Mexiquette: Handshake? Kiss? Hug?

All of the above… we’re Mexican! After finding some articles offering a list of social graces and rules of social etiquette in Mexico, I realized we do have this sort of tacit code when it comes to the meet and greetdynamic in our culture. However, I don’t believe we need to become the embodiment of sophistication, as some of those rules suggest, to come across as we really want to.…

Child Translators

Learning a second language is a very complex process, and it’s especially challenging for adults because it involves a lot of brain stretching in several stages. Kids have it a little easier. Their brains are flexible, they don’t rely on previous knowledge as much as grownups and they are still learning pretty much about it all, so a second language comes just as a part of that process. It’s been…

Say what?

I was asked if I had been treated differently because I spoke English. I’m afraid I have no way to know how I would have been treated if I didn’t, so the best I can do is to tell you what I sense from fellow Mexicans and how I feel about it. To discriminate means to note or distinguish differences. So, yes, there is discrimination. I want to be very…

A Chilanga in Wisconsin

I’m from Mexico City. The biggest city in the world some say. A lot of people, a lot of traffic, a lot of museums, a lot of smog… a lot of pretty much everything, including business opportunities and people willing to take them. For the rest of the country we’re selfish, snobbish, manipulative and rude. We are very ok with that. After all, anyone who deals with our great city…