MEXICO

Sign Language for Mexico

Other than small towns where I grew up visiting my family, I’ve been to Guadalajara, Mexico City (D.F.), Aguascalientes, and Cancun. I only have visited and explored with my family. Can’t wait to explore myself one day (to have more freedom, really). 

  • National language is Spanish, although there are many native languages
  • There are 31 states, you can fly across the country by using budget airlines like (Aeromexico, Interjet, or Volaris) or take public transportation (buses)
  • Don’t just think about Cancun or Cabo San Lucas, there are so much more than just these two touristy places.
  • Safety: Take precautions due to domestic crimes
  • Believe that family always come first
  • Elders are well respected in the family
  • It is normal for family to show up late to the party and leave very late from the parties. When they party, they usually party hard.
  • When becoming comfortable and acquainted, they give un abrazo (a hug) and a kiss on the cheek.
  • Among friends and family, we often use nicknames that is often based upon physical characteristics, like ‘el gordito’ (‘the fat one’). It may considered offensive for many foreigners but it is considered normal within our culture
  •  when someone sneezes,  say “Salud” (“bless you”) which considered to be polite 
  • Lengua de Señas Mexicana (LSM), not MSL (“Mexican Sign Language”)
  • Some signs varies based upon regions. 
  • Not many Deaf here know International Sign*
  • By the society, Deaf are seen as incompetent
  • Because of how they are perceived, they generally suffer economically due to very low pay jobs or not being hired
  • There is a “Deaf village” in Yucatan state.

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