In today’s class our teacher Gabriela taught us how to react, give opinions and express feelings in detailed and colorful terms. It is one thing to be able to describe events and understand them, but it is much more personal, and in many ways, meaningful, to be able to speak about our own feelings in relation to events.

Okay, "es bueno," but how does it make you feel?

To bring this distinction into sharper focus, we practiced our skills from a worksheet that listed some of the more apparent cultural differences between Argentina and the rest of the world. For example, Argentines typically arrive late for everything, and they arrive especially late for social occasions.

Furthermore, Argentines customarily give a kiss on the cheek to all friends and close acquaintances when they meet. This includes the kiss among groups of men and when they meet somebody for the first time (assuming it’s a friendly atmosphere).

Clearly these two and many more quirks of the culture of Buenos Aires are likely to evoke strong reactions. Here are a few of the ones we were able to create together in class. Keep in mind on this day we were three Brazilians, one American and one Englishwoman.

  • Los extranjeros y los argentines lamentan que hayan subido tanto los precios de comida
  • Foreigners and Argentines regret that the prices of food have risen so much
  • A los extranjeros les alegra que la ciudad tenga tantos eventos culturales, conciertos, bares y boliches
  • Foreigners are happy that the city has so many cultural events, concerts, bars and clubs
  • A los extranjeros les encanta que todo el mundo salga muy tarde, muchas veces hasta el amanecer
  • Foreigners love that everybody goes out very late, often until the morning
  • A los norteamericanos les extraña que no haya mucha variedad de comida acá
  • Americans find it strange that there isn’t much variety in the food here

What kind of reactions will you have when you come to this city? Study up on the subjuntivo for when that time comes!