Thumbs Up! Speak Portuguese, Manaus
Brazil is not a bilingual country and, in Manaus, as well as the rest of Brazil, most people are not fluent in English or any foreign language.
In shops and turistic points you' ll probably find someone who manages to understand and communicate in English or Spanish, and although people are often trying hard to do their best, they might not succeed.
So, it wouldn't hurt to try to learn a some "survival" words in portuguese.
"Por favor " (please) and "Obrigado" (thank you) are always appreciated and the locals will make an effort to understand and help you.
Most importantly, if you are not a Latin American and you visit Brazil, do not make the mistake to think the main language is spanish. People don't take that very well, so if you do speak spanish, make clear you're using it as your only resource to try to communicate. hehe
Many people in Manaus only speak Portuguese so the international symbol here is the thumbs up - meaning good or cool. However, the thumbs up is hard if you can't speak with the people. So here are some important Portuguese phrases and pronunciations(contact me if you need to say anything else or translate anything):
Hello : Oi / Ola (oee / ohla)
How's it going : Como vai? (coh-moh bay?)
Everythings well : Tudo bem (toodoh bayn)
Thank you : Obrigado (Oh-bree-gah-ju)
No thank you : Nao obrigado (nao oh-bree-gah-ju)
Bye : Tchau (chaw)
Good/Well : Bom/Bem (bohn/bayn)
Where is...? : Onde e`....? (ohnjay ay...?)
How much does it cost? : Quanto costo? (cuan-tu cohs-toh?)
Can you write it? : Voce pode escrever-o? (boh-se poh-je es-cray-ber-oh?)
I can't speak Portuguese. : Nao posso falar o portugues. (nao poh-ssoh fah-lar oh por-tu-geash.)
Can you speak English? : Voce pode falar ingles? (boh-se poh-je fah-lar een-glaysh?)
your portugues or learn rudimentry phrases, it is not that hard and sooo very much appriciated by the people of Brasil.
and when these Aras Macao, Red Macaw, can do it....so can we...just kidding^..^
the website below might give you a headstart and I think one of the best language sites on the net