Re: [xmca] Terms of Endearment

From: Paul Dillon <phd_crit_think who-is-at>
Date: Fri Dec 14 2007 - 10:42:46 PST

Costa Rica is a very unique place. I don't know of any other country that got rid of its army and turned all of the military bases into schools!!! That sounds pretty friendly right off the bat!
"Ana Paula B. R. Cortez" <> wrote:
  Yes, indeed!
Just a last example: I was in Costa Rica this October and I had the time of my life there when I realised everybody would talk to me, everywhere. The funny thing was that I don't speak Spanish, but everybody struggled to talk to me, even when all I could say was "buenos dias". Being a linguist, I couldn't resist doing some research and noticed that it was so because I kept smiling at everyone (I'm a very smily person), which seemed to be an icebreaker and the beginning of "something" (which I can't tell what exactly).
Well, if there's any theory about it, please let me know.
Ana ;)

Ana Guenthner escreveu:
Interesting thread.

Growing up in the Philippines and living in the United States, I often have
to switch lenses between cultures. We, Filipinos have nicknames too. Who has
permission to use it would be key. However, Southeast Asians have a tendency
to value unspoken dialogue, we like to call it "intuitive communication" .
The degree of how the eyes gaze or direct someone to a location. Facial
expressions that clue someone on accessibility to participate in an activity
depending on social class. My favorite is when a foreigner speaks the
language fluently but misses the mannerisms that go with it. Better yet,
when you don't know the language and can pretend you do just by using
specific common phrases and local mannerisms. ~AnaG

On 12/13/07, Ana Paula B. R. Cortez wrote:
> Dear David (Professor Kellog? Mr Kellog? Mr David?),
> Although being part of western culture as well, we, Brazilians, suffer
> from what we can call " the extreme intimacy syndrome". We never, ever, call
> anyone by their surname.
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