Brazil is the largest country in South America. It is
slightly smaller in area than the United States and borders all but two
South American countries. The language spoken in Brazil is Portuguese,
not Spanish as in most of the other South American countries. The landscape
of Brazil is varied and includes not only the Amazon rainforest, but also
grasslands, high plateaus, mountains, and coastal plains. The climate
of Brazil is tropical in the north and temperate in the south.
Well know cities of Brazil include the capital, Brasilia,
Sao Paulo, and of course Rio de Janeiro.
- - Carnival is a famous holiday celebrated with parades
and dancing. It is celebrated before Lent begins.
- - The people use a 24 hour clock instead of AM and
PM as we do in the U.S.
- - Because Brazil is in the Southern Hemisphere the
seasons are the opposite of those in the United States. July is winter
in Brazil and January is summertime.
- - The school year in Brazil runs from February through
- - Public education is free in Brazil but many exchange
students attend private schools to help them prepare for the Vestibular,
an important exam taken to get into University.
- - Soccer is the national sport of Brazil but not all
students play soccer.
- - Brazil is a country of immigrants similar to the
United States. Many European, Asian, African, and native cultures are
represented in Brazil.
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