Sign language for Nicaragua
I’ve visited during August 2016 for two weeks. I’ve visited San Juan Del Sur, Ometepe, Granada, Masaya and Leon.
- the biggest country in central america
- It is currently relatively cheap to travel in Nicaragua
- There are many volcanos that you can see and even slide on one of them!
- Best time to visit: Between November to April
- Popular places: Playa del sur, Granada, Masaya, Leon, Corn Islands, etc.
- They are very family-orientated and believe that family is a value in their culture
- One of the Latin American countries that say “vos” instead of “tu” (“you” in English)
- When greeting, they just a smile and say “hola” or “mucho gusto.” But for someone closer or familiar, a hug and cheek kiss is the norm
- Nicaraguan people are generally are not punctual and are laidback.
- They do not point things with their fingers but with their mouth
- Idioma de Señas de Nicaragua (ISL), also known as Nicaraguan sign language
- Sign language was practically developed by Deaf children, not adults
- Deaf school was never established until 1977
- Before the 1970s, Deaf people rarely meet each other. There were no established Deaf community for them to get together
- There is a group of Deaf employees working at Cafe de las Sonrisas. You can see the video here.
Nicaragua brought me a whole new (dark) light but awaking awareness about the Deaf community comparing to other countries that I’ve visited. I’ve seen oppression