If you’re an average American, it’s a safe bet that you know Argentinians really enjoy soccer. But there is so much more to talk about and even more no-nos! Starting with:
1. Don’t Call it Soccer!
It’s futbol and Argentinians take it very seriously. Unless you’re prepared to really defend your views, it’s probably best to only say good things about futbol (and specifically praise the prowess of the Argentinian national team!)
2. Don’t Talk Politics
Argentinians are passionate about local and international politics, and even have regular political demonstrations that can get moderately violent. So unless you’re willing to ignite an argument, don’t talk about politics.
3. Don’t Say You’re ‘American’
You are from the United States of America. As natives of South America, Argentinians, Brazilians, Mexicans, Colombians… are just as much “American” as you.
4. Don’t Moan to the Locals
No one likes a serial complainer, no matter where you are in the world. The locals really don’t want to hear your moaning, especially if your critiques are aimed at their beloved nation.
5. Don’t Be Overly Sensitive
Argentinians have very few personal boundaries. You might get a few jokes at your expense, about your weight, haircut, or fashion choices. Don’t get offended, they’re just trying to be friendly.
What country do you want to know NOT to do in next?