Understanding The Nicaragüense

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The  unique blend of different cultures that you will find in Nicaragua  is barely known worldwide  but it assures its visitors an interesting experience.

The hospitality, and friendliness of the Nicaraguan people are recognized by the fortunate that have had the opportunity to get to know this nation. Here is an overview of the Nicaraguan culture:

Nicaraguans – or Nicas are genuinely friendly people. If you meet somebody for the first time, general questions such as place of origin, age, weight, marital status, how many children you have, asking how much you make, how much something costs, etc.  almost immediately  is quite common. Nicas  are always helpful and will offer you their friendship without hesitation.

On arriving in Nicaragua, you will notice that people here ask a lot of questions. Unless you have experienced this kind of direct questioning before, you may consider it as a lack of respect, unsuitable conduct, or sheer boldness. But for a Nicaraguan, it is quite common and is their natural way of making social contact.  Nicaraguan men and women are generally very open during social interaction, However, you will observe a big difference in those people living in rural areas, who are generally less expressive, and more introverted. Staring at foreigners is very common, especially in rural areas.

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Spanish is spoken by 98% of the inhabitants of Nicaragua. Miskito and other indigenous languages are spoken on the Atlantic coast where English (creole) is widely spoken  both as a  main and second language.

The majority of Nicaraguans have a great sense of humor. In their speech,   they can be either communicative or reserved, depending on the circumstances.  Nicaraguans like to say that their language is the ‘Nicañol’ or Nicaraguan Spanish.

The Nicaraguan accent has certain characteristics that easily identify them.  For example  Nicaraguans do not pronounce the ‘s’ at the end of  most words and is substituted by a type of short and soft ‘h’ (as in horse). The tone of voice used while talkin varies in urban and rural areas.Stalyn


As is in most of Latin America, Nicaraguans place a great deal of  importance on family and the protection of dignity. This shows outwardly as a  feeling of national pride among the Nicaraguan people. This nationalism is represented by heroes and martyrs in the history and folklore—especially the leaders fighting against colonial influences.

Nicaragua’s culture is also very patriarchal, even though there has been a struggle for women’s rights for many years. You will quickly notice the “machismo” attitude of Nicaraguan men towards women. And despite the fact they have made progress with women & children’s rights, there is still a long way to go.Verbal profanity is widely used in  male conversation on the streets.

As in many countries, a large percentage of Nicas, feel that all foreign visitors to their country are wealthy.

If you have an appointment with a Nicaraguan, do not be alarmed or upset if he or she is late. Punctuality is not a Nicaraguan trait. Nicaraguans are very hard workers, but the majority of the labor force are minimum wage earners and majority of the high wage earners work for the government.


Nicaraguans are very patriotic and proud to tell you “Soy Nicaraguense por gracias de Dios“. I am Nicaraguan by the grace of God.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Bill Wickson says:

    Very interesting article. Thank you!

  2. tim sewell says:

    Nice concise informative article.

  3. Judith Andreica says:

    Something I treasure about Nicaraguans is their love of poetry. My cab driver, for example, knows at least 40 (yes, 40!) poems by heart and can recite them the whole way to Granada from the airport. Love it!

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