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Respond with “rufi”
There is no way to explain how strange it feels to hear an American sneeze, let alone respond to it. Before you go into detail about what to say when someone sneezes in Mexico, understand that none of this makes sense to our Mexican friends.
When somebody sneezes in Mexico, they laugh until their stomachs hurt. They shake their heads and talk about the person who threw up last night at dinner. That guy must have been drinking tequila all day!
To us however, sneezing is something serious. It means we are sick! But as crazy as those around us might think it is, there is a reason people in Mexico do not get too upset when they catch a cold or the flu. For some unknown reason, blowing your nose or coughing does not help much. In fact, it makes things worse.
Sneezing causes the throat to contract, making breathing harder. With more mucus being produced, swallowing becomes difficult. Drastic measures need to be taken before symptoms worsen.
It is also possible to spread infection through contact with infected secretions from the nasal cavity (nasal droppings). People who work out regularly experience increased levels of body stress. Those stressed-out individuals may then encounter nausea and diarrhea.
In conclusion, responding with ‘rufi’ helps reduce panic while letting everyone else know that you are okay. This reduces spreading of the virus and protects others
Respond with “chupado”
The word chupado is an informal Spanish adjective used to describe something that is quick, simple, easy-, small-time, not big time.
It can be one of your favorite foods or drinks (or even someone else’s food or drink). Or you could have found a great deal online.
Whatever it is, imagine if everyone had it! Would it still taste as good? Is this worth investing in? Only when it comes to food and drinks.
Invest only in supplies for making chupados (the traditional way, not buy pre-made ones). And above all, enjoy yourself—this is what matters most.
A basic rule of thumb is that if you are going to make any kind of spicy soup, stew or sauce, then add extra spices for more flavor.
Follow the rules here for how to add spice without overdoing it. Try things like adding dried herbs or using fresh peppers instead of powders.
Respond with “ni’s”
While most people say “cheers” when drinking together, someone who sneezes is supposed to respond with “ni’s.
Some people claim that this expression comes from Latin and means “to your health.”
Here are all the expressions related to saying goodbye and good morning.
Respond with “what”
While “um” is an acceptable response when someone asks you how to say something, only use it for yes or no questions. For details, counts, measurements, etc…say “uh” instead.
However, if someone wants you to repeat something that you said, they will ask you why you were saying that. It’s always best to be honest and tell them what was going through your mind at the time.
So if you are wondering what you can say when sneezing, there you have it! Now you know three different ways to express it in Spanish. 🙂
Respond with “huevos”
You may have heard that the correct response to someone sneezing is, “Bend over.” Or you can say, “Chupa la sal!”
If you don’t want to hear or use any foreign words, here is our official translation for how to respond when somebody sneezes in Mexico.
The word chupa translates to “drink/swallow,” while lasala means “saliva.” So, more formally you could also pronounce it like shpaai-baau.
When you tell someone to Chupa la salsa or Bend over, you are ordering them to drink tea or soup directly from the spoon or bowl by pulling out the handle. In restaurants, servers often warn customers if they do not know whether the restaurant uses safety cups.
Huevos refers to eggs, but instead of eating an egg, fans of huevos sudados (boiled eggs) swallow the breakfast dish while it is still hot. This allows the bitterness of the shell to leave your mouth before the filling arrives.
Once you get used to responding with foreign phrases or tricks, try substituting yourself when you speak Spanish. If you encounter an English speaker who does not understand you, there is a good chance he or she will appreciate another phrase we all learned in kindergarten… Please smile.
Respond with “c”
There are many ways to give someone a compliment. The most common way is to say “you look nice today,” or something along those lines.
When someone says they don’t feel good, you should ask them why!
Maybe they have a medical reason for their sickness.
They may not be taking time to care for themselves… so much.
You can help them figure out what they need to do to take better care of themselves.
A big part of self-care is recognizing when you need it and asking for it.
A lot of times we put off caring for ourselves because we think it will hurt but it doesn’t.
It takes only an hour a day at least to take care of yourself. That’s less than half a movie or food choice.
Next time you’re feeling tired and unwell, consider doing one of these things :
Respond with “bien”
Though this response can mean anything from the friendly to the slightly embarrassed, it is universally understood as meaning no problem or nothing special.
It is like saying hello or thank you everywhere else. This response is used even if you are familiar with each other!
No one is expected to know how to say bien before asking someone else. It is also not seen often in commercial settings.
You may hear cuidateo before sneeing. That is similar but more tongue-twisting version of bien.
Locals sometimes ask cómo estás for breakfast. People from mexico at heart might give away their secret identity.
Respond with “‘lo mejor’”
There is no better way to make someone feel comfortable than by saying something nice. When you say something like, “how are you doing today?,” they will smile and answer your question.
Also, a simple “hello” sounds very informal, but in Mexican language it means at least ten years between seniors. This age difference makes for some interesting conversations.
When greeting young people (anyone under 30), try talking about things that are popular now. People my be more interested in what they are hearing from their peers than adults.
Respond with “‘lo no mejor’”
There are many answers to this question, but the most common one is
If you know someone very well, then your response should be personal and depend on how they feel that day. If you do not feel like answering or speaking up for yourself, then you can say something similar to the below comment.
These comments start with ¿Cómo (pronounced como), what, how about how? These questions mean the same as “how much does it cost?” or “how much will this take?”
¡Ay!, oh!; Oh my! or ¡Dile que lo haga su madre! (tell him his mother!) are all equivalent statements meaning roughly “be quiet” or “shut up!”.
They can also get rid of people who are interrupting you. People tend to avoid conversations when these phrases are used so generally only use them if needed.