Dating a portuguese guy
There is no word for this in Portuguese because this type of behavior happens constantly; it's expected.Furthermore, being “carinhoso” (affectionate) is integral to Brazilian relationships and the lack of “carinho” (affection) in many American relationships is probably one reason why Brazilians have labeled Americans as “cold.”From the start, my Brazilian boyfriend was super “carinhoso” with me, regardless of whether we were alone or in front of his friends and family.In Brazilian culture, things move along much faster.Brazilian guys are a spontaneous bunch, which means that dates are rarely planned in advance and always seem to be last minute.In Brazil, it is not unusual for a man to bombard a woman with compliments as she walks down the street."Linda" (beautiful), they will often blurt out, with infatuation and fervor.
With American guys, the lack of affection has often left me wondering what is going on and whether or not he even likes me.Not that I encourage couples to make out for hours in front of me on the subway, but since when did it become a crime to kiss your partner or be publically in love?I find it interesting that in the US, we have a term for publicly showing affection (“PDA”).In Brazil, it’s so much simpler: If two people like each other and are spending time together, they will normally start to “namorar” (date exclusively) shortly after.
My Brazilian boyfriend and I only waited 10 days after meeting to become an official couple. This is the powerful, irresistible lure of the “Brasileiro” (Brazilian man).