Physical distance and length of conversation are contingent on the perceived status of the speakers.
Generally speaking, when addressing an elderly person, it is very rare to address them by using the “Tu” pronoun.It is always considered good form if one starts from the “Usted” point of departure and allow your counterpart to modify the conversation style as they see fit.In the case that you meet urban Guatemalans for the first time (which would most likely include Ladinos only), ensure to make a good first impression.It is not so much the topics which would be the most important, but how you carry/ present yourself during this first meeting.Other topics to avoid include Belize’s status as an independent country, the place of Guatemalans black slave ancestry (whose very existence is denied by some), reproductive rights for women, and religious beliefs.
In general, Guatemalans tend to react very negatively to any criticism of their society, particularly if it comes from an outsider.
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Similar to the topics to avoid outlined above, these would be the same, keeping in mind that it would be even more so advisable to avoid discussions of this nature.
Particular attention must be given to whether the person a Canadian is speaking with has Spanish as their first language.
Guatemala is a very young country with over 50 percent of its population under the age of 25.