Monday, March 31, 2008
This is a "magic" phrase in Mexico! It was told to me by Warren Hardy who has a very good language school here in San Miguel about seven years ago! The culture of Mexico is very courtly and when passing a Mexican it is appropriate to say "con permiso" - with your permission - and they will give you permission to pass..............The appreciation on the faces of people when I'm walking down the street and need to pass or walk between them is palpable when I use this phrase. I treasure the look. It is magical because if you are in a crowd and want to get through - saying "con permiso" is like the "parting of the seas"........quite remarkable. People just graciously move aside to let you through. It also is extremely effective if you're in a store and none of the clerks are approaching you or offering to help (which is a cultural thing because they do not want to "impose on your space") so, if you say "con permiso" they come over immediately and offer to help. It's knowing these little things that add to the joy of living in Mexico.