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Dining Etiquette

If you are invited to a Mexican's home, do not arrive early and do not arrive right on time. Believe it or not, that is considered inappropriate. So plan to arrive 30 minutes or more than the given time of the event (check with other colleagues to see if you should arrive later than that).

At a small gathering the host usually handles the introductions. At a large party feel free to introduce yourself.

Table manners

Do not sit down until you are invited to and told where to sit. Do not begin eating until the hostess starts eating, or invites you to do so.

When eating always keep your hands visible. Resting the wrists on the edge of the table is acceptable.

When you have finished eating, place your knife and fork across your plate with the prongs facing down and the handles facing to the right. It's okay to leave some food on your plate if you can't finish it all.


1. Facts and Statistics

2. Languages in Mexico

    a. Mixtec

    b. Nahuatl

    c. Spanish

    d. Yucatec Maya

    e. Zapotec

3. Culture & Society

4. Social Etiquette and Customs

5. Dining Etiquette

    a. Table Manners

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