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Welcome to Belize

Welcome to Belize


Welcome to Belize!

Welcome to Belize. This is my first time in Central America, and when I learned I was visiting Belize I became nervous about being able to speak the local language.
 

Mabriga and Hello! My name is Kat, and I’ll be your guide as we explore the rainforests, cities, jungles, histories, and cultures of Belize.

 
While the histories and cultures of most countries in South and Central America are influenced by the Spanish, Belize is still technically under the rule of the British, and its official language is English.

Being located on the coast of the Caribbean also meant Belize was influenced by a wide variety of cultures, particularly those that traded through this part of the Americas. Peoples from Europe and West Africa came to this small nation and met indigenous people of the area; this mixing can be seen today in mix languages like Kriol and Garifuna. I’m amazed to think of a country just larger than the state of Massachusetts having so many different languages!
 

Kat


MORE VIDEOS IN THIS LESSON

watch: A mini language lesson in Belizean Kroil

 
Destination: Belize

Destination: Belize

Belize: Oh Me, Oh Maya

Belize: Oh Me, Oh Maya

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