Welcome topics of conversation
Argentines are well informed and proud of having the latest, most precise information. Moreover, it is imperative to know what is going on in politics and, especially, in sports for business negotiations ;usually start with references to these two immensely popular topics. Beware, however, of seriously discussing your views!
In general, Argentines are warm people and tend to get close and touch one another while speaking. When introducing one another, shaking hands is normal among men, women often exchange kisses on the cheek.
Most Argentines believe they should be frank, open and direct, but, in reality, are often indirect and proud of being diplomatic. Not to offend is important and thus their indirectness, that aims at appearing amiable and tactful, might be occasionally confusing. The family is still the centre of life in Argentina and thus another hot topic of conversation Argentines are not overly patriotic but they will take offense at negative comments about their nation.
Show interest in what you hear, ask questions and let your companions elaborate on what they have to say about the topic at hand.
Argentina has a rich cultural life, with literature, films, and art figuring prominently. Tango, the urban national music that came to light in the port of Buenos Aires, is highly valued. Make sure to visit one of the tango ball rooms [milongas].
Remember: Argentines are rather vehement speakers, and frequently interrupt one another. Don't take offense if you are interrupted - it is a sign of participation and interest.