Spanish greetings like to meet you!, Are frequently used with strangers or in formal situations. Acquaintances often use less formal greetings in Spanish such as Hello, how are you?, But friends andrelatives prefer the greetings in Guarani. The most common phrase is Mba'eichapa?, Meaning "How are you?". The answer is usually Iporã! (Very good), often accompanied by a gesture of thumbs up. In thenormal field is shouting goodbye to a friend passing in front of the home.
Except in the workplace, men and women always shake hands in greeting, even if the second or third time you see in theday. When a woman or a man greets a friend for the first time that day is common to kiss on both cheeks as well as shaking hands. Among women in rural areas is more usual to give pats on the arm insteadof kisses. To leave, more often people use the same formula to be found.
For urban men should lead a person respectfully by name, often accompanied by gift. For women, it is customary to use thename Dona. Professional titles are also used to show respect. The young are called by their first names. In rural areas, farmers are often called by their names preceded by the words or Karai Na forwomen and men, respectively. The Paraguayans are accustomed to greet the elderly, who show their respect with clasped hands in prayer and waiting to be blessed.
The Paraguayans are visited frequently,often unannounced. It usually offer refreshments such as soft drinks (in town), coffee, juice or water, and if the hosts are eating or drinking tereré (infusion), we can invite guests to share. Atother times, the tereré only offers an unexpected visit if the host wants to stay awhile. The mate is usually drunk from a common guampa (a container made of wood, horns of cattle or pumpkins) through alight bulb (metal comb to suck). The host passes it to a person who, after drinking it back to prepare another portion for the next contertulio. These infusions are part of local culture for hundreds...
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