Hi there, Tradutora. I googled "curitiba" and "ingles" and got a lot of hits; such as "Canadian English", Wizard, Cultura Inglesa (focus on British English), BTC (with immersion), Berlitz...just to name a few.
Ah, don´t sweat about the text, to me it is coherent, who cares about a neatly text when is in need to communicate in English?
Believe me, you are a golden opportunity to do so. Relax, chill out, eh?
Maybe people like English here because of culture, mainly the musical one, I think. Just ask the English speaking singers that set foot in our country, they even relax when they come here. An instance was that Lady Gaga was spotted visiting went some slums in Rio, she was very warm with kids in there.
Obviously she had plenty of Brazilian and American bodyguards surrounding her, but you know, fans are fans everywhere, they can do crazy things!
So, people are open to languages, I met some people in Northeast that spoke were Russian, Japanese, French, Korean (or of some other Asian country nearby), and I could only to talk to them in English (shame on me).
In Rio I have seen not only English courses, but of Japanese, German etc, the other day I took a bus and saw a man reading something in Hebrew! not to mention the Chinese that read their Newspapers in their mother tongue.
Some years ago, a Federal Congressman submitted a draft bill which intended to ban English words being used in commerce(when an equivalent existed in Brazil), so hot-dog would be "cachorro quente" and so on. It didn´t catch on.
Some time ago, other law was passed that regulated communications. Radio and TV broadcasts had to broadcast more Brazilian songs, since people were listening more and more music in English.
That´s more, Brazil is the big participant of social networks. Brazilians constitute a big group that use Facebook, Orkut, Tweeter etc.
Not to mention, the gadgets they buy and the trips to Orlando (DisneyWorld and the likes).
It´s no surprise, the American government "easied" the VISA procedures to attract Brazilians tourists/students/travelers. To my think, it would "fast track it" even more.
As for the outgoing social butterfly, I was kidding around, kinda. I am open and easygoing, but not to the point of invadind other´s spaces.
As a plus I leave this site, and you see that many people from abroad came, and their experiences are a variegated lot, some like it much, others not so much, others miss home, others plan to come back someday but will stay. It`s life, c´est la vie! aniway, you might be interested in the reading. Enjoy it.
Ah, most of them come to Rio-Sao Paulo axis, but then it´s like there´s almost an "urban sprawl", being prevented only by the Serra do Mar.
As you see, my writtings are a bit haphazard, he he.http://www.gringoes.com/articles.asp?ID_Noticia=2601
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