No one likes it when you mock their traditions or heritage.  And Mexicans fall into this category as one of the most patriotic!  So don’t laugh at anyone, not even Mexicans.  You might be thinking: “Well, I am going to Mexico.  And I don’t want anyone to feel offended by my ignorance.  In my country we have very ironic humor, and I don’t want to offend anyone.”  Not to worry!  Here is a list of 10 reasons why you should not laugh at a Mexican, and how you can avoid them.

  1. Don’t laugh if they haven’t been able to pass the last sixteen rounds at the world cup. We all know their players are international level and very strong in the sport.  That they haven’t made it is only a matter of time.

  2. Their high level of homosexuals is due to high population.  It is not because they are “Mexicans.”  Don’t be confused.  No one likes to be called something they are not. We should always respect the sexual orientation of others.

  3. You lost!  Mexicans in particular do not like to lose.  Not even the ball!  So do not laugh or you will have bad experiences to tell.

  4. Religious identity is much respected in Mexico.  And even though many have different beliefs, we have to respect them.  Mexicans are very religious.

  5. For Mexicans, like any other Latino, messing with their mother is like hitting a raw nerve. Be careful!  No Latino likes it when you insult or make fun of our mother.

  6. Patriotic symbols are much respected in Mexico and in many ways, Mexicans identify with them.  Respect that tradition!

  7. They are not lazy or flatulent.  They are hard workers and people that respect others. They have a great sense of solidarity, always ready to help or innovate in any way they can.

  8. Stereotypes are not funny.  In many different venues Mexicans are presented as short in stature, ugly tattoos, badly formed figure, etc.  Personally we have known beautiful Mexican people and many public figures testify to this fact.

  9. Language level.  It is impressive how this has spread.  Mexico has universities with excellent worldwide honors.  And many people from different work specialties have proven this fact.

  10. Many people do not realize the importance of the Mexican culture throughout Latin America and the entire world.  Consider this:  The greatest secrets are found in Mayan culture and other civilizations lost through time.  And these mysteries attract one and all.

We sincerely hope that you have made a list of the things you should not say to a Mexican. If you have any other ideas, let us know!  You can comment or share through social networks.