Spanish in the Dominican Republic
Thread poster: Harrison Pardue

Harrison Pardue
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Apr 12, 2011

Hi, everyone. I will be going to the Dominican Republic in a few months and I am wondering if any of you are familiar with the Spanish spoken there or if you know of any books or movies that might help me get a preview of what is to come. I will be interacting quite a bit with native Dominicans who most likely know very little English and I would like to be familiar with their everyday vocabulary. This post is in the Interpreting forum because I will be with a group from the United States who will need interpretation in order to communicate.

Thank you in advance for any help or advice.
Best wishes.


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Javier Wasserzug  Identity Verified
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videos Apr 12, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5pfJ7Sx9oM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT0yDQUArOQ&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Icpu_zSPG2w&feature=related

Dominican Republic Spanish
Dominican Spanish in its spoken form works very fast indeed. A typical Dominican fires out the words in rapid staccato, causing all but their compatriots to struggle to understand. “Repítelo más despacio, por favor”, is the polite way of asking for a second chance. Sometimes, even native Spanish speakers from other parts of Latin America or Spain find that the Spanish spoken by their Dominican cousins takes a little while to adjust to, mainly because of the speed of delivery.
http://dr1.com/articles/spanish.shtml

[Edited at 2011-04-12 16:02 GMT]


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Harrison Pardue
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Thank you, Javier! Apr 12, 2011

Thanks so much, Javier! I appreciate your reply and the links. It looks like there are a lot of videos on YouTube of people from the Dominican Republic. I have also found a few books online on the history of the country, which might provide some good information on the culture there and why people speak the way they do.
Thanks again.

[Edited at 2011-04-13 02:11 GMT]


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