Why Live In Mexico?

Mexico remains the favorite expat haven for U.S. and Canadian citizens despite earthquakes, economic collapses and border drug battles.

Mexico is colorful and vibrant, whether you’re looking at flora and fauna or architecture, furnishings or textiles. It has a rich history, and according to financial figures, a promising future.

Mexico is culturally a long way from the U.S. or Canada. Mexicans are friendly but very private and even secretive. They are trustworthy but not trusting. Continue reading “Why Live In Mexico?”

Part 2: English to Spanglish in Puerto Vallarta

50,000 Americans and Canadians live in Puerto Vallarta and, of course, speak native English.

In addition, there are half a million English-speaking visitors each year to Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.

Around all these native English speakers has grown a sizeable group of local Mexicans who speak English (at least half speak “pocito” or Spanglish, enough to get by, enough to answer your question). So, speaking the language is easier around here than almost anywhere. Pardon My Spanglish

Similarities in Languages

Did you know that thousands of words are the same in English and Spanish? Sounds are pronounced differently and words may be used a bit differently, but spelled almost the same. That makes it a lot easier to learn and to find your way. In fact, 30% to 40% of all words in English have a related word in Spanish with similar sound, appearance, and meaning.

Also, except for a couple of word order exceptions (adjective before noun in English and noun before adjective in Spanish), sentences in both languages have the same basic structures.

Some of The Differences

Perhaps the greatest difference between English and Spanish is that Spanish has only five vowel sounds while English has more than 14, depending on regional dialects. This is the reason Spanish speakers have difficulty differentiating between vowel sounds in words likeĀ seat andĀ sit. Continue reading “Part 2: English to Spanglish in Puerto Vallarta”

Cabbies Are Honest and Taxis are Cheap

Wow! I can’t get over my access to the best taxi system in the world.

Taxi cab rides are cheap and could it get any better than cab drivers who are honest, hard-working, clean, and proud along with helpful but with no expectation of a tip?

Truthfully, I’ve given tips… but I’m trying to break the habit. I don’t want to change the culture. But I always tip for extra services such as entering a gated area, unloading groceries, or waiting while I make a quick stop.

Here’s advice for using taxis in Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta City of Taxis
Along the Malecon in downtown El Centro.
  • Taxis are easy to find. Step outside and you’ll see taxis on a corner. Wave one.
  • Ask the cost of your trip before getting in. Most drivers speak enough English to give the rate and talk with you.
  • Don’t let the driver talk you into going someplace else such as his cousin’s restaurant (unless you really want to go).
  • Sit up front if you’re alone.

Talk to the cab driver if you can. He’s a world of information about the city.

English Spoken in the Friendliest Place on Earth!

Coffee shop view at Los Muertos
Coffee shop view at Los Muertos

My personal experience is that more than half of the people in Old Town speak enough English to easily talk to a Gringo.

What’s even better is that most Mexicans want to try.

Puerto Vallarta is known as the friendliest city in the world and Old Town is the most friendly of all.

So it’s easy to use Spanish or stick to English.

Pretty soon you’ll find yourself smiling and not worrying about anything.

People are friendly in Old Town because it’s a joyful place in any language. So say “Hi” or “Hola” and be happy!