Reading: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón

Let’s check some vocabulary before we get started

HelpSociety
WorkNature
ShareArms
VisitsBoat
MedicinesRemedies
BeautiesChallenges

Exercise #1: Pronunciation

Check the phonetics and write the correct word from the reading. There are two words from each paragraph

Was it a piece of cake?

Exercise #2: Synonyms

A synonym is a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language.

Write the synonyms to these words

Reading: Lessons from indigenous communities in Limón

I worked with Peace Corps for four years. I lived in Limón Province and helped the people who lived there, like the Bribri Indians.

What I like about these communities is their sacred approach to daily life, I will share three main examples of how this is manifested: through visits, connection to society, and connection to nature.

Especially in Bribri culture, an unannounced visit to someone’s home is welcomed with open arms. You are offered something to drink, and often a meal with a bag of tropical fruits to take with you.

Another important aspect of indigenous culture is the way you interact with society. Everything, even the way you say hello to the fellow people on the bus or boat is representative of the cultural values.

Finally, you will find sustainability and connection to nature manifested organically throughout communities and in people’s homes. Traditional houses are made of natural materials. Natural medicines, remedies, and tropical fruits are abundant.

Like all societies, there are always challenges. Of course, nothing is perfect and it has been an honor learning about both the beauties and challenges of indigenous communities of Limón Province.

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Soy José Manuel, Profesor de Inglés y creador de EduTico.com, un blog cuya misión es compartir recursos para docentes y estudiantes de Costa Rica