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Señorita Y Manners

ou have your plane ticket, the hotel is booked and you have time off work! What more do you need? When visiting another country it is always helpful to get

accustomed to the traditions and manners that will be

expected of us. Navigating those waters however is not always

easy or evident. Despite the “When in Rome….” attitude most

people adopt, the Huatulco Eye mailbox fills with readers

asking us to please print some guidelines. To be fair most of us

don't know when we have made a major faux pas or paso en falso in español! Para empezar…. To get started.

Language School Resources

Language: This is a common sense rule for wherever you are traveling. Learn the basics! Simple greetings and how to ask for what you want- the onus is on the visitor. I cannot tell you

Online: www.morningspanish.com www.studyspanish.com

how many times I have heard someone speaking English just below a shout at a blank faced waiter/ taxi driver/ stranger on the street! They don't have a hearing problem, chances are they don’t understand a word you are saying. Always travel

Huatulco: Continental Language School: Tel. 958 587 1923 gudruncls@yahoo.com.mx

with a basic phrase book or cheat sheet. Even better take an online language tutorial or sign up for a language class as part of your vacation. Even if you are staying in a 5 star hotel, basic etiquette dictates you should learn a few words. Not only will learning a new language help you in your travels, it opens up

Huatulco Language Courses: www.huatulcolanguagecourses.com

the possibility of meeting locals, making friends and learning more about the culture. Remember the wise words of James Michener “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” By the same token don't assume people don't understand English, French, German or Swedish! Sitting on the beach and you see something you can't help but comment on with a catty 'OMG look at….'. Advice: whisper or be nice.

Our May column is about what not to wear! Email questions or comments to Señorita Manners at huatulcoeye@yahoo.com

Andador Coyula, Santa Cruz Hotel Maxico, Local #1 Huatulco, Oaxaca Tel. 958 583 4065 Cel. 958 107 3221 Office: 958 1051466

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April 2012  

Huatulco Eye is a monthly English magazine about living and loving the Oaxacan Riviera.

April 2012  

Huatulco Eye is a monthly English magazine about living and loving the Oaxacan Riviera.

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