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carissa

That's so interesting. So, it sounds like that thank you signal is kind of what the queen is doing while the crowds cheer her?

Lori

Of course you probably know how much I love this! It makes me so happy to know that hearing people there use sign language as a regular form of communication. I wish that would become something we do in America. It's such a beautiful, elegant way of speaking with one another. And you described the signs so beautifully...we could commission you to write our national handbook!

Jackie

speaking of gestural language--I was interested in what you thought of the whistle language that goes on very strong in Mexico City's markets and streets.....what do you think of whistling?

alisa

oh, yeah! the whistling is like a language of its own--cussing and all! this is a great topic for a future post, though it's a little hard to describe without having sounds to go with it. maybe i'll do a video post with patricio demonstrating. everyone knows that five short whistles means: (warning: strong language coming up!) "chinga a tu madre," but someone needs to hear it to really know what it sounds like! there's also whistling that parking and traffic attendents do, but with a real whistle. and then there is a whistle greeting that some people use and everyone knows what it means, because it's from a famous pedro infante movie. i think it's awesome that so much communication can happen with just whistling alone.
great question!

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