Here’s some solid advice to share with your non-Latino friends to keep them from putting their foot in their mouth when meeting a Latino family…
Saying the obvious Spanish words eeeeeveryone learned in pre-k doesn’t make anyone think you’re fluent.
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Unless you actually know the language, no Latino will be impressed by hearing someone say “hola” pronounced ho-la. Anyone who knows the language knows the “h” is silent.
Don’t make Latino jokes. Just don’t.
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“You Colombians make the best coke in the world” is not an ice breaker. Take it from a Colombian herself.
Don’t assume all Latinos are all Mexicans.
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C’mon, how many times do we have to go through this?
Drop the term Spanish.
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Spanish = paella, tapas, cañas and flamenco, all related to ONE country: Spain. Hispanic = from any Spanish-speaking country, including but not limited to Spain.
Don’t drink too much.
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Unless you’re actually used to drinking mezcal, aguardiente or ron cubano. Don’t try to keep up with someone else’s pace.
Eat all of your food.
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Someone’s mami spent countless hours in the kitchen prepping a glorious meal for you.
Avoid the topic of religion.
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It’s a touchy subject for everyone, but especially abuelita.
Learn who the family roots for.
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This can often times turn into a heated debate.
Don’t call anyone “papi” or “mami.”
Even if they are, indeed, someone’s father or mother.