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OBAMA TO BRAZIL: SEND US YOUR AFFLUENT, MONEY-SPENDING MASSES

If I were a restaurant owner, I might cut back a bit on Coca-Cola and stock some Guaraná. That’s the favorite soft drink in Brazil, whose tourists, propelled by the emerging giant’s roaring economy, have been spending money like, well, Americans all over the world in recent years, but especially in the U.S. Brazilians are estimated to drop almost $45 million a day while abroad; and in 2010, 1.2 million of them (the fifth largest number from any country) visited the U.S. and pumped $6 billion into the economy. And they buy more than Mickey Mouse ears: Brazilians are currently purchasing almost a tenth of the houses and apartments being sold in the Miami area. So it would make sense for the U.S., whose economy hasn’t roared in years, to roll out a redder carpet for os Brasileiros, whose applications for nonimmigrant U.S. visas have increased 234% in the past five years. 

President Obama today traveled to the Mickey Mouse-ears capital, Orlando, to announce that the U.S. would finally start streamlining the tourist-visa procedure after a decade of post-9/11 strictures. The reforms are geared especially at helping visitors from Brazil and China get to the U.S. faster. Obama ordered the State Department, for example, to increase nonimmigrant visa-processing capacity in those two countries by 40% this year; ensure that 80% of tourist-visa applicants are granted interviews within 21 days; and simplify and speed up the process for “low risk” applicants such as those renewing tourist visas, and younger and older first-time Brazilian applicants.

Disponível em: http://world.time.com/2012/01/19/with-an-eye-on-the-u-s-economy-obama-will-make-it-easier-for-brazilian-chinese-tourists-to-get-visas/. Acesso em: 16 ago. 2012. (Adaptado).

Vocabulário do texto:

Inglês
Português
send
mandar, enviar
affluent
afluente, muito rico
money
dinheiro
spending
gasto, gastança
owner
proprietário
stock
estocar, armazenar 
soft drink
refrigerante
propelled
propelir, impelir
emerging
emergente
drop
desprender-se (gastar)
almost 
quase
while
durante, enquanto 
abroad 
no exterior 
fifth
quinto
pumped 
bombear, encher, lançar
buy
comprar 
currently
presentemente
purchasing
comprando
tenth
um-décimo
sold vendeu
roll out  estender
carpet tapete
applications aplicação, pedido, solicitação
 increased aumentou 
today  hoje 
traveled  viajou 
finally  finalmente 
 start iniciou 
streamlining  organizar, modernizar 
 geared  posto em movimento, ajustado, engrenado
ordered  ordenou, determinou 
capacity  capacidade 
 ensure  garantir
granted  concedeu, outorgou 
simplify  simplificar 
 speed up  acelerar
 renewing
renovando  
 younger 
 mais moços
older 
 mais velhos

1. De acordo com o texto, os brasileiros em visita aos Estados Unidos

a) consomem mais guaraná do que Coca-Cola, ao frequentarem os restaurantes das grandes cidades americanas.
b) constituíram o quinto maior contingente de turistas de 2010, ano em que gastaram, no país, 6 bilhões de dólares.
c) gastam mais dinheiro em compras e hospedagem naquele país do que os americanos que visitam o Brasil.
d) merecem ser recebidos com tapete vermelho e liberados da exigência do visto de turista para entrarem no país.

Resposta correta: b

Resolução: A resposta se encontra neste trecho do texto: “1.2 million of them (the fifth largest number from any country) visited the U.S. and pumped $6 billion into the economy”. (1.2 milhão de brasileiros visitaram os Estados Unidos – o quinto maior contingente de turistas – e gastaram 6 bilhões de dólares no país).

2. Segundo o texto, the American government

a) considers young and old people renewing their visas as “low risk” applicants.
b) intends to import guaraná from Brazil to please the Brazilian tourists.
c) has announced procedures to simplify the visa permission for Brazilian tourists.
d) has stated the maximum of 21 days for all tourist-visa applicants’ interviews.

Resposta correta: c

Resolução: O segundo parágrafo do texto relata as medidas tomadas pelo Presidente Obama para simplificar a emissão de vistos para turistas brasileiros. A resposta correta é, portanto, a alternativa c.