Customs, traditions, lifestyles
Since Argentina s a big country customs, traditions and lifestyles vary a lot depending on where the
people live. We will compare two different lifestyles , the life in the city and in the countryside. We
might as well make clear that we live in the city.
Country Life City Life
In the city we wear "international
clothes", we care about brands
and fashion all over the world. We
can say we worry more about "the
look " of the clothes we wear.
Country people wear really different clothes
from the ones we wear in the city. They are
more into 'traditional clothes', they dont care
much about the brand, and some of the clothes
they own are made by them.selves The item of
clothing they wear are often working clothes.
In the capital city
We eat more 'supermarket' food
than country people, but we
also eat 'homemade" food. We
eat international dishes even
though we also eat traditional
food such as empanadas and
In the country
This part of the population eats
most of all, traditional food. They
grow their own vegetables, fruits,
crops and raise cows, porks and
chickens. They cook their meals
using their products.
City life and country life
City life implies lots of cars and streets, flats, and noise. None of those are
found in the countryside. In some areas people still use horses as a means of
transport or they just walk.
You are surrounded by nature in the countryside, there isn't much noise. You
only hear the animals or the wind. It's peaceful, and relaxing. People are
more connected to the natural world.
Everytime I go to the countryside I love to watch the sky at night. It’s so full of
stars. The wind on your face makes you feel alive.
Life in the city is faster. Everything goes faster than in the countryside.We
have more rules,more timetables, more schedules. Not that it's something
bad, but I don't know if I would be able to adapt to country life.
Robberies, are also a serious problem in the city. They don't happen so
frequently in the countryside.
Some traditional music styles in Argentina are tango and folklore. But the young
people who live in the city don't often listen to this kind of music. They usually
listen to other types of music called: cumbia, national rock, electronica, pop,
metallica and some others. However, the young people who live in the provinces
do listen to folklore.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN
Cumbia Rock Electronica
Tango is a style of ballroom dance music that originated among European immigrant
populations of Argentina and Uruguay. It is traditionally played by an orchestra which
includes violin, piano, double bass, bandoneons and sometimes flute, clarinet and
guitar. Tango may be purely instrumental or may include a vocalist. Tango music and
dance have become popular throughout the world.
THE MUSIC WE
We listen to different types of music:
Folk dance is a form of dance that reflects the traditional life of the people of a
certain region . The steps of folk dancing are passed through generations, rarely
Some of the instruments played are: the guitar, the violin, the drums, the quena
(wind instrument), the flute , and some other typical percussion instruments.
They are called “sonajero de uña, charango, pinkullo and caja”.
Argentina is a beautiful country to do tourism
because we have great natural landmarks,
interesting culture and history and a tourist friendly
society. Argentina is a great country to experience
new horizons and being in contact with the South-
American cultures. Francisco
Typical Argentinian food
EMPANADA is an individual pie made with thin
bread dough or puff pastry filled with a salt or fresh
preparation and baked or fried in oil or fat. The filling
can include red or white meat, fish, vegetables or
ASADO is usually beef cut exposed to heat from fire or
coals in order to cook slowly. I
Different types of meat are cooked that way:
pork, lamb, goat, fish, chicken, shrimp and sausage
The LOCRO is a stew made with squash,
beans, corn or potatoes consumed in the region
of the Andes especially.
I love barbecue
and chips! Max
MATE is an infusion prepared with yerba mate leaves, a
plant native to the basins of the rivers Parana, Paraguay and
Uruguay . It has a bitter taste due to tannins in the leaves. For
this reason there are those who like to sweeten it with sugar
DULCE DE LECHE is a kind of caramel spread which is
widely used in desserts such as pies or cakes or ice-
It is made with milk and sugar.
ALFAJOR is a traditional snack which consists of two
biscuits with a sweet filling and usually dipped in chocolate,
icing or powdered sugar. The filling is usually "dulce de
leche", although there are also fruit , chocolate and mousse
Football in Argentina
Football is the most popular sport in Argentina.
People just go into the street and play matches. Argentinian football
has some very important teams, these clubs are called Boca and
There are Argentinian football players playing all over the world,
Messi, the Kun Agüero,Tevez are some of them.
A typical weekend plan for friends is to have "asado", barbecue on
Sundays at midday and then watch the matches.
Argentinian football history is really
important. We had a very famous player,
Maradona, who scored the goal of the
century, God's hand goal , it was called.
Argentina won two World Championships,
one in 1978 and another one in 1986.
•Who do you take after?
•What are your goals and
Who do I take after?
• I resemble my ancestors especially because of two reasons; they
were passionate and ambitious. We also share a love for
languages and knowledge. My ancestors come from Europe; they
came to Argentina because of the war in search of better job
opportunities and a better life. They came from Italy, England
• One of my grandparents came from Bolivia hidden in a train at
the age of 9. He was really brave and could make a man of himself
with the help of Argentina. Here, he met my Italian grandmother
with whom he married and made a family. As far as I know they
were able to fulfill their dreams.
• I have both my mum’s and my dad’s genes really marked. I have
my dad’s eye colour and freckles but I have my mum’s general
physical traits. I am also pretty stubborn, something I got from my
father, I believe in my word and in what I think.
• In the future I see myself living in New York, acting in films all
over the world, being what I am passionate about: an actress. I see
myself being recognized for my good work, having a family and
travelling all around the world.
• I don’t resemble my
family physically but I do
in personality. I am a
kind, sentimental person,
like my father, and I find
it difficult to express my
feelings. I am shy, like
• I don’t like to be shy. It’s
very difficult to make
friends but when I am
with people who I know
very well, I’m not shy. I
don’t want to be shy but
it’s very difficult for me
to change that.
• I think that y ancestors’
dream was to have a
family, some money to
support it and friends.
My grand-mother met
my grand-father in
France and they decided
to come to live to
•I admire my ancestors
because both my mother
and father’s family have
always been very united.
•My dreams are very
similar to those of my
ancestors’ because I want
to have a family, a good
job and friends. For me,
they are the most
important things in life.
•In the future, I see myself
working a lot, married and
with a son.
•At the moment my
objectives are: finishing
school, getting a good job,
having a big family, having
a nice house and being
Who do I take after? Goals and Dreams
• In some ways I’ m very similar to my mom and in other ways I
resemble my father.
• I am outgoing and sociable, like my mum but I am quite reserved
too, like my dad.
• I don’t like my dad’s personality because I can’t say what I feel and
• My great grandparents and my grandparents came from Spain,
Italy, Portugal and the Czech Republic.
• I don’t k now much about them. But I can say that I admire them
because of all the hardships they had to go through.
• One of my great grandmother’s sisters was the first woman doctor. I
really admire her because I also love to help people.
• In ten years’ time I imagine myself living in another country with a
university degree in architecture. I hope I have travelled a lot
around the word and met a lot of people
• Goals and dreams
• I really try to avoid thinking about the future
because I’m very realistic about the world; we are
probably going to die before we see the real impact
of the consequences of our society. Nevertheless, I
still hope to become a politician to make a better
world for my children, because I think that real
changes are done from a place of power. I don’t
believe that a single man can change much if he isn’t
a politician or has a real impact on peoples’ mind
WHO DO I TAKE AFTER? My goals and dreams
• My paternal great-grandparents immigrated to Argentina
during the First World War and my maternal grandparents
emigrated in 1961. They came from Belgium and Italy. They
came to Argentina because in their countries they had no
work or they were poorly paid. I think they were successful
because they were able to achieve their goals: They got good
jobs, improved their quality of life and were happy. I think
that my dreams are small or unimportant compared to theirs.
They are also very different because times have changed. I
have some physical aspects from my ancestors, such as black
curly hair and their eye colour. I’m also quite tall, like both my
Who do I take after?
• My ancestors on my mother’s side came from Armenia escaping
from the war, they just wished to be safe, happy, and comfortable.
My ancestors on my father’s side came from Romania.
• I admire my ancestors because I think that I would have never been
able to put up with what most of them have suffered. They were
• I think that maybe, if I had lived at that time, I would have had the
same dreams as them, but now my dreams are different.
• In the future I see myself happily living in another country and
doing all I wish.
• I don’t know if in Rumania the people have the same physical traits
as my dad’s, but I resemble my father. We all have the same type of
eyes, we are thin and tall. I like the way we look. I like the fact that
we don’t have common traits, but we are not so exotic either. I
would like to resemble more my mother’s family because they have
blue eyes. They are half Italian, and half Armenian.
• Who do I take after? My goals and dreams
• One of my great great grand-mothers was an aboriginal. She used to heal illnesses
using some local herbs. My grand-mother learnt that skill from her mother
because she was interested, I am interested too.
• I admire my grand-mother because she had a very hard life. First her parents
didn't want her to study because at that time it wasn't common for women to
study but she graduated as a teacher. Secondly she married a man, they had two
daughters but when the second girl was born he abandoned his family and my
grandma had to work hard to bring up her children alone. Finally, when she
married a men who really loved her, he died .But she fought hard to achieve her
goals and nowadays she's a strong happy woman. She married again a very good
man. I love him, and she is finally happy.
• My grand-mother's dream was to be a teacher and have a lovely family, mine is to
be a singer and have a lovely family too so I think that our dreams are different
and similar. Her dreams came true because she was determined to get what she
wanted so if I fight for my dreams I think I will be able to fulfill my goals, in the
same way she did.
• I am going to study industrial engineering and I hope when I am 25 years old I'll
be working in an enterprise and living my dream of singing and helping the
•My great grandfather came to Argentina from Armenia hidden in a ship. The name of the ship
was “America” and he got on board thinking that it would take him to the United States but
instead, the ship came to Argentina. That is how he got here. He was escaping from the
genocide that was taking place there.
•My grandparents on my father’s side came here from Spain due to the Second World War.
•I think I physically resemble my mother because we both have the same hair and skin colour .
•I think I resemble my ancestors because I am as ambitious as them and I want to be successful
in life too.
•In twenty years’ time I see myself as successful singer, making a living on music.
• I think that the person who I resemble the most, is my grandmother on my mother’s side
because at the age of 18 she left her family behind and settled down in a big city like Buenos
Aires all by herself. My dream is to emigrate to New York City and work as an actor there.
My grandma and I have in common the choice of a big city. Art has always been present in
my family. I got my taste for reading and painting from my paternal family and the pleasure
for photography and music from my maternal family.
My grandparents always disliked the idea of me becoming an actor but now I can
understand why. It was really difficult for them to get an education and as they know I have
the possibility to study they think I am wasting my chances in life. When I try to compare my
dreams with my ancestor's dreams I can see how difficult it was for them to leave their
family and immigrate to a completely different place in search of their objectives. Now I
realize how lucky I am of having education and so many other privileges. My grandparents
had a lot of children to bring up and as they where very humble, they couldn't send all of
them to school. I am absolutely proud of having ancestors that followed their dreams to give
me the opportunity to improve my future. I wish that pursuing my dreams I can fulfill my
objectives and help my feature descendants too.
I’m going to talk a little about my
family and me. My ancestors are
from Hungary, Lebanon, Italy and
Spain; they came here because of
the First World War. I know that they
came here like 70 years ago at least.
I think that the reason why they
decided to emigrate was the search
of a better, easier life. I’m not sure if
they got what they expected or even
if they could fulfill their expectations
but I think they did.
Now days, some people ask me if I
resemble any of my ancestors
physically, and I think that I do. Some
say that I look like my mom, but
others say that I resemble my dad. I
think I have my dad’s nose, body and
way of walking but I also have some
features from my mom; like her
mouth. I love painting the same as
my grandmother, aunts, and my
My dreams are not so different from my ancestors.
My mom is a lawyer, but she has always liked art,
one of my aunt is finishing studying Scenography,
and the other is a decorator. I feel more identified
with one of my grandmothers, who studied Fine
Arts, because I also want to study that and become
a professor at university level. My grandfather,
who I identify less with, is a lawyer. He does not
like art as much as my mum. I don't know what
inspired my ancestors but I think that the wish of a
happy life. Also, I think that especially in my mom’s
family they were inspired by Jesus, we are all
Christians, unlike my dad’s family.
My ancestors are Italian. They emigrated during the
First World War, between1900-1915.They were
business people, so I think they came here because
they knew that Argentina was starting to trade with the
world and they wanted to take advantage of those
Everybody says that my face takes after my paternal
grandfather and I resemble maternal grandfather
physically. I like to sail, like my maternal grandfather
and to paint, like my maternal grandmother.
I have not really defined my expectations and dreams
for the future yet, so I can't compare them to my