5 Things Mexicans Say to Avoid the Word “No”

Excellent article by Susannah Rigg

MEXICANS ARE VERY POLITE and can seem downright formal compared to residents of other Spanish-speaking countries. People greet each other in elevators, on buses, and shared taxis almost always with “con permiso,” — “with your permission,” — and “propio” — “you may grant your own permission, as you don’t need mine.”

I love all this about Mexican culture. However, it took me a long time to realize that, because of all the politeness, Mexicans really struggle to say “no” and will find any number of ways to avoid the accursed word. Here are just a few examples.

1. Yes

It’s very common in Mexico that yes means no….

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3 thoughts on “5 Things Mexicans Say to Avoid the Word “No”

  1. Pingback: 5 Things Mexicans Say to Avoid the Word “No” | ¡VidaMaz!

  2. I am from Mexico and I was not raised the way you are describing people in Mexico. Most people I know are comfortable saying “no” and even when we don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, we would leave the door open only if there was a chance. Otherwise, it’s better to simply close with a clear “no. “ Just another perspective and experience within the same context.


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