Speaking English in Nicaragua, big no-no?
Ok get this, I called my good friend (to his cellphone) who lives in Nicaragua a few days ago and he was on a bus, we spoke in English-since I'm still trying to learn enough Spanish, and he knows English... We talked for a good 15 minutes before the connection got lost. Anyways, I talked to him again today and he told me that there was an older woman on the bus and after he got off of the phone with me she was pretty much yelling at him saying things like, this is Nicaragua & in Nicaragua we speak Spanish not English. She also told him that she knows English, but in Nicaragua we don't speak English. or "en nicaragua hablamos espanol no ingles..(angry face)." see what did I say, my Spanish is not very good. He in turn told the woman that his friend in the US doesn't speak Spanish so he was talking to me in English, nonetheless she still chided him. ANYWAYS, i'll cut to the chase... Is it wrong to speak English at all in Nicaragua? Will people give me dirty looks? I was there in June & a lot of people were very kind to me, I tried to speak some Spanish, but others kind of looked at me strangely. Do you think that it would be extremely improper and grounds for violence if I return to Nicaragua to visit my friend and we speak English?
I seriously need to learn more Spanish & quick.
I guess some people dislike Americans (although I am one-I don't totally/totally/ disagree with them..but still.
Oh well. What do you think?