Bs AsBuenos Aires can be a lot to take in. The city is very well known for its fast-paced rhythm, its ethnic diversity and its eclectic architecture or urban design. It is not easy to wrap one’s mind around the people and the local identity, the numerous traditions, Argentina’s complex history, the greatly contrasting urban scenery, the vast cultural and artistic offering… Living in BA is an interesting and intense experience, as well as challenge.

ChinatownMost of its population is Caucasian. The profuse migrations in the late 19th and early 20th century left a noticeable European imprint. The local identity is a clear blend of different ethnic and cultural descents, which fused rather rapidly. The city is pretty heterogeneous though. There are many people from other Latin American countries and one of the largest Jewish communities in the World is in BA. There is an Arab commune, an Armenian district, and the city has its own small China Town too.

ArgThe people from Buenos Aires are known as porteños because the city is a port. It played a key role in the development of the country, and is related to the city’s style in such characteristic things as the tango. For the most part, porteños are considered to be cultivated and sophisticated. They are nostalgic, and can be somewhat cynic and ironic. One outstanding attribute of their personality is the pride they show in being natives to the city and the country. It sometimes gives the impression that the typical porteño is arrogant and a bit of a bragger. Porteños are capable of arguing passionately for hours about their favorite subjects: politics and current affairs, sports – especially soccer–, basically about anything they feel strongly about.

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The porteño slang is called lunfardo. It is a Spanish slang derived from expressions coined at the local prisons and several terms brought by the immigrants. It originated in marginal areas but its use has spread to almost all social realms. It is part of the city’s colloquial language, spoken on the streets mainly. Nevertheless, it sometimes used in the media and oftentimes in literary pieces.