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Hello and welcome to Portuguese Survival Phrases brought to you by PortuguesePod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Brazil. You will be surprised at how far a little Portuguese will go.
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Lesson focus

Today we'll cover a little bit of etiquette. In Brazil, less than twenty percent of the population smokes, and when you enter a restaurant, it's assumed that you don't smoke, or at least you won't in the restaurant. If you want to smoke in a restaurant, you'll need to ask for the smoking section, which is usually separate from the other tables, but most Brazilians just leave the restaurant and smoke outside. The terms for "non-smoking" and "smoking" are good to learn because signs might be posted in places you won't expect.
"Non-smoking" in Portuguese is não fumante.
Let’s break it down by syllable: não fumante.
And one time fast: não fumante.
The first word, não, means "no" or "non."
Let's hear it one more time: não
This is followed by fumante, which in English is "smoking."
And all together, we have não fumante. Literally, this means "non-smoking." And places where you can smoke have signs with the word fumante.
Let’s break it down: Fumante
And one time fast: Fumante
Speaking of restaurants, most restaurants in Brazil are buffet-style self-service restaurants. There, you not only choose whatever you want from the large selection of food but also where you sit, so you don't often need to worry about asking the host for a seat.
Brazilians have also developed their own unique style of the "buffet" called rodízio.
Rodízio is where waiters come by your table with a sample of what was recently cooked and ask if you want any. You can take as much as you like of whatever is there. The most famous examples of rodízio are the churrascarias, which I will explain in another lesson, and the pizza restaurants. You have got to try the banana pizza with cinnamon and sugar: it's one of my favorites.
Cultural Insights
A word to the wise about rodízio is only take what you can eat at the moment. The first time I went to a churrascaria in Brazil, they brought by so many pieces of meat, and I wanted to try all of them, so I took a little bit of everything. Pretty soon, I had to grab another plate to hold all the meat, and most of it got cold before I could eat it.


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for saying it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so boa sorte!
"Non-smoking" - não fumante
não fumante
não fumante
"Smoking" - fumante
Alright, that's going to do it for today. Remember to stop by PortuguesePod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.