Do's and Don'ts
Primary AuthorChara Scroope,
- Engage in discussions on topics such as sports (particularly football/soccer), family, cuisine and natural landscapes of Argentina. These are often welcome topics of conversation.
- When conversing with an Argentine companion, inquire into the well-being of their family, spouse, children, etc. Family life is considerably important to Argentines.
- Be considerate of how you dress. Many Argentines put much effort into dressing nicely and being presentable.
- Try to tolerate a higher volume of noise. Argentines are generally more open to loud music and conversation in a social situation.
- Avoid raising topics relating to Argentina’s past and present political issues. Although Argentines may be vocal about their positions on politics, avoid sharing your own opinions in these conversations. For example, topics such as Perón and his ideology, Great Britain and the Falkland Islands are highly sensitive.
- There is some tension between Chile and Argentina regarding border disputes. It would be wise to avoid the topic unless it is raised by your Argentine companion.
- Avoid referring to the United States as "America". If you are going to do so, specify it as "North America". All of South America is also technically American, and Argentines can find it frustrating when the term is used to refer only to those from the USA.
- Do not assume all Hispanic and persons are the same. There are many different countries and cultures across Central and South America that vary in many aspects. Thus, avoid homogenising or comparing Argentines with people from other areas of the continent.
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