The poll results should be interesting because, while we might think of expats as a unified group coping with the cultural differences involved in living in Argentina, there are probably just as significant cultural differences between ourselves.ElQueso said:(Big Snip)
I complain equally in the US when I'm there, about things that drive me crazy. People who never complain are either saints or postal workers waiting to explode
Going through my earlier stages of learning Spanish, I used to regularly visit a local (UK) remainder bookshop and buy up any cheap, CD-based Spanish courses just so that I could listen to different people saying different things in different ways. I've had British ones, of course, a Polish one, a Spanish one (in much the same way that the BBC offers English courses) and one from the USA. They were all completely different in their approach.
Probably the most useful was the Berlitz course from the USA because it was the only one I came across that was out and out Latin American Spanish. But to a Brit like me, the cultural differences were painful! Whole sections on complaining - even supplements and bonus sections about making complaints. And there were other issues too. Now I realise that the American culture of complaining has behind it the very positive aim of trying to help a business learn and grow and that that has a lot to do with the success of many US businesses but most Brits don't complain in day-to-day situations - they just take their business elsewhere.
So what am I rambling on about here? Two things I suppose. One is to show a little more tolerance towards other expats: we are not a homogeneous group but individals from a myriad of different cultural backgrounds with a myriad different reasons for coming to Argentina. The other is to show a little more tolerance and humility about the host country - even, I would argue, when native-born Argentinians don't. There is an element here of 'I can be rude about my sister, but if you are rude about my sister, I'll punch your lights out.' Or is that just a cultural thing?