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Puerto Rican Phrases and Greetings

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Sarah Kitchens

on 9 April 2014

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Transcript of Puerto Rican Phrases and Greetings

Essential Questions What is it like to live in Puerto Rico?

How will I use phrases and greetings that they use in Puerto Rico and how do these compare to those used in the United States?

How does Puerto Rico compare with the United States and Spain and how can I write about these differences? Manners Language Phrases and Greetings in Puerto Rico Greetings A typical Puerto Rican greeting includes a firm handshake and the use of a courtesy title when addressing someone to whom you've just been introduced. Refer to men as señor and women as señora. As appropriate, apply professional titles such as Profesor or Doctor. Puerto Ricans have warm and friendly ways, but they also have a few cultural norms that might be misconstrued as rudeness. people there sometimes talk more than they listen and interrupt each other in conversation frequently. The "personal space" rule favored by many North Americans and Europeans may also not apply on the island. People commonly stand within arm's length of one another in social settings. English is most common in tourist areas and urban areas such as San Juan, but outside the city, you're likely to hear Puerto Rican Spanish--a dialect infused with elements of the indigenous Taino people.

¡Chévere!-- Cool!
'Mano-- Short for hermano
¡Tato' habla'o!-- short for está hablado "everything's fine
Boricua--a Taino synonym for Puerto Rican
San Juañeros-- people who live in San Juan http://traveltips.usatoday.com/tips-traveling-puerto-rico-1428.html
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