Page 1 of 14 12311 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 137
  1. #1
    Platinum
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    16,393
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default "Fitting in" in the DR

    I saw a recent thread that touched on expats fitting in here in the DR.

    I would like to say that it is fairly obvious if one is very light skinned with light colored hair one would be assumed to be foreigner, especially in the tourist areas. However, this happens to light skinned Dominicans as well.

    With regard to actually fitting into the society as a foreigner, from what I've experienced and seen with other foreigners, not all of which are "gringos" is that Dominicans are very receptive to those that learn the language and customs and know how to behave. In fact I think it can be said if they are professionals they are help in high regard. Certainly, the accent may not be Dominican but this really isn't so important.

    I think anyone who has spent any time here would say it is very common for Dominicans to ask foreigners if they like their country. That would be because in spite of everything Dominicans love their country and their culture. Don't be surprised if you answer Dominicans that yes you do like their country in their own language they will say you are "ya dominicano".

    In other words, within one's social circle of friends and acquaintances one can be accepted as equally as any other Dominican. Does this mean that everyone you meet would see you as Dominican? Maybe not - unless you get to know them.

    Finally, when one learns how to dress, etc one may not stand out as frequently as one might think. For example I have a motorcycle and I have been flagged down numerous times here because people think I'm a taxi. I generally ride around with a jacket and a cap with sunglasses.

    my two cents

  2. Likes N/A liked this post
  3. #2
    Gold
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    6,821
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Chi',el motoconchista is BACK, lol

  4. Likes waytogo, Acira, Bronxboy liked this post
  5. #3
    Silver
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    4,211
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    I saw a recent thread that touched on expats fitting in here in the DR.

    I would like to say that it is fairly obvious if one is very light skinned with light colored hair one would be assumed to be foreigner, especially in the tourist areas. However, this happens to light skinned Dominicans as well.

    With regard to actually fitting into the society as a foreigner, from what I've experienced and seen with other foreigners, not all of which are "gringos" is that Dominicans are very receptive to those that learn the language and customs and know how to behave. In fact I think it can be said if they are professionals they are help in high regard. Certainly, the accent may not be Dominican but this really isn't so important.

    I think anyone who has spent any time here would say it is very common for Dominicans to ask foreigners if they like their country. That would be because in spite of everything Dominicans love their country and their culture. Don't be surprised if you answer Dominicans that yes you do like their country in their own language they will say you are "ya dominicano".

    In other words, within one's social circle of friends and acquaintances one can be accepted as equally as any other Dominican. Does this mean that everyone you meet would see you as Dominican? Maybe not - unless you get to know them.

    Finally, when one learns how to dress, etc one may not stand out as frequently as one might think. For example I have a motorcycle and I have been flagged down numerous times here because people think I'm a taxi. I generally ride around with a jacket and a cap with sunglasses.

    my two cents

    You must REALLY be bored today Chip, do you know how many times this subject has been covered???

    Carry on.....................I guess....

  6. Likes Criss Colon, minerva_feliz liked this post
  7. #4
    Platinum
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    21,792
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    "Oh Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo,He's back!
    And nothing has changed!
    Chip is still the only "Gringo" who has been totally accepted by Dominicans,as a Dominican.
    This is do to his "unique" ability to speak perfect "Dominican",and "Dress" Dominican.
    "Chip",get a grip,then relax,people just might like,and surely will,at least,respect you more if you stop trying sooooooooooooooo hard to be "Liked",and "Respected".
    We KNOW how "Dominicanisado" you are,after all,you tell us 6 times a day!
    Welcome back! .......really.
    You don't have to make up for lost time.
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

  8. #5
    Silver
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    2,279
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I don't see anything wrong with "fitting in" being just who and what I am. In my opinion, fitting in and blending in are two different things. People can accept you for YOU, and you fit in to the situation or culture in your own way. That doesn't mean you have to look or even act like a native... of wherever that might be.

  9. #6
    Platinum
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Posts
    21,792
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    When I first came here,I had a nearly terminal case of,"I Wanna Be A Dominican".
    It was just a phase,as it SHOULD be!
    I soon found out,it is better to be "YOURSELF",than a parody of a "Dominicano".
    Acting like a Dominican,makes you look like a fool.
    You will only get real respect by being who you are,were,and should continue to be.
    I don't want to be known as "That IDIOT who goes around acting like he's a Dominican", by anyone,foreigners,or especially Doominicans.
    Chip,you know what Dominicans REALLY love,not when you speak Spanish to them,but when they speak English to you.
    Stop showing off.IT'S DOESN'T HAVE TO ALWAYS BE ABOUT "US".
    Let them have a chance.
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCc
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

  10. #7
    Gold
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    7,274
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    "Oh Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo,He's back!
    And nothing has changed!
    Chip is still the only "Gringo" who has been totally accepted by Dominicans,as a Dominican.
    This is do to his "unique" ability to speak perfect "Dominican",and "Dress" Dominican.
    "Chip",get a grip,then relax,people just might like,and surely will,at least,respect you more if you stop trying sooooooooooooooo hard to be "Liked",and "Respected".
    We KNOW how "Dominicanisado" you are,after all,you tell us 6 times a day!
    Welcome back! .......really.
    You don't have to make up for lost time.
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
    Chip isn't the only one like that. Has anyone seen AZB lately?

  11. Likes Criss Colon, corsair74 liked this post
  12. #8
    Gold
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    6,821
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Note: When you starting to get confused for a motoconcho, it may be a sign of "over-blending". Time to take out the Hawaiian shirt and flip-flops

  13. Likes Criss Colon, Squat, jrhartley, siegs, wuarhat and 3 others liked this post
  14. #9
    Platinum
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    16,393
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Funny how so many get "molesto" when one discusses this topic.

    A little ironic to say the least given that in the States and Europe people say the foreigners that immigrate there should learn the language and the customs yet if one tries to do that here in the DR they get called all types of names - only by the foreigners though oddly enough.

  15. Likes Softail, Ezequiel liked this post
  16. #10
    Platinum
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    16,393
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    When I first came here,I had a nearly terminal case of,"I Wanna Be A Dominican".
    It was just a phase,as it SHOULD be!
    I soon found out,it is better to be "YOURSELF",than a parody of a "Dominicano".
    Acting like a Dominican,makes you look like a fool.
    You will only get real respect by being who you are,were,and should continue to be.
    I don't want to be known as "That IDIOT who goes around acting like he's a Dominican", by anyone,foreigners,or especially Doominicans.
    Chip,you know what Dominicans REALLY love,not when you speak Spanish to them,but when they speak English to you.
    Stop showing off.IT'S DOESN'T HAVE TO ALWAYS BE ABOUT "US".
    Let them have a chance.
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCc
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
    Maybe you should actually meet me in person before saying I'm a wanna be dude. Ask HB where I live or let me know when you are here in Santiago so you can make an accurate assessment.

    BTW, no Dominicans speak English to me (ok one fellow in my class) and I have quit emulating the Dominican accent and idiosyncrasies as well.

  17. Likes Africaida, Squat liked this post
Page 1 of 14 12311 ... LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •