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Language Proficiency Interview

A medical brigade from the States came to my site the first week in December and a couple PCV friends and I helped translate for them.  We were able to recount stories and medical conditions to the doctors and nurse … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Claire Mongo Valdivia does Nicaragua

She came, she saw, she wrote a blog post.  Here is Claire Mongo Valdivia’s (my college roomie’s) account of her time in Nicaragua.  I have inserted my own comments periodically.  You will recognize them, [because they look like this.] It’s … Continue reading

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Volunteer Speak

Much like Spanglish or Creole languages, which exhibit linguistic elements of two or more languages combined, the Peace Corps Volunteers in Nicaragua have developed an idiosyncratic method of speaking to one another that has taken the best elements of Spanish, … Continue reading

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Say What?: Nica Gestures

One of the first lessons I learned upon arriving in Nicaragua is that Nicaraguans not only communicate in Spanish, but also with a series of gestures that are very different from the gestures we’re used to in the States.  To … Continue reading

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Radio Malfunction

Here’s how it went down: I gave a charla over the radio to the municipality on the permanent methods of contraception (male and female operations) and felt accomplished for the day. Then my host mom comes up to me: Apagó … Continue reading

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Esperando

Esperar is the Spanish verb meaning “to wait” and “to hope.” Add the ending -ando, and it becomes “waiting” or “hoping.” I love that this one verb has both connotations, because so much hope goes into anything worth waiting for. … Continue reading

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Instantes

“Tendría más problemas reales y menos imaginarios.” /“I would have more real problems and fewer imaginary problems.” –Instantes, Jorge Borges I came across this line while reading “Instantes” by Jorge Borges in Spanish class last week.  The speaker in the … Continue reading

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