Brazilians may be known for their sex appeal but during this World Cup, some locals are losing out to the influx of foreigners.
So some Brazilian men are taking action: they are posing as tourists in popular night clubs to try to win the favor of Brazilian women.
According to a column for Folha de Sao Paulo, speaking in bad English or “Portunhol” (a mix of Portuguese and Spanish) or attempting basic greetings in French and Italian have become the pick-up weapons of choice to get Brazilian girls.
The challenge is staying in ‘character.’ And the ruse may not be working as well as it seems.
One woman, 21-year-old student Thais Iwanow, told Folha de Sao Paulo that she has been tricked by a fake foreigner. “I noticed he was faking because of a stupid detail! So I told him to get lost! Now I turn my back on any guy who approaches me speaking English!”
Brazilian women can take comfort in knowing there are only a few more weeks left of World Cup fans flooding the country.