Living with Mexican Family this summer...a few questions:
I know Spanish pretty well, I'm in Spanish 3 right now and it's extremely easy for me. I just need to know some greetings and common things to discuss/small talk that would be appropriate for where I'm going (Cuernavaca), and how to say them, without sounding straight out of a textbook.
Help? From anyone who's been there, or near it?
Allison, you are so lucky!
This experience will change you forever. And if I know Mexico and Mexicans (and I do) - for the better!
Nothing to worry about. You'll be greeted warmly and become like a family member in no time.
I'd just keep in mind that Mexicans are, in general, some of the most courteous people around. Always use greetings such as "Buenos Dias, Buenas Tarde," etc. Always say "gracias," "con permiso," and "por favor." When you feel comfortable, use more informal greetings such as "¿Que tal?" or even ¿Que honda?"
One way to start a conversation (maybe in a few days) is to ask to help out in the kitchen. Then begin a conversation about cooking and food - one of the favorite topics in Mexico, believe me. Arrange, also, as soon as possible, a trip to the central market. Be inquisitive about any food items you see there that are unfamiliar. Ask about them. (Also, it's OK and even welcomed to ask for a sample, say, of cheese, ice cream, or even of carne asada.)
La Clima is always a good topic, especially in the central mountains of Mexico, which has an almost ideal climate and weather.
Google information about Cuernavaca before you go. Share any interesting facts with your hosts. (Its name, itself, is fascinating.)
when i went to a spanish speaking country i realized that when you said "gracias" they would all say "de acuerdo" which is their way of saying you're welcome, the official way is de nada but if you hear them say de acuerdo, then that's what you should say too, they react to it way better. Another thing is that instead of always saying how are you, they will use "Buenas dias, tardes or noches" to greet you. they use a good amount of hand gestures while talking, which if you pay attention to them, will help you understand a little bit better what they are saying to you. Hope this helps a little, oh also take a spanish dictionary with you, it's good for if you're stuck on something you want to say and learning what things on road signs mean there. I learned a lot of extra words while i was there.
Ya voy is im coming. Que tranza compa is whats up.
"Que onda" is cool (hip) for "what's up?" halla nos miramos is equivalent to see you later.. what else ..me voy is I'm leaving ..ya vengo is I'll be right there.. StoneStedman.com firstname.lastname@example.org