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    Hi, I am Argentinian and for us it's a geographical thing. Latino would be a person from Latin America and Hispanic comprehends/encloses someone from Latin America and Spain also. You could say too that Hispanic people are those who speaks Spanish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicente View Post
    ... Unless they have traveled to them, the average person in the U.S. doesn't know very much about the countries south of us and would be hard pressed to name the countries in Central and South America. Most are familiar with Mexican and Colombian **** cartels because of the violent history of **** smuggling from those countries and which have made them virtually household words but many do not know many of the names of Latin American countries or how many there are.

    In general, Hispanic and Latino are practically interchangeable in the U.S. When we first started this thread I asked people what these words meant to them and all said they meant about the same and weren't able to express any real difference between the two. No one considered the words to be derogatory...
    Hi Vicente. Please let me know if I'm wrong, but I had the opportunity to travel in the US from Florida to Maine and from Vermont to California and in my experience, the average person in US does not make any difference from everything that is south of the Rio Grande.

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    Hello Santiago

    I"m sorry but I do not understand this:

    "...the average person in US does not make any difference from everything that is south of the Rio Grande."

    So I'm not sure of what you are saying. Could you clarify.
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    Hi Vicente. Latin America and Caribe is a huge conjunction of cultures and races, but with a common language. People in Mexico is very different to the people in the Rio de la Plata, Chile, Paraguay, Venezuela and Peru, for example. We have different cultures, foods, idiom expressions and so on. But for the US people we are all just "latinos". That´s what I mean.

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    Hi Santiago

    Well, what you say is true up to a point but it depends on the circumstances. I think people in the U.S. are aware that there a very different cultures in the various Latin American countries. Most people know that Peruvians are different from say, Agentines; however; I think that the average person does not know much about these different cultures and where many countries are geographically located, but then, I imagine that many Latin Americans might have an equally hard time in identifying the various states in the U.S. and possibly think that Brits, Canadians and Americans are all the same; but we too, have different cultures, foods and expressions, even within regions of the U.S.

    As for the terms Hispanic and Latino, most people in the U.S. only use those terms to identify people living in the U.S. In that regard, you might be right because, in general, we tend to refer to all Spanish speaking persons in the U.S. as either Hispanic or Latino if we are speaking of them as a whole. However, we are well aware that we have large numbers of Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Mexicans and if we're talking about them specifically we refer to them as such.

    To put it another way, if a person in the U.S. met you on the street and did not know what country you came from he would most likely say he had met a nice Latino or Hispanic guy. On the other hand, if you told him where you were from he would say "I met this nice guy from Argentina".
    Last edited by vicente; 08-03-2016 at 03:26 PM.
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    Hi Vicente,
    You are right. I had the chance to travel the US by car some years ago, from Florida to Maine, from Maine to Kansas, then to LA and finally back to Florida. And I noticed that people are really different all over the country. People in Georgia or Louisiana have different culture and expresions from people in New England, or Illinois, or Colorado...
    It was a great experience to me.

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    I have found this chart and think it is quite interesting...

    Comparison chart

    Hispanic Latino
    Terminology Hispanic refers to language. Hispanic if you and/or your ancestry come from a country where they speak Spanish. Latino refers to geography. Specifically, to Latin America, to people from the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic), South America (Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, etc.) and Central America (Honduras, Costa Rica, etc.)
    In the U.S. Was first adopted by the United States government during the administration of Richard Nixon It has been used in the U.S. Census since 1980. "Hispanic" is used more often in states such as Florida and Texas. The government adopted these terms because they did not have an inclusive term to identify and segregate the mixed white with black and native "mestizo or mulato people of Central and South America.
    Derived from The term "Hispanic" comes from a Latin word for Spain "Hispania", which later became "España". It refers to a person of Latin American or Iberian ancestry, fluent in Spanish. The term "Latino" is shortened from Spanish latino americano, "Latin American" thus narrowing the scope of meaning to Central and South America, and Spanish speaking Carribean Islands.
    Usage "Hispanic" is primarily used along the Eastern seaboard, and favored by those of Caribbean and South American ancestry or origin. “Latino” is principally used west of the Mississippi, where it has displaced “Chicano” and “Mexican American.”

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    I'm amazed how the different States in the US managed to differ form each other, even on idiomatic expressions. They are like mini-countrys.
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    Hi Maximiliano.:

    I'm not sure I agree with the chart because I live in Texas and I hear both terms used regularly. The main trouble I have with such a generalization is that this is a very mobile society and we have constant movement of people from east to west, west to east, north to south, etc.,. If a person lives in on the Eastern seaboard and moves west of the Mississippi does he change the way he uses the terms?

    Hi Santiago I find that Hispanics also have different ways of referring to so-called "white people". In my area they refer to them as "gavacho", "huero", gringo", "anglo" and rarely "caucasian". There are probably others that I haven't heard yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by matiasc View Post
    I'm amazed how the different States in the US managed to differ form each other, even on idiomatic expressions. They are like mini-countrys.

    It's true Matias. The Deep South states like Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, etc., are a world apart from northern states. In my opinion, there are essentially 8 distinctly different areas in the U.S. with different cultures. The New England states, the New York/New Jersey/Philidelphia area, the Deep South, the Mid-west, the Southwest with Mexican border states, the West, the Northwest. California, especially Southern California and South Florida, mainly Miami, have their own cultures.
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