Nov 12, 2006, 8:29 AM
Post #6 of 7
The Mx reluctance to say NO or I DON’T KNOW, as Jerezano points out, is so true. It got to the point where I also felt a sense of reluctance just asking directions when needed. What I realize now is my lack of the Mx language skills at the times I asked for directional assistance was also a barrier of confusion.
For example, simple things like when a Mx would good naturedly wave his arms around directing me to my destination he’d use the term “semáforo” which I was not familiar with, so it sort of knocked me off kilter, thus throwing an anvil into my attention and spiriting even more confusion.
Aside from a good comprehensive stockpile of functional Mx words needed to understand the locals, the point made about Mx reluctance to just say, “I don’t know,” is still very much alive. I guess it’s just an inherent part of the culture, which gives Mexico its unique, interesting, Latin flavor.
With those who have lived years down south, one can easily realize that this idiosyncrasy is nothing more than commonplace and an inherent part of living with the natives. “As in Rome!”
(This post was edited by Oscar2 on Nov 12, 2006, 8:30 AM)