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What really matters to Mexicans


By Robin Loving Rowland

One of the best-known names in adult Spanish education in San Miguel de Allende is Warren Hardy, who has had a school here since his arrival in 1990. Hardy is known for more than just Spanish classes, however; he is heralded for understanding and imparting this information to other expatriates “What Really Matters to Mexicans: How to Show Respect in the Mexican Culture.”

Warren Hardy speaks at Rotary
“What Really Matters to Mexicans: How to Show Respect in the Mexican Culture”
Tue, Aug 6, 12:30pm
Hotel Real de Minas
Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickinson

This will be the theme of his presentation to the English-speaking Rotary Club here Tuesday, August 6, at 12:30pm at Hotel Real de Minas on the Ancha de San Antonio at Stirling Dickinson. This will include a brief history of Mexico and an explanation of Mexicans’ core values. He also will explain the importance of Mexican courtesies.

When Rotarians were asked if they had heard Hardy on this topic, they resoundingly said, ¡Sí! Y queremos oirlo una vez mas, por favor! “Yes, and we want to hear him one more time, please!”

So, because it is Membership Month at Rotary, the membership is being treated to one of their favorite speakers on one of their favorite topics, and Rotary is inviting all others who have an interest in the subject, the speaker, and Rotary, to join in for this free presentation.

Hardy teaches Spanish and Mexican/American relations at his school, via books, via audio recordings, via the Web, and through others, as he trains trainers to do similarly. He has published 17 titles.

He has a master’s degree in education, with which he developed Spanish-language learning programs and taught for the US Public Health Service and Xerox. In fact, he founded Language First International in Tucson, Arizona, in 1976. Hardy became a Mexican citizen in 2003.

Hardy joined Rotary in 1978. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1986. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary. A Paul Harris Fellow is a person recognized for tangible/significant assistance in the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world. Rotary is a worldwide volunteer service organization in which members focus on creating ethical solutions to the needs of communities while promoting goodwill and fellowship. For more information, contact President Lee Carter at

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