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Nicaraguan Country

The popularity of old-fashioned, North American country-and-western music along the Nicaraguan coast is a shock to many visitors. Apparently, the locals' fondness for Kenny Rogers comes from the fact that the only radio station worth listening to during the war years was one out of Houston, Texas.

Caribbean Creole

Just when you think you are getting a handle on your Spanish, a trip to the Atlantic coast will upset your linguistic compass completely. Nicaraguan Creole is a mutant form of English that is as rapid and incomprehensible as it is endearing and hilarious. Below are some phrases to help you get by, but as a general rule, end every sentence with mon.

Alright ............................................ Hello

Right here mon ................................ Hello to you

That ain't nothing ............................. Thank you

Me got one good time ..................... I had a lovely time

No feel, no way ................................. Don't worry, it's okay

What time you got? .......................... What time is it?

I no vex ............................................. I'm not angry

Ya heard mon ................................... I hear you

She done reach Bluefields ................. She has arrived at Bluefields

Check you then ................................ Goodbye

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