When we first visited the Yucatan peninsula in the early 1980s, we were warned that not many people spoke English, so, we should be prepared to rely on pigeon Spanish and well-honed charade skills.
Unfortunately, we found that reality was actually worse: if you got away from the hotel desk staff and waiters, many Yucatecans actually spoke Mayan as their first language and only a few knew a little street-Spanish. . . .
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Mayan Language for Beginners
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