Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Politeness and Manners in Spanish (for beginners)

Just a few thoughts on how to comport yourself in Spain. When you enter a shop or café you should always greet people with a “Buenos días” or “Buenas tardes” and when you leave please don’t forget to bid them “Hasta luego.” If the shop owner or barman is in the back I feel bad leaving without saying goodbye, like a rat slinking off a sinking ship and I will often wait for them to return before I leave. However, the Spanish aren’t as hung up on “pleases” and thank you’s” like Americans and Brits so use your own judgment on that.

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