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    Hi Everybody,

    One of my main goals of going to the D.R. besides learning how to dance

    Merenque/Bachata/Salsa is to improve my spanish ablities. From what

    I have read and come to understand it seems that the locals are

    very friendly and easy to talk with. Do you find that to be true? If I were

    to invite somebody I just met on the street to lunch or a few beers would

    he take me up on my offer? When lunch was over would we just go on

    our way or would he/she except more? Money, Gifts etc...


    Thanks for your insights,

    Steve and Helen

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    Refreshing post. If you just venture slightly outside of the tourist areas you will most likely find the locals to be very friendly and genuine. With an attitude and approach like you have, I expect you to experience the very best thing the Dominican Republic has to offer...it's people. I hope you have fun!

    Larry

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    After you invite someone for lunch there is a strong possibility they will invite you two to their family home, probably for a meal. Meeting the extended (& I mean extended) family will be a wonderful opportunity to improve your Spanish. Dominicans are very hospitable, but many are hurting economically right now, so if you do go to someone's home bring the beers, maybe a couple of chickens for next day's/week's dinner & possibly something small & unique representing your country as a momento for the family. Have a wonderful stay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey 1956
    Hi Everybody,

    One of my main goals of going to the D.R. besides learning how to dance

    Merenque/Bachata/Salsa is to improve my spanish ablities. From what

    I have read and come to understand it seems that the locals are

    very friendly and easy to talk with. Do you find that to be true? If I were

    to invite somebody I just met on the street to lunch or a few beers would

    he take me up on my offer? When lunch was over would we just go on

    our way or would he/she except more? Money, Gifts etc...


    Thanks for your insights,

    Steve and Helen
    I am surprised indeed that the people on this forum haven't answered your query!!! I am trying very hard to decide if you are for real ! You ask if the "Locals" are, as you have been informed, very friendly ! Yes the Dominican "People" are extremly friendly ! If you pick someone up on the street,and invite them for lunch and a few beers, you want to know if they and you would then go your separate ways, or would they " Except," ? do you mean accept,or expect, money,gifts etc !!!! Well, I would venture to say, it would depend on just what spanish abilities you were wanting to improve on !
    There appears to be 2 of you, are you looking for a threesome ! Cause thats how it comes across ! You can go to any country in the world , on any street, pick up a stranger, supply them with lunch, beer, gifts, what do You think they would assume YOU were expecting ??? If you are truly that naive, I would suggest you find a travel agent somewhere on this planet who could book you a trip to "Eden " and share lunch with Adam & the MRS.

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    Rosemary, that is exactly what I was thinking when I read this post. The poster says that he has been lurking around, if that is true, he could have answered his own question. The threesome thing is another show altogether.

    If you are for real: You can ask any ex-pat here why they live in the DR and the first response will be for the hospitality of the people.

    Your first question: It depends on what Dominican you run into. We are very friendly people but full of pride. So, you may just get with one that may be hungry or one that felt like it was an opportunity to 'network' if you know what I mean.

    If you offer free food to a Dominican, if a woman, she would act shy, but at the end give in. If a man, then he will probably say yes but will try to feed YOU by taking you to his house so that you can meet the wife and the kids (and of course the neighborhood). If you didnt have a vehicle, he may insist that you all hop on his 70 (motorcycle) so that he can ride you (yes all THREE of you - he will make you and the Mrs fit, trust me). If he or she took you up on the he food offer, then that would be enough (for most) and some will get offended if you tried to pay them or something afterwards.

    If you met this Dominican while he or she were eating, and you commented on how good his food looked, they will offer you the food from the plate and the same spoon they have been eating from. Now, dont take this as an unsanitary gesture, it is the most selfless thing a human can do for someone: to be so trusting and so giving that they are willing to give you their own plate of food if you want it or need it. Being giving and generous just comes to us, so dont be surprised.

    Most Dominicans are genuine, however, please be careful. I advise you to read the Sankie 101 forum and anything that has to do with sankies and so forth. They are not around only for the lonely, they are full-time gigalos and know how to sweet talk anyone to make them believe their stories. So just be careful... Good rule of thumb to follow:

    They survived before you came along...

    Other than that, Have fun and enjoy!

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    Of course Dominicans are friendly.

    You can sit on a bench in any park in the DR and not only will you be greeted by people simply passing by (which you should return it with another greeting), but some will stop doing whatever they were doing to earn a living and start chatting with you. Before you know it, you made a friend. I have made so many wonderful conversations while jogging in the parks here in Santo Domingo just by sitting on a bench! Its incredible and now I appreciate such thing even more since when I spent the past year in the US, people only stop by to ask me for directions! And most (but not all) didn't even said hello before asking or thanking me after!

    That reminds me, when you come to the Dominican Republic, always always always greet the person you are about to talk to, regardless if its a tiny simple question or a long conversation you are about to start, always greet them first. Also, when you walk into a small store or small business, if there are a few people (including customers) in the building, you should greet them, this is especially true if you walk into a colmado. Always greet people first, regardless if you know them or not.

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    Nal0whs made an excellent point. A big genuine smile can take you places. A good word is Saludos this works morning, day and night. If someone says hello or bye to you, try to respond, dont hesitate because you dont know them, they are not being strange, they are being Dominicans...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosemary
    I am surprised indeed that the people on this forum haven't answered your query!!! I am trying very hard to decide if you are for real ! You ask if the "Locals" are, as you have been informed, very friendly ! Yes the Dominican "People" are extremly friendly ! If you pick someone up on the street,and invite them for lunch and a few beers, you want to know if they and you would then go your separate ways, or would they " Except," ? do you mean accept,or expect, money,gifts etc !!!! Well, I would venture to say, it would depend on just what spanish abilities you were wanting to improve on !
    There appears to be 2 of you, are you looking for a threesome ! Cause thats how it comes across ! You can go to any country in the world , on any street, pick up a stranger, supply them with lunch, beer, gifts, what do You think they would assume YOU were expecting ??? If you are truly that naive, I would suggest you find a travel agent somewhere on this planet who could book you a trip to "Eden " and share lunch with Adam & the MRS.
    ROSEMARY,
    Really......I'm gob-smacked! I didn't get that impression AT ALL. As far as I read it, this is a COUPLE, coming, I think, all the way from China for a "getting to know the DR culture" type holiday, including local dance & language.
    Casey 1956, PLEASE let me know if this is correct!

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    Wow, all the way from China?

    Hey, if its true that simply means positive news for Dominican tourism. If chinese get rubbed the right way most visitors have in the DR, they could become a major source for Dominican tourism worth!

    Lets see, there are already 300 million middle class Chinese, if they relate the Caribbean with anything Dominican that simply means good news. Now that there is this new jet that can fly around the world non-stop (Air Singapore has a new fleet flying non-stop from NYC to Singapore), this could be the beginning of Dominican-Chinese tourism!

    Casey 1956, when you do come to the DR, tell everybody you know in China how great it is here. Plus, if you are chinese, you would enjoy the welcoming the DR has given to many Chinese migrants as its evident in all major and mid-size Dominican towns with their chinese communities!

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    Nal0whs,
    Before you get carried away planning a Chinese tourist invasion I think these people are ex-pats, currently coming from China (viz. not Chinese) but we shall have to wait for verification from them, themselves.

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