Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Communicating like a Nica
When I was home over Christmas, I shared with my family the Nicaraguan custom to point with chin and lips (not your hand or finger) when you want to point out a location. So, for about two weeks we walked around the house puckering up our lips and laughing. With this in mind, I share with you how to communicate like a true Nicaraguan.
· When you want someone to repeat what they said or you don’t understand: Squint or scrunch up your nose.
· When you want to say hello to someone across the street: Extend your arm parallel to the ground at waist level. Put your palm up and extend your neck so your chin points up.
· When you want to say someone is stingy or cheap: Flex your bicep and tap the bottom of your elbow with your opposite hand.
· When you are talking about money: Extend your pointer fingers and slide one across the other as if you were peeling a carrot.
· When you want to say no: Extend your pointer finger and aggressively wag your hand back and forth.
· When you want to say someone has a lot of money: Extend your pointer finger and thumb and hold them out in front of you so that they form an invisible outline of a giant stack of money.
· When you are talking about drinking beer or rum: Extend your thumb and pinky finger (the hang loose sign) and hold your thumb at your mouth. Move your hand up and down as if drinking from a glass.
· When you want to say something is crowded or full: Touch all fingers and thumb together on one hand.
· When you want to eat or are talking about eating: Hold your palm in front of your mouth, fingers together. Snap your fingers back and forth near your mouth.
· When you want to refer to your diarrhea: Make a fist and lock your elbow into the side of your body. Move the lower part of your arm up and down while grimacing.
· When you want to point to something: Pucker up your lips and aim where you want to point (also works to jokingly indicate that your friend is crazy when he’s telling a dumb story).
· When you want to get someone to come towards you: Extend your arm in front of your body and move your wrist up and down with your fingers pointed towards the ground.
Posted by DA at 12:27 PM