Cultural Norms in Spanish-Speaking America Flashcards

Cultural Norms in Spanish-Speaking America Flashcards
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For the Spanish-speaking countries of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, describe the rate of speech.
Most individuals in Cuba or the Dominican Republic speak very quickly.
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If you are unsure of how to act in a situation, you can _____ the group around you and act accordingly.
If you are unsure of how to act in a situation, you can watch the group around you and act accordingly.
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Attire and acceptable conversation in a business meeting in a South American country

It's important to dress professionally. Dressing casually communicates disrespect.

Be prepared to answer some personal questions, as this is common.

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Action to take when a colleague in South America invites you to his/her home as a dinner guest
Do not attend a party empty-handed. It is best to bring a small gift, such as wine or flowers. Also, asking what you can contribute to a dinner party is not customary in South America.
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Spanish verb form you should use when addressing a colleague in the workplace
The usted verb form is best to use in formal, work-related scenarios. However, if someone uses the form with you, it is acceptable to follow suit.
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Most appropriate gesture to perform when greeting a new co-worker in a Spanish-speaking country in South America or the Caribbean
A handshake is a common formal greeting. Some individuals use a single kiss on the cheek as a greeting, but this is not generally done in formal situations or with strangers.
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Moving to a different country or heading overseas for work? Successful acclimation to life in a Spanish-speaking country is about more than just language acquisition. There are many cultural differences as well. With this flashcard set, learn the cultural norms found in countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Use these flashcards as a guideline and remember, not everyone fits into the generalities presented - when in doubt, observe your surroundings and follow suit!

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Most appropriate gesture to perform when greeting a new co-worker in a Spanish-speaking country in South America or the Caribbean
A handshake is a common formal greeting. Some individuals use a single kiss on the cheek as a greeting, but this is not generally done in formal situations or with strangers.
Spanish verb form you should use when addressing a colleague in the workplace
The usted verb form is best to use in formal, work-related scenarios. However, if someone uses the form with you, it is acceptable to follow suit.
Action to take when a colleague in South America invites you to his/her home as a dinner guest
Do not attend a party empty-handed. It is best to bring a small gift, such as wine or flowers. Also, asking what you can contribute to a dinner party is not customary in South America.
Attire and acceptable conversation in a business meeting in a South American country

It's important to dress professionally. Dressing casually communicates disrespect.

Be prepared to answer some personal questions, as this is common.

If you are unsure of how to act in a situation, you can _____ the group around you and act accordingly.
If you are unsure of how to act in a situation, you can watch the group around you and act accordingly.
For the Spanish-speaking countries of Cuba and the Dominican Republic, describe the rate of speech.
Most individuals in Cuba or the Dominican Republic speak very quickly.
Typical workplace attire and business conversation norms in Cuba

It is generally fine to wear slacks, skirts, short-sleeve shirts, nice jeans and shirts for a casual look.

Talk of actual business usually comes after a conversation of non-business topics

Cultural commonalities between Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

Food is a large part of culture

Interruptions in conversations are not considered rude

Arriving tardy to a event is common

Translate the following phrase, used to excuse oneself from a meeting, into Spanish: excuse me
permiso
Translate the following phrase into English: buen provecho
This means 'enjoy your meal.' You should wait to eat until your host addresses the dinner guests with this phrase.
In most Spanish-speaking countries, including those in Central America, identify who would customarily pay the bill if you were invited for dinner.
The person who invited you would likely pay the check. It is appropriate to graciously accept this gesture.
An individual walks in late to a meeting, describe what is customarily done in this situation in Central American countries.
If someone arrives late to a meeting, it is typical to rise from your seat and shake the hand of the person entering.

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