Get your Portuguese ready...
If English is the language of world commerce, Brazil hasn’t gotten the memo - only a small fraction of its 200 million people have a basic proficiency in English.
Fluency is also rare for other languages such as German, French and even Spanish, despite Brazil being bordered by seven Spanish-speaking countries.
Many of the hundreds of thousands of tourists expected to descend on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games in a few weeks could frequently find themselves in a linguistic muddle.
Vanderclei Silva Santos says he struggles to communicate with foreign tourists who stop at his drinks stand on Copacabana Beach, so he uses his fingers and toes to write prices and shapes in the sand.
Most of the time it works, but trying and funny moments are common, like the time a woman made chomping gestures to ask where she might find fresh corn on the cob.
“Communicating is tough. We move our hips, we smile, which tourists like. We find a way,” said Santos, 39.
Attempting over the last year to bridge the language gap for the games, Rio de Janeiro state, the Olympic Committee and several companies have offered in-person and online English courses to service industry workers, Olympic volunteers and police - those most likely to come in contact with tourists.
Vinicius Lummertz, president of Embratur, a government agency that promotes Brazil overseas, said Rio will be ready.
“A lack of English is a problem, but trying to communicate with Brazilians who only speak Portuguese becomes a flavour,” said Lummertz. “Do you want a world that is exactly the same everywhere?”
COUNTDOWN IS ON: The Rio Olympics start on August 5