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If a hispanic person knows you speak their language, they feel more comfortable around you.

It may be a little steryotypical but I'm part hispanic myself and I feel that this is true.

When I first moved into my neighborhood, to appearance I look African American, but my bloodline is actually Panamanian & Bajan (Barbados & Panama). When I started to go into stores owned by hispanics, it wasn't really any conversation going on. But as I started to come into the stores more often and listened to what the people were saying about me, it started to get interesting about the idea of me responding back in spanish and surprising the living hell out of them.

So one day I go into the store and this guy says to the clerk that I was pretty and I dressed nice. I kindly responded with, "Gracias, ya tu sabe que lo que" Meaning "Thank you, you already know" (Basically slang in a sense)

The two guys were shocked and ask me where I'm from, but before I could even answered they already assumed Panama lol.

Thanks Duolingo, because now learning Spanish has gained me some new friends on my block :) ! LOL

4 years ago

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That depends on the country, at least from where I'm from people try to talk even if they have to use google translate, and I'm not exaggerating, I've seen people speak through text messages using google translate because they don't know each other's language. But it is true that they tend to feel more comfortable if you speak their language, I myself don't mind because I like languages, also I like a lot of things that people don't normally do here or I simply don't like some of the things they do. I'm multicultural in a sense.

4 years ago

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That's amazing! Where do you live, if you don't mind my asking?

4 years ago

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I'm from Puerto Rico, there is always someone with the "If they want to speak to me let them learn Spanish" phrase, but most people are very accepting on that matter, and we get to see people from places that I never thought would know about our existence (since this is such a small island). Something amusing to see is my mother trying to speak English (she knows a few words). Once we were at Walmart and some American lady came to her asking what was a good souvenir to take home, she understood the question and proceeded to say "coquí, symbol represent Puerto Rico" and the lady understood her and asked where she could find them and my mother said again "in gondola straight" and stuff like that, but the lady understood everything. I would have helped her but it was too amusing to stop it. The point is people at least make an effort to communicate. Another thing to note is that, while not many people (around 15% of the population) can speak English fluently, it is an official language here and people are very accustomed to it.

4 years ago

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I live in New York :)

4 years ago

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Don't know about the states, but that is however the general rule for travelers.

I remember in particular my trip to Mexico. We crossed the country from DF (Mexico City) to Cancún (which I disliked a lot, btw.) So we went from super-friendly locals to "hostile" locals only trying to sell us goods for prices that had nothing to do with the ones we saw in the rest of the country. We were looking at hats, some guy came and started explaining to us it's the best deal we're ever gonna get. I answered him in Spanish, telling him the price was absurdly high, and that I'd seen the same hats for 1/10th of the price in other shops. His jaw dropped, along with the price :-) Then of course we got the usual 10 minutes conversation, and how did we learn Spanish, and why, etc. :-)

4 years ago

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In the USA some Spanish speakers that know English will take offense if you speak Spanish with them, thinking that you are assuming they don't speak English.

4 years ago