How to speak basic Spanish?
It’s to learn how to speak Dominican Spanish!
Dominican Spanish & basic expressions are essentially a mix of Spanish and English.
Over the course of the last few years we have been teaching you how to learn every different dialect of Spanish.
I received a ton of feedback in regards to my statement that Chile speaks the worst Spanish.
That isn’t entirely true especially when one considers the Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominican speak a very bad form of Spanish.
The fact of the matter is those three countries now speak more Spanglish (English and Spanish mixed) than they actually to Spanish.
Due to the influence of American culture in the Caribbean many English words are now pronounced in Spanish and used as a part of daily communication in the Dominican Republic.
There are a few general rules that we can use to try and describe Dominican Spanish:
Dominican Spanish is generally spoken very fast
They do not enunciate words clearly (they often ignore the R and S in words)
Many times the letter R is pronounced with an L (similar to Puerto Rico)
there is a large abundance of English words that are pronounced in Spanish
There aren’t too many variations of Dominican Spanish considering that the country is so small. When visiting the island we drove from one coast to the other. It took us roughly 2 1/2 hours to drive from the city of Santo Domingo all the way to Puerto Plata in the north.
We did notice that everyone in the country spoke relatively the same form of Spanish. After leading Santo Domingo we arrived in Santiago which is in the center of the country. We eventually arrived in the coastal city of Puerto Plata. It was entire road trip!
Would highly recommend that you get out a bit into the real parts of Dominican Republic. The beaches are spectacular in Punta Cana and you will most likely be staying in a resort. Most people who visit the city will not get a real taste of what the people of the country are really like.
One major idiom in Dominican Spanish that we forgot to mention in the video is the use of the word “heavy”.
This word is commonly used to describe something that is cool or awesome. The way that we pronounce it in English would be heavy but the word actually derives from the Spanish word chevere. Chevere means cool or awesome. Since many words in Dominican Spanish are cut short this is translated into jevi. All Jays in Spanish are pronounced with an H in English so the word would literally be pronounced like heavy. Here are some examples:“Esta heavy” – Defined as cool or awesome Esta bien heavy mano – That is cool bro Lo pase jevi – I had a great time
Other words when learning how to speak Dominican Spanish: Basic Expressions“Tigre” Pronounced “Tigreh” Defined as Tiger in English Comming Sayings: Como estas tigre – How are you tiger? Todo bien tigre – Everything is good tiger. “Loco” Pronounced “lokoh” Defined as Crazy in English Common Sayings: Como estas loco – How are you loco? Todo bien loco – Everything is good loco. “Como tu ta” (hysterical because this is like saying how you are in English) Pronounced: Comoh too tah (Correct Spanish is Como Estas) Defined as how are you Common Sayings Como tu ta tigre? – How are you tiger? “Que lo que” Pronounced “keh-loh-keh” Defined as what’s up? Or what’s going on? Common sayings: Que lo que tigre? – How are you tigre? Que lo que loco? – How are you bro? “De verdad” (Just an example to show how the pronunciation is different) Pronounced “De velda” Defined as for real? “Baboso” Pronounced “bah-boh-soh” Defined an idiot or stupid person Common sayings: Tu si eres un baboso! – You really are stupid! “Vaina” Pronounced “Vai=nah” (its used in a bad connotation) Defined as stuff, thing or thingy, crap Common sayings: Y que es esa vaina? – What is that crap? Que vaina! – This sh**! “Desgraciado” (generally used in a negative connotation) Pronounced “des-grah-siatho” Defined as a damn fool or idiot. Common sayings: Tu si eres un desgraciado! – You really are an idiot!