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Created by John Eipper on 04/11/17 7:03 PM

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Americana, Brazil (Istvan Simon, USA, 04/11/17 7:03 pm)

To answer John E's question, I have been to Americana, São Paulo, and know the region well. One of the legacies of the Americans who settled there for a while is that people in the region pronounce the letter r the way Americans do, which is very different from the way it is pronounced in Brazil.

There are also many blond and blue-eyed kids, another legacy of the slave owners that moved to Brazil. This is also the case in the Northeast, because of the Dutch invasions that happened there, see


Likewise, consider the German settlers in southern Brazil in Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul. The most famous example currently of this is supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Superbowl quarterback Tom Brady.

JE comments:  Bundchen was born in Três de Maio, Rio Grande do Sul, which is known as the Milk Capital of Brazil, as well as an epicenter of the German dialect commonly spoken there,  Riograndenser Hunsrückisch.  Wikipedia tells us it is spoken by thousands.  Does anyone in WAISworld have familiarity with the German speakers of the region?

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