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    My first time in Brazil it was difficult to me to understand how to talk to people in a formal way.

    Conjugation in Brazilian Portuguese is different to Portugal Portuguese.
    They use "você" (sing.) and "vocês" (pl.) instead of "tu" (sing.) e "vós" (pl.). And they use third person forms. So:
    - a Portuguese guy would say "tu amas" or "vós amais" (you love, sing and pl)
    - a Brazilian guy would say "você ama" or "vocês amam" (you love, sing and pl)

    "Você" is in fact a formal or respectful way to talk to someone older or with more status (a boss, for example), or an unknown person. In Portugal is used in that way, but in Brazil, it has become the informal way to refer to others (as "usted" in some regions of Spanish-speaking Latin America). So you say "você" even your closest friend.

    So, how Brazilians talk to someone in a respectful way? They use "o senhor" or "a senhora". "O senhor quer outro cafezinho?" or "A senhora é muito amável".
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