Before you watch the scene
Discuss in your groups:
What’s culture? How many ways can you define it?
What are some unique cultural aspects in your country?
What’s your country famous for nowadays? Has the way people perceive your country changed in any way over the years? Why? Why not?
What challenges a visitor to your country would face ?
Can lack of cultural knowledge lead to an embarrassing or difficult situation? Why? Why not?
Are there any celebrations that are unique to your country? Which ones?
Do people from other places in the world know about these celebrations? Are there any misconceptions?
How would you describe a famous celebration in your country to a foreigner?
A. While you watch
You will watch a scene from the movie Rio. In this scene the American lady and her parrot have just arrived in the city during carnival. Tick from the box what you think they did not know about Brazil’s cultural background.
All the city stops for carnival
People wear special costumes
Not everyone wear costumes
The Samba parade takes place in a special place called Sambodromo
Even before carnival begins people have fun as a preparation for the party
Carnival is a big party in Brazil
Many people dance and have a great time
B. After you watch
Look at these facts about Brazil. Make questions for the facts, beginning with the words in italics.
The most popular sport Brazilians watch on television is soccer.
Indians lived in Brazil before The Portuguese settlers arrived.
On September 7th Brazilians celebrate Independence day, the national holiday.
There are 26 states in Brazil.
Feijoada and barbecue are very popular. We have wonderful ‘Churrascarias’.
The World cup was hosted in Brazil in the 50’s.
C. Follow up
Go to Flickr.com and choose a country you'd like to visit. Write 5 useful qustions you'd like to ask a local in order to avoid cultural bumps. Share your questions in groups of three, and together decide which 5 questions would be the most important ones.