Population Diversity in Belize

An extraordinarily diverse yet tiny population allows Belizeans to be doubly proud of their heritage—once for their family’s background (Maya, Creole, Garífuna, Mennonite, etc.) and again for their country. Here’s an overview of Belize’s diverse demography.

A Guide to Speaking Belizean Kriol

If you think Belize Kriol refers to nothing more than the exotic Caribbean accent of your Belizean hosts, think again. Better yet, listen as they talk casually with each other; you’ll hear an entirely different language than the Rasta-tinted English Belizeans reserve for foreigners. While it’s a rare and dedicated foreigner who learns to speak fluent Belize Kriol, trying out a few local phrases, proverbs, and dirty words can go a long way to getting laughs and making friends.

Texas Slang and Twang: How to Talk Like a Texan

With a primer that covers everything from the usage of “howdy, ya’ll” to which meal “supper” refers to in the Lone Star State, author and local Andy Rhodes will have you talking like a proper Texan. Read on for information about pronunciation, accents, traditional rural sayings, and more.

Everyday Customs & Etiquette in Mexico

While good manners are universally appreciated, Mexicans know that foreigners may not understand the country’s codes and customs. Politeness, patience, and a smile go a long way, but here is some additional information to make eating meals or greeting strangers go more smoothly.

Learning and Speaking Spanish in Mexico

Being able to speak Spanish is not necessary for visiting (or even moving to) Mexico, but it can open up a lot of doors. In this article, author Julie Doherty Meade covers the benefits and difficulties of learning Spanish in Mexico, as well as where to find language classes around the country.

Gringos, Gabachos, and Güeros

Foreigners in Mexico are likely to hear the popular term gringo in use. Wondering if the term is derogatory? Julie Doherty Meade goes over the usage of gringo, gabacho, and güero, all of which may be said to describe foreigners.