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As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, the country faces both a history of resistance to English as well as increasing English language education opportunities as part of the linguistic planning for these events. In this qualitative study, modeled after Pan's (2011) research in pre-Olympic Beijing, five educated Brazilian individuals over the age of 40 were interviewed to address the question: What are these Brazilians' personal observations and attitudes regarding the English language as Brazil prepares for the World Cup and Olympic Games? Participants noted changes in English language presence in media, transportation, economy, education, and personal life. They see English as a nonthreatening language of opportunity that will likely continue to grow in Brazil. It was concluded that these Brazilians express an appreciation of English and a need for English in Brazil.