The question was:
Another reason I am a little nervous is because I am deaf. Completely so. Because of this, I cannot speak very intelligibly, so I tend to remain mute, and I’m used to communicating by miming and gesturing. This has worked fairly well for me so far in the U.S., but whether it’ll work for me on the trail remains to be seen. I will teach myself basic Spanish words and phrases, in case miming fails and I have to resort to communicating via pen and paper.
If you have any input or advice, I would love to hear it. Thanks all, and it’s a pleasure to be here.
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