Languages:• Spanish, English, Mayan• -Common quote/saying:• SI EL RIO SUENA ES PORQUE PIEDRAS TRAE -IF THE RIVERS MAKES NOISE IS BECAUSE ITS CARRYING ROCKS-• The expression means that if there is a rumor going about, it probably holds some truth.• This connects to our culture because in America we also have some rumors going around, so maybe this could be true to things that happen in the US too.
Foods:• A common dish for Guatemalans includes corn, rice, and beans. This is related to our country because some dishes in America include rice, corn, or beans. Especially in the summer corn is popular from my personal experiences.
Music:• Link to Guatemalan music: http://worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com/view/page.basi• -Guatemalan Music is diverse and is played all over the country. Currently being revived by performers. Cumbia, from the Colombian variety, has become more popular in Guatemala. Marimba, Art Music, and includes some music like the US. For Example: some rock bands, heavy metal groups, and big bands.• -Guatemalan music influences American music because in America we have the beat of the drums in the band as well as the Guatemalan music.
Resources:• -Some exports are oil, timber, nickel, gold, bananas, coffee, and sugar these are also the resources to Guatemala. It influences the Americans because we eat bananas and coffee. Also, they have oil which is something we need here in America. The imports include: fuels, machinery and transport equipment, construction materials, grain, fertilizers and electricity. This relates to the US because some of these imports mightve came from the America.
Tourism:• -Around 1.5 million people visit Guatemala each year. The main attractions are the Guatemala Lakes, Guatemala volcanoes, Mayan ruins in Guatemala, etc.• In the US we have lakes that are very popular to visit as well.
Standard of Living• -Literacy Rate: 74.5%• -Life Expectancy: 70.58 (in 2009)• -Poverty: According to the website I found, 70% of Guatemalans are in poverty and 58% of those are in extreme poverty. There are areas, like the tourist spots, who have less people living there that are in poverty though.• -Health Issues: Guatemala is one the worst performers for health outcomes in Latin America. They have one of the highest infant mortality rates and one of the lowest life expectancies at birth. Some major death causes are: diarrhea, pneumonia, cholera, malnutrition, and tuberculosis.• -Unemployment rate: 3.2% (2005)
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