There is so much going on around me, so many people and places and different customs, signs I can’t read, I go to places only to find out I shouldn’t be there.
Living in Mexico has its challenges but nowadays its funny to hear myself at the bank or grocery store and in perfect Spanish ask for something while the clerk answers in English or asks for assistance.I encourage their willingness.
Some people are afraid to speak Spanish or even try to understand when someone converses with them.
When I need to call a hotel or a Mexican friend I usually find that I am speaking much louder on the telephone.
maybe I think they will understand better. They don’t!
Either way communication is probably the single most problematic issue for those living in a foreign country.
I have friends that have actually lived in Mexico for years and still don’t speak the language, then when they call and get flustered or feel taken advantage of I wonder to myself why don’t they just learn to communicate , then they wouldn’t feel so out of sorts.
The problem I see with communication is that people are afraid to use the right or wrong word.
For many years when I introduced someone, I used the word introducir, which I thought in Spanish meant introduce. Not so. The proper word is present( presentar) the other word actually insinuates, well , lets just say ,don’t use it lol.
I admit I use the same word for many things, this, that, those, they are all one word for me, and I am wrong all the time. But I do a lot of pointing and laughing and everyone seems to understand me,because joy is universal.
Forget the traffic signs , no one reads them or follows them anyway and as far as bill boards, you only have to know the difference between banks and beers and condoms to understand what they are selling.
I think the best remedy for poor communication is laughter. When someone knows your trying, people are usually happy to help.
So throw your frustrations out the window, put-on a smile and try today to communicate with those around you in a new and loving hand waving way.
Express and connect with a joyful eye and people will exchange with a wink of approval everytime.