Cultural Differences between Mexico, the USA and Canada  

Free Spanish Lessons and Other Resources Comparing Cultural Differences: Mexico with Canada & the United States

      Although the three countries that make up North America are physically close, Mexico is simply a different country than her northern neighbors. Mexico has a different history and a different culture. Mexicans have their own ways of doing and looking at things. Each Mexican's beliefs, expectations and codes of personal and social conduct are so different as to be from a different world. Of course, from their perspective, you are from a different world.

      To successfully interact with a Mexican, it is necessary to enter the world of the Mexican, and be aware of the fact that your assumptions about how things are done, often are not true. The following comparison table provides a summary of major cultural differences.

Cultural Comparisons

Aspect

Mexico

Canada/USA

Family

Family is the first priority.
Children are celebrated and sheltered.
Wife fulfills domestic role.
Mobility is limited.
Family is usually second to work.
Children often minimally parented; are independent.
Wife often fulfills dual roles.
Mobility quite common.

Religion

Long Roman Catholic tradition.
Fatalistic outlook. "As God wills."
Mixed religions.
"Master of own life" outlook.

Education

Memorization.
Emphasis on theoretical.
Rigid, broad curriculum.
Analytical approach.
Emphasis on the practical.
Narrow, in-depth specialization.

Nationalism

Very nationalistic.
Proud of long history and traditions.
Reluctant to settle outside Mexico.
(U.S.)Very patriotic.
Proud of "American way of life."
Assumes everyone shares his/her materialistic values.
(Canadian) Less than U.S.. Often has more " World" view.

Personal Sensitivity

Difficulty separating work and personal relationships.
Sensitive to differences of opinion.
Fears loss of face, especially publicly.
Shuns confrontation.
Separates work from emotions/personal relationships.
Sensitivity seen as weakness.
Tough business front.
Has difficulty with subtlety.

Etiquette

"Old world" formality.
Etiquette and manners seen as measure of breeding.
Formality often sacrificed for efficiency.
"Let's get to the point" approach.

Personal Appearance

Dress and grooming are status symbols. Appearance is secondary to performance.

Status

Title and position more important than money in eyes of society. Money is main status measure and is reward for achievement.

Aesthetics

Aesthetic side of life is important even at work. No time for "useless frills".

Ethics

Truth is tempered by need for diplomacy.
Truth is a relative concept.
Direct Yes/No answers given and expected.
Truth seen as absolute value.



The comparisons are reproduced from Management in Two Cultures - Bridging the gap between US and Mexico, by Eva Kras, 1996-2006 , with permission from Intercultural Press Inc., a company specializing in Cultural publications

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Who’s vs. whose
Traveled vs. travelled
Realise vs. realize

Cultural Differences between Mexico, the USA and Canada

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Mexican Culture

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American Culture

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Canadian Culture

In particular, the reputation of the Jordanian women was severely damaged. Excessive greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are responsible for various environmental problems including enhancing heat stress, increasing severity of tropical storms, higher ocean acidity, rising sea levels, and the melting of glaciers, snow pack and sea ice, etc. The powder has also been found to be useful as a general treatment for dyspepsia (indigestion). According to statistics, those in a number of cases identify the risks they know the situation of the company that operates in the country. After these elections, the power remained in the hands of one man who had agreed to share part only in 2003, when he appointed the first prime minister. The point of these ideas is to help people who suffer from natural disasters and killed every year thousands of them. The Chicago Manual of Style






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