Quote: Originally Posted by Antman
That is a tough one. I have not spent enough time in the Portuguese speaking countries of South America to determine by sight if a person might speak Portuguese rather than Spanish. Don't want to get that one wrong.
It is really not possible. The Brazilian population being a mixture of White European, Black African and Native South Americans, you can imagine you can find pretty much all looks. I used to be thought to be Dutch when I was there (until I opened my mouth). I have Brazilian friends you would swear they come from India.
We are anyway pretty used to people not knowing we speak Portuguese and not Spanish, since everybody else South of Texas does. But a Brazilian will answer "bom dia" if you say "buenos dias"...