture. Therefore we have a few quirks about hygiene, which can sometimes sound a little extreme! Blowing your nose in public is one of these quirks, and Brazilians avoid it to the extreme, just because its a social norm.

But what can they do if they have a runny nose? One thing Brazilians passionately detest is the dreaded runny nose! It is a nuisance they strive to avoid at all costs. Consequently, whenever they have a stuffy nose, either because of the flu or an allergy, you will frequently witness them discreetly retreating to the sanctuary of the bathroom to blow their noses.

Finally, when Brazilians are really unwell and have to sneeze or cough in public, you may observe them diligently covering their nose and mouth with a handkerchief. However, in the worst-case scenario where they are caught unprepared, they may resort to using their hands. In such situations, the kindest gesture you can offer to your Brazilian companion is to kindly say, “Bless you!” as an expression of goodwill.

Example of Dialogue about Hygiene

Rodrigo: E ai, Bart! Tudo bem?
Bart: Tudo jóia!
Rodrigo: Como é que tá? Como tá seu dia?
Bart: Tá tranquilo. Aprendi um pouco de Português aqui na Rio & Learn, e… mas é, tô um pouco resfriado. Acho que foi por causa do ventilador…não sei
Rodrigo: É, também a chuva nesse dias.
Bart: Chuva, é…
Rodrigo: Mudança de tempo…
Bart: O tempo tá ruim
Rodrigo: Então, na segunda-feira eu achei que eu ia ficar meio resfriado também porque tava chovendo muito e eu tive que andar até a casa do meu amigo e fiquei com a camisa molhada e…
Bart: (assoando o nariz)
Rodrigo: (som de vômito)

Translation of the Dialog

Rodrigo: What’s up, Bart? How are you?
Bart: Everything is cool!
Rodrigo: How is life? How is your day?
Bart: It’s fine. I’ve learn some Portuguese here at Rio & Learn, and… the thing is I’ve got a cold. I think it’s because of the fan. I don’t know.
Rodrigo: And also the rain these days!
Bart: Yeah, rain
Rodrigo: The climate change…

Bart: The weather is really bad
Rodrigo: So, on Monday I thought I would get cold as well, because it was raining a lot  and I had to walk to my friend’s house and my t-shirt got all wet and…
Bart: [blowing nose sound]
Rodrigo: [urge to vomit sound]

Review it with us!

Let’s watch our dear student Bart with one of our teachers here at Rio & Learn. They will explain you more about why Brazilians hate blowing their noses in public!

Vocabulary for Blow Your Nose in Brazil

Regra socialSocial norm
Nariz escorrendoRunny nose
Nariz entopidoStuffy nose
Resfriado / GripadoCold / Flu
Saúde!Bless you!
Assoar o narizBlow your nose

So, remember guys, if you go through Brazil, don’t blow your nose next to a Brazilian person. We hope you liked the explanation and the video!

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