• In this July 15, 2016 photo, caipirinha vendor Wanderlei Silva Santos explains how he communicates to foreign tourists his prices in the sand on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Santos, who sells Brazil's national cocktail, says he struggles to communicate with foreign tourists who stop at his stand on Copacabana Beach, so he uses his fingers and toes to write prices and shapes in the sand. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Visiting Rio for the Olympics? Get your Portuguese ready

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — 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. Fluency is also rare for other languages such as German, French and even Spanish, despite Brazil being bordered by seven Spanish-speaking countries.